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Not only is Hanalei Bay on Kauai one of the most beautiful spots in Hawaii, but it’s also one of Kauai’s best places for first learning how to surf. On this private Kauai surf lesson, your expert instructor will teach you how to paddle and pop up on waves, and will have you up and riding faster than you ever thought was possible. With the sun on your shoulders and the green mountains in front of you, you’ll experience the thrill, joy, and beauty of surfing on Kauai. 


  • 2-hour private or semi-private surf lesson on Kauai
  • Small group ensuring personal guidance
  • Certified professional instructor
  • Top of the line surf equipment

What You Can Expect

Private Kauai Learn to Surf Lesson

Private Kauai Learn to Surf Lesson

Your Kauai surfing lesson takes place on the North Shore in the waves of Hanalei Bay, where a professional instructor will teach you the basics of the ancient Hawaiian sport.

Your expert instructor is a big-wave surfer who is dedicated and passionate about surfing, and who can easily teach you the skills required for learning to ride a wave. During this 2-hour private surfing lesson, you’ll learn the proper place to sit on the board and the best techniques for paddling, as well as how to choose the best waves and what to do if you fall.

For beginning surfers, the soft-top boards that are used for lessons are safe, wide, and stable, and are the best boards for learning to surf in the warm waters off Kauai. Winter often has the largest waves, but the protected conditions of Hanalei Bay make the area perfect for learning. If there’s ever a day where the water’s too flat or the ocean is simply too rough, you’ll head to another spot on the island where conditions are a little bit better.

This private Kauai surf lesson has one instructor per participant, and a semi-private lesson features one instructor for a group of two or three. Read the Itinerary for more lesson details.


Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2013

We had an excellent surfing lesson with a young instructor named Evan. Having had one lesson already with another company (we were somewhat unhappy) we were amazed at how technically astute Evan was, and how patient he was getting us up on the surfboards. There was just the right amount of on-shore instruction, then plenty of time out in the water. The beach town of Hanelei was beautiful and serene, making this one of the most perfect days of our vacation. We could not have been happier! And we surfed until we couldn't surf any more!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2008

The bay was beautiful, waves perfect to learn on, and the instructor was kind and knowledgeable. I had fun and would highly recommend this to others.

David M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2008

This was one of the most fabulous adventures we had! We had so much fun learning to surf. We had an excellent instructor and made it seem less like a class and more like an afternoon of friends catching some waves. By the end of the day we were way past the beginners stage and we had made a great local friend.

Ken H

4 star rating: Recommended December 2014

I had a rough start but I enjoyed my experance

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