After Diving You Should Explore Palau on a SUP or Kayak Too
As divers, we know that Palau rates as one of the top dive destinations in the world, it always has a dive site or two on the list of the world’s best dive sites and is on many divers’ bucket lists. But did you know that the crystal clear waters are also excellent for sea kayaking or standup paddleboarding (SUP)?
The Rock Islands of Palau are known as one of the best locations in the world for kayaking and standup paddleboarding. From around the world, people come for organized Kayak or SUP tours, individual safaris or to join day trips.
Most of the Rock Islands have no permanent structures and are seldom visited by other people. As you paddle between the islands or into secluded coves, it is just you and nature. The clear water allows you to look down and see undisturbed reefs, sunken shipwrecks and even sleeping sharks. The only “noise” you hear is nature and no crowds of tourist distracting you from what is around you.
What is Standup Paddle Boarding?
Combine surfing with kayaking and you’ve got up StandUp Paddleboarding a.k.a S.U.P
“Stand up paddle surfing and stand up paddleboarding (SUP) (Hoe he’e nalu in the Hawaiian language) are sports originating in Hawaii as an offshoot of surfing. Unlike traditional surfing where the rider is sitting until a wave comes, stand up paddle boarders maintain an upright stance on their boards and use a paddle to propel themselves through the water.”
To many people, kayaking brings images to mind of people who are fighting to remain in control against rapids and drops. White water rafters expect to be turned over and traveling at breathtaking speeds.
Sea kayaking and Standup Paddleboarding is entirely different, while often in open oceans with some waves, it is more common among the coast of small islands and cays. With its 200 or so islands and many hidden coves, Palau’s Rock Islands provides a perfect location with routes suitable for beginners while other routes are better suited for more experienced kayakers or Standup paddleboarders.
When you are in Palau, and you would like to give stand-up paddle boarding a try, we rent S.U.P.s perfect for those who want to get some exercise, snorkel and just take a leisurely paddle. We will be happy to bring the boards to your hotel, or bring you on a tour with us. We have even taken the S.U.P.s out and went for a dive off them.
If you want to go kayaking for a day, we recommend kayaking with Sams Tours. The tours can be either a half day or a full day. When you are looking for a real tropical outdoor adventure, and when you are a more experienced kayaker you should sign up for a 3 to 10-day kayak expedition with overnight camping on the remote islands.
These tours offer luxury tent accommodations accompanied by a local chef. Three or four islands locations will be used as campsites, with the crew breaking down and setting up the campsites. These tours can make a liveaboard experience appear inexpensive, as these tours can cost up to USD $5,000.
Do it Yourself Kayak and SUP Tours in Palau
A SUP tour is typically a done on a day trip where a Kayak tour can include multiple days. Most people that come to Palau to kayak will spend some time on a safari staying a few nights among the different islands. They will rent a kayak and some camping gear and head out to explore. Rental facilities can set you up with the basics, and the kayaks are designed to carry your gear with five days of food and water (a SUP is not).
Tide charts are provided, and they will also help you plan out an itinerary based on your experience and the local conditions. If you have experienced kayaking before, you might want to consider adding a short do-it -your self-kayaking trip before heading home. If you have never tried Kayaking or Standup paddleboarding before, there is no excuse for not getting out there and trying.
It does not take long to get the basics down. Even beginners will find that there are a couple of outstanding routes that they can do. While a day of paddling might sound like lots of hard work, it does not require more than an average upper body strength. A fit scuba diver will certainly have what is needed. Besides, you will be taking breaks along the way to snorkel or just observe nature.
There are many different activities that you can do as you “off-gas” before your flight, or to do as you spend a few extra days in Palau. Kayaking or StandUp Paddleboarding in Palau gives you another method to explore the natural environment that is Palau. You have explored it underwater now spend some time exploring nature from the surface.
Please feel free to contact us directly if you would have any questions. We love to hear from you.