Parasailing, Boracay Island
April 2012 (Summer in the Philippines)
Parasailing. My hubby and sister-in-law are afraid of heights, but REMINDING them that parasailing in fresh-air weather is not possible in Manila (in the Philippines) and is not gonna be as cheap in other parts of the world MADE them agree to go for it. The speed boat will go against the wind to haul you up in the air. In just a few seconds, you are 40-50ft from sea level, and perhaps about 70-100ft away from your comrades (who keep you safe) from the speedboat.
In 30minutes, i experienced hilarious laughing, wonderful sea breeze, and calm & quiet that only flying in Boracay can give. Hilarious laughing (for the 1st 5minutes) because watching my hubby & sister in law scream from alternating excitement & fear was chaotic. After that chaos, we felt the freshest, cool breeze on our face. That would have already cost us hundreds of dollars somewhere else!
You can bring your camera & let the parasailing guys take your pics--by now, they are pretty much used to even the expensive ones. Just make sure you don't let your expensive cameras out of sight especially when already on land. You can't be too careful with expensive stuff... ;)
Packaged Price we paid for parasailing & helmet-diving: Php650/person (about US$13.5)
Scary as he** when you're being strapped in. Freaky when you feel the tug of the parachute as you go up up UP in the sky. Then all of a sudden, you find yourself in utter quiet and peace when you're at the top. (Unless of course you have a chatty companion).
The view from up top is amazing. Staring straight down...seeing your feet high above the water... can be nerve wracking... but the mere fact you're up there? Woohoo!
None of us wanted to go down.
Ok, back in the speedboat... on the way to deep water (where you'll start your parasailing experience), and coming back, it's best to sit at the prow. Errr....wait... I'm not sure if that's what you call it..but I mean tip of the boat. The front. The pointy part. Just go sit there... pretend your leonardo and kate on the titanic and feel the speed of the boat. Yeah! Bouncing on the waves, feeling your bu** lift off the seat and feeling the air whip past your face is exhilarating!
Your Boracay vacation wouldn't be complete without renting a "paraw"* for a sunset sailing trip around the island, chill out with some beer, and take snapshots. You can actually enjoy this activity any time of day, but the best time is to have it about 5-5:15pm to witness the sunset while at sea.
The first time we went on a paraw sunset sailing trip, we rented a paraw for P1,000. We were 4, but up to a maximum of 6 customers can ride; there is no minimum number of tourists per trip. I was told then that if you are alone, you can rent a paraw for P700 or if you are a couple or threesome, you can get it for P800. I thought it was a good deal; turned out I was "stung" as our dear VTer Sirenna informed me. (See my Warning Tip)... I knew better on our recent trip. If you go solo, you can rent a paraw for P500 for about one hour of sailing, and P600-650 for more people, maximum of 6. Our first sunset paraw cruise took about 25 minutes, but the sail should be about an hour.
*A "paraw" is a single hulled sailboats with outriggers that keep the boat from capsizing, usually manned by a crew of two, a skipper/captain and a balancer.
A special parachute with winglike extensions that lifts a rider in its harness up and through the air when towed by a motorboat. It was the ultimate experience for us. I am afraid of heights so on our way to the top, my eyes were closed i held the strings on my side as if i'm going to fall, but slowly, let go. It's so peaceful on top with really great views.
If you just stay on White Beach all day, you miss half the fun. There are several other nice beaches around the island, and rather than a small motorised banca boat which is rather uncomfortable and noisy, take a local "paraw" instead, and fly with the wind.
Bring your snorkel gear (or ask your boatman) and you can stop at places like Crocodile Island (named after it's shape), Crystal Cove (with two nice caves to explore), Puka Beach, Baling Hai, Lapuz Lapuz, Ilig-Iligan Beach and Din-Iwid Beach.
We sailed around the island with the popular Captain Joey and his "Red Pirates" paraw, and would highly recommend it. If you ask they guys they can organise a BBQ and cold drinks for you on the beach. We were required to give a deposit for this beforehand, and the boys shopped for our supplies in the market.
The food was awesome - tasty spicy grilled chicken, fish, prawns, salad, rice & fruit, with a watermelon rum punch. One of our best meals in Boracay, cooked by boatman Raymond.
You can book these boat trips at the Pirates Pub, which is a short walk past station 3.
thanks for all the infos. i found this on the net also, should anyone find interest in parasailing like i do.. =)
taken from: http://www.beachcomberboracay.com/flash/activities.swf
Let the parachute lift you up and make you fly, through parasailing. You’ll be transported by a motorboat to a platform in the middle of the sea before you can suit up and fly.
List of Establishments
Diamond Water Sports
Address Balabag, Boracay Island Malay Aklan
Telephone No. +6336 288-6621
Napoleon Water Sports
Address Balabag, Boracay Island Malay Aklan
Telephone No. +6336 288-6184
i thought it would be so scary but no, it really wasn't. ..it even got boring.but of course, just think of the possibility of you being cut off from the rope and that's when you feel the thrill..seriously, it was still worth trying, still one-of-a-kind thing to do.ü
oh, and don't forget to bring a cam..while ur dangling on air, u might as well take photos of the view.
Heaven must be the feeling of the two passengers above as they are being pulled along by a speeding boat far below. Seen this one when we were on the boat going back to Manila. It seemed like we were treated with a live cruise entertainment.
A Paraw is a native outrigger used mainly for transportation and fishing. These paraws uses only the wind power to navigate. The cheapest among all the water activities in the island, Paraw Sailing is a relaxing way to explore the different islands. With your P500 per hours, you can hop from 1 island to the other and even stop at anypoint to enjoy swimming and scuba diving.
Parasailing is one famous activity in the island. A little bit pricey but its worth a try. Price per person is USD50 or around 2,500 in peso. You can bargain upto 2,000 pesos.
You can do single or double like the one shown in the photo.
Parasailing in boracay is way tooooooo safe than what we had in Phuket.
So, never miss the chance and have a bird's eye view of white beach and the whole island of boracay.
Paraw or sunset sailing is one romantic activity esp for couple. Sailing along the crystal clear water of Boracay while enjoying the view of the sunset.
Price per trip is 500pesos around 10usd.
It wasn't quite sunset yet, but it was still breathtaking. It's 15 minutes of heaven.
They can dip you into the water for a few seconds and take you up again---for a more thrilling ride. Don't forget to ask them, though.
There are many tour operators in the island, and the one I took was Diamond's. It costs PhP2,500/person (USD50), but you can haggle if more than one parasails.
The most expensive water sports they are offering, I suppose. Suspended on a parachute that flies like a kite up above the sea while a speed boat pulls by to gain altitude is for those who have money to burn. The view and experience up above Boracay beach must be so satisfying for that P5000 15-minute flight for two.
A non-flying companion can ride the boat (this is inclusive of the price) to record that very short yet pricey moment. I was able to take close-up shots when we were out on the sea boating.
Okay. This sounds a whole lot better than riding a banana. You're strapped to a parachute, launched and pulled aloft from the back of a speeding boat. Cool! Images of Charlie's Angels and Mission Impossible and great photo ops! Until they tell you that it's $100 for 15 minutes airborne. That's the airfare to Caticlan from Manila already!
I just headed for Jonah's, took these pics, and ordered another mango raspberry shake. 160 pesos! :o)
boracay offers a lot of water activities... there's the banana boat ride, the flying fish, jet skiing, snorkeling, diving and others.... on my last visit, i parasailed with 2 other friends(charlie's angels in boracay.hehe). it was a lot of fun being up in the sky for a full 15minutes... scenery was simply stunning!