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Surfing - Group Lesson - Waikiki, Oahu
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Surfing - Group Lesson - Waikiki, Oahu

By Hans Hedemann Surf School
Recommended by 90% of travellers
90% of reviewers gave this product a bubble rating of 4 or higher.
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Ages 14-65, max of 40 per group
Duration: 2h
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Live guide: Korean, Japanese, English, Spanish
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  • Professional instruction from a certified teacher
  • All Equipments including surfboard, rash guard, and reef shoes
  • Safe storage lockers to store your belongings
  • All taxes and fees
What's not included
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
  • Gratuities (left to individual discretion)


Start:
  • 150 Kapahulu Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815, USA
    Please check in at the surf shop 20 - 30 minutes prior to activity which is located at Queen Kapiolani Hotel Lobby Surf Shop
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Pushchair accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 16551P1

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
    • Most travellers can participate
    • Not recommended for non swimmer
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travellers

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 16551P1

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    • Hans Hedemann Surf School
      1,202
      Honolulu, Hawaii
      Joined in July 2008
    • chelseamber
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Surfing in Waikiki - Amazing Time
      Wonderful experience! I took a private lesson with Pete and he was a wonderful instructor. After 3 waves I was standing and rode almost every wave after without falling in. With that said, you are surfing over coral in shallow water and they will tell you how to fall (basically belly/back flop) in the brief safety instruction on land. My first fall I fell backwards (not quite a back flop) and I got scrapped up a bit on my wrist, bum, and legs. Just be prepared for some bruises and scrapes. Also, just wanted to state that if you are taking a private lesson you will be starting the experience as a group in the main shop with everyone else who is surfing at the same time before walking to the beach and meeting your instructor. I'm not sure of the girls name who gave us the safety briefing, but her college friends were taking lessons and she (perhaps unintentionally) made it feel like a high school clique and I could tell the other guys who were waiting for the safety briefing with me felt awkward too. As she walked us to the Bech to meet our instructors, she walked at the front only talking to her college friends and when one of the guys in the group tried to join in their conversation the three girls just rudely brushed him off. Like I said, high school clique. Once I met my instructor at the beach my experience was amazing and well worth it. All in all a wonderful way to learn how to surf!
      Written May 7, 2024
    • ORucker
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      A+
      Everyone was super kind and knowledgeable and Mo was able to get me from never having touched a surfboard to being able to stand up on the board and ride a wave! Awesome experience!
      Written April 26, 2024
    • 21yoshi
      0 contributions
      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      First surf in Hawaii
      Bad wind.Bad swell.But I was able to enjoy surfing. Waikiki Beach view is wonderful from the sea.I would like to come again.
      Written April 1, 2024
    • daisychu2024
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Amazing!
      The surfing lesson was so fun! My friends and I booked a group lesson, but we had two instructors that were teaching us how to surf, so it felt like a private lesson! All of us managed to stand on the board at least once thanks to the instructors Ed and Maddie!
      Written March 30, 2024
    • meyerfamily020
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great time
      Awesome lessons with a family atmosphere. Photos and drone footage package is worth it. The kids could stop talking about it.
      Written March 30, 2024
    • marzanojenny
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Surf lessons
      Peter and Zack were our instructors and were amazing, best part of trip was this experience. Was definitely a must do if in Oahu
      Written March 28, 2024
    • davidmu2001
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      This was an unforgettable experience for us
      Highly recommend this surfing lesson and purchase photos package. My son considers this is one of the things he had a lot of fun with in Oahu.
      Written March 19, 2024
    • T8000XQstevenm
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great experience
      Pete was an awesome instructor for a nervous teen. Had her up on the board multiple times. The photo package recorded great memories.
      Written March 18, 2024
    • rookieg2024
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Excellent surf school
      My son had a great experience with this school on his first surf lesson. The instructor was excellent, got him up standing many times, and kept him safe. The photo package is a bit expensive but I now regret not taking it given how amazing the experience was. Highly recommended school.
      Written March 13, 2024
    • kayleeHawaii
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Excellent Experience
      The shop was very well organized and the staff was extremely knowledgeable, very friendly and super patient with my family and I. It was all our first time and they worked with us on the beach and in the water to make sure we had a good experience. Highly recommended!
      Written March 12, 2024
    • JustIlana
      0 contributions
      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      My Very First Surf Session
      At first I felt super nervous taking a surf sesh because I am kinda scared of swimming in water but I did it anyways. I attended a group session and got to meet new people. Niko and Steve were very patient and informative from making sure our surf stance is correct and giving us tips on catching the right waves. Me and another person are built short so it took us awhile for us to swim further out lol. Luckily, either Niko or Steve would help swim us out so we can catch as much waves before our session ended. Thank you for making my first surf sesh a memorable one. I have learned so much and I will take what I have learned back to my home in Vancouver, BC. I hope to come back and surf here again!
      Written March 3, 2024
    • Jshark724
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Surfing in Waikiki
      I would definitely recommend Hans Hedemann Surf School for anyone looking to try surfing. I went one day for lessons and all the instructors are very knowledgeable and patient. They take the time to make sure all facets are on point from stretching to basic knowledge of your board. They were so great I decided to book a 2nd day with them. Nico and crew are amazing and I highly recommend them!!
      Written February 29, 2024
    • Les P
      0 contributions
      1.0 of 5 bubbles
      Go to the other surf schools!
      The Hans surf school sucks! It cost more than the other surf schools, the equipment is old and shoddy, the lessons are held at Publics. Publics is a surf spot on a sharp coral reef. It was a total waste of time and money. The receptionist/cashier didn't know anything about surfing and wasn't very helpful.
      Written February 25, 2024
    • ryantate101
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      First time surfer, now hooked
      I would highly recommend especially if this is your first time. Niko and Mo made it so fun and easy- in our small group we were all catching waves. I will definitely find them again when I go back- it was like nothing else!! They take you out to a spot that is not crowded at all. Amazing time! I cannot wait to get back.
      Written February 24, 2024
    • gerim480
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Best day ever!
      Charlie was my surf instructor and he paid attention to every detail, from paddling technique to correcting my form as I stood up on the board to explaining how the waves break according to the wind and the reef. With Charlie's guidance, I rode my first waves after always finding a way to fall off in my previous sessions. The private surf lesson was worth the return on investment! I had a breakthrough great day out on the waves thanks to Charlie!
      Written February 24, 2024
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    4.5
    4.5 of 5 bubbles300 reviews
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    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jul 2023 • Friends
    Despite being one of the cheapest surfing lessons on Waikiki beach, the instructors are very helpful and responsible! We took the group lesson. They will really teach you the details. There is a very encouraging handsome young tutor. He really helps you build up confidence, which is arguably more important than skills for newcomers. Besides, surfing is quite tiring! So just be prepared. We had a lot of fun there. Thanks!
    Written July 28, 2023
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    Mahalo for the review. It’s great that they took the time to teach you the details and that you had a particularly encouraging and handsome young tutor who helped build your confidence. Surfing can definitely be tiring, so it’s good to be prepared for that. Thank you for sharing your positive experience and recommendation!
    Written July 30, 2023
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    MrsHodor
    Peterborough, UK
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A good surfing experience overall.

