Surf Lessons in Maui with Royal Hawaiian Surf Academy

“Let’s go Surfin Now, Everybody’s Learning How”… ever wanted to be a surfer?  You know you have… its one of those childhood fantasies everyone seems to dream about.  Well, then you definitely need to take surf lessons in Maui with Royal Hawaiian Surf Academy.  Our surf instructor Ikaika was amazing.  He seamlessly taught all four of our older munchkins and Daddy Munchkin how to surf.  Everyone got up (most on their first try) and we all had an amazing time.

surf_lessons_mauiIkaika showing off his skills

What to Expect-

I wasn’t sure how difficult surfing would be.  Our munchkins are 8, 9, 11 & 13 and so I sat them down before leaving and talked to them about making sure they went out to have fun.  That it didn’t matter if they actually ever caught a wave.  Boy, was I blown away when EVERY SINGLE one of them (and their dad) all were able to surf like pros.  From their super convenient online booking to checking in and finally to viewing our pics when we were done the process couldn’t have been simpler and the staff couldn’t have been more welcoming or entertaining.


The day started by checking in and receiving rash guards and surf shoes to wear for the lesson (BIG PLUS because we own neither).  Then we were introduced to our instructor Ikaika.  We booked a private lesson and they allowed us to add additional family members to it.  So, it was just our family- pretty cool!



Ikaika walked us to the beach, matched everybody up with a board (they use longboards).  He then gave them an initial lesson about the ocean, its current, the surf lane and so on and so forth.  He’s incredibly knowledgeable in a very humble manner.


Lesson #2 was on the sand.  They practiced board placement, paddling, getting onto their knees and how to stand on the board.


Then it was out to the ocean.  I was nervous but the spot Ikaika took them was perfect.  It was near the port in Lahaina (so I could watch with Liv from the shore), the waters were pretty mellow with nice slow rolling waves and it wasn’t very deep.

surf_lessons_mauiMe and Liv looking super chic on the sidelines- hahaha

To my complete surprise most of the kids popped up on their first wave.  That look of accomplishment melted me!!!

Check out Shea popping up for the first time– so cool right??

They were out there for at least an hour and a half and they were all laughing, smiling and having a great time with Ikaika the ENTIRE time.  In fact they came home and immediately all asked for surf boards and rash guards for Christmas.  So, would I recommend Royal Hawaiian Surf Academy?  That’s an ABSOLUTE YES!!!!!



Upon arriving we were told we could have a photographer capture the lesson with no obligation to purchase if we wanted. The obvious choice is “Of Course!”.  As promised after the lesson they showed us a slideshow.  It was SO fun for the kids to see themselves surfing.  The photos were priceless (as seen above) and we purchased them as mementos.  I loved that this service was included!!!  The pricing is very reasonable too.



At the time of our trip (Nov. 2015) private lessons started at $150.  See their website below for current pricing information. Worth EVERY penny!!

*Royal Hawaiian is NOT just for beginners, besides lessons they also offer Surfari’s, lessons to maximize your skills and Island Safari’s as well!!!

*photos are an additional price and completely optional (no pressure)


113 Prison Street Lahaina Maui, HI

Phone Number: +1 808-276-7873

Rating- 5/ 5

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Have you tried surfing?  Where is the best place you ever surfed? Have questions? Leave them in the comments below 🙂

*A special thanks to Royal Hawaiian Surf Academy for hosting the munchkins. My opinion is, as always, my own.


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