Explore the glorious Indian Ocean by stand-up paddle board and discover one of the best places to SUP in Western Australia.
The Shoalwater Marine Park is located just 45 minutes south of Perth and is best known for the crystal-clear waters that surround the nearby islands; Penguin Island and Seal Island. Due to the numerous sandbars, the area is very protected from waves or chop and with limited boats or swimmers it makes for a beautiful and calm Australian SUP spot.
Shoalwater Bay is a charming sheltered area, it’s relatively easy to paddle from the mainland to the islands.
The top highlight of paddle boarding Shoalwater Bay is the varied sea life you can encounter. From resident sealions to the world’s smallest penguins, it easy to see why this is one of the best locations for paddle boarding with wildlife. There is also a good chance you’ll spot some dolphins playing and swimming around the bay – so don’t forget your waterproof camera!
Penguin Island is closed to the public from early June to mid-September, for nesting season. We recommend you visit outside these dates if you have your heart set on paddle boarding out to the island and exploring at your own pace.
The route we have highlighted below, is recommended for experienced paddle boarders, however the lovely guys at West Oz Kite and SUP regularly offer guided SUP tours or paddle boarding lessons for less experienced paddlers. They also offer a stand-up paddle hire service which you can rent on an hourly rate – or simply ask if you would like to hire for longer.
Large car park located not far from West Oz Kite and SUP shop
EAT, SLEEP, SUP
Just down the road from the shop is Manuel Towers B&B, offering comfortable, Mediterranean style accommodation. With views overlooking the Indian Ocean you can’t go too far wrong.
There are also many reasonably priced AirBnB stays around the area of Safety Bay and Shoalwater or if you fancy a touch of luxury the Aria Apartments in Rockingham, offer quality furnishings with panoramic ocean views.