Parasailing in Hawaii is an amazing activity to do here because of the incredible views you get while sailing high above the ocean. If you are staying in Waikiki I know of a place that is only 10-15 minutes away that will pick you up and sails throughout the day.
The rides are tandem and you can have as many as 4 people up at a time.
You can go up as high as 600ft (the state's legal limit) or 1200ft of line or go as low as 150ft (300 ft of line). It just depends on the company.
I'd say the average is 300 ft (600 ft of line).
The lower distances will have you up there about 5-7 minutes while the highest will keep you up there 8-10 minutes.
If you're up for it they'll dunk your bottom (bum) in the water to lay with you or if you are more adventurous you can participate in what's known as "tea bagging". The name says it all.
Another place that I know of is about 25-30 minutes away depending on traffic in Hawaii Kai. They are a water sorts company that will let you do parasailing in conjunction with other activities.
For instance you can parasail, jet ski and do the bumper tube. Or if you prefer parasail and banana boat. I like the new jet lev activity.
Imagine wearing a rocket ship on your back. It takes awhile to get the hang of it so go for 25 minutes instead of 15.
Anyways, there are packages and combos that allow you to save money rather than paying for each individually. You can also scuba dive and surf or go snorkeling at Hanauma Bay.
They transport you from one water activity to another via water taxi and/or drive you to Hanauma Bay nearby and you can buy a photo cd of your experiences if you like.
There's no doubt that parasailing will give you a GREAT bird's eye view of all of the beautiful scenery, mountains and coastline.
If you stay in the Waikiki area figure a 15 minute commute and block a 1.5 hr-2 hr block of time if just parasailing. None of these companies have stands on the beach in the immediate Waikiki area where the hotels are. It's not zoned so therefore everyone will pick you up.
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