There are some amazing SUP adventures that will allow you to explore new places you have never been before. Whether you are looking for a SUP adventure in the US or have aspirations to travel the world with your paddle board, we have curated a list of the best SUP adventures. You can check out our article on best places to paddle board in the US to see if there are any locations near you that you haven’t explored. All of these paddle board adventures are action packed with beautiful scenery, exotic animals, and tons of fun.
Traveling with your paddle board was made easy with the invention of the inflatable paddle board. Along with an inflatable backpack for iSUPs you can now easily bring your iSUP on a plane to travel anywhere in the world. This type of innovation has made paddle board excursions that much easier.
1. Paddle boarding White Water Rapids on the Colorado River
Stand up paddle boarding in white water rapids is quite the adventure. You may be thinking how is that even possible. Well, if you stay in Class 1 and 2 rapids, paddling these bumpy waters is actually very exhilarating. Having the right gear is paramount to having a good SUP white water rapids adventure. Inflatable paddle boards are perfect for rapids because they easily bounce off the rocks without getting damaged. Be sure to wear a helmet and other safety gear in case you do fall off your SUP. If you are looking for a SUP adventure that will provide a great adrenaline rush, paddling white water rapids is for you.
2. Paddle Boarding Tahiti
Tahiti is one of the most exotic paddle boarding destinations in the world. Tahiti is a group of 118 islands located in French polynesia in the South Pacific. If you are looking for somewhere to travel with your inflatable paddle board, this is the spot. The crystal clear turquoise waters are home to a diverse species of marine life. Be sure to bring your snorkeling or scuba gear along as this is one of the top places in the world to explore underwater. Be sure to put Tahiti on your SUP adventure bucket list.
3. Glacier Paddle Boarding in Alaska
Paddle boarding next to massive glaciers and icebergs in the heart of Alaska sounds pretty crazy, right? Well it is quite the SUP experience. If you can brave the cold weather and water, you can see some stunning up close views of these otherworldly landscapes. There are tour companies that will take you out to spots and provide you with all the gear you will need to stay safe and warm. Liquid Adventures gives tours of Bear Glacier which is the largest glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park. Glacier paddle boarding is a completely different type of SUP terrain that will leave you craving to see more of the Alaskan coastline.
4. New Zealand
The adventure capital of the world, New Zealand, is a SUP paradise. An island country located in the South Pacific New Zealand has miles of coastline and plenty of lakes to paddle on. A common destination for adrenaline junkies due to the amazing skydiving and bungee jumping opportunities, New Zealand is an adventurer's dream. The picturesque mountains and landscapes will have you thinking you're on another planet. For those very adventurous paddle boarders, New Zealand is a must go to destination.
5. SUP Surfing in Costa Rica
SUP surfing has exploded in popularity in the last decade. Surfing with your paddle board is incredibly fun and is a bit easier than traditional surfing. If you are looking for a sup surfing destination look no further than Costa Rica. The central american country is a popular surfing destination and has miles of coastline that offer surf for any experience level surfer. We recommend the Guanacaste province in northwest Costa Rica for the best paddle surfing. Check out the people at Costa Rica Stand up Paddle Adventures for a planned excursion.
6. Paddle Board the Galapagos Islands
The Galapagos Islands is a volcanic archipelago off the coast of Ecuador. It is considered one of the best places in the world to view exotic wildlife. This makes it an incredible SUP adventure. There are numerous SUP tour companies that will take you to all the best spots to view the wildlife. From the sea lions and dolphins to the famous giant tortoises, you will be able to see some incredible wildlife up close. Because of this the Galapagos Islands are a top SUP adventure destination.
7. Paddle Boarding Lake Como
Lake Como is located in northern Italy’s Lombardy region. It is an incredible SUP destination because of the amazing scenery. Laying at the foothills of the Italian Alps, Lake Como provides breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains. The quaint villages that line the coast of the lake are all of renaissance architecture making it seem like a fairy tale SUP experience. Lake Como is sure to provide you with an incredible paddle boarding experience.
8. Paddle Boarding Antarctica
Another polar plunge for those willing to brave the cold. Similar to an Alaskan adventure, paddle boarding in Antarctica gets you up close and personal with glaciers and icebergs. There are numerous tour companies that will guide you as it is not recommended to do this on your own. Also, several cruise liners that go through these waters will provide paddle boarding tours. Although not for the faint of heart, this SUP adventure will surely be incredible.
Paddle boarding through a major european city sounds crazy, right? The Amstel River and 62 miles of canals dissect through the city making an incredible SUP experience. You can paddle under bridges and cross through dams all while adoring the beautiful danish architecture. For a longer excursion take a trip to the Pampus Fortress Island to view a 19th century sea fort. All in all, Amsterdam is a breathtaking city to explore on a SUP.
10. Paddle Boarding the Greek Islands
There are more than 5,500 islands that make up the Greek Islands. Located in the heart of the Mediterranean sea, Greece is home to beautiful turquoise waters and great weather year round. While there are some islands like Mykonos that are crowded with tourists, there are other that provide a quiet relaxing vacation spot. Check out the island of Loutraki in the Gulf of Corinth for the best paddle boarding spots.