SUP and Surf Adventures

Explore the waterways of Panama on a Standup Paddleboard (SUP)

Stand Up Paddleboard Class at the Playa Grande Beach

Most of our week-long retreats include an Introductory SUP lesson at our local Playa Grande Beach.   This 2 hour long introductory class taught by owner, Sean Davis, is great for first-timers and beginners at SUP.

The SUP Class at Playa Grande is available to our Hotel Guests for $45 per person.

The class includes 45 minutes of guided practice stressing safety aspects and SUP techniques followed by 1 hr and 15 minutes of supervised practice time.

Beginners SUP Excursion and SUP Yoga on a Cloud Forest Mountain Lake

A short 45 minute drive from ISTMO and you will find yourself on a beautiful Cloud Forest Mountain Lake.  Perfect for SUP Yoga, and a great location for beginners to try out their SUP legs for the first time.

SUP Classes on the Lagunas de San Carlos Panama

This tour leaves ISTMO at 10am and returns around 3pm.  A picnic lunch and a short hike around the lake make this excursion a crowd pleaser.

SUP Mangrove Tour

Chame Mangroves SUP Tour in Panama

Our SUP Mangrove tour is one of the only and most intimate ways to experience this unique ecosystem and all of its beauty.  As you silently paddle through the mangroves you semeasly become a part of the ecosystem, and experience its secrets.  This unique tour is tide dependent.  Although it is a low impact paddle, previous SUP experience is required.

Farallon Island SUP Tour

Paddle to and around beautiful Pacific Farallon Island, nesting grounds for frigate birds and pelicans.  At lower tides, you can paddle through a cave that traverses the island.

This tour is only available from May through November, as December through April has unpredictable winds.

The tour includes a 1.5-hour paddle on the Pacific Ocean around Farallon Island and a 15 minutes drive each way.

Intermediate paddling experience required for this tour.

Panama Farallon Island Advanced Island SUP Tour

Indigenous Village SUP Adventure

Take one our our most popular excursions – The Indigenous Village Tour – to the next level by arriving to the village on an SUP board!  If you are luck, you can stop and feed the monkeys on the way.

Keep your eyes open during your paddle, our guests have spotted sloths taking a swim in the lake (yes sloths swim!).  This tour includes everything in our Indigenous Village Tour plus a 1+ hour paddle down a beautiful calm river which meats Lake Gatun.

Although it is a low impact paddle, previous SUP experience required.


We have partnered with the Panama Surf School, with over 10 years of extreamly passionate experience, to offer you the best surf classes and conditions available!

Contact us to let us know if you would like to include surf lessons in your retreat.

We look forward to sharing our slice of paradise with you!

Thinking about planning your own retreat or friend/family Reunion?  Include some of the above SUP and Surf activities in your retreat package to create a customized experience for you and your community.

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The best way to experience ISTMO is by booking a retreat with one of the amazing Retreat Leaders at ISTMO.  Many of the retreats include some of the above SUP and/surf activities, or have them available as add-ons.  Contact the retreat leader to get more details.

Upcoming Retreats.

Want to exprience Panama to its fullest while SUPing through Mangroves and on Mountain Lagoons, and learning to Surf? Check out our Tropical SUP Adventure and Yoga Retreat.  7-days of Yoga, Adventure, Relaxation, and Fun!

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