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Top 3 places to paddleboard in the world


There are thousands of beautiful beach destinations around the entire world. Some beaches have sand that is fine and white, others brown and compact; some waters are smooth and others choppy; some water is murky and other waters are so clear you can see to the ocean floor.

The bottom line is that every beach has its own personality and set of traits that make it better suited for one activity over the other. There are many beaches that have a personality suited perfectly for paddle boarding. Let’s check out the top 3 paddle boarding locations in the world.

Kona in Hawaii

First up on the list is in the district of Kona in Hawaii. Keauhou Bay tops the list as our number one SUP destination. Keauhou Bay has a rich history and is the birthplace of King Kamehameda. There are hundreds of recreational activities on the small island. Keahou Bay only spans 0.4 acres!

This makes the region a great for beginners because tourists are at a smaller number than many of the other resort-heavy areas. Being very enclosed the waves are small and its easy to paddle. With a good beginner paddle board you will have a great expereince. If you want to bring your own you can check out some good recommendations of beginner SUPs on OutsidePursuits.com.

Keauhou Bay is a perfect SUP destination because of the beautiful scenery and unique land formations. There aren’t many other places that you can paddleboard along the coastline made up of dried lava beds!

Komodo, Indonesia

Next up on our list of top SUP travel destinations in the world might come as a surprise! Komodo, Indonesia takes our number two slot. Komodo is a volcanic island surrounded by crystal-clear waters. The shoreline is covered by a coral reef, making is a stunning place to SUP. Komodo is also home to the Komodo Dragon- one of the largest reptiles in the world.

Komodo lands such a high spot on our list of SUP locations for this reason: it’s relatively un-traversed by human tourists. The waters are untouched by the oceans strong waves, making it an ideal spot to put your board in the water. If you travel to Komodo you’re sure to have an unforgettable experience that extends beyond the scenery and exotic wildlife! Be sure to bring a SUP, there are no places to rent one. If you don’t have one yet, take a look at some paddle boards here.


For the last place on our list of best SUP locations, we’re traveling back to the United States. We’ve discovered several warm-weather locations for SUP, but cold weather locations can be just as satisfying! Colorado is home to the Rocky Mountains.

Nestled in the heart of the Rockies is a little town called Tabernash. In the middle of Tabernash is a beautiful pond that sits at the bottom of the snow-capped mountains. This location is perfect for those who love water sports, but hate the heat of the beach. If you want a picturesque location to paddleboard, this SUP location was created just for you!

There are thousands of locations all over the world that host beautiful SUP destinations! But these are the best of the best. If you travel to one of these destinations, you’re sure to have the best SUP trip of your life!


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