Maui Surf Instruction 101 at Kalama Beach in Kihei

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Maui Surf Instruction 101

From $108.03

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up to 24 hours before the experience starts (local time)

  • 2 hours
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Learning to surf is one of Maui’s most popular visitor activities, and this Maui surf lesson takes place in the waters off the Cove Park in Kihei. Learn the history of surfing in Hawaii and the proper way to paddle your board, before heading out for the chance to stand up and ride your very first wave. With its calm and consistent ocean conditions, this protected spot is perfect for learning at any time of the year, and a local instructor will help you experience the stoke of surfing in Maui. 
  • Surf lessons in Maui
  • Small group ensures personal tuition
  • Choice between group and private lessons
  • Certified professional instructior
  • Top of the line surf equipment
  • Photos available to purchase

What's Included

  • Soft Surfboards
  • Instructor with Years of Experience
  • CPR and First Aid Certified Instructors
  • Light refreshments
  • Local taxes
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop off

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 1965 S Kihei Rd
    1965 S Kihei Rd, Kihei, HI 96753, USA

    Kalama Park in Kihei in South Maui - parking lot ocean side from the street from the 76 gas station. Using favorite mapping software (Google maps), enter in "Kalama Park Kihei". Once in area, you will see 76 gas station - see us in parking lot ocean side.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

There’s a specific joy that comes along with the feeling of riding a wave, where you momentarily feel as if you’re one with the ocean as it surges and rolls beneath you. By booking a surfing lesson in Maui, you’ll learn with the help of a local instructor how to experience the thrill for yourself, with the sun on your shoulders, the salt in your hair, and the warm water all around you.

You’ll be given a stable soft-top board that is wide and perfect for learning, and paddle out at the popular Kihei spot that’s known locally as 'The Cove.' You’ll be given a rash guard and neoprene booties to protect your skin and your feet, and after a safety briefing on shore where you’ll learn about techniques and etiquette, you’ll head towards the waves for the chance to experience the excitement of surfing on Maui. 

For this 2-hour lesson, all of the necessary equipment is provided to get you up and riding, and just bring along sunscreen, a sense of adventure and perhaps a camera to capture the moment.

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for child aged 8 and under
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 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.

