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Address: 75-5909 Alii Dr, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740-1323
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Hawaii Lifeguard Surf Instructors are born and raised in the islands. Who...

Hawaii Lifeguard Surf Instructors are born and raised in the islands. Who better to visit when in Kona but the Natives! Surf with actual Hawaiian Lifeguards, take a Kayak Tour or learn how to Stand Up Paddle. HLSI is a family owned and operated Big Island Surf School. Come surf with our OHANA! Located in the Heart of Kailua-Kona On Ali'i Drive. South of mile marker 1. Situated between the Kona Reef Resort and Ali'i Cove. Across the street from Honls Beach Park (Wai'aha Bay).

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Surfing was FUN even for Beginners!

4 of us booked our first-ever surfing lesson with HLSI, we had 2 instructors taking care of us in the water after a briefing at the school. All instructors were patient and... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Hong Kong, China
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5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

4 of us booked our first-ever surfing lesson with HLSI, we had 2 instructors taking care of us in the water after a briefing at the school. All instructors were patient and encouraging, got us all on the boards for in the first few attempts! They were very considerate, even brought the surfboards into the water for us, what a... More 

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Gig Harbor, Washington
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

So many surfing companies to choose from in the area. We went with this company based on its good reviews on TA and Hawaii revealed. It was a great experience. We signed up for a private lesson for both of my boys ages 6 and 8. The six year old was a little nervous at first but his coach put... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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18 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 April 2017

Hmm, I hate giving bad reviews. But it must be done. First of all, we signed up for 1 private lesson and 2 duos (aka 3 instructors for 5 people) for my husband and 4 children. The intro instruction at the check in was great, and when they got to the water there were 3 instructors. But when they got... More 

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Thank PDXfam6
HLSI, Manager at Hawaii Lifeguard Surf Instructors, responded to this review

Aloha Folks, We appreciate your review and hoped your 5 surfers would have enjoyed themselves on the waves with their 2 private coaches. We apologize that we were not able to accommodate the request for an additional 3rd lifeguard right before water start time. We were sorry that did not work out in time. And as much as we try... More 

Alaska
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6 reviews
Reviewed 9 February 2017

My husband and I dive, but wanted to try a different water experience, so we picked surfing. We purchased the semi private lessons (couple lesson) but we are very different levels of physical health- It didn't matter they had both of us up and surfing almost right away. I never feel comfortable or confidante as a obese woman, but here... More 

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Thank togetherstronger
HLSI, Manager at Hawaii Lifeguard Surf Instructors, responded to this review

Aloha Folks, Mahalo for taking the time to share your review with us all. We appreciate your feedback and are very glad to hear you both had a great experience out on the waves with Jake and the team- even at different skill levels. We hope to get you both surfing again with us on your next trip to Kona!-... More 

Rochester, New York
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 February 2017

My time in Kona has been spent trying out many different things, yoga, poke and of course surfing. I've tried multiple surf lessons from a plethora of surf shops on the islands and I can say hands down this is by far one of the best! You will not find on any surf school with a price this low and... More 

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Thank Liz C
HLSI, General Manager at Hawaii Lifeguard Surf Instructors, responded to this review

On behalf of our entire team here at HLSI. Thank you for taking the time to share your incite and write a review. We greatly appreciate it and are very stoked to hear you had a great time out there. We try to make every wave better than the last, so we are grateful for your share here and look... More 

New York
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9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 February 2017 via mobile

My wife and I moved to Kailua-Kona permanently from Manhattan (NYC) almost 6 months ago. Learning how to surf has been on my bucket list even though I'm almost 59 years old. But, after experiencing a couple of lessons with two different companies whose instructors were sub-par, I was feeling a bit discouraged. Then a local friend of ours recommended... More 

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Milwaukee
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 January 2017

I didn't think I'd be able to surf due to my physical fitness. The in class intro course was great and the techniques I learned were very helpful. When we got on the water the lifeguard surf instructors were awesome and very encouraging. I even managed to stand up on my board multiple times! I would definitely recommend this company... More 

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4 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 19 November 2016 via mobile

Loved the surf family of captain Rick,Tiff and Jacob. I'm not a strong swimmer and was very doubtful but these guys made it safe and fun. I stood up 3 times and want to keep on surfin' now!

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Oakland, California
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18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 November 2016

My husband and I visited the Big Island on our honeymoon and had been gifted a surfing lesson with Hawaii Lifeguard Surf Instructors. We had a great experience with them from start to finish. On the day we had originally booked, a strong current made for less-than-ideal conditions. The company gave us a call and suggested we rebook for a... More 

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Augusta, Kansas
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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 October 2016

Booked our granddaughters, aged 8 and 10 surf lessons on their website. Great email responses and customer service. They were very friendly and clued into kids! The instructions were very good and the instructors at the beach were fantastic. Thanks to John and Jacob the girls were up and surfing for their first time.

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