Parasailing is essentially a recreational adventure sport, that is undertaken by the usage of a parasail which is pulled by a vehicle, usually a boat, sometimes even a car or a truck. The parasailer does not really have much control over the parasail, and it is more of a fun based activity. The parasail has a harness which is used to bind the parasailer to it, who in the end is tucked by the vehicle. The more strong the pulling vehicle, the more parasailers it can carry. Parasailing is different from paragliding, as in paragliding a parachute is used, while in parasailing, a parasail is used by the parascending. Parasailing is carried out as a commercial activity in various places in the world.
Parasailing is offered in three forms around the world. These are Beach parasailing, Winchboat parasailing, and Platform parasailing. In beach parasailing, a person needs to run a few steps on the beach before taking off with the help of parasail. The person is tucked to a boat with the help of a rope, which then pulls the parasailer along in its journey. During the descent as well, a parasailer needs to run a few steps on the beach. This type of parasailing is recommended only for expert parasailers as it is a bit dangerous while ascending or descending.
In winch boat parasailing, a parasailer takes off from the boat itself, which is well equipped with appropriate technical systems to inflate a parasail. There must also be a hydraulic winch which needs to be present and powered by the boat engine. These are the main equipment, that actually help a parasailer to launch for a parasail, and later to pull back on the boat. When the boat drives and moves forward in the water, the parasailer floats at a height behind the boat itself. Platform parasailing is much less risky as compared to parasailing from the beach. Under this type of parasailing, it is best to fly in winds when the wind speed is in a range of 5 to 15 miles per hour. Flying should not be done too near to buildings, in bad weather, and in rough ocean winds.
Apart from solo parasailing trips, group or tandem parasailing trips can also be undertaken by people travelling in groups. It is best to be fully educated about parasailing before venturing in the activity. Proper knowledge must be obtained about the equipment used in parasailing and its appropriate usage also it is advised that you list parasailing spots and keep in mind the associated expenses that you’ll need to cover.
If someone is not experienced in the sport, it is best to either take professional guidance or best to take an experienced person along. It is also not recommended to sail in foggy weathers, rough weather winds, and during snowfall and rain.For safety purposes, it is best to parasail in areas which are nearer to coastline and cityscape, and in areas where help is easily reachable if the need arises. Thus parasailing spots that are well known for parasailing activity are advised herewith (see the options below).
Perhaps the most famous beach in Rio de Janeiro, and unarguably one of its icons, Copacabana, offers stunning views during parasailing. The views that can be seen are of the Christ statue, Maracana stadium glimpse, and views of Sugarloaf Mountain. To add to the a backdrop of the entire colorful city of Rio de Janeiro makes parasailing worth the money spent. For all reasons mentioned Copacabana is the best among all parasailing spots described in this article.
Perhaps the most well-watched skyline over television shows and even movies are that of Miami. Parasailing lets a parascending tough heights to the tune of about four hundred feet. Miami beach offers several parasailing spots in its vicinity, along with a parasailing option on Dodge Island, and also near about Miami Seaquarium. Being one of the best and well-known parasailing spots Miami might be a bit too expensive so it is advised that you look up for best deals available on the internet and with local parasailing agents/companies.
The scenery of Cape Town offers views that are a parasailers delight. It is a very harmonious blend of city vistas, mountain views as well the coastal areas. To the west of Cape Town, lies Anchor Bay, and it is the main area in the capital which offers parasailing trips.
Perhaps, one of the most visited tourist spots in India after the Taj Mahal, Goa is a hub of activity for tourists from all over the globe. Most well-known beaches in Goa are Calangute, Anjuna, Kolva, and Baga. Apart from parasailing, the coastal town offers many other options for domestic as well as foreign tourists in the form of nightlife in clubs, and other places to chill on the beach bars.
Sydney Harbour hosts one of the world’s best known Opera house, the Sydney Opera House, and to add to its beauty is the Harbour bridge. Parasailing options in the Manly Wharf, in the area of Many Cove, offers stunning high altitude views of these two landmarks of Sydney. All this happens at a cost near to a 100 AUD for a solo parasailing trip. Due to temperate weather conditions Sydney is the best parasailing spot in all of Australia.
The Hawaiian archipelago provides one of the most visited as well as famous beach destinations in the whole world. Known for its scenic beauty, azure waters, and an impeccable coastal line, the islands of Hawaii are a dream come true for any parasailer. Few well-known parasailing options are offered in Honolulu, Big Island and Maui beaches. Various other options are also on offer to tourists and parasailers, and those are sea diving, scuba diving, snorkelling and so on.
A well-known tourist destination of Thailand, Phuket is known for its beach destinations and aquatic sports. Also, on offer are parasailing activities near to Patong beach, and there are other options as well for adventure lovers to try out parasailing on parts of other well-known beaches. For a solo trip, the cost per trip varies between 25-40 USD.
Just like Miami, Key West is another popular parasailing destination in Florida city. It offers views of both the city as well of the coast.To the north coast of Key West lies the Key West Bight beach, and to the south coast of Key West lies the Smathers Beach. These twos offer the best parasailing destinations in the city of Key West, with morning the rates being lower compared to day rates for the sport.
Kerala is also known as God’s own country due to the stunning countryside beauty it offers to the world. The backwaters of Kerala are very famous tourist destinations for both domestic as well as foreign tourists. One of the best-known beaches of Kerala, Payyambalam beach, which lies in the district of Kannur, offers very good parasailing activities. The main attraction is the breathtaking view of Arabian Sea from a height of about a height of 300 feet, along with a coastline view of coconut groves all around. Apart from Payyambalam beach, Alappuzha and Kovalam beach are also well-known locations for parasailing.
The lakes situated in these two American states offer very good locales for parasailing. The drives through Wisconsin and Michigan to reach the parasailing spots are also very scenic and add to the beauty of a perfect parasailing vacation. To the east coast of the Mackinaw city, a solo parasailing trip usually costs about 70 USD and offers a great view of the lake and the cityscape below.
The coastal waters of Mauritius offer breathtaking views of the beaches as well as the lagoons of this popular tourist destination. To the North West of Mauritius lies the Grand Bay, and it offers solo parasailing trips in the vicinity of about 35 Euros. The total parasail time is for about 10 minutes, and the total trip excursion is about 30 minutes or so. To the eastern coast of Mauritius lies Belle Mare, which is another popular parasailing destination and offers solo trips for about 30 Euros, with an afloat time of about 6 minutes. To the central eastern coast of Mauritius lies the spot Trou D’eau Douce / Ile aux Cerfs which provides parasailing on the island of Ile aux Cerfs. The cost of a solo trip here is about 24 Euros, plus an additional transfer charge of 12 Euros for transfer to and fro the Ile aux Cerfs island, with a parasail time of about 6 to 7 minutes.
At the beach of Tanjung Benoa, in Nusa Dua, Bali, tourists find one of the best parasailing spots in Bali. Beach parasailing is offered here, and hence, it requires experienced parasailers to have a go at this spot. The parasailing guides and operators at Nusa Dua, are also highly experienced and provide proper guidance regarding this recreational sport. Children below 10 years need to hire an experienced instructor while parasailing on this beach. The management of the beach is extremely particular about the weather conditions and keep a constant tab to avoid any untoward accidents. This is reflected in the fact that there have been cancellations of parasailing trips when an adverse weather warning is received, even if tourists have made advance bookings.