Surfing - Group Lesson - Waikiki, Oahu

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Surf Lesson
  • 2 hours
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Learn to surf with a small group of just four students or fewer during this 2-hour group surf lesson in Oahu. With a professional instructor guiding you, learn to paddle, stand up, and ride a wave on the North Shore or Waikiki. No experience necessary, surf board rental included.
  • Morning and afternoon lesson options
  • Waikiki or North Shore locations
  • Surf board and reef shoes included
  • Groups of 3-4 people ensure personalized attention from your instructor

What's Included

  • Professional instruction from a certified teacher
  • All Equipments including surfboard, rash guard, and reef shoes
  • Safe storage lockers to store your belongings
  • All taxes and fees
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
  • Gratuities (left to individual discretion)

Meeting and Pickup

Meeting point

  • 150 Kapahulu Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815, USA

    Please check in at the surf shop 20 - 30 minutes prior to activity which is located at Queen Kapiolani Hotel Lobby Surf Shop

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Make your way to your chosen location at your lesson time. This surf school was founded by legend Hans Hedermann and has been teaching surfing for years. These 2-hour lessons are available on both the North Shore and Waikiki, at various times. You'll meet your professional instructor and your small group of four people or fewer of a similar skill level, then get sized up for a surfboard and reef shoes (optional). 

Get a basic safety overview and participate in a discussion of surfing etiquette, then practice on your board for about 20 minutes before you head out to the surf break. Learn paddling techniques, how to turn, stand up, and how to maneuver around the waves. Your instructor will be nearby the whole time, making sure you get plenty of guidance and feel comfortable.

After two hours, cruise back to shore.

