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On Maui, Parasailing season replaces Whale Watching season and runs from May 16th to December 14th.
Maui parasailing flights are a popular activity. People love it. The truth is, I love it too. Maybe it's the exhilaration of take-off, or the view from so high, or just the sense of soaring through the air and the age-old fantasy of flight. The Maui parasail experience is always exciting no matter how many times I do it. There's a certain stillness way up there where you can't hear the sound of the boat below. All you feel is the rush of the warm Hawaiian air against your skin. It's peaceful up there. Real quiet. And the view...
Maui Parasailing flights depart from the West Side of Maui.
All of our Maui parasailing flights leave from the Lahaina and Kaanapali side of Maui. The view of the Lahaina Roadstead, the harbor and the boats at anchor, the West Maui Mountains, the clouds above and the ocean below.....well, it's absolutely stunning.
Maui Parasailing comes with a few options:
For excitement, choose the Maui parasail version of "touch and go." On the way down, instead of just reeling you onto the boat they let you linger awhile above the ocean surface - just before they dunk you. Wet, wild, and screaming at the top of your lungs, you emerge, no worse off for the refreshing plunge.
Too exciting for you? Let the captain know before you go up and you'll have a dry return to your Maui parasailing boat.
You can ride your Maui parasail all by yourself, or go up on the same parasail with a friend.
Most Maui parasail rides use a harness, leaving your legs free to dangle. People take a while to decide what to do with their hands. At first hands are clenched to anything they can grab but after a few minutes they realize it makes absolutely no difference whether they're holding on or not and they begin to relax and appreciate the whole experience.
How long are parasail flights and how high do you go?
Maui parasail flights vary between 9 and 12 minutes in length and fly at a height of between 25 and 50 stories high.
The height you fly at may depend upon the wind and weather conditions at the time and on the weight of the individual parasail rider.
Some considerations regarding Maui parasailing tours.
June and July are the biggest months for parasailing and the Lahaina skyline is always filled with the graceful movement of the colorful chutes in flight. It's wise to book early because flight times can book up early.
The "Early-Bird Flight" is the first parasail flight of the day, usually at a reduced rate. Most parasail companies offer them but they can book up a week in advance.
There is no reduced rate for children.
Passengers or "observers" who want to go out on the boat only, can ride for a reduced rate.
Sunscreen is a must if you have a mid-day flight. You can be out on the water for more than an hour and there are usually few shaded areas on the boats
Tom's Tips - Maui Parasailing Flights
If you're really timid about trying to parasail, go out as an observer. You can usually up-grade to a parasailer right on the boat once you see how easy and how fun it is.
The early morning is a great time to do a Maui parasail flight and you can usually get a discounted price for going out with the first flight of the day, but these often sell out way in advance so please book these flights early.
For a little more fun at no extra cost, ask for the "touch and go" as you're being reeled back into the parasail boat.
UFO Parasail is located off the coast of Kaanapali. Their rides offer spectacular views of the West Maui Coastline and the Kaanapali Beach Resorts. Parasailors are on the boat for about one hour in total and are winched on and off the boat hydraulically for safe and dry landings. Choose between the Standard Ride with six hundred feet of line, the Deluxe Ride with 800 feet of line and the Out of this World Ride with twelve hundred feet of line. Tandem flights are available. UFO Parasail has an adjustable tandem bar, this allows for side by side tandem rides even though the participants weights are not the same. Parasailing is not available during whale season which is from early December to early May.
(From: $61.90 - To: $96.90)
Take a parasail flight off the Lahaina or Kaanapali coastline with West Maui Parasail. The parasail canopy lifts you from four eight hundred to twelve feet into the air while being pulled by a specially designed parasail boat. Your harness type parasail ride will last approximately eight to ten minutes. A custom designed hydraulic launch and recovery system both launches and returns you directly to the flight deck, assuring passengers both comfort and safety. Single harness and the tandem bar (double harness) rides are offered.
(From: $56.90 - To: $117.90)
Parasailing in Maui - Parasail and jet ski season on Maui runs from May 15th to Dec. 15th. The whales come during the winter months so we don’t want the fast moving parasail boats and jet skis to interfere in any way with the whale communities’ yearly visits to Maui. Parasailing has been a staple activity on Maui for over 25 years, but I was interested recently to learn a bit about how the sport of parasailing started. It seems that in the early 60’s, a parachute instructor named Piere Lamoigne (Lam mone) devised a less expensive way to teach the sport of parachuting by devising a way of raising a parachute by pulling it behind a car. They would raise them to a certain height and then cut them free. This was then called Parascending. In mid 1961 the Pioneer Parachute Company started making these special chutes under the protected name “Parasail”. In the early 70’s an entrepreneur named Mark McCulloh decided to move the new invention from the back of a car to the back of a boat and parasailing as we know it was born. The first parasail companies actually took clients off the beach and landed them back on the beach after the ride. The landing part often had a lot to do with the wind at the time of landing and the expertise of the boat handler to maneuver the parasail back to shore. The next generation of companies, which were the kind that were first used here on Maui were launched from a stationary platform on the ocean. The parasailee was asked to brace himself on the platform until the line was taunt and then resist the pull of the “lift boat” until he began to be pulled and then make a jump for the sky. This worked, mostly, except for the occasional person being drug on his knees along the Astroturf platform or being simply popped off the platform and into the water. This unfortunately was my first experience with the sport of parasailing. The return trip was even more exciting as the boat captain attempted to land you back on the platform with crew members scampering to catch you as you came down. Nowadays things are much better. The lift boats simply have the launch platform attached to the back of the boat and you are gently wenched up into the sky and of course reeled right back into the boat again at rides end. If you haven’t tried it, give it a whirl, it really is a lot of fun.