As soon as you step inside Aloha Surfhouse, you feel like you have stepped into a new world! A world of adventure! Go rock climbing, surfing and if adrenaline is not your thing, then take a yoga class or grab a cup of coffee.
We started our day with a bit of rock climbing, also known as clip 'n climb. Our instructor gave us the low down on how everything works and gave us our harnesses. Once we had our safety gear on and checked, we were ready to hit the climbing area.
There are over 20 climbs and challenges that put you to the test. We picked out our first climbing wall, simply clicked our harness onto the auto-belay system and we were ready to climb.
Using my legs and arms to pull myself up the wall, I could feel my body getting a total work out! Some of the climbs were relatively easy, while others you had to work out the best position to put their feet and hands to get you up the wall.
At the top of the 9-metre climb, it was time to come down and I must admit the first few times I felt nervous! Putting all my trust into the auto-belay system but it did not let me down. I simply let go and slowly I glided down the wall!
If you are finding the climb too easy you can step it up a notch! At the bottom of each wall, there is a sign with instructions on how to make the climb more challenging. For example, it might be only using the blue steps to get you to the top.
Are you competitive? Challenge your mate and race to the top of the wall. You press a button at the bottom of one climb and then hit another button at the top and it will record your time. It took me 25 seconds to get to the top but others were doing it around 10 seconds. Don't worry I will get them next time!
After our fun session of climbing, it was time to hit the wave pool and hang ten!
I have had a few surf lessons before but it is different in a wave pool as you need to put all your weight on your back foot. After our instructor gave us a safety brief, we strapped on our helmets and hit the pool. Our instructor, Blake, held the board at the edge of the pool. I started sitting on the edge of the pool, got my feet into position, stood on the board and then Blake set me free. I was off, for a few seconds anyway!
My tip is to keep your weight on your back foot and look at the horizon. I probably only stayed up for 5 to 10 seconds but my partner was much better and surfed the wave for a long time.
Once you come off, the wave spits you out the back of the pool! I was worried it would hurt but I came out unscathed.
There were 4 people in our group and we had a 30-minute session. Half an hour doesn't sound long but we got plenty of time on the water. The 2-foot river wave is perfect for everyone from beginners to the more advanced.
The venue is perfect if you just want to watch your friends or family climb or surf. You can browse the boutique, eat at the cafe or you might work up a hunger after all that physical activity!
There are various packages available plus they also do parties! Head to Aloah Surfhouse website for all the details. It is a great day out for everyone and I was impressed by all the young children I saw climbing!