Isn’t it time we talk about where to #SipandSUP around the world? We think so. After all, what could be better than paddling up to world-famous sandbars on a sleek iRocker? After exhaustive research (someone’s gotta do it), here are our iRocker team’s absolute five favorite sandbars to visit by paddle board.
Favorite SUP Sandbar Stop #1: Athol Bay, New South Wales
The first stop on our list just so happens to be right in our backyard. (Of course! It’s awesome here.)
If you’ve never paddled into Athol Bay, be sure to swap your togs for something a little more upscale, because this is one stop that calls for proper dress. The Island is an ultra-exclusive, notorious floating club easily accessible by paddle board. If you’re ready to drink fancy cocktails and dance all day, this is the spot to be.
Pro tip: Ladies, choose a swimsuit coverup that can pass as a party dress. You’ll fit right in.
Start your adventure off the Sydney coastline for an afternoon partying with Australia’s elite. Indulge in a cocktail served in a coconut before hitting the dance floor. However you spend your time on The Island, you’re sure to show up in style on your iRocker.
Pro tip #2: Be prepared to photo-bomb your favorite stars because you’re likely to see one or two at The Island.
Favorite SUP Sandbar Stop #2: Ro-Ro Reef off Port Denarau, Fiji
Grab your cossie for a brisk paddle out to Cloud 9 in Fiji. And believe us, you’ll think you’re on Cloud 9!
It’s a floating bar and restaurant and it’s right in paradise. Lounge for hours on the double-deck floating restaurant while you sipping excellent craft-made cocktails and enjoy a delicious pizza hot out of their brick oven.
Unsure how to access this spot via SUP? Launch your iRocker from Port Denarau for a great day trip exploring Fiji’s transparent waters. Take your adventure to a whole new level when you bring your snorkel gear and grab a glimpse of some ace reefs.
Favorite SUP Sandbar Stop #3: Arbory Afloat in Melbourne, VIC
Do you ever just crave the sizzling coastline of the Meditteranean? Yeah, us too. The next best thing is right on the Northbank Yarra River. Paddle up, grab an Aperol spritz and get your pasta fix all in one spot.
This little slice of bespoke Italian heaven is only open for the summer season. Devo? Not so fast. It’s sister spot, the Arbory Bar & Eatery, will gladly serve you carbs all year long. Paddle right up to either of the locales to join other trendy Aussies for a cannoli and a cold one.
Favorite SUP Sandbar Stop #4: Calypso Floating Bar in Lagoi, Indonesia
An Indonesian sunset is the sight to see on your holiday to this nearby destination. There’s no better spot to take in the natural beauty than the floating bar at Nirwana Gardens. Board your SUP from one of the resort’s nearby stretches of sand and paddle out to the end of the Kelong Seafood Restaurant’s dock.
Authentic wood floors and Rastafarian music set the scene for a perfect tropical sunset. Grab a cocktail from the bar and enjoy the scenery with your mates. This is how a holiday is meant to be spent.
Favorite SUP Sandbar Stop #5: Noosa Boathouse in Noosaville, AUS
Pack a swanky swimsuit coverup in your dry bag and SUP over to the Noosa Boathouse. This is the spot to see and be seen. We’re talking about popping a bottle of Veuve from the third level of this glass-front bistro.
This is the perfect paddle board locale for families and mates alike. Each level of this three-story bar and restaurant offers a different vibe to match your mood. Pay attention to their event calendar for fun, diverse events like sunset live music and mothers brunches.
Our favorite part of the Noosa Boathouse is the Sunset Bar on deck three. This is the spot for the best sunsets in town and that relaxed Noosa vibe you’re looking for. Make the most of your SUP stop with an antipasto sharing plate and the best Pimm’s Cup around.
Sand Bar Hopping this Season Requires Special Gear
It’s official. #SipandSup is the new catchphrase for holidays, thanks to paddle boards like the iRocker models and SUP travel lovers. Once you reach your spot paddle out to one of these sandbars, you’ll certainly experience some R&R on the water.
Here are our favorite ways to make the most of the experience:
● SUP to Kayak Conversion Kit: Sometimes sitting is a whole lot more comfortable than standing. (Especially after a few pints!) Invest in the gear you need to convert your iRocker into a fully functional kayak in minutes.
● Comfort Ankle Leash: Say goodbye to chaffed ankles. This premium paddle ankle leash is the perfect way to stay in control on the water without any of the hassle. Another perk? The ankle leash comes with a killer two-year warranty, so you can’t go wrong with this add-on.
Headed out on holiday this winter for some sand and sun? Fill it with some great bar hopping at your favorite sandbar. Take a few photos and tag iRocker on social. Check us out on Instagram and Facebook and picture yourself on our page. Just be sure to use the hashtag #SipandSUP.