Up in the Air: Parasailing Experience

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.

boracay - parasailing

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.

boracay - parasail view

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.

Photo Credit to Vegas Bob

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.”

boracay - parasailing experience

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.

boracay - parasail boat

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 map

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 theΒ 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.

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  1. Shugah Pauline G.

    August 24, 2013 — 8:55 am

    This is why I wanted to visit Boracay… okay add helmet diving too. I heard its cool. Beautiful shots! Nakakainggit. someday someday makakapunta din ako jan.

    ps: have I told you already you vhave a best dressed website? πŸ˜€ Browsing pages from pages seems so easy breezy!

    xoxo, Wander Shugah

  2. Hi Sugah!

    Thank you for that compliment. I really appreciate it… *hugs* Come and visit Boracay and I would love to join you in the helmet diving and cliff diving experience πŸ™‚ Someday… everything will fall into place.

    See you soon? πŸ™‚

  3. Shugah Pauline G.

    August 24, 2013 — 9:20 am

    Yes! Lets see each other soon. My mama’s sister operates a banca hopping and van rentals in Nabas/Navas(?) lol and I might stay sa kanila. Iand im hoping I can visit there early next week.

    xoxo, Wander Shugah

  4. Yes yes. Please inform me πŸ™‚ See you. Ingat ka!

  5. Shugah Pauline G.

    August 26, 2013 — 1:32 pm

    I meant early next year. Lol natawa ako when I saw my previous comment “next week” pala natype ko. haha Crazy meeh!

  6. Hahahaha! and I said to myself “wow it’ll be a very hectic week” πŸ™‚ see you… next year πŸ˜‰

  7. Love to try this too. First attempt to conquer my fear of heights was when I rappelled down a 15-storey high falls in Laguna. πŸ™‚

  8. Wow that’s awesome, Rubber Sister! πŸ™‚ You should try this one… it’s very… effortless πŸ™‚ hahahahahaahhahahaa

  9. Oo nga upu ka lang larga na! hehehe!

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