Some adventure seekers find excitement in
the thrill of being more than 400 feet in the air.
I found tranquility.
Parasailing is close to school. Hawaiian Parasail launches trips
from Kewalo Basin, across the street from Ward Warehouse, hourly
from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. A crew of two takes about 12 passengers
a mile offshore in a boat. (If you easily get seasick, go earlier
in the day because the waters are calmer.)
You can parasail individually or in tandem. The crew fastens
you securely into the parasail harness, the winds sweep you off
your feet, and the boat you were riding in starts to look tinier
and tinier. The Pacific Ocean is seen from a totally different
view, and the beautiful scenery is breathtaking. The experience
is a rush, yes, but it is also quite peaceful up there, alone
with just yourself and the wind and the sun.
Although the boat ride is an hour long, the parasail flight only
lasts eight-10 minutes. You can ask to be dipped in the water
at the end of the ride, or you can have a dry landing. Nonflyers
who want to observe can also ride out on the boat for a lesser
You can bring anything onboard the boat that you want,” said
Capt. Wade Vaiciulis. “However, I suggest that while parasailing
that you only take a waterproof camera.”
If you don’t have a camera, the crew can take your picture,
but for a substantial price.
I had fun,” said Hanalei Jaber, a student at Honolulu Community
College. “But I wish we had harnesses that let us sit next
to each other rather than one behind the other. It would have
been nice to see the look on my fiancé’s face.”
Kewalo Basin, 1085 Ala Moana Blvd. Suite 101
Price: $40 / $35 (Kama‘aina)
Duration: One hour boat ride, eight-10 minute flight
Transportation: Roundtrip from Waikiki
Contact: (808) 591-1280