Located in the middle the vast Pacific Ocean lie the beautiful Hawaiian Islands. Thinking of the ultimate tropical paradise, they often come to mind. Although they are part of the United States, visiting Hawaii transports you worlds away from the happenings on the mainland. Each island has a different laid back vibe. But, if you are looking for an adrenaline elevating activity, parasailing is your answer!
Parasailing In Maui
Parasailing in Maui is awesome! We had a great adventure with UFO Parasail. There’s no better way to take in the island views and breezes than from the end of a 1,200 foot line. If this maximum line length is a bit too much, there are shorter options to choose from.
Taking off on a tandem flight is both fun and romantic. This happened to be an activity on our honeymoon. I was thrilled to have my new hubby by my side.
Our flight took off from Kaanapali Beach. During our visit, we had a rental car. This was the easiest way to get around the island. Our activity departed at 8:00 am, but we arrived early to enjoy a bit of time on this beautiful Hawaiian beach.
Launch and Landing
Throughout our travels, we have seen plenty questionable practices for this. I don’t want to rely on some guy standing on the beach to catch me. Nor do I want to have to run down the beach only to be jerked off of it once the sail and boat have caught enough wind.
The option in Maui was much better. We launched and landed using a smooth hydraulic lift of the back of the boat. The only thing you have to do is sit back and enjoy the ride.
It just so happens we were in Hawaii during the off-season. This meant that the group we were assigned to was pretty small. Personally, I loved this because it meant we got more time in the air!
Even after we launched, the remainder of our time was so smooth. It was a breeze! We soared over the Kaanapali coast and took in the pristine, yet nearly empty beaches. Seeing hotels and shops from that angle was fun. The height also gave us a bird’s eye view Lanai – another island just off Maui’s West Coast.
Prior to coming back to the boat, the crew made sure to give us several dips in the beautiful Pacific Ocean. It was fun and a great way to cool off. But, I also felt a bit like potential shark bait.
They also have a photographer on board. I’m thankful she captured these great images and credit her for them. This is an activity where souvenir photos are a must!
Even if you are afraid of heights, parasailing is worth trying. You are securely buckled in and it feels just like sitting in a swing. However, we would suggest the shorter line if this is the case.
The company we booked with also has a great safety focus. Weather conditions are a prime factor in being able to go out on the water. We actually tried going two other times with the same company on neighboring Oahu and couldn’t because of lightning in the area.
It was great that they honored our reservation for our later Maui visit.
Having memorial experiences like this is part of what makes travel exciting. I’m so glad we tried parasailing. It’s one of those items that has been on my bucket list. It was worth it! If you are looking for an activity, we recommend you try the same! It is an adventure of a lifetime!