What is it really like to have lunch in combination!

For those who like to dine leisurely al fresco but also want to maximize the action while on vacation, Discover Northern Ireland has the perfect suggestion for you.

SUP school SUP CENTER created the SUP-NICS tour – a fun afternoon that guides paddlers through the basics while taking in the sights and sounds of the area, and the best part is that lunch is included!

A short drive from Belfast and based in Bangor, the two-hour trip begins at Bangor Marina where instructors will teach you how to paddle and give you all the kit and equipment you need. After a safety briefing, it’s time to reach the open waters.
With sustainability at the heart of everything they do, the SUP-NICS The tour includes a picnic-style meal from some of the best local vendors. They maintain a “no plastic at sea” policy and are aware of the safety of the surrounding environment.

SUP CENTER Founder and Chief Paddler Iain McCarthy explains, “Depending on the prevailing conditions, we will paddle to a safe local location – a beach, pontoon, pier or maybe even just on the boards – where I will open our baskets to reveal the picnic treats provided. by our local partners, The Guillemot, Salty Dog Hotel and The Bearded Goat. After sampling the local produce and chatting, a short return to base before people rush off to visit other local attractions.

There is so much to explore and nature lovers will be able to see an array of wildlife on board.


“Millemots are a local celebrity and their hatchlings will start diving around the harbor from late March, early April,” says Iain. “Other bird species such as herons, oystercatchers and cormorants are often spotted in and around the harbour. Local seals may raise their heads to say hello, though they like to keep their distance as they experience how humans suddenly tread water. During the summer months, we’ll probably be able to show you starfish, and if we’re lucky, sea urchins, underwater as well.

And as if all that weren’t enough, SUP is known to have a therapeutic effect.

“The physical and mental health benefits of Stand Up Paddleboarding and Blue Therapy in general, i.e. exposure to water while being, in, on or around, are increasingly well documented,” Iain shares. “On top of that, you’re going to have wild, sumptuous food.”

For more information on how to book your paddleboarding experience or to choose your next giant adventure in Northern Ireland, visit www.discovernorthernireland.com/things-to-do/my-giant-adventure

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