With over 57 miles of coast to explore, crystal clear waters and higher-than-average temperatures, the Isle of Wight is a SUP (stand-up paddleboarding) lovers' paradise!

Discover secret caves, secluded beaches, and peaceful spots far from the crowds. 

Whether you are a paddleboarding pro or a beginner looking for tranquil waters to hone your skills, we’ve found some of the best places to stand-up paddleboard on the Isle of Wight, for all abilities.

Couple holding SUP on St Helen's beach, Isle of Wight

1. St. Helens: A haven for nature lovers

If you are looking for a peaceful retreat, St. Helens is the perfect SUP destination. Located on the eastern coast of the Island, this tranquil spot offers a unique blend of coastal beauty and rich biodiversity. The beach is sheltered by Bembridge Ledge, making for calm and flat waters when the tide is low, so it’s an ideal family or beginner spot. Tucked next to St Helens Duver, why not pack a picnic and enjoy it amongst the sand dunes? With serene waters and abundant wildlife, St. Helen's is an idyllic setting for family-friendly paddling adventures and nature lovers alike.

You can hire paddleboards from Tackt-Isle Adventures on St Helens Beach.

2. Colwell & Totland Bay: Tranquil waters and spectacular sunsets

Nestled on the Island's west coast, both Colwell and Totland Bay offer a picturesque setting for a paddleboard adventure. Beginners will appreciate the calm, shallow waters, ideal for practising basic techniques and building confidence on the board. Families can enjoy leisurely paddles along the shoreline, taking in the panoramic views towards Hurst Castle on the mainland. As the day fades into the evening, you are in the perfect spot to embark on a sunset SUP adventure. Glide across the glassy surface of the water, basking in the warm hues of the sun as it paints the sky in stunning shades of oranges and pink.

3. Freshwater: Thrills and adventure

Adventure awaits at Freshwater Bay, where rugged cliffs meet the rolling waves of the English Channel. Depending on the tides and swells, Freshwater can offer the perfect flat and glassy conditions, or lots of waves to ride! This ever-changing environment provides an exhilarating playground for experienced paddlers seeking a challenge. Test your skills as you navigate the choppy waters over rocks and reefs. Advanced paddlers can head around the headland to Watcombe Bay and explore sea caves and a secret beach (accessible by water only) or just enjoy paddling out to Mermaid Rock and back. With its dramatic scenery and adrenaline-pumping surf, Freshwater Bay promises an unforgettable SUP experience for thrill-seekers.

Two people paddleboarding around The Needles, Isle of Wight

4. Bembridge: Coastal charm

Head to the pretty village of Bembridge. Sheltered by the eastern coast of the Island, Bembridge beach offers tranquil waters and scenic vistas (especially if you catch the morning sunrise!) perfect for paddlers of all levels. Beginners can enjoy leisurely paddles in the shallows, whilst experienced paddlers can venture a bit further out towards Bembridge Ledge, all whilst enjoying spectacular views out over the Solent to Portsmouth and the south coast. This is a great family-friendly beach where you can SUP, go rock pooling and crabbing, plus you can visit the impressive RNLI lifeboat Station, considered a modern landmark of the Isle of Wight. 

5. Shanklin: Seaside adventures

Enjoy a SUP day out with a visit to Shanklin, a quintessential seaside town renowned for its sandy beaches and vibrant atmosphere. Paddle along the sheltered waters of Shanklin beach, admiring the views across the English Channel and the many cruise liners that drop anchor in these waters. You can make a full day of it here with beach huts to hire, all the traditional British seaside attractions you'd expect and more: a large amusement arcade with crazy golf, bowling, and go-karting; and even improve your skills with a lesson from Wight Water at the neighbouring Dunroamin Beach in Lake.

Stay SUP safe!

Before embarking on your SUP adventure, remember to check tide times and weather conditions to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience on the water. Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned paddler, always make sure someone knows you are heading out to sea and to raise the alarm if you are not back by your allotted time. 

Check out some SUP tips from the RNLI here.