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Top 10 Places to SUP Before You Die

Paddleboarding into the sunset

If you’ve been SUPing for very long, you’ve probably thought about taking your paddleboard with you on vacation or structuring a vacation around paddleboarding opportunities.

Here are some of the best places to paddleboard across the world so you can travel with your SUP to your heart’s content.

Sunset Beach, Oahu, Hawaii

rainbow scenic view over the popular surfing place Sunset Beach, North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii, USA
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Oahu is known for amazing surfing, which means that it’s a great place to paddleboard, too. During the summer, the water is much calmer than what you see in most surfing videos, making it a great place to take your board.

On an especially calm day, you can paddle the entire 4-mile stretch between Sunset Beach and Waimea Bay. This gives you a glimpse of Hawaii that most travelers never get to see.

Bali, Indonesia

Bali is a great place to travel year-round and the boarding is great all year, too. The water is usually calm and clear so you can paddle to your heart’s content. Watch fish and other sea creatures swim below you.

If you’re sick of the crowds, head to a less crowded beach like Balian or hire a boat to take you to a secluded spot. Bali is perfect for beginners because the water is so consistently calm.

The Galapagos Islands

View of two beaches on Bartolome Island in the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador
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Take special tours of the Galapagos Islands by paddleboard. Get up close and personal with animal species that don’t exist anywhere else in the world and access parts of the islands that larger craft can’t get to.

You might see rays, blue-footed boobies, marine iguanas, turtles, and more. Make sure you take your camera or they might not believe what you saw when you get home!

Lake Tahoe, California

Lake Tahoe’s clear waters are surrounded by spectacular mountains, making it a different type of destination for anyone paddleboarding. If you paddle off the North Shore, you’ll get calm waters that are so clear you can see up to 70 feet below you.

Try to avoid any motorized craft on the lake to have the best possible experience. Most of the time, the waters are so calm that you can put in anywhere and have a great time!

Turks & Caicos

Turks & Caicos are becoming more and more popular as a travel destination for SUP fans and for good reason. Places like Grace Bay have calm waters with that traditional and well-known Caribbean blue color.

You can also opt to take a board into the backcountry waterways on the island, though you may want to sign up for a tour so you don’t get lost! See mangrove swamps, heron, and juvenile nurse sharks at play!

Lake Powell, Arizona

Alstrom Point at Lake Powell, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
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Lake Powell offers 96 red-rock canyons and you can paddleboard them all. The best way to access much of the lake is by boat, whether you rent a houseboat or take a small craft out for a day.

It’s so big that it doesn’t feel crowded, even with the masses of people who flock to it every year. In certain parts, you may feel like you’ve entered another world because the scenery will be like nothing you’ve ever experienced before!

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Most people don’t think about SUP’ing in urban locations but Amsterdam’s canals are the perfect place to take your board. The canals have relatively smooth water and offer over 60 miles of paddling opportunities.

Paddling here gives you a new perspective on a beautiful city. You can historical architecture and stop off at the places you want to see without having to walk or hire a water taxi.

Huvadhoo Atoll, Maldives

Paddle over a protected and pristine reef in waters where you can see up to 30 feet below you at Huvadhoo Atoll, Maldives. Watch for colorful tropical fish, sea turtles, and bright coral. You may even get lucky and see a pod of dolphins! You can bring snorkeling gear and dive straight off your board if you see something especially interesting.

Key West, Florida

Pier at the beach in Key West, Florida USA
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Key West is warm and the waters feel like you’re further into the Caribbean. Take a SUP tour of mangrove forests, fish from your board, or simply enjoy the laid-back pace of life that characterizes this part of the world.

Enjoy sights of manatees, dolphins, sea turtles, stingrays, and a variety of colorful fish. Sit back, relax, and enjoy days on your board.

The Antarctic Peninsula

Antarctica offers crystal clear waters and an entirely different sort of paddleboarding experience. Getting there is a trick but, once you’re there and outfitted with the appropriate gear, SUPing can be the best way to see animals like penguins, seals, and whales.

It can also be a great way to get up close and personal with an iceberg in a way you can’t do on a boat. Make sure you stay warm by wearing layers, a dry suit, gloves, and warm boots. No SUP adventure is worth losing a finger to frostbite!

Choose a destination and get your trip scheduled now. Take advantage of all you’ve learned to do on your board and see the world from an entirely new perspective.


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