You might want to take a look at “boarding” if you are ready to see The Reef from a different perspective.
The vantage point of standing up and moving across the water provides a renewed appreciation for the unique life that is below and around us at Ocean Reef. Increased visibility at a slower pace enables boarders to glimpse coral, fish, and the occasional turtle that are easily missed when heading out on a typical boat.
As a workout, SUP or Stand Up Paddleboards are a comfortable way to get in better shape. Burning calories is part of the fun and most paddlers find the experience relaxing after first building some basic balancing skills.
Paddleboards are available for rental at the Buccaneer Island Pool Desk for daily use, for yoga classes, and during season for the popular lighted evening tours. Paddleboarding is an outdoor experience for a variety of ages and a great adventure for families to enjoy together. After just a few tips from a recreation specialist and a little practice, most users are successful either standing or kneeling.
For a different experience, the Pedal Board is a new “toy” to try out at Ocean Reef. It is a bit easier to use than a paddleboard because you power it by pedaling. It’s just like riding a bike and makes for a smoother ride. Tours are now being held on Sundays at noon and leave from the Nature Center. Reservations can be made by calling Concierge at 305-367-6516.
So for those lazy days when you are looking for something new to try, think about pedaling or paddling around The Reef. You can get some leisurely exercise and find a different way to enjoy our amazing water.