Kona Town Surf Adventures
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
“Welcome to Kona Town Surf Adventures, the premier family owned and operated surf school in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii and 2018 & 2019 TripAdvisor excellence award recipient . Whether it’s surf lessons or a surf tour at Kona Town Surf Adventures our mission is to stoke you out with the sport of surfing . Our surf instructors are some of Kona's best local surfers that are Lifeguard & CPR/First Aid certified .” Boards, Jerseys, and booties are provided – surf lessons take place at Kahaluu Beach Park in Kona, Hawaii.
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

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2022

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Kelli S
3 contributions
Jul 2021
If you'd like to try surfing, be sure and ask for Tegan. This young lady has been perfecting her skills for most of her 19 years and has the savvy and confidence to teach a first time surfer the skills she needs to ride her first wave! My friend and I watched our young twenty-somethings for two hours, they both got up on their boards multiple times and came ashore singing Tegan's praises. Tegan was very personable and made the experience fun and exciting. Neither of our girls felt a moment of fear, even when the big waves knocked them under the water because Tegan was right there and had prepared them in advance. Kona Town Surf Adventures is easy to access from all the resorts on the Kohala Coast and the price is very reasonable. Thank you Tegan--this was the highlight of K.'s trip!
Written July 27, 2021
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Aloha Kelli S. It’s was such a pleasure meeting you and your girls! Truly one of my favorite lesson, and it’s means the world to know that i helped make your trip to Hawaii so much fun! Mahalo for all the support and I hope to see you and the girls in the water again🤙🏽❤️ Mahalo! Tegan
Written August 7, 2021
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Oliver K
Seattle, WA12 contributions
Apr 2022 • Family
I booked surfing lessons for my daughter and I with Kona Town Surf Adventures in Big Island of Hawaii. We had a great day riding waves! The site was easily accessible and is a perfect place to learn. We were met by our rockstar guide Skyler who is a true local wave wizard. After a quick tutorial on the beach, he had us in the water on riding our first wave in minutes. Very friendly and a great source of local knowledge. Surfing together with my daughter was the highlight of our trip. I highly recommend Kona Town Surf Adventures to anyone looking the experience the essence of Hawaii.
Written April 21, 2022
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Vera C
8 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
Kona Town Surf Adventures was recommended to us by Hulakai @ King Shops Waikoloa. When I called to find out availability and pricing, they were hard to reach - no voice mail, just ringing. Finally got a hold of them, got the info and said I would call back. When I did call back to book, same issue...ringing, no answer, no voice mail. I persisted and finally got thru, got a lesson booked for two teens and one adult. Everything was confirmed and paid for and we received a detailed email with instructions on where & when to show up. We arrived for our lesson and no one was at the location. We called. No answer. Another surf company told us that Kona group had moved to another location ten minutes away for better wave conditions. We finally got thru to someone at KTSA after multiple tries with no answer and were told that they had sent a text earlier. This was not the case and they apologized later that they "thought they had sent". We arrived 30 minutes late to the lesson. .That said, once we were there, the instructors and support team were super engaged, helpful and gave great instruction. My husband and the two kids really enjoyed their lessons. Hudson was great - very patient and worked 1:1 with each person. So, yes, we recommend KTSA because in the end, it was a great lesson. Just be prepared that their communication may be lacking/needs improvement.
Written August 7, 2021
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Aloha 739verac Thank you for taking the time to share your experience we appreciate. I do apologize for the lack of communication that was never our intention. We are very small locally owned and operated business.This has been thus far the busiest we have ever been in all years in business. I am just one person answering ALL phones calls doing reservations,text, emails & doing so much more. With over 50 calls a day maybe even more it gets a little hectic. Thank you for being so persistent and kept calling to get through. Overall we are happy that your family had a great time surfing with us. Stoked everyone enjoyed themselves out on the water with Hudson. Thank you again. Mahalo Nohealani
Written August 25, 2021
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Jennmarie456
12 contributions
May 2021
I've gone to multiple surf lessons during beach vacations around the country and this was the worst lesson I've ever had. First, when I called to book a lesson, they told me that I would have to pay the private lesson fee because there was no other person that was booking during that time slot. I told them that I didn't want to pay for a private lesson so I could come at a different time so then they said they could do the semi private rate if I came. The instructor could have cared less that he was suppose to be teaching a lesson and seemed to be distracted. He was not around me for most of the time in the water and offered absolutely no guidance what so ever. The only reason I'm giving two stars is because the lady who was making the reservation did try to accommodate me booking a lesson for that afternoon.
Written May 20, 2021
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Aloha Jennmarie456 We sincerely apologize for your experience with us. We definitely take pride in what we do & try our very best to make sure all our guests have a great time, & we regret we missed that with you.My name is Nohealani & I'm the owner. I'd like to know more about your specific experience and make things right. Please give us a call (808)652-7555. It would be greatly appreciated. I look forward to hearing from you.
