Standup Paddle Board Lessons

Royal Hawaiian Surf Academy
West Maui
Stand up paddle boards and paddles on beach


  • SUP tour & lesson (group, private group, and 1-on-1 options)
  • Learn the fastest growing sport in the U.S. where it began — Hawaii
  • Easier than surfing
  • Calm waters in Lahaina ideal for beginners
  • Fun and knowledgeable instructors
$70 per adult
  • Morning, Afternoon
  • Duration 1.5 hours

Pricing & Availability


Experience America's fastest growing outdoor sport, stand up paddle boarding (SUP), which originated in Hawaii. Easier than surfing, SUP boards are wider, thicker, and longer, and there's no having to jump up onto a moving board!

Enjoy the calm, clear waters of Lahaina from the unique vantage point of standing on a large, sturdy board. You'll not only get a nice workout and learn proper paddling techniques while maintaining balance, but you'll join scenic views of West Maui and may encounter marine life such as monk seals. Due to the shallow water and the coral reef that rings Lahaina, your local guide will ensure you safely navigate the waters, including leading you to the gaps in the reef. Whether you are a beginner or more experienced, you can also sign up for a private tour personalized to you. Included in the lesson is the board & paddle, long sleeve UV rash guards, and reef shoes.

COVID-19 UPDATE: This activity has reopened and follows all safety precautions. However, due to not being able to combine different groups, the public group price is currently only available for parties of 3 or more (essentially it will be private), so please do not book Option 1 if you are less than 3 people.

Booking Tips

If possible, please choose a morning time since the conditions are usually better for SUP.

The booking calendar above shows real-time availability. If the date/time is available (including for today), just select it and finish the booking process as soon as possible to claim your spots.

Minimum of 2 people for private group. 

TravelShack's Choice

Why we recommend this option over others
  • Maximum of 5 students per instructor
  • Almost all (90%) of instructors were born and raised on Maui so you get to know a true local
Traveler Reviews
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January 2020

It was great!

August 2019

Denise G wrote:

It was the perfect blend of instruction and action. Justin our guide could be a Hollywood movie star - just saying. You want to do this lesson and learn about the island and the many interpretations of Aloha. Highly recommend.

January 2019

Great experience, and great people!!

Guidebook Reviews

Maui Revealed Guidebook:

Stand up paddling is extremely popular with residents and visitors on Maui

Lonely Planet Guidebook:

SUP, the latest trend, takes coordination to learn, but it’s a lot easier than regular surfing. Everybody’s trying to SUP these days, as a quick glance at Maui’s western coast quickly confirms. The graceful sport is easy to learn, but Maui’s currents can be tricky for newcomers. Beginners should consider a lesson.

Fodor's Guidebook:

SUP is accessible to just about every skill level. Because of the size and speed of a longboard, lessons are highly recommended.

Moon Guidebook:

SUP has seen an explosion in popularity over the past 5 years. Taking a lesson is always the best way to ensure success. In Lahaina, you’ll be awarded with sweeping views of the island’s West Side, and it has the added benefit of being protected from the wind and will usually have calm, flat conditions when Ka’anapali is rough and blustery.

Option 1
Public Group*
Option 2
Private Group
Option 3
Private Lesson (1-on-1)
Ideal Experience Level Beginner or little experience Beginner or experienced Beginner or experienced
Best For Lowest price More attention with just your family or friends Most personalized attention for student
Age Restrictions Age 10+ None None
Price $70/person $85/person $170/person
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  • West Maui
Lahaina Harbor Breakwall Beach

15 min from Ka'anapali
30 min from Kihei
45 min from Wailea
Frequently Asked Questions
  • Almost all instructors were born and raised on Maui so you are supporting a business that provides jobs to and strengthens the local community
Terms and Conditions
Cancellation Policy
  • No refunds after 24 hours prior to activity time
Tax added at checkout
  • 4.166% Hawaii sales tax (GET)