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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 travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
  • 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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Fantastic! Our teens had...
April_K
, Aug 2022
Fantastic! Our teens had a great time. Highly recommended for all ages. Our kids want to do it again.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Great to hear.... Surfing is addictive...... Mahalo
star-5
Surf's up dude!
Ryan_M
, Jul 2022
Our Son has tried to surf in the past and never got past his knees on the board. With these lessons, he was standing on the first wave he took. We immediately recommended the surf lessons to a family we met on the Road to Hana
star-5
Highly recommended! I wouldn't surf with anyone else on Maui!
tylerpwheeler
, Jul 2022
Our instructor was amazing! We were in the most crowded line-up I have ever seen at any surf spot, but he was able to expertly position us and get us up and surfing right away. Local wisdom and real Hawaiian strength from him made our experience the best. Our photographer also helped us navigate the crowds and get us back in the line-up safely and quickly. Mahalo to both!
star-5
Great experience!
Cole_G
, Jul 2022
My kids had a blast! Their instructor was friendly and very knowledgeable. My son wants to go again!
star-5
Great experience!
Michelle_S
, Jun 2022
My kids had a great time surfing. Perfect place for a beginner surfing experience. Their teacher was great too!!
star-5
Great Introductory Surf Lessons
Phillip_T
, Jun 2022
Great introductory lessons. My two girls and I had a blast. The instructor was excellent and we got into the water very quickly.
star-5
Great learning experience
Yao_Z
, Jun 2022
Good instructor/instructions, provided all equipment needed and excellent value. Make sure to ask the instructor question, they are knowledgeable.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Mahalo many times over!! Surf lessons are naturally fun so this is a customer favorite - especially with families having a good goofy time together.
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 traveler 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 traveler 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!

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