By Ohana Surf Project

Surfing is one of the most popular water sports in the world, and Hawaii is considered by many to be the surfing capital of the world. Whether you are a seasoned surfer or a beginner, Hawaii is the perfect destination to catch some waves. However, if you are a beginner, it is important to take surf lessons to learn the basics and ensure your safety. But how much do surf lessons cost? In this post, we will discuss the various factors that determine their cost.


The cost of surf lessons in Hawaii varies depending on the location. For instance, the prices in Honolulu will be different from those in Maui or Kauai. Generally, the more popular the location, the higher the price of the surf lessons. Honolulu is the most popular destination in Hawaii, so it’s no surprise that the cost of surf lessons there is higher than in other locations.


The length of the lesson also affects the cost. Surf lessons in Hawaii can last anywhere from one hour to a full day excursion that includes multiple surf spots. The longer the lesson, the more expensive it will be. However, some surf schools offer package deals where you can save money by purchasing multiple surf lessons at once.

Group Vs. Private Lessons

Group surf lessons are generally less expensive than private surf lessons. In a group lesson, you will be paired with other beginners and receive instruction as a group. Private surf lessons are one-on-one and provide more personalized instruction.

Instructor Professional Experience

Some surf schools offer surf lessons with instructors who were prior professional surfers who competed in the World Surf League.  Often surfing with those pros will come at a greater price point.  These types of lessons are particularly well suited to individuals with more surf experience.

Equipment Rental

Most surf schools include equipment rental in the price of the lesson, while some charge separately for it. For those schools who charge, some may offer discounted equipment rentals if you book multiple surf lessons, so be sure to ask about this.

Additional Services

Some surf schools offer additional services, such as photo and video packages. Some also offer video analysis of your surfing technique that can help you improve your skills. These services usually come at an additional cost, but they can be well worth it if you are serious about learning how to surf.

Discounts and Deals

Many surf schools offer discounts and deals to attract customers. For instance, some schools offer discounted rates for students or military personnel. Others offer package deals that include multiple surf lessons at a discounted rate. If you are on a budget, be sure to ask about any discounts or deals that may be available.

Age Restrictions

Some surf schools may have age restrictions for their surf lessons, and this can also affect the cost. For example, most surf schools require children to be on private “one to one” surf lessons for safety purposes and do not allow them on group lessons. Typically group lessons are cheaper per person than private type of lessons.  Be sure to inquire about age restrictions and how they affect the cost of the surf lessons.

The cost of surf lessons in Hawaii varies depending on several factors, including location, duration, group vs. private surf lessons, season, instructor qualifications, equipment rental, additional services, and discounts and deals. If you are planning a trip to Hawaii and want to learn how to surf, it is important to do your research and compare prices from different surf schools. By taking the time to find the right school and instructor for you, you can ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable surfing experience without breaking the bank.

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