Surfing Lessons On Waikiki Beach

Badge of ExcellenceHonolulu, United States

From USD 129.00

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 1 hour 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Nothing is more iconic to Hawaii than surfing at Waikiki Beach. This is arguably the place where surfing was born, and the spot where watermen like Duke Kahanamoku helped introduce surfing to the world. The reason why this south facing coast is so perfect for learning to surf, is the fact that the bottom is soft, sandy, and the water is relatively shallow. During this surf lesson in Waikiki, you'll also notice the way the waves have a steady and gentle roll, which makes them far less intimidating than other waves on Oahu. Add in a long, stable board and a professional local instructor, and before you know it you'll be surfing a wave like ancient Hawaiians of old.
  • Receive personalized tips from a professional instructor
  • Stable boards make it easy to learn
  • Transport provided from select hotels
  • Small group size ensures personalized service

What's Included

  • All required equipment (Surfboard & Leash)
  • Professional instructor
  • use of locker to store belongings
  • Gratuities
  • Photography - with advance reservations
  • Rash Guard rental $5
  • Optional Lock rental. $5. or bring your own

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Big Wave Dave at Surf & Coffee
    226 Lewers St #154, Honolulu, HI 96815, USA

    Big Wave Dave Surf & Coffee located at 226 Lewers St #154 next door to Roy's restaurant. ***CHECK IN - 20 minutes prior to lesson start time.*** Please walk into the cafe and you will see the Surf Side Retail / Check In area..... we will get you signed in there.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • MUST be able to swim.
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 5 travellers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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Traveller Tips

Wear your SPF 50 or higher on your neck, shoulders, and legs and rash guard is a must!
Also, I recommend take Dramamine if you get motion sickness!
212 reviews
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My daughters first...
Dara_W, Mar 2023
My daughters first experience surfing. She loved it. Instructor was very nice and polite. They have other experience to choose from. Must see local shop.
Ava_S, Feb 2023
An amazing experience, gotta some one on one instruction even tho there was a group there. Would definitely go again and it made me want to get into surfing
Best Experience!
Gaby_G, Jan 2023
AMAZING experience. Highly recommend to anyone looking to learn how to surf. Instructors were patient with us all and helpful, to include giving you a break from paddling. I was able to catch waves over and over and over again. You will only get out of it what you put in, but the instructors are happy to help you keep trying to catch those waves. I would definitely come back over and over again.
Great experience
Crystal_M, Jan 2023
Our kids did the lessons - the range in age from 11-17 - and had a great time. I wish there would have been a 3rd instructor due to the size of the group but it was safe and the 2 they had were great. They spent a solid hour out in the ocean which we thought was great. The only thing I didn’t love and honestly this has nothing to do with the crew & more so the waves, was the distance from the shore to observe.
Mahalo for a great experience
Joseph_L, Dec 2022
Great teacher, really helpful. Like having a friend show you how. The other person in my group said she learned more before we went into the water than in all of her last lesson somewhere else.
Most memorable wave!
Zhebeau_B, Dec 2022
Our instructor Paul was a genuine dude! Really ensured we were able to get up and catch a good wave. HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS AT THIS PLACE! Very memorable experience and left feeling totally safe and in good hands
Surfing good time
Victoria_C, Dec 2022
This was such a fun experience! Our instructor and everyone at the shop were friendly, knowledgeable and very patient. Thank you for such a wonderful time. Mahalo 🤙🏼
Jacob a great teacher!
Rebecca_M, Dec 2022
Jacob was a wonderful teacher!! My daughter had an awesome time and wants to surf again soon. Easy booking and service!
Incredible, can’t miss small group surfing lesson
Judith_C, Nov 2022
This surfing experience was fantastic! Small group and great teachers meant we were able to get individual lessons and feedback. Instructors really cared that each person had a good experience. Each person in our group was able to stand up and surf by the end. Surfing will change your perspective of the ocean. Totally recommend this experience in Hawaii!
Highly recommend!
Warren_F, Nov 2022
Incredibly patient and knowledgeable instructors. My daughter had a great time. Easy process, convenient and worthwhile. We will definitely book again.
I live in Guam, and have...
Kaoru_S, Nov 2022
I live in Guam, and have had interest in surfing but never tried. My boyfriend pushed me and now this is my second lesson and I am feeling so much more confident. The instructor was very patient and pointed out mistakes in posture, balance and offered positive feedback on how to improve. Think I will be ready to purchase a board after my next lesson or two
Learn how to surf and have fun with it
Lukas_B, Nov 2022
If you want to try surfing for the first time, this is the way to go. Paul was an awesome teacher, very patient, cool personality. Both my gf and I were able to catch some small waves within 20min of our first lesson.
Great beginner lessons!
Abbi_R, Oct 2022
The whole team was great! The lessons were very clear. It was a little tricky at first, but I was staying up on my board by the end of it! Had a blast! My whole body was sore afterwards. I think the only thing that could’ve made it better is a lesson on paddle technique. I was paddling like crazy and going no where fast, which I believe is because I wasn’t doing it correctly. Otherwise it was a blast and I would definitely recommend it!
Great day at the beach....
Robin_S, Oct 2022
Great day at the beach. My son turned 16 and wanted to learn surfing. Staff was friendly and knowledgeable. Fun and engaging. My son had a great time and I was pleased with the service on atmosphere
Surfs Up
Assabi_I, Oct 2022
Pauley was an exceptional instructor. He explained everything in a clear and simple way. We were able to practice in the shop getting up on the board before going out. After every wave he reviewed what we did well and how we could improved. It was an amazing time! Would definitely do this again.
Worth every penny.
Michael_L, Sept 2022
Great instruction. Helped me get up on 10 or so waves. Couldn’t have done it without the help from the instructor.
Best surf lesson and crew EVER
Ariana_S, Sept 2022
Seriously, our favorite excursion while honeymooning in Hawaii. The crew at Big Dave’s was so friendly and extremely helpful. We felt safe and well-informed. It was truly like we were out learning to surf with a group of friends. We had a small group of 5 people, with 3 instructors (one who doubled as a videographer). We had initially opted out of buying the video package, but after seeing the captured footage, we were eager to purchase it. Everyone in our group had equal opportunity to catch waves, and we truly felt like our instructors cared about us having an enjoyable experience. Mahalo to this excursion and it’s crew!
So much fun! Would do...
Joci_V, Sept 2022
So much fun! Would do again. The staff was so friendly and helpful. All very personable people. Check in was easy. They have lockers for you. I felt safe the entire time
Mahalo to Dave’s team!
Stephen_H, Aug 2022
Lee was a very thorough instructor and great surf cowboy, herding all the novices with expert care. The man can tow you out with his toes , grabbing your board with them! Nice beginner waves at the location. I was successful in standing and surfing. So worth it!
Gina_G, Aug 2022
Fantastic lesson and surfing experience! The instructors were so helpful in helping everyone in the group get up on the surf board.