Private Surf Lesson at Waikiki Beach

Badge of ExcellenceOahu, USA
Private Surf Lesson in Waikiki
  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Take to the waves at the famous Waikiki Beach during this private 90-minute surfing lesson. Learn how to paddle and pop up from your longboard, first on the sand, and then test your newfound skills in the Pacific. Already know the basics? No problem, you receive tailored instruction based on your skill level. Want to introduce your little one to the sport? This surfing lesson is great for kids too!
  • Private 90-minute surfing lesson
  • Learn how to surf on Waikiki beach
  • Practice the basics like popping up on dry land, then enter the water to put your new skills to use
  • Receive customized instruction
  • Choose from multiple start times

What's Included

  • Local guide
  • Gratuities
  • Rash Guard rental $5
  • Lock rental $5
  • Photography - with advance reservations

Meeting and Pickup

Meeting point

  • Big Wave Dave at Surf & Coffee
    226 Lewers St #154, Honolulu, HI 96815, USA

    Big Wave Dave Surf & Coffee CHECK IN - 20 minutes prior to lesson start time.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

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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96 reviews
Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
Reviews by Viator travelers.
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Paulie was awesome! I...
Phil_K, Jan 2024
Paulie was awesome! I never surfed before and Paulie made sure I was able to stand up and enjoy it. He made the experience super comfortable and fun! Would highly recommend this company and use again.
Solo with Madison
Julie_D, Dec 2023
Madison was my instructor. She was very informative, fun and helpful. I learned and had a great time. Brendan from Purdue
Caught my first wave on my first attempt
Andrew_H, Nov 2023
Top notch lessons… my 15 year old son and I had our own guides and they stayed with us the entire time. We were total beginners but felt safe and caught our first wave on the first try… the experience of standing up on your first wave is incredible… and the waves were so long and easy. Mahalo!
Surfing lessons w 3 kids
Jordan_H, Nov 2023
Our surf guides took great care of our 3 kids. They were trained in land and given easy tips to ride the waves once they headed out. Awesome experience!
Good vibes
Jennifer_F, Oct 2023
Lee was amazingly patient knowledgeable, and positive. Definitely a great time! Will pursue surfing as a result of his instruction.
Leo was awesome!
Peter_O, Sep 2023
I had Leo for a private session and he was awesome! 5 stars!! He was patient for me and my level and was able to teach me the dos and don'ts to make a immediate progress.
Debbie the Surfer!
Debbie_K, Sep 2023
My instructor, Lee, at Big Wave Dave Surf & Coffee, made a surfer out of me at 58 yo! He was patient and encouraging, while giving instructions. I had a great time and can’t wait to surf again!
Great instructors!
Dana_J, Aug 2023
Great personalized instruction from Paul and Aiden, tailored to our different levels of experience. I learned some great tips even though I have been surfing for years, and my beginner daughter was thrilled
Best instructors!
Mary_L, Jul 2023
This was such a fun experience. We successfully surfed! Paul and Nate were the BEST instructors. They cheered us on non-stop.
Great experience!
Lisa_L, Jun 2023
Our surf instructor Josh was awesome. Definitely highly qualified and very clear in his on-land training. The whole experience was very easy. Highly recommend!
Must do!
Michelle_A, Jun 2023
Outstanding! Our instructors, Pauli and Lee, were the best! Book this if you have ever wanted to try out surfing.
Great lesson & teachers!
Melinda_T, Jun 2023
Lee & Pete we’re amazing! Lee was very patient with my daughter and they made learning to surf easy.
Jennifer_T, May 2023
From the moment we arrived everyone was so kind and helpful(Crystal and Faith). Pauly and Josh were our instructors and we couldn’t have asked for better instructors. We were able to surf most of the waves due to their great instructions.
Book it
Jami_P, Mar 2023
Awesome day, great and fun instructor. Loved the location and calm area we surfed - not crowded and got tons of waves
Need professional instructors
JoAnn_F, Dec 2022
Rude instructor that blamed my daughter for his watch falling off in the ocean. Then he lost his sunglasses and stated that this lesson cost him $400. Not very professional.
Surfing lessons
David_S, Oct 2022
It was awesome. Me and my son had a great time and the instructors were very nice and friendly. My son surf for the first time and caught a few waves and stood up and and caught a wave.
It was GREAT! I'm an...
Qi_L, Aug 2022
It was GREAT! I'm an introverted person, but my instructor is super patient and encouraging and never over-talkative, which made me feel very comfortable. He was also excellent in teaching me how to surf-I managed to stand up in one try, and we caught at least six or seven good waves during the session. His surfing and swimming skills were also astonishing (said he started surfing at the age of 6). It's the best part of my vacation! Would definitely recommend it to every friend visiting Hawaii.
They are not helpful at...
Elizabeth_L, Aug 2022
They are not helpful at all in terms of cancellations especially I just booked it a few hours ago! They’re saying that they are strict in 48 hrs cancellation. How can a 48 hrs exist when I just booked it at 9:00 am and cancelling it at 1:00pm! Explain please!
Elaine_C, Aug 2022
We had Paulie as our instructor and we LOVED him! We live hours from the beach at home and now my son has asked for his own surfboard (don’t know how that’s going to work!). Anyway, thoroughly enjoyable few hours. Paulie was very patient, looked out for everyone and made sure we all had a great time. Thoroughly recommended.
Surfing with the best!
Osamudia_J, Aug 2022
Our surf instructors at Big Wave Dave were AMAZING. Knowledgeable, friendly, safe, and patient, they created the perfect learning conditions for the 4 of us (2 adults and 2 kids) to learn to surf. It was an incredible experience for us out at Waikiki Beach that we’ll never forget!

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

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