SUP Wilderness Adventures are Bucket List expeditions to exotic destinations that most people only visit in their dreams. While anyone can do stand up paddle boarding tours, we do so much more. We like to call what we offer "meaningful travel"; journeys of discovery that leave a ripple in your wake, using stand up paddle boards as a way to access people and places that others can't reach and involving a range of soft adventure activities. Our group sizes never exceed 12 people, we're fussy about who we accept, and we engage in environmental and social projects as part of the trip experience.
Like all good things, SUP Wilderness Adventures emerged from small beginnings and came about a a result of a dream. Founded in 2015 by climate change scientist and author Chantal Clarke (AKA Dunbar), SUP Wilderness Adventures is based in Australia.
We offer SUP holidays for small groups of adventurous travelers who are looking to explore, meet new people, have authentic cultural experiences and who are ready to rediscover their purpose in life.
Although stand up paddling is part of what we offer, it is not the only activity offered. We encourage guests to experience a destination from every possible angle; be it while swimming with whale sharks, bicycling along zip lines, caving in the jungle, or diving inside of WWII shipwrecks. The opportunities to play are endless!
Our trips take in places where commercial SUP operators do not yet exist. Destinations include such exotic places as the Philippines, Vanuatu, Indonesia, French Polynesia, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Australia and Cambodia; with new places being added on a regular basis.
Our jaw-dropping itineraries showcase environmental wonders and are underscored by a commitment to responsible tourism.
SUP Wilderness Adventures profits are used to undertake social and environmental projects, fund scholarships and provide sponsorship to local partners through our sister brand Two Llamas. We help remote, impoverished or Indigenous communities, as giving back is central to our ethos.
We support local businesses by partnering with quality operators and we seek out Indigenous experiences that facilitate sustainable economic development and cultural rescue.
Local specialists are used where possible, ensuring first-hand insight is imparted. Group leaders are scientists, naturalists, anthropologists or aid workers with travel expertise.
Costs are kept low to make experiences accessible for families, single travellers and couples, and learning is a objective on every trip.
FITNESS & SKILL
You needn't be super-fit to join us, nor have any prior experience with stand up paddle boarding. The whole point of travel is to experience new things, meet new people and go to new places. Our job is to guide you along the way, teach you how to play, and support you when you're extending your boundaries.
We believe that where you stay while on holiday is important, as accommodation choice becomes part of the memory. That's why we seek out beds in tree houses, pirate ships and even 16th century manors, as well as hammocks in thatched beach bungalows, fishermen's stilt huts and longhouses located deep in the jungle.
Wherever you're destined to lay your head, you can rest assured that you'll be staying somewhere really special. Sometimes that will mean a 5 star resort, while other times the only stars will be those in the night sky above you...
SUP Wilderness Adventures doesn't accept everyone who asks to join our trips. We're selective as we strive to provide the best possible experience for every guest.
We like to think you'll be traveling with best friends that you have yet to meet, and the high level of repeat business we enjoy (as well as the deep friendships we form with past guests), tells us that our commitment to quality - not quantity - is an important part of our winning formula.
We make a point of getting to know each person before accepting them on a trip, to ensure personalities are compatible and goals align. This results in each group developing its own unique culture and life-long friendships forming across the globe.
Age is not usually a barrier, although some destinations are not suitable for children. We've had participants aged from 8 years to 68 years, super-fit to requiring special assistance. What matters most is your attitude to life and your willingness to open your heart to others.