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Surfing Lessons On Waikiki Beach

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Surfing Lessons On Waikiki Beach

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icon1 hour 30 minutes  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 2 more
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Nothing is more iconic to Hawaii than surfing at Waikiki Beach. This is arguably the place where surfing was born, and the spot where watermen like Duke Kahanamoku helped introduce surfing to the world. The reason why this south facing coast is so perfect for learning to surf, is the fact that the bottom is soft, sandy, and the water is relatively shallow. During this surf lesson in Waikiki, you'll also notice the way the waves have a steady and gentle roll, which makes them far less intimidating than other waves on Oahu. Add in a long, stable board and a professional local instructor, and before you know it you'll be surfing a wave like ancient Hawaiians of old.
  • Receive personalized tips from a professional instructor
  • Stable boards make it easy to learn
  • Transport provided from select hotels
  • Small group size ensures personalized service
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All required equipment (Surfboard & Leash)
Professional instructor
use of locker to store belongings
Gratuities
Photography - with advance reservations
Rash Guard rental $5
Optional Lock rental. $5. or bring your own
Big Wave Dave at Surf & Coffee , 226 Lewers St #154, Honolulu, HI 96815, USA

Big Wave Dave Surf & Coffee located at 226 Lewers St #154 next door to Roy's restaurant. ***CHECK IN - 20 minutes prior to lesson start time.*** Please walk into the cafe and you will see the Surf Side Retail / Check In area..... we will get you signed in there.

This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • MUST be able to swim.
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 5 travellers
  • OPERATED BY Big Wave Dave Surf & Coffee
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 cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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  • "Wear your SPF 50 or higher on your neck, shoulders, and legs and rash guard is a must!" See review
  • "Also, I recommend take Dramamine if you get motion sickness!" See review

Reviews

4.5
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151 reviews

Reviews by Viator travellers

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star-5
Loved it!!
Jungmin_K
, May 2022
My sister and I booked three days of lessons, and the instructors (Paul, Lee, Nick) were very helpful and skilled to teach surfing beginner. Not only they give good tips for the beginner surfers, but they also took a great concern about the safety. The staffs are very welcoming and friendly. Super recommend for all aged groups, family, friends and couples. Mahalo!!:))
star-5
Surf lessons
Connie_P
, May 2022
I had a great time and the teacher was very good at explaining. I would recommend them and I would come again.
star-5
A fun experience
Stephanie_R
, May 2022
This was a fun experience! I went alone, but I recommend going with a friend. Also bring some water shoes because you will be surfing over coral which could be sharp. I didn’t wear any and I was fine. The water feels so nice. Get ready for lots of paddling.
star-3
Instructors are very nice people but not effective as teachers
Xiao_M
, May 2022
Unfortunately our instructors weren’t as effective as other reviewers’. His voice is rather small, so it becomes extremely difficult to hear him over the crashing waves. I would suggest going somewhere else for surfing lessons.
star-5
Chris our Instructor was...
Jatin_G
, Apr. 2022
Chris our Instructor was great. He took the time to explain everyyin detail and i caught a bunch of waves! I would strongly recommend him to others!!
star-5
Surfing was AWESOME
Veronica_H
, Apr. 2022
Lee was a great teacher/instructor. Everyone in Big Wave Dave was chill, friendly and welcoming. We had a wonderful, weather was great - and the surfing experience was memorable. Definitely would recommend this shop and come back again
star-5
Great experience
Anonymous
, Apr. 2022
Good instructor, smooth waves. Just look out for the rocks so wear a rash guard and water shoes unless you want to cut up your feet like I did
star-2
Not great use of time
Liat_C
, Apr. 2022
The lesson started well however we spent more time in the store than in the water. When we were in the water the instructor took us out 20 minutes before the lesson was supposed to end.
star-5
Great for new surfers!
Karen_D
, Apr. 2022
Super friendly staff. Our entire family of 5 got up several times. We were coached on what to improve for the next wave.
star-4
Good lesson for beginners
Eric_Y
, Mar. 2022
The instructor was great and my son very much enjoyed the lesson. Just be aware that rash guard is needed and it’s additional $5 for rental. If you are concern about your feet hitting rocks you will also need to buy the shoes for $25. My son went without shoes and got couple scratches. Also the back of his legs got sunburned because he was laying on the board to paddle a lot. So you may want to spray good amount of sunscreen.
star-5
Chris was an awesome...
Donna_B
, Mar. 2022
Chris was an awesome teacher. He made the experience more enjoyable and less intimidating by making me feel like I was just hanging out with a long time buddy. Keep up the good work Chris!
star-5
Big Wave Dave’s is Great!
William_C
, Mar. 2022
Chris and Paul gave top-notch instructions to our boys and gave positive encouragement all the way. Safety was prioritized. Highly recommended.
star-5
Fantastic! Bring water shoes
Zia_R
, Mar. 2022
Fantastic! Very clear instruction with supportive energy! My feet did get somewhat scratched on the reef, nothing too bad, but it's probably a good idea to wear water shoes.
star-5
Great family fun!
Lesley_R
, Mar. 2022
My husband and I took our two boys surfing. Chris and Lee were great. From the start! I laughed so much and had a great time. So helpful and great guys! My son Braxton told Chris I can’t do this… and next wave he did it, with good help and instructions. And he kept getting up every time after… my other son Brayden is a big boy… and they accommodated his with a bigger board. And really helped. He was able to surf very well also!
star-5
Beat surf lessons
Bobbie_Y
, Mar. 2022
Our instructor was the BEST!!! I was not planning to try surfing but the instructor insisted I give it a go!! I had the beat day with my daughter! The instructor made it fun and safe! I highly recommend this place! Thank you 😊
star-5
My son, 14, got up and...
Mason_G
, Dec. 2021
My son, 14, got up and surfed! He had a blast! Great instructor and super friendly! I highly recommend them to Hawaii visitors!
star-5
Excellent
D_R
, Dec. 2021
My three children (22, 19, & 16 yr old) and my husband and I had so much fun. Paul & Chris were awesome!!
star-5
Surfing
Elizabeth_H
, Oct. 2021
Our instructor was fantastic! It is physically challenging but so worth it! The on site coffee shop was great too.
star-1
NOT a GOOD 1st Time Surfing Experience
Amin_H
, Sep. 2021
For a very green 1st timer, I Was expecting to have a lot more supervision/guidance/help in the ocean than I got. With that said, I struggled a lot when by myself out there. I got really exhausted trying to climb back up onto the surf board every time the waves kept crashing on top of me to throw me off the board. My foot got scrapped up due to the sharp , jagged volcanic rocks. I almost thought I might drown when trapped under the surf board for a bit. I did not have enough energy to make it back to shore and the trainers were too busy with others to help me. NOT a GOOD 1st Time Surfing Experience!
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-5
Amazing instructors
Joseph_S
, Aug. 2021
Our daughter thoroughly enjoyed this surfing lesson. Viator has it listed as ages 8 and up but it is only for ages 10 and up. They still accommodated her because they had an extra instructor that day but be careful with booking if your child is less than 10 years old. The instructors were amazing!

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