    Pros: the location was easy to find. The boards were of good condition. The equipment provided (rash guard, reef shoes and board) were all provided as part of the cost, came in carrying sizes and were mostly clean. Lockers were used to store our bags. We had a good amount of time out on the water. The instructors helped with catching the waves. They used drones to capture photos and videos of you surfing. I had loads of fun surfing and the water was warm. The price for the whole experience was very reasonable.

    Cons: it was a minimum of $50 per person for photos alone. Our instructor, Charles, was not that clear with some of his instructions and occasionally we found it confusing to understand what he meant. With the wind and the sound of the sea, it's hard to hear sometimes. The safety briefing in the shop before we left was a bit fast-paced and I missed a few of their instructions. The location is over a reef, so reef burn/bruises from hitting the reef is likely when you inevitably fall off.

    Overall: I had a really fun time and felt safe. Would recommend for anyone who has never been surfing before!
    Written April 8, 2023
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    Thank you for sharing your feedback with us. We apologize if the instructor was confusing and the safety slideshow was a fast. We appreciate your feedback and will use it to improve our services moving forward. Glad you had fun and felt safe. Hope to see you surf with us again.
    Written April 14, 2023
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    myndas2018
    Las Vegas, NV
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dec 2019
    This is a fabulous surf company. We stayed at the Turtle Bay Resort so it's just a 5 min ride to the surf location (sometimes they surf right at the hotel). Sadly, the photographer wasn't there so all I could rely on was my go pro to capture my 3 daughters while I surfed myself. It didn't ruin anything though and we had a wonderful time surfing! We even spotted a few turtles! The hard part was that lessons had been canceled the day before, due to weather, and they had to move them to our day so there were A LOT of people surfing in the 1 area. No ones fault but made for some minor collisions. Our 2 instructors were super friendly but due to the amount of people the girls couldn't try catching waves on their own. Kind of a bummer but once again it didn't ruin it. They had a lot of fun!!! Fun little waves for beginners as well as surfers like us who are lucky to surf twice a year! *for those who don't surf there's a beautiful beach here to relax and/or take photos from the side. someone caught a photo of me surfing and shared it with me. bring snorkel gear if you're a good swimmer. good spot to see turtles
    Written January 2, 2020
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    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Aug 2023 • Couples
    Our instructor, Gavin, was fantastic!! He really helped me to learn and tried a number of different things to help me get the hang of it. It was a blast and Gavin was really personable and light hearted and made you believe you could do it! He gave really helpful feedback and at the end, I did the full thing and stayed up for about 5 seconds.

    I also appreciated that the HH school puts emphasis on being courteous to other surfers, unlike some of the other schools out at the same time as us.
    Written August 20, 2023
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    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Oct 2023 • Solo
    it was good overall! opted for group reservation, and the ratio was about 3 people per instructor so you definitely get enough attention.

    majority of the learning is getting in the water and going for it so get ready to paddle and be brave.