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 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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357 reviews
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Really fun surfing for beginners
Suzanne_W, Apr 2024
It was our first time surfing and it was really fun. Mo was our instructor and he was calm, patient, and friendly. There were only 3 of us in our group lesson. My daughter had limited ocean swimming experience but he made sure she felt comfortable and she was able to get up multiple times. I'm much older but was able to get up a couple of times and all the other times when I fell off were still a lot of fun. Where we surfed was shallow so that made it more relaxing when you fell off, knowing you could stand in the water.
Elijah_M, Apr 2024
Surfing was an insane feeling for the first time. Jake made that happen who was my instructor. Taught me everything I needed to know. And thankfully I ended up getting a few waves.
Granddaughter loved to surf
barbara_r, Apr 2024
Nikko, he was my granddaughter's instructor, and he was great. My granddaughter had so much fun, and he did a great job of teaching her and the other one that was with them. Everyone was so nice and friendly. I would highly recommend the Surfing-Group-Lesson and recommend NIKKO as the instructor. He was funny and really helped the girls learn to surf.
Jamill_T, Apr 2024
The instructors were so helpful to my husband and I while we celebrated our 20yr anniversary scratching of an item off of our bucket list. Great experience. Can’t wait to do it again.
Buyer beware of Viator
kate_l, Apr 2024
Experience was great, would not book again with Viator, they do not stand behind their consumers or their advertising. Ad said something different than what we got once at the event, buyer beware!!
Very uncomplicated and...
Monika_F, Apr 2024
Very uncomplicated and fun surfing school. I booked the say before and was in a group tour with two others and one instructor. Everyone had fun and got a few waves.
parr65, Apr 2024
Great small group & we all got up on the surf board. Helpful instructor. Good location on quiet end of beach
First time surfing!
Jamie_R, Mar 2024
Such a great experience for beginner surf lessons. Both of my teens had a blast and stood up on the surf board multiple times. The videos and photos were amazing to watch afterwards.
Great instructors! Good...
David_W, Mar 2024
Great instructors! Good vibes and good times, my kids had a blast and said it’s the best thing they did on the island!
Must do!
Amber_B, Mar 2024
So much fun! We all got up and were able to surf (2 adults, 2 teenagers). The guides were absolutely fantastic… they worked so hard to make sure everyone was safe and got to participate even with a bigger group!
Patrick_B, Mar 2024
Amazing experience and top notch instructors! I rode 5-6 waves as a total rookie. Worth it 1000%. LOVE IT.
Awesome experience !!!
Alli_B, Mar 2024
The instructors made this such a great experience ! Not only were they encouraging, but also took the extra time to give us pointers throughout the lesson. I have taken other lessons on the island and this was by far the best !!
Johnai bday surfing 🏄🏾‍♀️ shenanigans
Tiffany_H, Mar 2024
Really nice. She loved it. It was her 16th bday 3/3 she took her first class. The teacher was patient with them and took them out to hit the waves. He taught them skill and showed them how stand on the surf board.
What a Fun moment!
SOPHIA_M, Feb 2024
I enjoyed a lot my experience. To have a coach makes a big difference! I recommand it to others! Thank you!
Best day ever!
LINDA_B, Feb 2024
So much fun! Instructors were great, fun and knowledgeable. Instructions were easy to understand and follow. I would do this again anytime! Highly recommend.
Great Instructor & Experience
Georgia_R, Feb 2024
Great instructor! I didn’t expect to stand up and I did many times! Instructor had the major surfer vibes you hope from a surf instructor in Hawaii! Highly recommend!
Nikko and Charlie were great!
Gina_O, Feb 2024
This was my first ever surfing lesson and it was not easy but a lot of fun! I recommend taking the first class at 8 am because it gives you time to do other things in the day, plus it won’t be as hot! We purchased our class through Viator- Surfing- Group Lesson- Waikīkī Oahu $95/per person. It was a 2 hour class with 2 instructors and 5 students (perfect size btw!) We went off season at the end of January and it was a great value! We parked at the international market place and got breakfast on the walk there (about 0.6 miles/ 14 minute walk). But we found out later that you could also park at the Honolulu Zoo (across the street)- both you have to pay for parking.  We were able to store our things in lockers during the class. And they don’t recommend bringing anything valuable to the beach because no one will be able to watch it.  We watched a video presentation for about 5 minutes and then went to the beach where we stretched and reviewed the steps to stand on our board. We were given rash guards, reef shoes and surf boards for the class. It was cloudy and a little rainy but that did not interfere with our lesson, it was actually good because we had the area to ourselves.   First off, surfing requires a lot of upper body strength because you have to fight the waves moving in the opposite direction. There was more paddling than I realized but one of our instructors, Nikko, was really nice and helped pull us further out to catch the waves. While our other instructor, Charlie, gave us some tough love. He was pretty funny too! He said that I paddled like I was petting a cat and I needed to paddle like in lifting weights at the gym.. That encouraged me to put more of an effort. Their personalities meshed well together with the good cop/ bad cop persona.  At first I couldn’t stand on my board because I was thinking too much about the steps/ not being a strong swimmer/fear of sharks and just a whole bunch of things going through my head.  But Nikko gave me a very valuable piece of advice, “leave your brain on land!” and he assured me that he hasn’t seen sharks there before. After that I was finally able to stand on my board! I still fell down a few times but my last run was the smoothest and the best ride.  I highly recommend this class with Nikko and Charlie, you won’t regret it! Also you don’t need a safety jacket because it can interfere with the paddling (they do offer it but I recommend trying without it)/ Leave your brain on land, be brave and have fun!
it was great for...
marina_l, Jan 2024
it was great for beginners, i received good advice for improvement, and all of the equipment was provided!
Amazing! So worth it.
Natalie_R, Jan 2024
My instructor was super patient, kind, and encouraging! I have never surfed, and I was able to stand up and get a cool video. I was also super scared, but my instructor was super helpful. The people at the shop are lovely people as well! I definitely got my moneys worth for two hours and the photo package is so worth it, too! You must be in good shape for this because swimming out against the waves is NOT for the weak lol. Still give it a shot though! Next time I come to Waikiki, I'm booking with them again☺️
Not worth it for group lesson
Catherine_C, Jan 2024
There were different groups starting at the same time, the semi-private and 1-1 instructors were very attentive and went the extra mile with their attendees for what I could see. However, little was done from the 2 instructors we have for the group lesson of 6.

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