Waikiki is the best place to learn how to surf and you can do it all year round! I highly recommend taking a lesson because…surfing is HARD! And if you’re not in the best shape, just paddling out to the waves will get you huffing and puffing. So when you paddle out, you’ll be so happy that there is someone there holding your board for you and giving you a little push to catch a wave. I wouldn’t count on mastering the art of surfing during your first lesson, but it’s definitely worth trying. If after the lesson you’re still hungry for more, you can just rent the surfboard which usually isn’t too pricey by the hour.
Hawaiian Water Sports
Hawaiian Water Sports offers surf lessons closer to Diamond Head to avoid the crowded Waikiki waters.
Most times people will tell you to visit the stands behind the Duke statue on Waikiki beach (see pictures). I mean I did that when I took my surf lesson and I thought it was a great experience. However, after some researching it seems like those stands are hit or miss. So if you have time do a little research yourself.