1 Hawaii—Maui

Stand-up paddleboarding was invented in Hawaii back in the 1940s. While it was conceived on Waikiki Beach on Oahu, the island of Maui has a reputation as a mecca for SUP fans. Whether you're keen on flat water, surf, downwinding orracing, you'll find it all on Maui. Good spots to check out are Kapalua Bay, Napili Bay, Kihei and the Maliko Run. Hawaiian Paddle Sports runs a SUP tour of South Maui.

2 Antarctica

While this one might come as a surprise, Antarctica is emerging as a premier SUP destination. Sure, it's a far cry from sand and sunny beaches, but this is a beautiful experience in a different way. When conditions are perfect, you can paddle on crystal-clear, calm water among icebergs and glaciers. It's a chance to see penguins, seals, dolphins and whales up close. Some expedition ships that visit the area—such as PolarCruises—offer this activity.


3 Canada—Banff National Park

Nestled in the heart of the magnificent Canadian Rocky Mountains, you can paddleboard among some of the most spectacular scenery in the world at Banff National Park. This Unesco World Heritage Site is home to several lakes that should definitely be on your SUP bucket list. Moraine Lake and Lake Louise are two must-paddles, with emerald water surrounded by mountains. There's also great hiking trails and opportunities for camping. Rentals are available through the Banff CanoeClub.