Sandboarding at Wahiba Sands, Oman.
Sandboarding at Wahiba Sands, Oman. Photo courtesy of Andries Oudshoorn.

Sandboarding in Oman

Oman is an authentic and wonderful country full of interesting places to visit, and sandboarding can be practiced on the magical dunes of the Omani desert. The area known as Wahiba Sands or Sharqiya Sands, located in the Eastern Sand Desert, is like an ocean of regular dunes that seem…

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Sandboarding in Yemen

Famous for its unique vegetation and wildlife, much of which cannot be found anywhere else in the planet, Socotra Island is a unique place on Earth, known as the pearl of Yemen and of the entire Arabian region. Ras Erissel, the eastern cape of the island, is also home to milky…

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Sandboarding in China

Sandboarding (滑沙) is growing in popularity in China, where it is sometimes referred to as "sand skating"(滑沙场). In recent years there has been a boom of facilities dedicated to this sport all over the country, particularly in desert areas, but also some seaside beaches. You can ride the dunes of…

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Sandboarding in Indonesia

Indonesia is a great destination for sand surfing, which can be practiced on the massive Gumuk Pasir Parangkusumo sand-hill near the city of Yogyakarta on the main island of Java. The Parangkusumo Sand Dunes are a very popular and easily accessible tourist attraction for they are the only location in…

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La Paz Dunes - Ilocos, Philippines
La Paz Sand Dunes, Ilocos Norte. Photo courtesy of Ricky Artigas.

Sandboarding in the Philippines

You can sandboard in the Ilocos Region in the north of the Philippines, specifically in the Ilocos Norte province. There are many sand dune systems close to the province capital, Laoag City, where you can enjoy this sport. Enjoy a spectacular view of the sunset from the La Paz sand…

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Sandboarding in Jordan

Jordan is a country famous for its huge rock valleys, canyons and desert landscapes. If you are looking for sandboarding thrills, you will be able to enjoy some rides on the soft sand in the incredible Wadi Rum Protected Area near Aqaba, about a four hour drive south from the…

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Varzaneh Sand Dunes
Varzaneh Desert. Photo courtesy of Petri Lyytikainen.

Sandboarding in Iran

Iran is home to two major deserts where sand surfing can be practiced. The Dasht-e Kavir, which stretches from the south of the Alborz Mountains to the central region, and the Lut Desert or Dasht-e-Lut, in the south-east, a UNESCO world heritage site and the hottest place in the world,…

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Sand Surfing in Israel
Sandboarding in Israel at the Negev Desert. Courtesy of DrorBamidbar.

Sandboarding in Israel

Israel is an emerging destination for sandboarding, with the Negev Desert offering soft sand dunes that are perfect for beginners and experienced sandboarders alike. Sandboarding is a safe and fun activity for all ages, and there are many companies that offer rentals and lessons.

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Sandboarding Tottori Sand Dunes in Japan
Tottori Sand Dunes. Photo courtesy of Hashi Photo.

Sandboarding at Tottori Sand Dunes

Sandboarding is widely practiced in the Tottori prefecture of Japan. The largest sand dune system in the country, the Tottori Sand Dunes, is where all the sandboarding fun is at. At the site you can also enjoy many activities such as paragliding, camel riding, and going for a visit at…

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