TRAVEL & LIFESTYLE

The Best Parasailing in Hawaii Tours to Book – From Oahu to Waikiki, We Break it Down For You

Ryan, Senior Traveler

11 June 2017

AN ADRENALINE JUNKIES DREAM FROM 1,000 FEET IN THE AIR – WHY PARASAILING N OAHU AND WAIKIKI IS THE ONE THING YOU MUST DO ON YOUR NEXT VACATION

Everybody loves taking a vacation to Hawaii – beautiful weather, amazing culture, and there’s no shortage of activities to be had once you touch down.  However, if you’re looking for thrill seeking activities that redline your adrenaline levels, that’s a different story.

Sure there’s shark diving in Oahu, but that takes you to the depths below the sea.  If you want to get your thrills where only the birds can go, then parasailing in Oahu is your ticket.

Get Ready to Have Your Expectations Drastically Exceeded

One of the best tours in Oahu, when you go parasailing, you can expect stunning views of the Hawaiian Islands. Clear blue ocean views for miles and sea life swimming about, giving you one of the most unique experiences Hawaii has to offer. Do you love sightseeing?  Does your personality lean towards adventure?  Do you hate missing out on once in a lifetime opportunities?

If you answered yes to these questions, then you’re going to love parasailing. One thing that might be holding you back and what holds most people back is a fear of heights. If you are one that has challenges with heights but you still want to try parasailing – we’ve got options for you with heights beginning at just 500 feet and going up to 1,000 feet.

The often overlooked fact about parasailing though is that it’s extremely safe.  Millions of people go parasailing every year and less than .01% get injured. This makes parasailing one of the safest activities you can do on the island, while at the same time making it one of the most adventure filled things you can.  It’s the best of both worlds.

Where to Book Your Parasailing Trip

Now that you’ve realized what you’ve been missing out on, it’s time to take a look at where the best places are to book your parasailing trip.  Parasailing is a thrilling experience, but the fastest way to a bad time is booking your excursion with the wrong company. That’s why we’ve done all the heavy lifting for you and compiled the two best tours depending on where you’re staying.

TOUR #1 – PARASAILING ADVENTURE (SOUTH OAHU)

If you’re looking for the ultimate rush, look no further.  With the ability to go up to 1,000 feet in the air, this parasailing trip is unlike any other.  At only $41 per person and parasailing rides lasting up to 13 minutes, this adventure is an absolute steal.

Offering free transportation, insider knowledge on Hawaiian culture, and lasting around 3 hours from start to finish, this makes for a perfect afternoon excursion.  Based on tons of customer reviews, this Parasailing Adventure has received nothing but high marks.  On top of that, lots of reviewers mention that the staff and crew are extremely friendly and calming if you have a fear of heights. Let’s take a look at the pros and cons to see what you’ve been missing out on:

PROS

  1. How to see Hawaii like never before – get a look at what you’ve been missing with breathtaking views of Diamond Head, Waikiki and other islands usually reserved for the birds
  2. Ever been 1,000 feet in the air before? This is the quickest way to an adventure of a lifetime on your vacation
  3. Are you worried about safety? The crew and staff implement better than industry standard safety measures so you can let loose and have fun
  4. The often overlooked state of the art ocean vessels are factory designed and US patented exclusively for commercial parasailing which is the secret to their success
  5. Free transportation to and from your hotel which is why you should never have an excuse of why not to sign up

CONS

  1. Weather – out of your control, but try and book your trip around a day that’s expected to be sunny
  2. Availability – the good news is that this parasailing trip is better than any others out there…..the bad news is that they can book up quickly in busy months, so make sure you plan ahead
  3. Not suitable for young children (must be 7+ years old to ride)

There really aren’t any cons that we could find with this company.  Even if you’re afraid of heights and don’t want to parasail, you can still come along for the ride and cheer on your friends and family as they soar high above. To make sure you have all the facts before you book though, here’s everything you need to know about the trip:

