I had a great experience! Of course, we had clear skies, warm water, and nice breezes in Cabarete, Dominican Republic. However, in Sammy’s camp, I also enjoyed fun water sports (surfing, kiteboarding) and time with other campers and Sammy’s team. I joined the camp by myself, so I brought a book just in case I would need to kill time. I did not have the chance to read even the first page.
Honestly, I am not a natural surfer and kiteboarder, so I needed lessons. Sammy and his team are not only good instructors but also good entertainers, keeping me having fun and laughing throughout the lessons. I enjoyed the morning surfing sessions, and afternoon kiteboarding sessions ‘till evening every day – I did not stop going out!
And it wasn’t just the water sports that were fun – so were the evenings. The campers and instructors became fast friends and hung out every single night – it was like a party every day! This is the best part of this camp.
Sammy and his team made sure everything was well organized, and us campers became friends with each other from a day one. In Cabarete, I got surfing, kiteboarding, and also new friends.
Thank you for your hospitality, Sammy and all staff!!
I got invited to do Sammy’s kite camp in the DR, and it was one of my top experiences for the summer. Sammy and his crew took care of all the campers by making sure we all got one-on-one instruction. Getting in the water with a kite can be intimidating, but Sammy and his crew made everyone feel confident getting out with the kite. We also had a blast with other activities such as surfing, hiking, & enjoying the evenings together at local restaurants. Sammy’s crew was always friendly and helpful with whatever we needed during our stay. I recommend coming out and trying this!
Sammy is the best kite surfing instructor there is! I have to admit going into this I was a little scared… But, Sam really helped me understand how to control the kite, and in turn helped me conquer my fear. Then, I was up and riding in no time. Thanks a million!
We took Sammy’s SUP group lesson. Each of us had a different experience level, but he was very flexible and we all had great fun. Also he was very accommodating of our various requests (imagine requests from 5 females…). He is very professional but friendly. We all highly recommend taking his lesson.
Took 2 private surfing lessons for two with Brendan. It was amazing. He picked us up from our home and drove us to where the waves were. He was an amazing instructor who was very patient and had us standing on the board on our first time. He even towed me to the waves when I got tired of paddling! Such an amazing experience- highly recommend for surfing.
We loved our experience. The equipment was new. They were right on time. They knew the best surf spot. The instructor, Carlo, was fantastic. He was calm and relaxed and had us surfing in no time. We will go back again and again. If they had six stars we would give them.
My wife and I had two great hours surfing with Sammy! We are both beginners and Sammy was geared up with big boards for us. I took one surf lesson before and there was really way too much talk before we got into the water. With Sammy you’ll learn the essentials on land and then get right to it. When he sees you can crawl (not the swimming style) he’ll teach you how to walk, one step at the time. He got us standing up on the boards in no time. We ended up taking another lesson with Sammy the day after (smaller boards this time) and he brought GoPro cameras to film us during our surfing. You’ll only get things like that for free from a smaller company like Sammy’s. Looking forward to coming back to tap Sammy’s knowledge and share some laughs next time we are visiting. Highly recommended!
When searching for a surf instructor, Sammy’s Aloha Watersports was the only place that came up on Yelp with 5-stars. Sammy’s engaging personality is the reason we will go back. My 12-yr old took his first-ever surf lesson from Sammy today. We couldn’t have asked for a better instructor. Sammy gives thorough instruction before paddling out and then makes sure to encourage after each wave. The oldest was the one getting the lesson, but Sammy made it a point to talk to all the kids today (even briefly put the youngest on the board). Go to Sammy, take your children, you won’t be sorry.
I’ve vacationed in Hawaii many times, and my experience with Sammy’s Aloha Watersports was by far one of the best I’ve ever had. Sammy is knowledgeable and professional, yet funny and relatable. He set my mind at ease while I was learning how to kite surf and paddle board. Not to mention, he is hilarious. He will literally have you cracking up in the middle of the ocean. If you are thinking about doing any type of water sports while in Hawaii, Sammy is your man.
We moved here 5 years prior to retiring and took several kiteboarding lessons from Sammy. He was not our first instructor, but he was the one that got me up and riding. Now, 1 year into retirement and living locally, I still take refresher lessons from Sammy and can say without a doubt that Sammy’s Aloha is THE best deal on the islands for water sport activities.