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Hawaii is the birthplace of modern surfing, so there are few better places in the world to catch a wave. No matter if you’re just learning how to surf or are ready to take on Pipeline, these are the best surf camps in Hawaii.
Picture vibrant rainbows, turquoise waters, and waves of every shape. With accommodations on the beach, dedicated surf hostels, and surf shacks around, there’s plenty of offers to choose from when you want to paddle out.
Go Nuts Hawaii surf camp is on Oahu’s North Shore, a walkable distance from some of the world’s best surf spots like Velzyland, Pipeline, and Waimea. With Sunset Beach nearby, don’t be surprised to find some world-class surfers on your doorstep in the winter months of November and December.
Your camp includes daily lessons, board rental, accommodation, breakfast, and lunch. The rooms are basic but cozy, and there’s a relaxed atmosphere at the camp itself. Readers who’ve been love how it’s one of the best places to not only surf, but immerse themselves into local surf culture. It’s also ideal for mixed ability groups where one person might want heavy waves while the other is happy with fat and friendly ones.
If you have a week in Hawaii and want to combine surfing and yoga, Haleiwa Surf and Yoga Retreat is a top contender, run all year round on the North Shore of Oahu. You’ll have access to iconic waves like Pipeline, Waimea, and Sunset Beach — but beginner- and intermediate-friendly waves as well.
Each five-day stay includes one private lesson, four surf sessions, breakfast and dinner, four yoga classes, accommodation, and transport to and from the airport. With just four surfers at camp at once (you’ll be staying at a private home), it’s an intimate experience that doesn’t feel like the churn-and-burn surf camps you might find where 10-bed dorm rooms are the norm (looking at you, Europe).
The camp also includes one surprise adventure day to a nearby waterfall, snorkel excursion, bird sanctuary, or hike. This makes it one of the more well-rounded camps where there’s more than just surfing.
Spend a week on the North Shore of Oahu practicing yoga, enjoying freshly cooked vegetarian meals, and surfing at some of Hawaii’s most incredible spots. Pata Sudaka Surf Trips has a hippie/glamping vibe. You’ll be camping on a farm near Haleiwa in a three-bed glamping tent (same gender), or you can opt for a private/couple’s tent.
The camp includes surf lessons, yoga classes, rental gear (though it’s best to bring your own boards if you want to surf outside of lesson hours) accommodation, all meals, and airport transport.
This Waikiki surf accommodation is great for those surfers who don’t necessarily want to take lessons, but love to be surrounded by other surfers. With a free daily pancake breakfast, and surfboard rental and surf spot Kuhio Beach Waikiki nearby, the Polynesian Hostel is proud to be the leading eco-friendly hostel in Honolulu. Surrounded by the finest beaches, parks, restaurants, and nightlife, this is a great spot for those who’d like to catch some waves while being in Hawaii. Friendly waves are just a short ways away.
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