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Royal Hawaiian Surf Academy

Open today: 7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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Expert instructors and professional surfers teach you to ride a wave on your first lesson! We accept all skill levels from first time non swimming surfers to intermediate and advanced surfers looking to improve their surfing or just looking for...more
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Hours Today: 7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
505 Front St, Located in the Shops at 505, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761-1208
+1 808-400-6747
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All reviews private lesson group lesson johnny pitzer instructor josh great instructor these guys hour lesson learn how riding waves professional photographer rash guard two hours learning how awesome experience great pictures a lot of fun first timers
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Had a great experience with Royal Hawaiian Surf Academy. Great instructors that worked well with the group of 10 and we all left with basic surfing skills. Most had never surfed and we all are now able to rent boards and continue on our own....More

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Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Anne G
Reviewed 5 days ago

Great experience for beginners! Instructors work really well with everyone and make the most of the experience.

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Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Escape64665368872
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

You must do this when visiting Hawaii—according to my daughter, who felt that really when else would she ever do something like this? Where we live the ocean is far far away. So I signed her up for the lesson. Of course I got pressure...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank cholesteroldoc
Reviewed 6 days ago

Paid for my 3 young adult sons to take a lesson, with the instructor's guidance they all were able to ride the waves and only one son had a bit of surfing experience. A bit difficult to find the place as our hotel gave us...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank teresawY9484FZ
Reviewed 1 week ago

My 3 adult kids (20,18, 18) all had a great time. The instructor was helpful and fun. They all got up and surfed the waves!

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Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Traveler28693066091
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our family had a chance to try this great sport when on vacation in Lahaina. Kevin was our instructor, tons of experience, and all four of us were able to get up - the key was both the on-land instruction and his patience in the...More

Thank Josser405
Reviewed 1 week ago

Surpassed our expectations in every way! Josh and crew were so kind, professional, patient, and fun. My husband, who had surfed before, and our two teenage daughters, who had not, all had the time of their lives. We came back for a second lesson two...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank PageLeighB
Reviewed 1 week ago

Fantastic super knowledgeable instructor for the 2 hour private surf lesson. Both my kids loved it and learnt a ton. Booking the lesson was super straightforward and easy via the website. Can’t thank you enough.

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Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Nomad58352878168
Reviewed 1 week ago

Did a private lesson for son at age 5 and for his birthday at age 6. Both times my son had an amazing experience. Kevin is an awesome instructor, very positive, good energy and great communicator. My son is now hooked on surfing for life!!!Thanks

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Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Navigator51445163386
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very kind and thorough instruction. Safety and fun is paramount. All of us got up on our first try, and it was all because of the instructor. I overheard one of the instructors from a different school and thought that I’m glad I’m not with...More

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Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Eric M
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Elaine K
July 9, 2018|
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Response from RHSAcademy | Property representative |
Aloha and thank you for your question! We have a minimum requirement age for our group lessons(10yrs old) but we can be flexible with age on a private lesson. A group lesson consist of up to 5 students per one instructor. A... More
June 3, 2018|
Response from RoyalHawaiianSurf | Property representative |
We are located right in Lahaina town, about 5-10min walk from the harbor area. Our group rates are 75$ per person but if you give us a call, we can give you a family rate! You can also check out our website! Mahalo Nui
November 2, 2017|
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Response from RoyalHawaiianSurf | Property representative |
Cancellations: Customers will receive a full refund with 24 hours notice of cancellation. Customers will also receive a full refund in case of operator cancellation due to weather and other unforeseen circumstances, such as... More