Stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) is an exciting watersport you can enjoy during your Phuket vacation. The sport was officially recognized and attributed to the Waikiki Beachboys in Hawaii in the 1960s, but it actually dates back thousands of years, when it's practiced on most rivers and coastal areas in the southern hemisphere.

    The warm and clear waters surrounding Phuket are an excellent playground for SUP, especially during high season. This cool nautical sporting activity doesn’t require any outstanding physical capacity or experience. You usually only need a few lessons to learn the proper position to balance yourself on the surfboard and to use the long-handle paddle. These companies offer stand-up paddleboarding courses, equipment rental, and tours in Phuket.

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    Skyla’s Surf & SUP

    Skyla’s Surf & SUP Club, located in front of Catch Beach Club on Bangtao Beach, provides courses, board rental, SUP tours, and educational surf camps. Established by young and passionate surfers in the early 2000s, it's the first surfing-SUP school to open in Phuket.

    An hour-long stand-up paddleboarding lesson costs around 1,000 baht. Skyla’s Surf & SUP Club offers SUP tours every day from November to April. Tours are also available during surfing season in Phuket, weather permitting.

    Location: 202/88 Moo 2, Cherngtalay, Muang, Phuket 83110, Thailand

    Open: Tuesday–Sunday from 10am to 5.30pm (closed on Mondays)

    Phone: +66 (0)82 519 3282

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    SSS Phuket

    SSS Phuket on Patak Road offers tours and courses on a wide range of water sports. The center specializes in scuba diving, snorkeling, freediving, surfing and stand-up paddleboarding. A committed instructor can teach you all the proper techniques and tricks to balance on and move your surfboard. If you're already familiar with stand-up paddling, SSS Phuket has plenty of boards for rent.

    Location: 40/14 Kata Road, Karon, Muang, Phuket 83100, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 8am to 8pm

    Phone: +66 (0)89 586 9920

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    Saltwater Dreaming Surf School Phuket

    Established in 2001, Saltwater Dreaming Surf School Phuket is accredited by the NSSIA (National Surf Schools & Instructors Association) and run by a team of passionate surfers. You will find all the necessary equipment for surfing and stand-up paddleboarding in their well-stocked shop. Saltwater also offers lessons on surfing (low season) and SUP (high season) at reasonable rates.

    Location: 108/3 Moo 3 Cherngtalay, Thalang, Phuket 83110, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 9am to 6pm

    Phone: +66 (0)76 390 664

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    Paddle Phuket

    Paddle Phuket is owned by Khun Tan, a registered tour guide who's very familiar with Phuket, Krabi, Phang Nga, Khao Sok and Khao Lak. SUP tours start from 1,000 baht and are available in half-, full-, and 2-day options. You can cruise along a peaceful river to get to Phang Nga Bay, or explore the limestone karsts of Khao Sok.

    Paddle Phuket also rents out hard and inflatable boards for those who want to enjoy SUP on their own – prices start from 500 baht for 3 hours (minimum 2 boards per booking).

    Location: 29/22 Moo 2 Koh Kaew, Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 9am to 8pm (closed on Sundays)

    Phone: +66 (0)84 889 1278

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