If you head east for about 19 miles from the center of downtown Savannah, you’ll stumble upon the best kept secret in Georgia, Tybee Island. Nestled against the Atlantic Ocean is this eclectic little island filled with world class charm, friendly locals and the best beaches in the south. Tybee Island, commonly referred to by many as Savannah’s beach is an ideal way to leave the worries of the world behind and enjoy the smell of salt in the air, miles of fantastic hard packed sand beaches, beautiful lush marshes and the warm southern sun on your face.
The words Tybee and Relaxation go hand in hand on this island oasis, a place were time seems to stand still and the stress of everyday life seems to melt away. Many people choose this island destination as a place to unwind and enjoy a well deserved break from the world. For many visitors, their days on the island are spent lying in the sun and resting and the busiest part of the day is visiting one of the delicious seafood restaurants the island has to offer. But what if you’re looking for something more from a trip to Tybee? The island although small in size has many activities to keep you busy from sun rise to sunset. There are plenty of things to do on Tybee Island (See Our Activities and Sites write up for a list of 20 Things To Do on Tybee Island), one activity that is enjoyed by many is paddle boarding.
What is Paddle Boarding?
Paddle boarding is considered a water sport and there are two common forms of this sport.
Traditional or Kneeling Paddle Boarding is where the participants lay down or kneel on the board and propel themselves by using their arms in a swimming motion.
Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP) is a relatively new alternative form of the sport where the participants stand up on a board which is similar to a surf board. The participant propels the board across the top of the water using a long single-bladed paddle.
Paddle Boarding provides a whole body workout and is a great way to have fun and work the upper torso as well as the core muscles. It is quickly becoming a favorite cross-training activity for many athletes.
Things to do on Tybee Island - Paddle Boarding
Tybee provides an excellent location for any degree of Paddle Boarder, from beginner to expert. With minimal equipment (Paddleboard, Paddle and Floatation Device), you can paddle board on a river or in the ocean surf; waves are not required to enjoy this sport. Tybee offers the calmer waters of the Savannah and Wilmington Rivers for the beginner and the ocean surf for the intermediate and expert boarders.
If you want to paddleboard while visiting Tybee but don’t have your own equipment, it’s not a problem. There are several places on the island you can rent paddleboards by the hour, half day or full day. Some of the shops also can provide instruction for the first time paddle boarder and also offer tour packages. If you need something to do while visiting Tybee, rent a paddle board for the day, have some fun and see the island from a new perspective.
Places on Tybee for Paddle Board Rentals, Tours or Lessons:
AJ’s Kayak and Paddleboard Rentals – They offer hourly, half day, and full day rentals. Rentals begin at 9 am and all rentals are to be back at the marina by sundown. No Overnight Rentals.
- Hourly $12.00
- 1/2 Day $44.00
- Full Day $80.00
Visit their site for more information AJ’s Kayak and Paddleboard Rentals.
AOK Watersports – Offers paddleboard rentals for a half-day or full-day. They also offer various excursions and a paddleboarding basics class. Visit their site for more information AOK Watersports.
BoardLoft - Offers paddleboard rentals for a half-day or full-day. They also offer various tours, coaching and paddleboarding lessons. Visit their site for more information BoardLoft.
East Coast Paddleboarding – Offers paddleboard rentals, various excursions, paddleboarding lessons and private instruction. Visit their site for more information East Coast Paddleboarding.
North Island Surf and Kayak – They offer full day Paddle Board Rentals only. The full day rental rate is $40.00. Visit their site for more information North Island Surf and Kayak.
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