Stand Up Paddle Boarding

Stand Up Paddle Dominican Republic
all photos courtesy of BayahibeSUP

Stand Up Paddle Boarding (or SUP) is the new and fastest growing water sport on the planet. You stand on a large surfboard and use a paddle to move across the water. You’ve probably seen photos of celebrities posing on their SUP boards. One reason for its popularity is because it is so easy to learn and you don’t need to be a surfer or super athlete to try it. If you can kneel down on all fours and then stand up unaided – you can SUP!

Dominican Republic Stand Up Paddle Boarding
SUP in Bayahibe

With good instruction you can be standing up on your board and feeling comfortable within 15 minutes. Standing on your paddle board and gliding over the water gives you a fantastic view of the coastline and the marine life below.

spotted eagle ray Bayahibe Dominican Republic
spotted eagle ray in Bayahibe

SUP in its modern form is a relatively new activity but its roots derive from the techniques used by ancient Hawaiians, over 300 years ago, with their primitive boards and paddles. In the 60s Beach Boy Surfers in Hawaii stood on their longboards and paddled out with outrigger paddles to take photos of surfing tourists. SUP has been resurrected in recent years with special boards and paddles specifically designed for the sport.

Unfortunately Punta Cana doesn’t have great conditions for learning SUP – it’s mostly way too windy (which makes it really hard to paddle) and in many areas the water is too rough plus there’s a lot of dangerous, fast boat traffic around.

But don’t despair! The perfect place to learn SUP is in Bayahibe – a small fishing village on the south coast, a 40 to 50 minute drive from most Punta Cana resorts. Bayahibe has perfect conditions all year round for SUP with flat, calm water, sheltered bays and very little wind. It’s on the Caribbean sea and the water is crystal clear in most places.

After your SUP session you’ll have time to explore the village, take lunch at one of the inexpensive restaurants around the bay (as it’s a fishing village fresh seafood is a speciality) or just chill with an ice cold beer and enjoy the views. Bayahibe makes for a great day out as you get to visit a typical fishing village and see Dominican life, something that’s not readily available in Punta Cana.

Stand Up Paddle Bayahibe Dominican Republic
SUPing with dog in front of the brightly painted beach homes in Bayahibe bay

Bayahibe SUP was the first company to offer stand up paddle boarding on the east and south coasts. They moved from Punta Cana and have been operating in Bayahibe since 2011. They currently offer 2 hour guided Paddle Board Surfaris for either beginners or experts at $US50 per person. The price includes full instruction (if necessary), equipment, guides, refreshments and photos. They can also arrange transportation to and from Punta Cana at an additional charge. All clients must be able to swim.

After a short instruction on land and safety briefing you go out onto the water with the instructors to practice the basics. Once you are comfortable steering and standing up on your board they take you on a guided tour of the tropical coastline. You’ll visit a hidden cove and secluded beach where you’ll stop for refreshments (bottled water & fruit). Then you’ll paddle back to base. Photos are taken throughout your Paddle Board Surfari and sent to you free of charge by email or with your prior consent, via facebook.

SUP Dominican Republic
land instruction

Bayahibe Paddle Boarding
setting off from the marina to practice steering before trying to stand up

Bayahibe Dominican Republic
SUP is fun for all the family!

Stand up paddle boarding Putna Cana
72 years young, first time on a SUP board and looking good!

stand up paddle dominican republic
A happy group at the end of their SUP Session

Stand Up Paddle Boarding with Bayahibe SUP is highly recommended. It’s a unique and super fun way to enjoy time on the water as well as see typical village life outside of your Punta Cana resort. Give SUP a try, you might end up with a new hobby!

Bayahibe SUP (Click here to read their reviews on Trip Advisor)

Reservations are required (no deposit necessary)

web: http://bayahibesup.com

facebook: http://www.facebook.com/bayahibesup

email: bayahibesup@gmail.com

tel: 809 609 4045

location: Bayahibe Marina (next to Cafecito Cubana)

Open Tues to Sun 8.30am to 4.30pm
Mondays and outside those hours by pre-arrangement.

Categories : Things to do


  1. Alison says:

    We had an awesome time with Bayahibe SUP! They replied to my emails promptly and were really helpful answering all my questions! We booked a paddle board surfari and they arranged round trip transport from our hotel in Punta Cana for our group of 4. They are really friendly people and great instructors. We had such a blast learning to SUP! I was surprised how easy it was to learn, I didn’t fall off once :-) The water was amazingly clear and blue, just like in their photos. We loved Bayahibe and are thinking about staying there on our next vacation. I definitely recommend Bayahibe SUP!

Leave a Reply