Info About Your Parasailing Adventure

  • Beginner 500ft (5-7 min ride), Standard 700ft (7-9 min ride), Deluxe 850ft (9-11 min ride), and Xtreme 1,000ft (11-13 min ride) version available
  • Cancel at least 48 hours in advance for full refund (72 hours in advance for groups of 6+)
  • Pregnant women cannot parasail
  • Runs 8am – 4pm daily (may change during summer/winter seasons)
  • Total time is roughly 3.5 hours
  • Free transportation from hotels
  • Things you’ll need – swim suit, towel, sunscreen
  • Pricing ranges from $41 to $77 depending on what height you choose or $23 as an observer if you just want to go along for the ride and take photos for your friends or family

FINAL VERDICT The Parasailing Adventure (South Oahu) is what you’ve been missing if you’ve been seeking adventure on the Hawaiian Islands.  Able to take you higher than any other company on the island, this is perfect for the ultimate thrill seekers out there.

TOUR #2 – PARASAILING ADVENTURE

Next up on our list is the Parasailing Adventure located just south of Tour #1 near Hanauma Bay.  This parasailing trip is very similar to the first one with just a slight variation.  This excursion takes all of the guess work out of it for you and offers parasailing at 600ft, 800ft, or as an observer if you just want to go along for the ride and capture some photos of your friends and/or family.

This is perfect if you don’t want to get too crazy, but still want an adventure and be able to see picturesque views from above.  With stellar reviews, free transportation, and friendly staff, it’s no secret why this parasailing tour made the list.

Taking a look at the pros and cons, you can see it’s very similar to above:

PROS

  1. Beautiful views of the islands from 600ft or 800ft in the air
  2. Free transportation from select Waikiki hotels
  3. Extremely high marks for safety and many reviews noting a very attentive staff
  4. Top notch boats patented specifically for parasailing, so you know you’re in good hands
  5. Over 1 hour of time on the water which gives you plenty of time to have a blast

CONS

  1. Weather – out of your control, but try and book your trip around a day that’s expected to be sunny
  2. Availability – the good news is that this parasailing trip is better than any others out there…..the bad news is that they can book up quickly in busy months, so make sure you plan ahead
  3. Not suitable for young children (must be 7+ years old to ride)

FACTS AND INFO ABOUT THE TRIP

  • Parasail from 600ft to 800ft in the air for 8-12 minutes
  • Cancel at least 48 hours in advance for full refund (72 hours in advance for groups of 6+)
  • Pregnant women cannot parasail
  • Runs 8am – 4pm daily (may change during summer/winter seasons)
  • Total time is roughly 3.5 hours
  • Free transportation from select Waikiki hotels
  • Things you’ll need – swim suit, towel, sunscreen
  • Pricing ranges from $60 to $75 depending on what height you choose or $30 as an observer if you just want to go along for the ride and take photos for your friends or family

FINAL VERDICT

While not as extreme as Tour #1, this is the perfect parasailing trip for those mid-level adventurers.  And let’s be honest, 600ft is still really freakin high!  So, if you want to have a blast but not go overboard with it, this is the perfect choice for you.

“Parasailing on Oahu is unlike any other experience out there.  Truly an amazing time for anyone who loves adventure and amazing views!” – Review of the Parasailing Adventure

Choose Best Parasailing Tour
Choose Best Parasailing Tour
  • Observer Only
  • Duration
  • Free Transporation
  • Type
  • Restrictions
  • Additional Fees

Parasail Adventure (South Oahu)

$41.02Beginner
$41.02Beginner
  • At $22.79
  • 5-13 Minutes
  • Free transportation from select Waikiki hotels at select times
  • Beginner (500 feet) - $41.02 Standard (700 feet) - $61.98 Deluxe (850 feet) - $70.18 X-treme (1000 feet) - $76.56
  • Not recommended for pregnant women; Must be 7+
  • Fuel surcharge + Harbor Fees - $5.05

Parasailing Adventure Hawaii

$60Standard
$60Standard
  • At $30
  • 15-20 Minutes
  • Free transportation from select Waikiki hotels at select times
  • Standard (600 feet) - $60 Deluxe (800 feet) - $75
  • Not recommended for pregnant women
  • Fuel surecharge - $3.00

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