Leisure & Tourism

Paddle vs Kayaking

Stand up paddle surfing and stand up paddleboarding (SUP) is something that the whole world is talking about at the moment! Born in Hawaii, it soon became the world’s fastest growing watersport. Either catching waves or using it for a fun paddling session on flat water, this new sport makes everybody smiling. It is accessible to all and can be learned within only half an hour. The modern SUP boards allow you to catch waves a lot earlier than even the longboarders. Boards are typically longer, wider and thicker than traditional surfboards. And the paddles have shafts longer than standard canoe paddles for the extra reach needed. It is not so hard to paddle standing up at all, and almost everyone can catch a balance pretty quickly.

Bali has been one of the favourite spots for surfers since the seventies, now SUP open new endless possibilities. There are many schools of paddle surfing on the island, and the best thing is you don’t have to wait for the waves, like surfers!

If you like paddling, kayaking is also a big thing on Bali. You can rent it by the hour to paddle the ocean. Ideal beach for that is Pandawa. Tour will take you from there all the way to the Bali Cliff Beach, and it will take about 2.5 hours. While paddling, you can watch the cliff and natural caves along the way.

But or those seeking adventure, the real challenge lies in the island’s rivers. You can have a real adrenalin thrill of kayaking down the Ayung River. You can rent a kayak for two, and the guide in separate vessel will lead you through 33 sets of challenging rapids.

So if you are up for strengthening your body on a surfboard or muscling up in a kayak, Bali will not disappoint you. The best thing is — you can do these activities all year long!

Bali Pocket Magazine