Epic Spots Globally to SUP
It's time to paddle around the world! Here's our top favorites we think you should explore first!
Summer’s almost here and Covid restrictions are starting to lift in various parts of the globe. It’s time to pack up your inflatable SUP and get back out there. We’ve outlined some of our favorite SUP spots around the planet to whet your appetite!
Crete’s Southern Coast
The storied Greek Island of Crete serves up 650 miles of crystal blue waters for paddling your SUP, but it’s the unspoiled southern coast that’s worth discovering.
The region’s mountainous landscape and jagged coastline create many stunning sea caves, hidden coves and enticing pink-sand beaches that lure paddlers from one tiny village to the next. It’s an area that’s ripe for exploring by paddle board.
Dalmatian Coast, Croatia
Craggy bluffs, rocky headlands, gorgeous, sandy beaches and antiquated towns that cascade toward the sea, are just part of the magnetism of paddle boarding the Dalmatian Coast.
The dazzling turquoise waters—quite possibly the bluest span of sea on the planet—that stretch between Croatia and Montenegro are also dotted with more than 1200 islands and islets which make SUP here a seemingly infinite journey of discovery of hidden coves, grottos, and preposterously gorgeous reefs.
Na Pali Coast, Kauai
For some water sports enthusiasts, Kauai’s Na Pali coast is considered the Everest of paddle boarding. Famed for its towering sea cliffs carved by narrow valleys, the Na Pali Coast is a protected wilderness area in the northwest of Kauai.
The 17-mile voyage past the soaring cliffs, valleys ripe with guava and mangos, sea caves, and waterfalls spilling into the sea can be a peaceful float or a wrestle against the elements, depending on the whims of nature.
Because of the heavy winter surf, it is only possible to kayak Na Pali during the summer months, from May through September. While a steep footpath known as the Kalalau Trail winds through this spectacular landscape, the best way to appreciate it is from the water on a SUP.
The Maldives, an ultra-remote archipelago in the middle of the Indian Ocean, is a destination that most avid paddle board enthusiasts only dream about.
Flat water SUP and SUP surf in the Maldives is truly a surreal experience: Your vantage point from a SUP above the turquoise water, over colorful reefs teeming with fish can hardly be captured in words.
Bowing palm trees create the perfect backdrop for your SUP vacation in the Maldives. The inside of the atolls serves as protection from the swell, so the inside of the islands offers plenty of flat water.
Waves are easily accessible and show many varieties in terms of reef, lefts and rights as well as perfect line ups. Boats will be sitting in the channel and on a SUP, one could be paddling the open channel into the perfect reef waves.
Milford Sound, Fiordland, New Zealand
Milford Sound attracts visitors from around the world on an adventure trip to New Zealand for good reason, considering you can see some of Fiordland’s most jaw-dropping scenery here, including iconic Mitre Peak.
On a clear day, thick green forests and sheer volcanic slopes drop dramatically from a crisp blue sky into eerily still water, and when it’s raining the magnificent waterfalls dotted throughout Fiordland National Park come to life.
Milford Sound caters well to visitors with families, too, and you’re never too far from all the amenities you could need on a trip to one of New Zealand’s best natural wonders, such as toilets and food outlets.