Surf HNL
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
About
Have ever dreamed of you and your family surfing while on vacation in Hawaii? Get surfing today with our lessons at Surf HNL! We specialize in serving families and guests of Waikiki, and those staying around Oahu. Each of our programs helps you access real open ocean surf. Surf HNL focuses on teaching: at uncrowded beaches, beginner surfers, intermediate surfers, athletes, children, families, and multi-lesson programs. Improve your performance and decrease the risk of injury with our fun and knowledgeable instructors. Advanced reservations are required.
Honolulu, Hawaii

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Bumaa C
United States6 contributions
Mar 2021
SurfHNL is very great as they were very professional and friendly. The location isn't that far from Honolulu is a great spot for first time surfers. There were chairs for people to spectate and they provided a shirt to prevent chaffing. The instructors are very professional, friendly and explain how to paddle and get up on your board very well. You practice on dry land for a bit then hit the water! The waves there are perfect for beginners and close to shore so not too much paddling has to be done. The instructors guide you where to go and help you find a wave to surf on and them advise and helpful tips are great. The boards are very stable and the waves are sizeable but not too large. The instructors give helpful critique and will answer any questions you may have. The instructors help you all back to shore and are overall very professional and friendly. They also take photos of you and you can take a photo shoot with a surfboard at the very end! Overall, I would recommend SurfHNL to anyone looking to surf for the first time and wanting to have a fun experience. My daughter & son loved it and we signed up again for second time because of other beaches have to paddle far away for practice.
They gained more skills and self confidence from the second lesson.
Written April 14, 2021
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Mirjam
6 contributions
Dec 2019
Amazing experience, made my holiday the best one ever!
I had only ever had one surfing lesson in my life before, so started as a complete rookie. By lesson three I was able to stay on the board most of the time. I took 6 lessons in total and have definitely found a new passion :-) You are never too old to learn something new!
Jon was a fantastic instructor with a lot of patience and drive and really motivated me to keep on going.
The entire team was great and very professional. As part of the lessons you received all the necessary clothing and water shoes, and focus on safety was excellent.
I would recommend this to anyone who wants to have a go at surfing!
Written January 8, 2020
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Caitlin K
Spokane, WA1 contribution
Aug 2020
The Surf HNL crew was great! My husband and I booked a private lesson online and everything about the process was seamless. We got a confirmation email with all the details, and also a reminder email the day before the lesson. Their website is really robust so we didn't have any questions before arriving. Once we showed up on the morning of the lesson, the Surf HNL truck was easy to spot and the crew made us feel welcome. They definitely went the extra mile. I would recommend Surf HNL to anyone. It's a great way to learn the ropes if you've never surfed before. Shaka!
Written August 30, 2020
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RW
5 contributions
May 2022
I took a private lesson and rented equipment with surf HNL and both were excellent experiences.

I had a bit of surfing experience but was afraid to check out the surf alone, especially because of the reef break, so I took my first surf lesson and absolutely loved it. Instructors are clearly very experienced and passionate about their work. they knew which equipment to start me on and were very encouraging and positive. They also gave me tips when I came back just for rentals.

