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Maui Surf Instruction 101 at Kalama Beach in Kihei

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Kihei, United States

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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
Hotel pickup and drop off

Departure Point

1965 S Kihei Rd, Kihei, HI 96753, USA

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
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

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the maximum group size during Maui Surf Instruction 101 at Kalama Beach in Kihei?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers.

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Fun on the water
, Jun 2021
The kids had a lot of fun. The instructor was very patient with them. We would definitely do it again.
, May 2021
Jordan was amazing. One of our best experiences. I never thought I would be able to surf!!!!!!!!!!🙂😃😁
Definitely recommend!
, Jan 2021
First time surfing for both my husband and I, and we were able to do a tandem surf with church(the surfing instructors dog)! Such a great experience and perfect for beginners!
icon Response from Host , Jan 2021
Ah...... You had James as your instructor. James is a veteran and is a great guy. Always a smile on his face. Glad you enjoyed learning to surf and had fun!
Great surf Lesson
, Dec 2020
This was the first surf lesson for my 12 & 14 year old girls. It was amazing! Brent was an outstanding instructor and my girls had a great time.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2020
Thanks. We're glad you moved to the 8am lesson time as it provides the quietest time and allows guests to catch more waves. Happy you enjoyed and hope to see you again on your next Maui vacation.
Great experience! Loved the photos...
, Jun 2016
Great experience! Loved the photos. Something to remember forever. AWESOME!
I know as well as anyone getting...
, Jan 2015
I know as well as anyone getting into a new sport can be tough. Brandon did a great job of making us newbies feel comfortable. By the end I felt like I was just surfing with some friends. That's right, actually surfing. His A+ instruction made the learning curve more of a fun wave. Highly recomended
Brandon was the best! He gave our...
Marcel B
, Jul 2014
Brandon was the best! He gave our family of four his personal attention! Showed us how to stand, balance and ride waves! Great for first timers! I would highly recommend! 5 stars!
Surfing wasn't something on my...
Tara P
, Jun 2014
Surfing wasn't something on my 'must-do' list at the start of the trip but I am so glad my partner and I ended up doing it and chose this company in the end as we had an amazing instructor (Brandon) who was clearly passionate about surfing and imparted lots of information during the 2hour lesson. Because we chose the 8am lesson, we were also the only ones there so it made it more personal and gave us more one-on-one time with the instructor. Would highly recommend to anyone as I was a first-timer and stood on the board after the 2nd wave. We also had a chance to watch dolphins and had some close encounters with sea turtles. Overall, very memorable. Thanks Brandon!
We ended up having 1 instructor for...
Marie V
, Nov 2010
We ended up having 1 instructor for just myself and my husband. It was lots of fun and good workout!

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