The Best Places for Stand-Up Paddleboarding in Fiji
The Best Places for Stand-Up Paddleboarding in Fiji

The Best Places for Stand-Up Paddleboarding in Fiji

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The Ultimate Guide to SUP in Fiji

Enjoy a peaceful and eco-friendly way to explore stunning shores and vibrant reefs by stand-up paddleboarding in Fiji. Stand-up paddleboarding, commonly known as SUP, is a fast-growing watersport in Fiji where equipment hire for SUP boards and paddles is almost a staple of Fiji’s major resorts and even island cruises. For something truly special, why not seek out the limited but worthwhile SUP tours in Fiji? We go through some of the best in this complete guide to stand-up paddleboarding in Fiji.

What You Need to Know About Stand-Up Paddleboarding in Fiji

  • Wear swimwear, sunglasses and fast-drying shorts and a top for any SUP outing. For tours or prolonged sessions, include a sunhat, sunscreen and bottled water on your packing list
  • Tour operators generally have a dry pack should you want to take a small number of valuables like a camera
  • SUP boards and paddles are typically free to hire at Fiji’s resorts. They should all come with a leg strap
  • Ask at the watersports hire centre of your resort for quick tuition on land before you head out on the water
  • If you’re new to SUP, start on your knees until you find your balance… And if you can’t, well, there’s no shame in staying on your knees.
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Fiji Resorts with Free SUP Hire

Experiencing stand-up paddleboarding in Fiji is usually as simple as hiring a SUP board and paddle from your resort and giving it a go on the water. Here are just some of the resorts in Fiji that offer SUP hire for free:

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Fiji Guided SUP Tours

Don’t just paddle around aimlessly at your resort but join one of the guided SUP tours in Fiji to use your paddleboard to get to some remarkable places.

Paddleboard Fiji – A great introduction to SUP, as well as exciting tours await with Paddleboard Fiji. All tours start with a 15-minute introduction to paddleboarding. Then, you’re out on the water either for a peaceful mangrove paddle, a stunning sunset tour or a full-day tour to beautiful reefs or Nadi’s rivers. Find these paddleboarding tours at Port Denarau.

Koro Sun Resort SUP Tours – This resort in the rainforests of Vanua Levu has just about every activity on offer in Fiji, including three guided SUP tours. Choose either following the currents to the island’s Great Salt Lake, paddling along the unique ecosystem of birds and coral in Natewa Bay, or paddling to one of the outer atolls.

TRU-SUP – Get a complete SUP lesson on the Coral Coast with TRU-SUP. The surf school based out of the Fiji Hideaway Resort offers tuition for stand-up paddleboarding anywhere on the Coral Coast.

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More Ways to Enjoy SUP in Fiji

SUP hire and complimentary use of paddleboards during Fiji’s cruises are more ways you can experience SUP in Fiji.

Tivua Island Day Cruise – Join Captain Cook Cruises for their day trip to Tivua Island from Port Denarau. The island experience includes free use of SUP equipment to explore around the small island in the Mamanucas. Find out more on Viator or Tripadvisor.

Captain Cook Cruises – All guests on the small-ship multi-day cruises of Captain Cook Cruises have free access to SUP boards and paddles. Find out more on Viator, Tripadvisor and in The Guide to Cruises Around Fiji.

Blue Lagoon Cruises – The adults-only small-ship cruises of the Yasawa and Mamanuca Islands with Blue Lagoon Cruises also includes free use of paddleboards. Check out their cruises on Viator, Tripadvisor and in The Guide to Cruises Around Fiji.

Boat Hire FijiPort Denarau offers hourly, half-day, full-day and long-term SUP hire with a viewing window on the board to see what’s beneath. They offer delivery of equipment of your can pick it up from them.

Sailing Fiji – Based on the island of Taveuni, Sailing Fiji offers day sails to multi-day charters on their catamaran yacht, Looping. Paddleboards are onboard free for guests to use.

Author

Laura S.

This article was reviewed and published by Laura, editor in chief and co-founder of Fiji Pocket Guide. Since arriving solo in the South Pacific over 10 years ago with nothing but a backpack and a background in journalism, her mission has been to show the world how easy (and awesome) it is to explore a paradise such as Fiji. She knows the islands inside-out and loves sharing tips on how best to experience Fiji’s must-dos and hidden gems. Laura is also editor of several other South Pacific travel guides.

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