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Small-Group Surf Lesson on the Big Island

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Kailua-Kona, United States

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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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Departure Point

78-6685 Alii Dr, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
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

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • 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.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Small-Group Surf Lesson on the Big Island?
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?
The policies on sanitization are:

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

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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What is the maximum group size during Small-Group Surf Lesson on the Big Island?
This activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers.

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Great Experience!
, Jun 2021
What a recently great experience in this place, is it’s was amazing. My daughter Laura Anselmetti took 2 class for the first time with “Loni” the instructor, Loni was patient, kind an a good person. Thanks for everything!
Cool activity, great instructors!
, Jun 2021
Our instructors, Corey and Steve were very friendly and cool about everything; we were first time surfers and definitely want to come back for lessons!
Positive vibes
, Jun 2021
Everyone brought the Aloha spirit this morning! Super helpful, positive energy, great low key instructions for first time surfers. Mucho Mahalo!!
They took really great care of me.
, Jun 2021
The idea of surfing was kind of scary- I really didn’t want to run anyone over or get in anyone’s way. Luckily for me, I had Ben and Loni as instructors. They were incredibly patient, and we’re able to explain what to do in terms that I could actually keep up with while trying to ride a wave. If you’re looking for a surf lesson and you’re apprehensive, go see Ben and Loni. You will not be disappointed.
Great experience
, Jun 2021
Great location for beginner surf lessons. Only downside is that it was fairly crowded and other schools’ surfers were crashing into our surfers. Otherwise staff was excellent and very knowledgeable. I would also recommend snorkeling here. Fish were amazing!
, May 2021
Very kind instructors who truly want you to have the best experience possible. They tailor the lesson to you and whatever you may be having the most trouble with. Definitely made me want to continue surfing!
Awesome time!
, Apr 2021
Awesome time! We had a group of 8 people and the instructors have very personalized instructions and feedback. It’s was a great experience!
, Apr 2021
My 2 daughters did lessons with this company and they loved it! I stood by the beach to watch and was giving a chair and my view was amazing the kids cannot stop talking about it
Family fun day surfing
, Apr 2021
Took the entire family out and everyone was up surfing the waves thanks to our instructors. We had a memorable day with smiles all around. Big bonus, everyone slept like babies that night...
Great instructor. It was my first time...
Michelle B
, May 2017
Great instructor. It was my first time and even though it took me awhile to get up i did. Our instructor was really patient with me.

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