While we were strapped onto the harness, I was tugging the shirt of our operator with an anxious look on my face. I asked him to tighten the straps because I don’t really feel safe or even comfortable with my position. He then double checked the equipment and after a few seconds, we took off.
Momentarily, everything around was shrinking, giving us that phenomenal aerial view of the island, the glistening white coast, the ant-sized people, and the clear blue sky. For fifteen long minutes, me and Ryan were enjoying the scenic postcard-like wonder of God’s creation. We were literally flying like a kite, soaring a hundred feet above the clear waters, taking a mental picture of the beautiful bird’s perspective of the world below, and laughing at ourselves for being too anxious prior to flight.
Because I can’t help but look down and give myself some chills.
I was with a couple of my friends from high school when decided to take an unplanned trip to Boracay Island. No bikinis, no extra clothes, no written itinerary – it was just us four and the popular white sand beach of the Philippines. When we arrived, the weather was absolutely perfect and not to forget that it was off-peak season. Most definitely we opted to parasail – a convenience to our pockets.
This is what it looks like while we were on top. Sadly, I was not able to take my camera up. (Photo Credit to Vegas Bob)
If you think parasailing is such an extreme water activity, think again, because it’s actually therapeutic. Being suspended in the air felt so calm, relaxing, peaceful, empowering, and sort-of “spiritual” in a way. That tummy-tingling feeling before being pulled up in the sky is just temporary and I personally assure you that it’s not a waste of money. It was such a stress-relief.
The opportunity of being there (above) is already a big win. The sea breeze blowing through your clothes, your skin kissed by the sun, and that unforgettable first in your life makes it a “must do.”
Note: For an off-peak rate of Php1,100 per head for a 15 minute ride, it was a pretty fair deal. I highly recommend the Diamonds company. They have promising services and they don’t charge extra for photo taking. Although, be generous enough to tip them.
My dreams in life include skydiving, bungee jumping, skiing, and paragliding through thin air. I know it is a little bit intense but it’s definitely worth a shot especially if you have a great fear of heights. Of course, if you must know, when I was a child, I had a terrible experience with Ferris wheels in local fiestas that have contributed to my acrophobia. Luckily, I have grown out of that anxious feeling. It’s a great thing, actually.
Train yourself to let go and just “live” without limitations. Dare to be!
Boracay is a tropical island surrounded by stunning white sand beaches about an hour’s flight from Cebu or Manila just off the larger Philippine island of Panay.
You can reach Boracay by plane in any of the two airports located near the island: Caticlan (Godofredo P. Ramos Airport) or Kalibo International Airport. You can also reach Boracay via road and ferry (RoRo). More travel details here.