Written May 29, 2021
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gaylene61
2 contributions
Sep 2022 • Family
Kona Town Surf Adventure was easy to contact and schedule a surfing lesson for the next day. Brady was our instructor. He was an extremely knowledgeable and experienced surfer. He was excellent on explaining and demonstrating how to surf before we even got into the water. He had us practice, gave good feedback, and retaught as needed. When we entered the water, he made sure we were safe and relaxed. He visited with us while we waited for the waves and was very personable. Everyone in our group was able to catch a wave on our own! We all were successful getting up, standing, and balancing on our boards as we surfed multiple times. It was a great 2 hour super fun surfing lesson! I can't wait to do it again!
Written September 29, 2022
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Kevin P
Clearwater, FL105 contributions
Apr 2021 • Couples
Our instructor Alex was great! The original day we were scheduled for was not cooperating so they called to ask if we wanted to wait til the next day so we could have more opportunities. We agreed and the next day we met him down on the street at their sprinter vans where we got our gear, some demonstrations and we were off! The water was crystal clear, the surf was good but nothing scary and we actually were able to ride a few waves! We will be back to rent boards from them for the day. Also ask them about their merch and remember tip your instructor if they did a good job! 🤙🏄‍♂️
Written May 5, 2021
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Aloha KevinB943080W Mahalo for sharing your experience with us.We are stoked you guys had a good time surfing with Alex. Also a plus that you were able to move to another day. We take pride in our work and want the best surf conditions for all guests. We appreciate the kind words and hope to see you in the water on your next visit to Kona. Mahalo Kona Town Surf Ohana ❤️🏄🏼‍♀️🏄🏼🌊
Written May 12, 2021
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pipandjim
Crested Butte, CO17 contributions
Mar 2021 • Family
Literally of all of the things you would expect from a guide/instructor, we didn't get any of it. They barely introduced themselves, didn't ask our names until about 15 minutes in, then never actually used them. There was no enthusiasm, everything was very blasé and even our teenagers noted that these guys were basically useless. The only enthusiasm they showed was to a fellow instructor on the water, who they seemed to hang on the wave with more than us! They pretty much ignored us except when we worked our way back to them and tried to get close to them on a wave (they never moved to us, we had to find them in a heap of people and boards). They would then give us a push and say "paddle, paddle, paddle" and that was it. I'd get back to them and ask questions but they'd have very little to say. No encouraging words, no feedback, no enthusiasm. It was like being out there with clients was the last thing on earth they wanted to be doing. When it was over, they just walked away- didn't say thank you, nice to meet you, goodbye....nothing!! And it's NOT like we were high maintenance or troublesome. We just quietly tried to paddle to them and get a push every time. We are usually good tippers but my tip this time is- take a lesson in customer service and you'll get better tips (and happier clients!)
Written April 2, 2021
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Aloha pipanadjim I am terribly sorry to hear about your bad experience. I would love to speak to you directly to better understand what happen. You may contact me directly at 808-652-7555. We look forward to speaking to you. Warmest Aloha Nohealani
Written April 3, 2021
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Aya K
Redondo Beach, CA31 contributions
May 2021 • Family
This was my second official lesson (first time back in 2014 on Oahu) and third time trying surfing, and this was such a great experience! It was me and my mom with an instructor and we both were able to catch a ton of waves. They provide a rash guard and water shoes, which the water shoes are definitely needed and appreciated.
Prior to going into the water you spend some time on land learning how to get up and the rest of the time is spent in the water.
Would definitely recommend!
Written May 19, 2021
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Aloha Aya K We are incredibly grateful that you took the time out to leave us this review. Our company values our guests satisfaction as top priority and we are committed to our guests. Its guest like you that make our job wonderful. We look forward to seeing you again. Mahalo Kona Town Surf Ohana ❤️🤙🏽🌊🏄🏼‍♀️🏄🏼
Written May 29, 2021
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matthewsmithm
1 contribution
May 2021
I think what I enjoyed about renting my paddle board recently was seeing the young man who was riding a one wheel provide excellent service. I'd say the young grom was around 10 or 11 years old and listened very well to his boss. He was very aloha and treated me well. I've also seen him on some big waves on the second break and is an impressive swimmer. Mahalo to the young, new talent.
Written May 25, 2021
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Aloha Mathhewsmithm Mahalo for the review! That young man was my son & he was pretty stoked when I read this to him.😁 We are a small family owned and operated business and this definitely makes us all happy.We appreciate it. Mahalo Asher (grom) & Kona Town surf ohana 🤙🏽❤️🌊
Written May 29, 2021
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thelms2022
2 contributions
Oct 2022
7am Brady is looking tired. When we jumping in the water Brady is awake and you can see he is in his element. He just came back from a Portugal surf trip and he is giving great advises to improve my style. Waves were smooth at this morning but I took a lot of tips with me and it was just fun and so cool to surf in the sea of Kona.
Written October 17, 2022
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