Surf HNL: Ala Moana Surf Lessons!!!

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Oahu Surf Lessons Class and Equipment at Ala Moana Beach with Round Trip Transport
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From $139.00

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

  • 1 hour
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


There are few things more iconic to the Oahu experience than catching and riding a wave, and with this surfing lesson at Ala Moana Beach, you can learn to 'hang 10' with a professional instructor while paddling out in the sun. This beach is just minutes from Waikiki, and options range from private lessons to those in a very small group, with lessons available in morning or midday — whatever works best with your schedule.
  • 1- or 2-hour surfing lesson at Ala Moana Beach, from Waikiki
  • Learn to surf while visiting Hawaii, where the sport originated
  • Practice paddling and popping up on the beach before entering the ocean
  • Surf some waves while your instructor coaches you in the water
  • Soak up fantastic views down the coast to Diamond Head more than 20 miles away
  • Choose to take a small-group lesson limited to four people per instructor or a private one-on-one lesson
  • Includes round-trip transport from Waikiki

What's Included

  • Surf gear such as reef shoes, surfboard, leash, long-sleeved rash guard
  • Wetsuits and life jackets
  • 1-hour surf lesson
  • Never more than 4 students/instructor
  • Experienced lifeguard, CPR certified instructors
  • Transportation available for selected hotels
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks
  • Towels, Swimsuit, and Sunblock

Meeting and Pickup

Meeting point

  • 71 Ala Moana Park Dr, Honolulu, HI 96815, USA

    Meeting point is at the volleyball court.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

The Oahu surf lesson begins when you’re picked up from your Waikiki hotel, and are driven over to Ala Moana Beach just minutes from Waikiki. This is where you’ll meet your surfing instructor, who will get you fitted with the proper size board and gear you might need for your lesson. Since this tour is limited to only four people, you’re ensured a small-group, personalized experience. You can also upgrade to a private lesson, if you wish.

The surfing portion begins on the sand, where you’ll learn the proper spot to lay on the board and how to efficiently paddle, as well as the basic etiquette of surfing and how to duck under the waves. You’ll practice beginner techniques on land, and also learn how the history of surfing has roots right here on Oahu. Having run through the basics up on the sand, grab your board, strap on your leash, and begin paddling out towards waves that gently roll towards the shore. Your instructor will be there right by your side helping push you into the waves, and will offer tips for how to stand up, how to fall down and how to steer on the wave.

When your Oahu surfing lesson is finished, you’re transported back to your Waikiki hotel to rest your weary arms, and reflect on what you could do better next time — since you’ll definitely want to go again.

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 12 years for group bookings
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Minimum age is 5 years for private bookings
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 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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43 reviews
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Reviews by Viator travelers.
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First time surfers in our 50’s
Kieran_B, Apr 2024
Thoroughly enjoyed our surfing lessons. My wife and I had never surfed before but would come back again and again. Very patient & excellent instructors who helped us step by step.
Daniel_G, Jul 2023
Would recommend anyone looking at surfing for first time to use this service. Namaka and James were fantastic teachers for me and my 9 year old daughter they were through and patient. Great service. Dan and Ivy
Marga_M, Nov 2022
We had a fantastic experience! Loved our Surf Instructor and how great the kids did surfing. We would do this again and we highly recommend it.
Great Lesson
Christopher_K, Sep 2022
Justice was very professional and knowledgeable and got me off to a great start. He showed me how to choose a good wave, figure out where they would break, and pushed me to help me up to speed.
Surfing lessons, five people, 01272022
Ana_H, May 2022
These guys were AWESOME! I grew up boogieboarding in Cali and wanted my teenage nieces and nephews to have a similar experience while we were in Hawaii. We had a BLAST! They provided the boards and the knowledge, and we all had such a great experience. Definitely recommend.
Highly recommend!!
Emily_G, Jul 2021
This was amazing! I stood up on the first wave! Great instructors! One-on-one help and guidance. The Ala Moana location is great, the waves are just right for beginners. The instructors were friendly and helped us in the water. It was so much fun!
Great surfing Instructors
Gabe_d, Jul 2021
Nate and the rest of the team were awesome. My kids enjoyed having them as their instructors. My kids were up and surfing within 10 minutes
Great people
Bryant_H, Jun 2021
Great time as a family! Very nice staff and also accommodating. Picked us up from our lobby, made great conversation, and pointed us to some fun activities while we're here.
Surfing novice
Joseph_L, Jun 2021
Nate and his buddies are all amazing.My husband and 2 daughters really enjoyed the whole experience very friendly and accommodating to our needs
Amazing life long memories!
Brenda_W, Jun 2021
Sam and Ridge made this experience turn from fun to amazing! They are rock stars that did everything to make this surf session just amazing. So much so we booked again! This is hands down a must try!
Great experience
Jacqueline_M, Jun 2021
Nate made sure to give us an amazing experience!!! Picked us up and dropped us back off, provided all of the gear, and actually got us surfing!! My hubby stood up on his board on his 2nd wave! Would definitely recommend!
Best time!
Margo_N, May 2021
The instructors were really awesome and super helpful! It was one of the coolest things I’ve done in Hawaii! Highly recommend!
Stellar Service
Kailey_J, Apr 2021
This lesson was absolutely amazing. The instructor, Nate was superb! I would definitely recommend this company for your lesson!
Great time!
Chad_W, Mar 2021
Great experience, the instructors are super nice and helpful. Our whole group was able to get up and ride waves. Very safe and professional. Great time!
Excellent instruction
Shannon H, Jul 2018
Instructor was very helpful! I got up a few times and had a ton of fun, would definitely recommend this company.
My 17 yo daughter had an amazing...
Lisa T, Aug 2015
My 17 yo daughter had an amazing experience during her 2hr surf lesson. There were two instructors to only 2 guests so they ended up with private lessons. The water was not overly crowded and the waves were perfect for a first lesson. Given her athletic background she rode may waves and loved surfing. She appreciated being towed out to catch waves by her instructor too saving more energy for surfing. My only regret is that they didn't get any photo's and only 2 very short video's. they were too far out from shore for me to get any either. Overall I would highly recommend using Surf HNL. Aloha!
Customer service was excellent. My...
Rob A, Aug 2015
Customer service was excellent. My friend and I both had our own personal instructors, who were super friendly. I would definitely recommend to those interested.
I was nervous for the lessons but...
Mary R, Jun 2015
I was nervous for the lessons but this was a very organized and safe setup. The instructors were great and made it even more fun. Definitely a must do!
This was a very nice experience...
Wilhelmina G, Mar 2015
This was a very nice experience. Instructor and helper were awesome. Patient, friendly service. Great views. Comfortable location. Would certainly recommend to others.
This was fantastic. There were three...
Karly, May 2014
This was fantastic. There were three of us and we had two guides to help us and they were great. The water was perfectly calm so it made it easier to balance once up. They were very cruisy so we could take our time and stop and swim if we wanted to. Highly recommended.

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