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10 Reasons to SUP (Stand-up paddleboard)

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Not only is standup paddle boarding (SUP) a lot of fun and a fab way to explore the lagoons around
Bawah Reserve, it also has a number of added health benefits. 

There’s evidence that a form of this activity started around 3,000
years old, when Peruvian fisherman stood upright on reed rafts and navigated the ocean with
bamboo paddles.  Since then, equipment has improved a lot, ensuring a fun and healthy way to explore the ocean – no boat required.

Here's are our top 10 reasons to schedule at least one SUP session during your stay at Bawah:


1. Getting started is a breeze:

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Our team will get you all kitted out with one of our super
stylish wooden standup paddleboards at Bawah’s Activity Centre. All you need is a
board, oar and life jacket – and off you go. We can even arrange to have a picnic
delivered to your final destination combined with a boat ride home.


2. Explore in peace:

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There’s no better way to explore the Reserve’s 6 islands, 13
beaches and 3 lagoons by yourself. Without the need for a dive or boat captain, you
can traverse Bawah’s calm waters solo or with a partner. Either way, you’re in for an
interrupted, tranquil day at sea.


3. Improve your balance:

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Mastering the art of SUPing is all about balance. It’s the key
to all movement and part of everything we do, from walking to sport to reaction times
needed for daily living. Balance is especially important as we age, which makes
standup paddleboarding (and its soft water “falls”) great for all ages.


4. Whole body workout:

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It might look like you’re just standing and moving your arms
up and down, but in reality your body is silently working from head to toe. From your
core to tiny muscles in your feet – SUPing is a full body workout.


5. Reduce stress:

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There is nothing more peaceful and calming than being surrounded by
the ocean. Why not add on some stress-busting breathing exercises atop your board?
Wellbeing manager Lisa Jones is available to help you with stress-reducing solutions
to practice on the water.


6. Lose weight:

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It might be low impact, but an hour of standup paddleboarding burns up
to 540 calories, just enough to clear breakfast and make room for lunch.


7. Floating movement class:

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Once you’ve mastered the basics (standing up, that is) you
can move on to more advanced fitness options, such as floating yoga or Pilates. Soon
you’ll be ready for a downward dolphin or headstand on the ocean.


8. Meditation platform:

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Paddle out to a one of our private lagoons, climb atop a
meditation platform and take a moment to meditate. The floating sensation, coupled
with the remote location, provides the perfect spot to lose yourself to a higher realm.

 


9. Sunbathe in style:

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If standing is too tricky, simply lie atop your board and soak up a
little sun for your daily dose of vitamin D.

 

10. Dine at sea:

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Forget breakfast in bed – why not eat your breakfast atop your board?
Sure, it’s a bit zany but we have guests that absolutely love it. Try something new and
snag the closest ocean view possible.

Happy SUPing!

Stand-up paddleboarding is one of the activities included in the Bawah Reserve package - Book your trip now.

 

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