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You’ll never forget the thrill of standing up and riding your very first wave, and the entire experience is made even better when shared with family or friends. With the small-group surf lesson on the Big Island of Hawaii, allow an expert, local instructor to teach you the basics of surfing, from the proper method of paddling out to how to stand up on the wave. Here in the waters of Kahalu’u Bay, your instructor will be there right by your side with tips and helpful suggestions — and may even assist with a little push to get you up and riding. 
  • 2-hour Big Island surfing lesson in Kona
  • Learn how to surf Hawaii’s famous waves safely with a knowledgeable instructor
  • Enjoy personalized attention tailored to your skill level in a group limited to either two or three people
  • Practice the basics like popping up on dry land, then enter the water to put your new skills to use
  • Surfboard, reef booties and rash guard provided

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Lessons feature either a 2-to-1 or 3-to-1 student-to-instructor ratio, offering a personalized experience that can be tailored to your skill level.
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78-6685 Ali‘i Dr , 78-6685 Ali‘i Dr, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA

Kahalu’u Bay Surf & Sea 78-6685 Ali’i Dr., Kailua-Kona, HI 96740

This activity will end right where it started.
Your Kona surf lesson begins near Kahalu’u Bay, where you’ll meet your expert, local instructor at a surf shop across the street. Here you’ll begin by selecting a board and getting fitted for booties and a rash guard, which help protect your feet from the rocks and your skin from the tropical sun.

Once you’re set up with all your gear, head towards the waters of Kahalu’u Bay where you’ll learn some techniques on the sand, which include paddling, positioning, safety, etiquette and ways to select the best waves. You’ll even learn the proper way of what to do if you fall.

Next, strap on your leash and grab your board for the water part of your adventure, where you’ll slowly paddle out towards the waves with your instructor right by your side. Because this surf lesson is for small groups of only two or three people, you’re ensured the instruction is highly personalized and you’ll maximize your time in the water.

If you’ve surfed before, but still need some additional instruction on riding the face of the wave, the instructor can tailor the lesson around your specific set of skills. Beginners will stick with the smaller waves on the inside section of reef, whereas experienced surfers might venture farther out to the larger, more powerful waves. 

Either way, whatever your skill set or experience with surfing, this 2-hour Kona surfing lesson is one of the best activities on the Big Island, where the sun, salt and splash of the waves combine to create an outdoor adventure that travelers of all ages can enjoy. 
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Available for ages 11 and up
  • Participant MUST know how to swim without the aid of a lifejacket
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Kahalu'u Bay Surf and Sea
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 canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Small-Group Surf Lesson on the Big Island?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during Small-Group Surf Lesson on the Big Island?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by Small-Group Surf Lesson on the Big Island.
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What is the social distancing policy during Small-Group Surf Lesson on the Big Island?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Small-Group Surf Lesson on the Big Island?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Small-Group Surf Lesson on the Big Island.

