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  • Location:Kona, Hawaii
  • Duration:2 hours (approx.)

Small-Group Surf Lesson on the Big Island

You never forget your first wave, as surfing enthusiasts in Hawaii are prone to say, so make sure your first wave is a good one with a small-group surf lesson on the Big Island. Limited to either two or three people, depending on the option selected, this 2-hour Kona surf lesson starts with the basics, like how to paddle and pop up on the board. Then take to the water to practice your newfound skills on the waves of Kahalu'u Bay! A knowledgeable surfing instructor will be in the water with you, telling you when to paddle and when to pop up. It’s a Hawaiian experience everyone should try at least once!


  • 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 Our Insiders Chose 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.

What You Can Expect

Small-Group Surf Lesson on the Big Island

Big Island Semi-Private or Group Surf Lesson

Meet your surfing instructor at a designated surf shop near Kahalu'u Bay, and begin your 2-hour surf lesson by picking out your surfboard and being fitted with reef booties and a rash guard.

Then head to the beach and hit the sand, learning the basics before you enter the water. Following your instructor’s directions, practice the proper techniques for paddling and popping up on your board. Then listen carefully to the explanation of surfing etiquette and how to wipe out safely before hitting the waves.

When you’re ready, fasten your ankle strap and hop on your board, paddling out from the beach. Your instructor will be with you in the water, telling you where to be, when to paddle and when to pop up. If you need it, you’ll be given a little push from the back of your board to make sure you catch as many waves as you can.

Instruction is tailored to your skill level; if you are a beginner, your instructor will make sure you don’t go anywhere near the bigger waves. If you are at a more advanced level, you instructor can provide advice on how to read waves, how to turn and how to catch larger waves.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

My 18 year old daughter did this lesson and she said it was her most favorite thing she did during our trip. The instructor was very very good, she got up in no time and the smile on her face was there for 2 hours. He was patient, responsible and the perfect person to do instruction. The waves were small enough but perfect for learning there is a place under trees by a tiny church to sit and video or watch from. Best experience ever.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

These instructors were fabulous. So glad we did this. the area and waves seemed great for beginners. The instructors were very patient, encouraging and fun. Would definitely recommend this.

3 star rating: Worth doing July 2015

Maybe it was just that the waves were not big enough but there were few in our group that did any actual surfing. The day was beautiful and the event enjoyable but didn't feel like I got the surfing out of it.

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