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Surfing Lessons On Waikiki Beach

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From $129.00

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  • 1 hour 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English
  • Good for avoiding crowds


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 travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • MUST be able to swim.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 5 travelers

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 canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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Traveler 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!
200 reviews
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Must do!
Lauren_W, Jun 2022
The whole experience was fantastic. Perfect for first-time surfers. Chris, our instructor was great! He was very patient and made sure we all had fun. Waikiki is the perfect place to learn how to surf- the water is clear and the waves are on the smaller side. One of my favorite activities while in Oahu and I highly recommend trying it out.
Highlight of the trip
Giovanni_G, Apr 2021
We were in Oahu for a week and did a whole lot of things but this was easily the highlight of the trip. My girlfriend didn’t want to do it and luckily I convinced her and she and I had a blast. Our instructor Nobe was great super fun and made sure everyone was always safe. You can tell he has a passion for what he does Which is what makes the whole experience. If you’re debating on what to do while in Hawaii definitely give this a try.
Hard work but fun!
Ryan_P, Jul 2021
Found out that surfing is hard work but so worth the effort! Had a great time! Would have like to have been grouped with kids my age instead of younger but it was okay.
Amazing experience!
Mandie_P, Feb 2021
Our instructor Josh was amazing. Very attentive and made sure we all felt comfortable and safe. The entire crew at Big Wave Dave’s was awesome. I’ll definitely recommend to all I know coming to Oahu!
1 traveler found this review helpful
We had a wonderful time learning to...
Michael H, Jul 2017
We had a wonderful time learning to surf with Big Wave Dave. Our instructor, Leah, was excellent and very patient with us. She helped our 9 year old Daughter get the hang of surfing and a real taste for it. So much so that she a second lesson with Leah before we left and we are already planning our return to Oahu next year where we will have surfing lessons with Big Wave Dave again. We highly recommend Big Wave Dave.
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, Sep 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, Sep 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, Sep 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.
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Awesome experience, great instructors!
Helena_H, Aug 2022
Highly recommend Big Wave Dave surfing lessons. I have never surfed before and they help you out and give pointers, managed to stand up. Awesome experience!
Sherri_G, Aug 2022
The coffee shop was clean, the lady behind the counter was wonderful to help and talk with. The instructor was great and professional. The experience was amazing…lifetime memories
Great first lesson
Jake_H, Aug 2022
Thank you. My 15 and 17 year old had a great experience. Everyone at Dave’s was professional and helpful with all questions.
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