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star-5
Perfect first surf experience
Lauren_G
, Jun 2022
Ben & Kalani were great! Such a fun experience- grateful I did this in Kona! :) My cousins were already surfers and so they were able to just rent boards and surf close to us!
star-5
bucket list!
Carly_T
, Jun 2022
such a fun time, and our guides matt & kalani really ensured a great experience - very helpful, patient, and kind!
star-3
Pre event, there was a...
CateP
, Jun 2022
Pre event, there was a lack of communication from the vendor compared to other excursions I have taken. Great surf spot with good waves for learning.
star-5
Amazing experience! Very...
Mathieu_M
, Jun 2022
Amazing experience! Very professional staff. Super fun. A must if you are in Kona and want to try surfing!
star-5
Very good experience the...
Kaitlyn_W
, May 2022
Very good experience the whole crew of trainers was extremely nice and helpful, it was extremely fun
star-5
Great time
b28bxwpj8r
, May 2022
Very good communication and instruction. Safety was taken into consideration. All around great experience!
star-4
Appreciated options
Erin_M
, May 2022
Really appreciated Ben. He told us there really weren’t any waves and gave us options of going out anyway, rebooking, converting to SUP or getting a refund. Appreciated his honesty and the options.
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-5
Excellent experience
Christopher_S
, Apr 2022
Excellent time. Very fun and friendly and really worked to give a great experience. A great group. Highly recommend for a fun couple hours.
star-5
Steve and crew were...
Leonel_U
, Apr 2022
Steve and crew were patient, knowledgeable, fun, and had the kids safety in mind at all times. Would highly recommend.
star-5
Amazing!!!
Adam_C
, Apr 2022
My fiancé and I had surfing lessons with Rory and Mar. they both were so friendly and super fun and excellent teachers!! This experience was so much fun and we caught so many waves! Rory and Mar made it so easy and so much fun!! Highly recommend!! Will definitely do this again in the future!!!
star-5
Surf Experience
Amanda_L
, Apr 2022
My hubby and I did the 2 hour surf lesson with Mar as our instructor. We had a wonderful time and had so much fun on the waves. Mar was friendly, professional, and a good teacher. We were able to get a hang of standing up on the board pretty quickly. The waters are shallow with reef on the seafloor, so it’s important to follow their directions on how to jump off of the board safely to avoid getting hurt. Would definitely recommend this highly to first time surfers! Parking is on the street or there is a beach parking lot across the street a couple of blocks down. Pretty easy. Overall we had an awesome time catching some waves :)
star-5
Wonderful experience
Brigid_R
, Apr 2022
The staff was so nice and knowledgeable even for first time surfers. They were very helpful to our daughters and we felt very safe having them out on the water with them.
star-5
Book Directly with Kahalu’u Bay Surf and Sea!
Alexandra_M
, Apr 2022
This was an AMAZING experience! So much fun, the staff was friendly and funny & a perfect experience for beginners. The bay was such a good spot to learn & the staff were lovely. BOOK THROUGH THE COMPANY DIRECTLY! Viator gives you the incorrect address, takes a portion of their profits and are not helpful if there is a problem. The owner of this company is awesome & she deserves all of the profits! Would 100% recommend this surf lesson!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great Instructors
Daniel_H
, Mar 2022
The instructors, Kalani, Santi, and Eli, were awesome. While the surf conditions weren’t great, they made up for it with enthusiasm and encouragement. Everyone in our group of 5 were able to stand and ride waves.
star-4
It was a gorgeous spot...
Robert_H
, Mar 2022
It was a gorgeous spot and I had amazing company with my sons, having a great time with very patient instructors!
star-5
There’s a reason why they pop up first on search
BrianJ_W
, Mar 2022
Kahaluu Bay Surf and Sea staff was vibin, chill and helped my whale of a dad bod (I don’t even have kids..) catch a nice set of waves. Beautiful location, fast and easy process to get out, awesome instructions, when I return, I’m getting a few more to get me up to speed, mahalo to the crew!!!
star-4
Go for it!!
CK_K
, Mar 2022
Good first time experience. Staff worked well with those who got the hang of surfing. They need to try to help/ encourage those who need more learning of this sport. I didn’t have a single of my picture been taken which was kind of sad:(
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Highly recommend this lil surf shack! Good vibes for sure!
eric_p
, Mar 2022
We had a perfect day! These folks took great care to make sure they were helping make lasting memories a big smiles!
star-5
Good people, good times!
David_L
, Feb 2022
My family was vacationing in Kona and my son and I decided to take a surf lesson. We chose this group because of the good reviews and the proximity to our beach house. We could not have been happier with our experience. Everyone there was so much fun to be around. It’s obvious, they love what they do and they are good at it. My son and I were up and riding waves in no time. The location for the lessons was perfect as well. There were small waves to learn on and also bigger ones to ride as you progress. It felt like a very safe environment. I was watching some of the instructors from other surf schools with their students while I was out there and was very glad we chose this one. It seemed like ours were more knowledgeable and skilled. Fun people to be around!
star-5
Great experience
Cameron_F
, Feb 2022
I've wanted to do this since I was a kid and Preston and Rory made it happen. They give great instruction throughout and let you know what you need to do better to ride a wave: where to look, how to pop up, how to position your feet, etc. Would definitely do this again.

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