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44 reviews
Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
Reviews by Viator travelers.
Showing 1-10 of 44 reviews
Amazing Experience!
ilana_b, Jan 2024
My son (16) and I, had the best time at our surfing lessons with Ricky Bobby and South Pacific Kayaks. This was our second time taking surf lessons in Kihea - we used a different company the last time- and this experience was far superior! Everything was so smooth and easy, from meeting the instructors at the truck in the parking lot, getting our gear, having our land lesson and then navigating through the crowd at Kalama Beach Park. That was actually the most difficult part, trying to stay away from the other surfers! We felt so well taken care of. We already plan to rebook with this company the next time we return to Maui. Note, the photographers they work with are awesome, they really capture your experience so be prepared to pay quite a bit for your surfing photos, they are pricey but impossible to resist!
Great instruction!
Charlotte_S, Jan 2024
Our instructors were awesome. We were up and surfing by the third try. They were patient and taught us very simple techniques.
Best experience!
Krystal_A, Jul 2023
Great with my kids, very friendly and professional. Started on time. Hands down would Choice them again.
Great experience!
Patricia_B, Jun 2023
Very friendly and knowledgeable guides. Explained everything thoroughly. Group ranged from age 27-60 and everyone was successful in mastering surfing. Great experience!
Fun experience
Kylie_K, Mar 2023
The surfing instructors were fantastic. They were very quick to teach the basics and must knows of surfing prior to getting in the ocean. This was done in a timely manner which gave more time to surf. We felt safe throughout the entire experience. They offer a photo package at the end which is very expensive ($75 per person). The photos and videos are great quality however price seems a bit steep, especially when we paid for $25 per person on our other Maui excursions that offered photo and video packages.
Great Surfing experience
Manishkumar_P, Mar 2023
Jordan at beach boys was amazing. We were anxious to send kids for surfing lessons due to high tide. Jordan was professional and made it easy. We felt that our kids were in safe hands. The kids where able to surf in an hour. They had great time.
Awesome Experience!
David_W, Feb 2023
Great experience and highly recommended. Personalized instruction and just a fantastic time in general. Louis was fantastic, and David - we love the photos, thank you so much!
A highlight of our trip to Maui!
Christa_S, Oct 2022
Had a blast surfing with Keoki! Took my dad for his 70th birthday because he’d always wanted to try it. Our instructor was very patient, and super nice, and my dad was thrilled when he was able to ride a few waves! Buy the photo package- it was totally worth it, and our photographer David did an exceptional job of capturing the memories. Mahalo for an amazing experience! Highly recommend!!!
Fantastic! Our teens had...
April_K, Aug 2022
Fantastic! Our teens had a great time. Highly recommended for all ages. Our kids want to do it again.
Response from Host, Aug 2022
Great to hear.... Surfing is addictive...... Mahalo
Surf's up dude!
Ryan_M, Jul 2022
Our Son has tried to surf in the past and never got past his knees on the board. With these lessons, he was standing on the first wave he took. We immediately recommended the surf lessons to a family we met on the Road to Hana
Highly recommended! I wouldn't surf with anyone else on Maui!
tylerpwheeler, Jul 2022
Our instructor was amazing! We were in the most crowded line-up I have ever seen at any surf spot, but he was able to expertly position us and get us up and surfing right away. Local wisdom and real Hawaiian strength from him made our experience the best. Our photographer also helped us navigate the crowds and get us back in the line-up safely and quickly. Mahalo to both!
Great experience!
Cole_G, Jul 2022
My kids had a blast! Their instructor was friendly and very knowledgeable. My son wants to go again!
Great experience!
Michelle_S, Jun 2022
My kids had a great time surfing. Perfect place for a beginner surfing experience. Their teacher was great too!!
Great Introductory Surf Lessons
Phillip_T, Jun 2022
Great introductory lessons. My two girls and I had a blast. The instructor was excellent and we got into the water very quickly.
Great learning experience
Yao_Z, Jun 2022
Good instructor/instructions, provided all equipment needed and excellent value. Make sure to ask the instructor question, they are knowledgeable.
Response from Host, Jun 2022
Mahalo many times over!! Surf lessons are naturally fun so this is a customer favorite - especially with families having a good goofy time together.
Do it!! You’ll love it!!
Stephanie_R, May 2022
The kids Had a great time they were able to get up on their boards and surf. They looked great. Instructors were very helpful
Response from Host, May 2022
Thank you so much for the review. Surfing is so much fun..... Guests laugh so much and enjoy. It's a goofy fun time!
Better than we even expected!
Christy_F, Jan 2022
Jordan was a great instructor! It was the first time for all three of us, and we all were able to stand up and surf fairly quickly. It made me want to surf again someday!
Response from Host, Jan 2022
Mahalo for joining us for some great Maui surf glad you had fun and got to surf some waves Jordans a great instructor and really enjoys what he does . Thank you for joining us.
Not the best surfing experience
Amaya_G, Nov 2021
The instructor was very experienced and the class was ok. However, the weather didn’t allow me to have a good activity due to the timing they recommend to have the class. They are not well-organized and they lack of professionalism. They messed twice with the class schedule with no compensation. Lastly, another thing that I did not like is that the instructor wasn’t vaccinated and this had to have been mentioned prior to the class.
Response from Host, Nov 2021
Aloha - Weather we cannot control unfortunately. Our surf lessons are in an area with a gentle rolling wave which is best for beginners. Its a lot of fun and provide a great starting point for learning the essentials. Some people are under the impression you need BIG waves to learn. Not the reality as the light gentle rolling waves provides the best environment for a safe and enjoyable lesson. Thanksgiving is a very busy time - very busy. We do our best to deal with guests in a professional manner. Some show up late, early, wrong day, have small kids (private lessons for safety),etc. As a result some days are more challenging than others. Our lessons take place outdoors and we follow the state protocols with respect to health guidelines. A quick phone call to us to find out would have answered your questions. A request could be put in place. I do recall this day, and during the reschedule we offered either a reschedule or a refund for you. Thank you for your feedback, we will review and update our protocols as necessary.
A wonderful time for our family to learn surfing together!
Yang_L, Aug 2021
Four of us had a great time learning how to surf together. The instructor was very nice, relaxing and patient. He was funny too. A wonderful family activity to wrap up our trip to Maui. Two thumbs up!!
Response from Host, Aug 2021
We agree - Surfing is such a nice family activity. Glad you participated and surfed@
The experience of a lifetime
Cherylle_F, Aug 2021
The instructors were very engaging and made the experience more memorable than expected. We were able to catch multiple waves and paid a low price for professional pictures to keep with us forever.
Response from Host, Aug 2021
Your surf lessons are in an area where the waves are gentle;e enough to learn yet still a lot of fun. Glad you had fun and caught waves!

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