Surf HNL: Small-Group or Private Surfing Lesson (Ko'olina)

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Oahu Shore Excursion Small Group or Private Surfing or Stand Up Paddleboard Lesson

From $149.00

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

  • 1 hour
  • Mobile ticket


When your ship pulls into Honolulu Pier, swap the wooden deck of a ship for the fiberglass deck of a surfboard, as you learn to surf or standup paddle during this Oahu shore excursion. You’ll learn about surfing etiquette and safety from professional, certified instructors, before hitting the waves as part of a private or small-group Oahu surfing lesson. If you’d instead prefer to stand up paddle in calm, tropical waters, you’ll quickly learn how to enjoy Hawaii’s fastest-growing sport.
  • 2-hour surfing lesson or stand-up paddleboarding lesson on Oahu
  • If you're surfing, choose wither a private or small-group lesson with no more than 4 students
  • If you're paddleboarding, enjoy a small-group lesson of no more than 5 students
  • Port pickup and drop-off included at Aloha Tower
  • Covered by Viator's worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship

What's Included

  • 1-hour surf lesson with a qualified instructor
  • Use of board and other necessary equipment
  • Surf Gear: Reef shoes, surfboard, leash, rash guards
  • Experienced lifeguard, CPR certified instructors
  • Gratuities
  • Food and Drinks
  • Towels, Swimsuits, and Sunblock

Meeting and Pickup

Meeting point

  • 8W2R+7W Kapolei
    8W2R+7W9 Kapolei, HI, USA

    Head down Coral Sea Rd (1.9 mi) just pass Tripoli Rd. you will see a cattle guard gate on the left side, (Gate open on weekends). Please park outside and walk through the left side of gate straight up to the beach a you will see our Surf HNL tents.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

On this popular Oahu shore excursion, learn how to surf and ride a wave like traditional ancient Hawaiians, who are believed to have invented the sport of surfing right here in these tropical islands.  

Set right on the beaches where surfing began, the class begins with instruction on the proper way to paddle your board and how to pop up to your feet. Your instructor takes care of all the equipment you’ll need for surfing on Oahu. If you’d prefer to paddle in flat water — rather than riding the waves — stand-up paddleboarding is another option. 

Your Oahu surfing lesson has three different options: A private 2-hour paddleboarding or surfing lesson, a 2-hour paddleboarding or surfing lesson in a small group that’s no larger than four students or a 1-hour paddleboarding lesson in a group of five students.

If you have kids (5 years and above), or are traveling with someone who has special needs, it’s highly recommended to choose the private surfing lesson for an added degree of attention. All participants must know how to swim, and since Oahu surf lessons are extremely popular, it’s also recommended to book well in advance.

Worry-Free Shore Excursion: We will ensure your timely return to the Honolulu port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 5 years for surfing lesson
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Minimum age is 12 years for the stand-up paddleboarding lesson
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
Operated by Surf HNL

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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19 reviews
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Jenna_M, Mar 2023
This was great! The service was amazing! I would tell everyone about them! The owner was super sweet and helpful.
All of the experience was great...
Rosalind G, Aug 2015
All of the experience was great, however, the pictures taken only provided a few of my granddaughter, photographer focused mainly on the other couple surfing with her.
Ian and Evan were great! My 14 year...
Mark M, Dec 2013
Ian and Evan were great! My 14 year old son was up on the board and looking proficient in his first lesson. The photos taken by Evan came out quite good. My only complaint was that the GoPro videos were mostly too short and the only long one was evidently damaged when the CD was burned. Not an intentional problem, but would have liked the files on a USB or SD card instead so I could have checked them with a tablet.

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