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.

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Key Stats

Best Time To Visit

Dec - Jan

Flight from London London

19:00 hrs

Time Difference

GMT -11 hrs

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.


Original Highlight

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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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Where to stay

The pool at night at Hotel Wailea, luxury hotel in Hawaii

Hotel Wailea

Hotel Wailea is one of the few quality boutique hotels in Hawaii, with a relaxed, laid back vibe verging on hippy-ish, but authentic all the same.

The beach at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, luxury hotel in Hawaii

Four Seasons Resort Hualalai

Four Seasons Resort Hualalai is, in our humble opinion, the best of the bunch among the Four Seasons properties in Hawaii. It seems others agree, as it’s also apparently the most successful Four Seasons in the world.

Four Seasons Lana'i Manele Bay, luxury hotel in Hawaii

Four Seasons Lana'i at Manele Bay

Four Seasons Lana'i at Manele Bay is perched on top of a red-lava cliff overlooking the lovely Hulopo'e white-sand beach. The resort borders a marine preserve and is coloured with waterfalls, gardens, streams and ponds.

The pool bar at Four Seasons Resort Maui Wailea

Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea

This Four Seasons Resort is located in the white-sand crescent of Maui’s southwest coast.

The balcony at Koa Kea, luxury hotel in Hawaii

Koa Kea

Koa Kea on the lush tropical island of Kauai is a smaller set up than the ubiquitous Four Seasons resorts we recommend on other islands.

St. Regis Princeville, luxury hotel in Hawaii

St Regis Princeville

The St Regis is part of the larger Princeville Resort, which also includes a Westin Hotel, a smattering of condos, two golf courses and a ranch where guests can go riding or zip-wiring.

The Modern Honolulu

The Modern Honolulu

The Modern is a contemporary urban hotel at the top end of Waikiki Beach on Honolulu. Unlike on some of the other islands where height restrictions are in place, the Modern – all 18 floors of it – is a genuine skyscraper with predictably good views as a result.

Andaz Maui

Andaz Maui

Andaz Maui is a new addition to Maui’s trendy beachfront portfolio of luxury hotels. The resort is situated directly on Wailea’s shore displaying a blend of class and eco friendly amenities.

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Will, Kate B and Alexandra are our Hawaii experts and as seasoned travellers they have the inside track on the most memorable adventures.

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