Mystery Island, Vanuatu
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Approximately 1½ Hours
Meals not included
Always wanted to try a stand-up paddleboarding? There might be no better place on Earth to do so! 'SUP' is one of the most popular watersports worldwide. Paddle boarding is an intense full-body workout and has become a popular cross-training activity. Since you stand at your full height, you get a unique perspective of everything from sea creatures to the palm trees on the horizon and beyond.
Meet your friendly guide on the white-sand beach and spend 15-20 minutes learning the basics of stand-up paddling as well as general water safety. Before you know it, you'll be up and practicing your new skills in the calm, shallow waters.
Once you are comfortable with your equipment, climb aboard a small boat with boards in tow and set off for the shores of Aneityum -- the mainland. You'll note its mountainous landscape due to its volcanic origins. The rich soil here produces a variety of orchids, fragrant blooms and, famously, magnificent sandalwood trees.
Led by your professional guide, you'll paddle the beautiful stretch of bay between Aneityum and Mystery Island.
Some pointers for paddling include: keep your arms straight and twist from your torso, which has stronger muscles; push down on the paddle grip with your top hand; keep strokes fairly short and close to the board – there is no need to overpower; and paddle four or five strokes on one side then switch to the other, which will keep you going in a straight line.
Once you return to the shore, you'll welcome the chance to rest and relax on the sparkling white-sand beach. Take a swim or feed the rainbow-hued fish by hand -- a wonderful opportunity to take some fabulous underwater photos.
Relax and enjoy the scenery on the cruise back to Mystery Island.
Wear your swimsuit under your clothing; bring a towel, sunscreen and a hat. Bring bottled water. Your guide will do his/her best to speak English, but please keep in mind that the limited tourism infrastructure here is part of Vanuatu's charm, and bear with any language difficulties he/she may encounter. Restroom facilities will be rustic. Minimum age is 12 years. Participants must be able to swim and be in good health. Tour operates weather permitting.