Updated: July 22, 2022
A visit to any Hawaiian island is incomplete without taking a surfing lesson. This sport, once reserved for only Hawaiian kings, is now one of the most popular activities you can do on the water. But before you put on your suit and grab your board, take a moment to learn about the best surf lessons Oahu has to offer. The last thing you want to do on your relaxing Hawaiian vacation is end up on a beach with breaks that will eat you for breakfast. Check out these top beginner surf lessons in Oahu!
#1 – Surf HNL Kapolei
How do you feel about having the entire beach for yourself? With Surf HNL in Kapolei you can have the most private surf lesson Oahu has to offer. Their lessons take place on Nimitz Beach, popular with locals but otherwise not very busy. And while there are a lot of rocky areas, the instructors will direct you to the sandy parts so you can easily get into the water. This lesson lasts from 1 to 2 hours, depending on your preference, and can be private or group—but the instructor to student ratio is low no matter what.
Beach: Nimitz Beach
Choose this for: beginner lessons on a quiet beach in the Kapolei area
#2 – Surf HNL Ala Moana
The most popular place to go surfing on Oahu is Ala Moana Beach Park. Centrally located between two other gorgeous beaches, Sunset and Makaha, this beach attracts surfers from all over the world. Even so, this place rarely gets crowded like the Waikiki beaches do. Reserve a lesson with Surf HNL and experience the joy of surfing in these calm waters. These instructors will start your lesson with some training on the beach and then move into the water. They use longboards to make your first experience easier and offer hotel pick up for extra convenience.
Beach: Ala Moana Beach Park
Choose this for: convenient surf lessons near Waikiki with hotel pick up option
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