For renting the gear they went above and beyond. They don't rent so often but they were quick to accommodate my schedule and needs and made it possible for me to get in some pre-work surf sessions.
Written May 27, 2022
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pokyCalifornia
california119 contributions
May 2014 • Couples
I booked a 2 hour private lesson which stated it included 30 minutes of beach instruction and 90 minutes of water lessons. I was told at the last minute my private instructor didn't show up and I was placed in the group lesson that lasted less than 10 minutes and ended with "remember to jump off your surf board before you hit the rocks near the beach" (that should have been a red flag). Once in the water, my only "instruction" was either "paddle" or "go"- not very helpful. Staff overall not very friendly, only 1 gal bothered to introduce herself when we 1st arrived, nobody seemed in charge of the operation and staff seemed distracted. They seemed more interested in selling you a photo or gear with their logo on it rather than teaching you how to surf (safely). When I complained that I didn't receive the 30 minutes of private beach instruction that I paid for and as they advertised, the response was pretty much "yeah, we know" and they didn't try to remedy the situation. We spoke to another family also receiving the group lesson who agreed it was a disappointing experience compared to the time the used the company a year ago, I also spoke to some experienced surfers I met at our hotel who told me this was not a good "beginner" surfing location. I rarely give poor reviews, but this was the WORST experience I've ever had in Hawaii.
Written May 13, 2014
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Aloha, At Surf HNL we apologize for the surf experience you have received on your trip. We are also very disappointed that your Surf Lesson did not measure up to your standards. Although the initial Land Lesson is conveyed in a group setting. Every Private Lesson includes their own instructor when docking into the ocean and during the surf experience, in which you received. Land Lessons are approximately 30 minutes long, however may be shortened pending on the skill level/attentiveness of the student. We try to condense each Land Lesson and convey it in a simple, safe and informative way. This is the case, because most students cannot remember all of the information, especially when they enter the water. Instructors encourage all students to ask questions and communicate with their designated surf instructor. We love to give our students and their families the opportunity to take home a visual memoir or keepsake of their special day Surfing. After the end of each lesson, we remind all students the opportunity they have to purchase photos of their surf experience. We have received many positive feedback and reviews because of this. We also have great pictures of you standing up and enjoying the surf. The surf location we select for guests accommodating in Ko Olina, is one of the best “beginner” surf spots on the Island for both young and old. The surf location is also very secluded compared to any surf spot on the island. The surf location is very similar to a privatized “road”, compared to a “Freeway” of surfers which most surf spots in Hawaii is likened to. This gives any guest surfing with the us the best possible experience without having to share waves with local surfers. Like all Surf Spots on Oahu there are reef. However all students are provided premium reef shoes. We also provide Surf Leggings for female surfers, something no other surf school offer on the Island. Surf HNL strives for a safe and enjoyable surf experience. We have the best Surf School safety record on the Island. Again, we apologize for your experience and we are deeply saddened by your reviews. If you have any questions please give us a call. We would like to make your next experience an excellent one. We warmly invite you back to Surf with us again! :) Mahalo, Operations Manager Ian Gomez
Written May 20, 2014
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Cavman
5 contributions
Mar 2021
My fiancee and I had a lot of fun on our 1-hour stand-up paddleboarding lesson. This was our first time trying paddleboarding, and it was a pleasant and easy experience. The part of Ala Moana beach that we were on is a little less crowded, and we had very flat waters with few waves and little wind, making for an easier beginner experience. For reference we had a 10AM time. The instructor was very friendly and accommodating when we arrived late, and he walked us through a few basics on land before moving onto the water. He was there with us the whole time and provided expert guidance and tips, helping us balance and become acclimated to the activity. Lots of fun!
Written March 10, 2021
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surfh2018
So great to hear feedback such as this... Thank you and we hope to see you back in the near future.
Written March 12, 2021
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happyretiree1968
Kapolei, HI414 contributions
Jun 2019 • Family
Awesome team ensuring everyone had a great experience! While visiting, our grandson said he'd love to try surfing, so after a quick web search I came across SurfHNL. They are awesome! The whole staff was very skilled and gave great customer service. They had a nice tent and beach chairs for those of us waiting for someone taking a lesson. The instructors gave clear, easy-to-follow instructions on land for 15 minutes and then everyone grabbed their board and surfed! With an instructor ratio of 4 instructors for 5 students, our grandson got a lot of personalized attention, and as a result was quickly riding the waves. He is now hooked on surfing (too bad he lives in Louisiana)! There was a family with a 12 and 14 year old and they also felt that they and their children got great instruction and attention. I would highly recommend SurfHNL for beginners!
Written June 21, 2019
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Aloha Happyretiree1968! We are so happy you all had a great overall experience with us. That is our priority.. fun, safety, and customer service with Aloha! All of our staff love surfing and sharing with others. So it makes for lots of fun. We hope to see your Grandson back and surfing with us. It's awesome that he has a wonderful Grandparent like you. Mahalo for the great review!!! Aloha, Ray SurfHNL
Written October 17, 2019
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flhumidity
Lakeland, FL84 contributions
Jul 2018 • Couples
I did a private lesson with Jaret and Jaylin on Pokai Bay. I am in my 50s and always wanted to do this. I was a little apprehensive wondering if I would be up to the task, but I was! The instructors were very friendly and encouraging. I took a spill initially. In fact, my husband on the shore thought I was down for the count; however, I popped right up and was determined not to let it happen again. And it didn’t! I thought it would be really difficult, but it wasn’t bad at all. I am hooked now!

Donna Shattuck
Written July 24, 2018
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J N
Toronto, Canada31 contributions
Aug 2014 • Family
This was our first trip to Hawaii, and first attempt at surfing. We signed up my husband and our 8 year old daughter for private lessons at the Ko Olina location. It was a little hard to find, but not far from the Ko Olina resorts.

I was shocked that within minutes, my 8yo was being paddled out into the ocean and then riding her first wave back! It was so exciting to watch! My husband fared slightly less well, but he didn't have an instructor on the board with him. My daughter had so much fun that we cancelled our next day's plans and came back for more.

Thank you to Adam, Iniki and Josh for being patient teachers and making these first lessons so much fun. We love the CD of photos as well. M is so proud of her Girls Who Surf t-shirt. This was definitely a highlight of our vacation!
Written September 7, 2014
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Aloha! We are so glad your husband and your daughter had a great time! Children are amazing surfers (as proven by your wonderful daughteer)! We are glad you got pictures and shirts to remember such great times. Thank you for your awesome review! Hope to see you guys again! Shaina Ducosin -Surf Instructor
Written February 21, 2015
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Spicoli76
Jacksonville, FL449 contributions
My wife and her best friend took lessons with Kamika and it ended up being a private lesson since it was the slow season. My wife and her friend were bitten by the surfing bug after their first wave. They were both able to stand and ride after minimal coaching and had smiles that could light up night. They said it was the best experience they had ever had and both of them had small war wounds from the reef and urchins but that just made them even more happy and proud to show them off! The location of the lesson was in a very good small sized surf location outside waikiki so ot wasn't too crowded. If you take a lesson bring some extra cash for photo cds especially if you get the photographers that head out into the water with you for some closeups!
Written February 2, 2012
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