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“Best Thanksgiving Ever!”

Kahaluu Bay Surf and Sea
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Small-Group Surf Lesson on the Big Island
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Owner description: Get SURF LESSONS and RENTALS with Kahaluu Bay Surf & Sea in beautiful Kona, Hawaii. Winner of the 2014, 2015 and now 2016 Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence award. Come experience the truly Hawaiian sport of surfing. Our friendly surf instructors teach people of all ages and skill levels how to surf in a fun and safe environment. We also have one of the largest selections of quality Surfboards, Stand Up Paddle Boards, and Snorkel gear for rent on the Big Island. The only surf shop located directly across the street from Kahaluu Bay, one of the best surfing and snorkeling beaches in Kona. So what are you waiting for? Book your surf lesson today!
Denver, Colorado
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“Best Thanksgiving Ever!”
Reviewed 7 December 2013

We were so impressed with the people at Kahalu’u Bay Surf and Sea. If you want to learn how to surf this is the place to go. Everyone who worked there was so accommodating and enthusiastic about what they do. We had a diverse group coming in to learn how to surf and they truly made the most enjoyable experience. They were patient and really took the time to ensure everyone was ready and we had good conditions to go out in. Ben, Mike, and Isha were so good with my young daughter and the other kids in our group. They really know how to work with kids of all ages. They knew which kids in the group they should push and which ones needed a little extra support. I was never nervous or worried about what the kids were doing as the staff was so attentive and really went above and beyond to ensure both safety and a high fun factor!!! I think the best thing about Kahalu’u Surf was the fact that they really enjoyed what they do and it showed with her enthusiasm towards us and our experience! I think they were almost as excited as we were about catching our first waves! My daughter was so proud of herself for surfing and loved her new friends Mike and Ben that were out in the water helping her. Her dad bought her a hat and she rarely takes it off. We have been home a week and she is sleeping with it every night. Everyone loved our surfing adventure so much that we had to go back again this time not only did I have my daughter but her grandparents wanted to join as well. Our next time out we had three generations on the water ranging in ages from ages 9 to 74. Ben, Isha, and Mike know how to work with a very diverse clientele and still ensure that each and every person out there in the water is looked after and has the best time! Thanks to everyone at Kahalu’u Bay Sea. I know this is a lengthy review, but I just can’t recommend them enough as this was one of the most memorable experiences for our family!

P.S. Paddle boarding was also a ton of fun and great activity when the waves weren't so big :)

Visited November 2013
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Little Rock, Arkansas
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“If your surfing in Kona, dont go any further!”
Reviewed 5 December 2013

Ben and Isha are awesome!!!! They were so friendly we went back again and again!!! If you want instructors that love what they do and love working with people then stop here. Ben found out we were surfing on day two and grabbed a board to help us out. They really enjoy teaching others to surf. For our family there is no other place than Kahalu'u Bay Surf and Sea!

Visited November 2013
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Ferndale, California
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“Convenient location/reasonably priced”
Reviewed 22 November 2013

Located right across the street from "the best surfing beach" on the Big Island. I was told there are only surfing reefs on the Big Island. Kahalu'u Bay is a good place to take surfing lessons, paddle board and snorkel. Lots of colorful fish and sea turtles hang out nearby. You will find outside showers, public restrooms, picnic tables and a food truck. Parking can be difficult and scarce.

This surf shop is right across the street which makes it very convenient. They also rent snorkel equipment and surf lessons are offered as well. Friendly, helpful staff too.

Visited November 2013
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Calgary, Canada
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“Got a lesson because Ben's a nice guy!”
Reviewed 17 November 2013

A group of us rented surf boards from Ben at Kahalu'u Bay Surf & Sea in mid November. Some of us had surfed before but for some of us it was our first time. Ben was out giving a private lesson and while he wasn't busy he took the time to give us pointers and even helped us stand up on our first few waves. He showed us the best placement for the bay we were in, answered all of our questions, encouraged us to hang out beside him and listen in and included us every time he was instructing his paying student. We were so appreciative of his free advise and help we tried to tip him or at least pay for a part of a lesson but when we tried he would not take our money. I hope to surf again and if I do it will be with Kahalu'u Bay Surf and Sea!!

Visited November 2013
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Cary, NC
2 reviews
“Amazing Fun!!!!!”
Reviewed 6 November 2013

My wife wanted a surf lesson (it was her birthday gift) while on our visit to the Big Island so we signed up with the gang at Kahalu'u Bay Surf and Sea and boy are we glad we did. We were paired with Isha for a semi-private lesson and she was great. We learned how to stand on the board while in the shop but she did a great job in giving pointers to a couple of more tenured kids looking to ride the waves. And we did!!!! Thanks to Isha's help. While waiting for the next wave, she was very social and we talked about everything from surfing to life in general. It was a lot of fun and much of it had to do with the way Isha handled our lesson. After the lesson, we talked at the shop and Isha along with Ben were extremely helpful in sharing other local attractions, great places to eat and fun things to do. We have taken a couple of the recommendations and they have been spot on. In the end we got a great surf lesson and more! Thanks Isha (and Ben too) and Kahalu'u Bay Surf & Sea!

Visited November 2013
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