Popularly dubbed ’sports of kings’ Hawaii is the birthplace of big wave surfing and home to some of the best surfing spots in the world, scattered throughout the archipelago.

The Hawaiian Islands offer numerous surfing spots. There are quite few places that we would recommend leaving to the pros, however there are some great beaches for first- timers to try their hand at surfing.

Surfing lessons can be taken on nearly every island, taught by experienced surfers and usually lasting 1-2 hours. Due to its calm waters Waikiki is still one of the best places to ride your first wave. Olympic gold medallist Duke Kahanamoku, otherwise known as 'the father of modern surfing' grew up surfing the waves of Waikiki.

In the summer the North Shore is a great spot for surf lessons as well, as the waves are gentler throughout the summer months than in winter. Often longboards are used to make it easier for beginers to get started.

Launiopoko State Park in Maui offers easy reef waves- an amazing spot for beginners to catch their first wave and experience the joy of surfing the ocean.

Once voted as one of the best beaches in America, Poipu Beach at the south shore of the 'Garden isle' Kauai is one of the greatest and safest areas for taking surf lessons. Also the Kahaluu beach park provides great spots during calm surf conditions for beginners just behind the snorkelling lagoon.

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Round up an exhausting day of surfing lessons with a picnic on the beach, enjoying the breathtaking natural beauty of the islands.

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