    There's a video you watch and some drills before getting in so it feels rushed, but i was able to stand up at least 3 times and enjoyed my time. Paddling is exhausting!

    I would recommend, but beware that it will feel like you're being rushed to get into the water. if you can't swim, i will not recommend learning surfing at all.
    Written October 16, 2023
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    Aloha, We're sincerely grateful for your warm review. Your positive words inspire us a lot. We can't wait to welcome you back for more memorable moments already! Mahalo nui loa.
    Written December 16, 2023
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    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Oct 2023 • Solo
    I had a good experience as a first time surfer. The instructors were patient but also made sure everyone did the motions correctly before moving on. They do a great job of timing the wave for you as well as feedback for when you inevitably wipe out the first couple times. By the end I got a couple full rides back to the shore and had a good time. The group size was very reasonable and they cater to people who are faster learners by taking you out. Overall, this is a well organized and professional group.

    As a personal note, paddling was much more strenuous than I was expecting and I consider myself fairly fit. The beginner boards are easy to balance but wider, so I think the paddling is much more tiring on the shoulders as a result.
    Written October 14, 2023
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    Aloha, We're sincerely grateful for your warm review. Your positive words inspire us a lot. We can't wait to welcome you back for more memorable moments already! Mahalo nui loa.
    Written December 16, 2023
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    makeitso4u
    Chicago, IL
    1.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mar 2023
    I was visiting Waikiki and thought a surf lesson would be fun. I hadn't surfed in years, but thought as a senior citizen now i'd give it a try, I found Hans Hedemann Surf School and the reviews looked good. The Surf shop lesson on safety was good and the shop was nice.

    The problem started when Charlie an instructor had us all paddle around the Jetty instead of going straight out from the beach to the waves. The paddle out was very tiring and exhausting for me. The waves were not really strong and I had a very hard time paddling to getting up with tired arms. I still tried and tried but never could get up except on my knees. I even paid for the photo package but that was a waste of $50 because there was nothing to shoot.

    I finally fell into the water after trying to stand up, which is when the trouble began. I was so exhausted I could not get on my board. I swallowed a lot of water and was struggling to get to the beach. My wife said everyone on the beach was alarmed for me. I had cut my knees on the coral and bumped my head as well which made me dizzy. I thought I would be helped but for 5 minutes I struggled in the water not sure what to do. So much for the safety video! I finally got to the beach with the help of the friendly asian instructor who finally noticed me and towed me in while I clung to the board. My wife got me back to the hotel and nursed my cuts and bruises. I wish things turned out better but I was so so sore the rest of my trip.
    Written April 6, 2023
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
    Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. We're sorry to hear that your surf lesson didn't meet your expectations and that you had an unpleasant experience. Your safety and enjoyment are our top priorities, and we regret that we didn't meet your expectations. We appreciate your feedback regarding the paddle out around the jetty and will take it into consideration when planning future lessons. We understand that surfing can be physically demanding, and we strive to provide lessons that are both fun and safe for all skill levels. We are glad to hear that our safety lesson was informative and that our surf shop was to your liking. We take pride in providing our customers with the best equipment and instruction possible. We are sorry for the injuries and discomfort that you experienced during your lesson. Our instructors are trained to prioritize the safety and well-being of our students, and we regret that this was not the case for you. We appreciate the recognition of the friendly Asian instructor who towed you back to shore, and we will continue to train our staff to be attentive and responsive to our students' needs. We take all feedback seriously and appreciate the opportunity to improve. Thank you for choosing Hans Hedemann Surf School, and we hope that you will give us another chance in the future.
    Written April 14, 2023
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    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very good experience!! I was worried that I wouldn’t be learning much given it’s a group lesson. But it turned out the coaches were attentive and the fact that paddling back takes some time gave everyone a plenty of chance to be helped and coached. I think we had a large group around ~12, and everyone was able to pop up!
    Written December 26, 2023
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    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jun 2023 • Solo
    This place is the way to go if you want to learn to surf! Even with a larger group, I still learned a lot!! Everyone got equal attention and advice, I never felt as though I was being ignored. After one lesson, I feel confident to try this on my own, but will be coming back here for a private lesson to learn even more. Nicco was awesome!
    Written June 18, 2023
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    So glad to hear you had an awesome time with Niko! Hope to see you surf again with us
    Written June 20, 2023
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    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jun 2023
    My boyfriend and I went to the Hans Hedemann surfing school for our first time surfing and had a fantastic time. Our instructor was Seth and he was outstanding. We both got up on our first try and Seth was hilarious. We also got the photo/video package and everything came out great. All of the instructors were awesome because even though we were assigned with Seth they were all willing to help and give pointers. We 100% recommend it to anyone trying to learn and will definitely be trying to return before our trip ends.
    Written June 14, 2023
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    Thank you for the review. Glad you and your boyfriend had a great time surfing with Seth. Hope to see you guys surf again!
    Written June 20, 2023
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