Oahu Parasail Flights – Parasailing Waikiki
Oahu Parasailing rides are fun and exciting!
Parasailing is a sport which makes use of a parachute being pulled by a speed boat. The parachutist is floated via a 400' to 800' pull rope and rises to heights of 400' to 500' above the ocean surface. Everything is controlled by the boat driver and the passenger is virtually along for the ride.
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Parasailing had its debut in Oahu about 25 years ago and has become one of the most visual of sports operating off the coast of Honolulu and Waikiki. Unlike Maui, where the parasailing is limited to the summer season when the whales are not visiting, Oahu parasailing happens all year round.
Parasailers can either fly by themselves or be accompanied by another person and seated in tandem. Take-offs and landings are from the back of the parasail boat which makes use of a winch system to reel the parasail up into the Oahu sky.
Oahu Parasailing comes with a few options:
For that extra touch of excitement, choose the Oahu parasail version of "touch and go." On the way down they let you hover a while above the ocean surface - just before they dunk you. Wet, wild, and screaming to the heavens, you emerge no worse off for the refreshing dip.
If this is too exciting for you? Let the captain know you'd prefer not to get wet and you'll return safe and dry to your Oahu parasailing boat.
You can ride your Oahu parasail all by yourself, or you can go up in what we call a "tandem" ride, on the same parasail with a friend.
Oahu parasail rides use a harness, leaving your arms and legs free to dangle out in space. Most people will take some time to decide what to do with their hands. At first their hands may be clenched to anything they can grab but after a few minutes they realize it makes zero difference whether they're holding on to anything or not and they begin to relax and appreciate the whole parasailing experience.
How long are Oahu parasail flights and how high do you go?
Oahu parasail flights vary between 5 and 10 minutes in length and fly at a height of between 25 and 50 stories high.
The height of your parasail flight may depend upon your individual or combined weights and the wind and weather conditions at the time.
Some considerations regarding Oahu parasailing tours.
June and July are usually the busiest months for parasailing and the Honolulu skyline is always filled with the graceful movement of the colorful chutes off the coast. Please book early because flight times can book up well in advance.
Children are the same pricing as adults.
"Observers" who want to go out on the boat only without parasailing, can ride for a reduced rate assuming there is available room on the boat.
Don't deceive yourself regarding the power of the mid-day sun. Sunscreen is a must if you have a mid-day parasail flight as you can be out on the water for an hour or more and there are not many shaded areas on parasail boats.
Tom's Tips - Oahu Parasail and Jet Ski
Parasail rides provide pickup from the major hotels in Waikiki.
If you would like to get wet on your Oahu Parasail ride ask for a "touch and go" and your boat captain will see to it that your feet (and maybe more) touch the ocean.
Your Oahu parasail flight will be at an angle of about 45% above the water so you can gage the approximate distance you will be above the water by dividing the length of the parasail line you choose to take by a factor of two.
This is a fun day in anybody's book. Fly with Hawaiian Parasail in a United States Coast Guard Certified twelve-passenger custom made parasail boat, the only one of its kind in the islands. Soar along the Waikiki Coastline framed by the emerald hillsides behind Honolulu at a maximum of 1000 feet. Anyone can do it. Experience a dry take off and landing directly from the boat. The folks at Hawaiian Parasail have been doing this for years and this activity is often so popular that it is difficult to sign up for a parasail ride.
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Paradise Watersports operates the newest and largest parasail boat in Hawaii. This allows for smooth and easy takeoffs and landings directly from the back of the boat. You will slowly lift off the back of the boat from a seated position with ease, enjoying the ride in a comfortable swing-like harness.
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Waikiki Ocean Club is Hawaii's newest ocean activities playground located conveniently off the shores of Waikiki Beach. There is over 10,000 square feet of deck space to enjoy on this large catamaran. Free inclusions are swimming, diving from three 5-15 foot platforms, blasting down a 15 foot wet water slide and sunbathing on a 5,000 foot deck. They feature great music, clean facilities and a friendly crew. Spend some time on an adrenaline pumping high-speed Jet Ski, skimming the waves on a Banana Sled, or Parasailing over the Pacific Ocean. Roundtrip transportation to and from Waikiki hotels is included with each reservation and the tour departs from the Ala Wai Harbor.
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Unlike Maui which limits parasailing in its marine sanctuary during the winter months parasailing on the island of Oahu is done year round and a great company to take you on your parasailing adventure would be X-Treme Jet Ski and Parasail. Parasail flights with X-Treme Parasail can be pulled with lines of either seven-hundred, eight-hundred-and-fifty or one-thousand feet. You will experience fantastic views of the Waikiki coastline and Diamond Head and the parasail boats are set up to have you take off and land directly onto the back of the boat.
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Parasailing on Oahu - Parasails and Jet-ski's go hand and hand on Oahu in terms of thrill sports. These two activities have been offered on Oahu for years and they are very available to those staying in Waikiki. Shuttle service from your hotel is included with each and there are generally numerous departure times daily. Although tours are available as a rule all day the best times in my opinion are in the morning hours when the ocean conditions are generally flat and glassy.