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Maui Surf Instruction 101 at Kalama Beach in Kihei

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Maui Surf Instruction 101 at Kalama Beach in Kihei

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icon2 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

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

This activity will end right where it started.
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. 
  • 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 travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travellers
  • OPERATED BY South Pacific Kayaks & Outfitters
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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star-5
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
icon 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!
star-5
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!
icon Response from Host , Jan. 2022
Mahalo for joining us for some great Maui surf lessons....so 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.
star-3
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.
icon 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.
star-5
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!!
icon Response from Host , Aug. 2021
We agree - Surfing is such a nice family activity. Glad you participated and surfed@
star-5
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.
icon 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!
star-5
Great time!
Jimi_H
, Aug. 2021
We had such a great time during our private surf lesson with Jordan. He was great at teaching us the ropes and encouraging us along the way. So much fun!
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-5
Must do
Niko_K
, Aug. 2021
An overall great experience while in Maui ! The instructor was so cool, relatable and knowledgeable.
icon Response from Host , Aug. 2021
How nice. Thanks Niko! Come see us again.
star-5
Great experience
KArey_H
, Aug. 2021
This was such a great experience for my daughter and my friend. pictures will be number if it lasts a lifetime and the instructor was very knowledgeable and helpful. My only complaint is it was very hard to find them in the beginning. Make sure to look for the black truck. "Beach boys" what is the name of the company.
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-5
Best surf lesson !!
Kelli_P
, Jul. 2021
Great experience and well worth the money. My husband and I caught a ton of waves and had a blast with the local instructors they made us feel safe and taught us quickly so that we could enjoy the water .
icon Response from Host , Jul. 2021
Aloha Kelii..... Glad you had fun and got the authentic experience with some local instructors. Next time, consider out Surf Safari! Mahalo
star-5
First time surfing success!
Heather_M
, Jul. 2021
Fantastic!! The guys had us up and surfing in no time. Keoki was super patient and attentive to each participant, watching each person and giving tips to ensure our success. The guys were friendly and kind from beginning to end….local guys that were all about the Aloha spirit! I highly recommend them and I will be booking with them again when in Maui.
icon Response from Host , Jul. 2021
Aloha Heather - thanks for taking the time to review. Keoki is a great instructor and loves to share the "Aloha". He truly is a kind soul.
star-5
Worth it! Glad we did it!
Josh_D
, Jul. 2021
Definitely worth it, both time and money. So glad to have done it. Spent roughly 10 minutes on land, rest of the time was spent catching waves in the water. Totally cool. Photographer was out there capturing photos available for purchase after.
star-5
Maui surfing at Kalama Bay
Tamara_A
, Jul. 2021
We had the best possible instructor, very experienced, and encouraging. We had a perfect amount of time to go over basic instructions and had many opportunities to catch a wave. Both my daughter and I leaned how to catch a way and stand up independently. They also took professional photos of us which turned out amazing. We had a lot of fun!
star-5
Great experience
Monica_A
, Jul. 2021
Great personal service and warm welcoming instruction. My girls loved the lesson and they were taught great. They got up and rode and had never surfed before. They had a blast. Thank you!
star-5
Great time; lots of turtles
Cassie_R
, Jul. 2021
My daughter (16) thoroughly enjoyed the experience; her instructor, Eli, was kind and helpful, but she also went on about all the sea turtles out there. I just wish I would’ve done it as well.
icon Response from Host , Jul. 2021
Thanks for taking the time to review us. Surfing is a fun time and kids especially enjoy as it's much easier for them to learn and pick it up. For turtles, best way to enjoy is with a kayak snorkel tour I. Makena Bay. Put that on your list on your next visit. Mahalo
star-5
Fun experience
Brittani_W
, Jul. 2021
Organized and really great instructor! Navigated group to a great space, was safety conscious, and provided detailed instruction. Was able to stand after a few tries!
star-5
Awesome Surfing Experience!!
Michael_S
, Jun. 2021
We had an amazing time with our instructor Kyle who got my wife and I on the board and surfing on the first try!! We had a great time and feel confident to start surfing waves by ourselves in the future! Thank you so much!
star-5
Awesome
Vedrana_S
, Jun. 2021
Josh was very patient and positive. Handled the group lesson equitably. Full 2 hrs, our first lesson, caught some nice waves.
star-5
Fun on the water
Reina_D
, Jun. 2021
The kids had a lot of fun. The instructor was very patient with them. We would definitely do it again.
star-5
Great
Susan_J
, May 2021
Jordan was amazing. One of our best experiences. I never thought I would be able to surf!!!!!!!!!!🙂😃😁
star-5
Definitely recommend!
Brianna_W
, Jan. 2021
First time surfing for both my husband and I, and we were able to do a tandem surf with church(the surfing instructors dog)! Such a great experience and perfect for beginners!
icon Response from Host , Jan. 2021
Ah...... You had James as your instructor. James is a veteran and is a great guy. Always a smile on his face. Glad you enjoyed learning to surf and had fun!

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