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They were one of the first things I saw when I stepped onto the beach at our Punta Cana resort; giant kites floating over the ocean, with teeny, tiny people strapped beneath. I watched in awe as they floated over the ocean, towed by the powerful speed boats below them. Definitely not something for people with a fear of heights. But, for someone looking for a bit of adventure, parasailing is a must.  So, after a few days of sun, sand, and trying everything on the cocktail menu (twice), my brother Jake and I decided we had to try it.

Bright coloured Parasails

Bright coloured Parasails

Parasailing wasn’t an activity affiliated with the resort. And therefore, according to the Sunwing official for our trip, probably not an activity we should take part in. But after some questions with a few other adventurous visitors and staff, we figured it was well worth the risk. The biggest problem it seemed was not safety, but rather the pricing.

Most people we spoke to paid $50.00 (American) per person for an average of 8-10 minutes air time. A couple people paid less, at $40 per person, while some got a great deal at $75 for two.  Not a cheap activity by any means, but we had some extra cash and figured it was worth it.

Or at least I did. It turns out that Jake had another number in mind and is, in fact, pretty bad-ass at haggling. I am not ashamed at all to admit that I left the work to him. I was too preoccupied playing with a puppy on the beach. One minute I was playing tug-o-war with a box and next thing I knew Jake was calling me over to where he stood with a massive local man.  Turns out the man had a boat ready to go out, but had room for two more. Rather than send out boat with space he agreed to Jake’s terms and cut us a deal: 2 for $60.

My puppy friend on the beach

My puppy friend on the beach

I quickly handed over the money and hopped into the small boat, which took us out to a big speed boat named Hung Over. There, we joined a group of Asian tourists and spent about 40 minutes on the ocean taking turns in the air. When our turn came about I handed my camera off to someone in the boat and was quickly strapped in. Tight and secured, the boat took off, and we flew up behind it.

Our parasailing boat below

Our parasailing boat below

I probably could have stayed up there forever. A lover of heights, I laughed while leaning all the way back, intermittently taking photos of the views around us, and a few goofy ones pretending I was falling . In the distance, past the sandy beach and seemingly endless palm trees we could see the mountains. It was awesome, and like all great things, came to an end way too quickly.

Mountains, palm trees, beach, and ocean: our view from above

Mountains, palm trees, beach, and ocean: our view from above

They reeled us in, managing to get us on the back of the boat instead of landing us in the ocean. Not that we would have minded; it was hot and we both love the water. The next group, however, was not so lucky and sank rather ungracefully into the ocean, giving us all a good laugh.

With our rides complete the driver radioed the shore and a new boatload was brought out. We transferred back into the boat and headed to shore. Thanking our guy again, we headed back down the beach towards the resort. After our little adventure it was time for another go at the cocktail menu.

Parasail behind the speed boat

Parasail behind the speed boat

Tips to getting your own ‘deal’ on parasailing

  • Don’t say yes to the first number they throw you- prepare to haggle
  • Don’t be afraid to walk away. There is more than one ‘sales team’ offering the activities. They would rather cut you a deal than lose you to the competition
  • Go early in the morning, or later in the evening. It will be less busy.
  • Keep an eye on the boats. If they are sending them out half full they are more likely to cut you a deal than if there is a lineup waiting.
  • Don’t carry a lot of cash. Have what you are willing to pay and show them that’s all you have.

Have you ever been parasailing before?


  1. Hayley Swinson on January 16, 2015 at 11:18 pm

    I went on a cruise with my family as a teenager and got the chance to go parasailing on Aruba. But the “crew” wasn’t exactly super professional…instead of a special boat with a platform for landing and a reel to bring you in, they had a floating platform and a speedboat with a really, really, really long rope. There was a man and his teenaged daughter ahead of us, and because of the weight imbalance, they ended up getting dragged a few meters with their faces in the water! Definitely made the experience slightly more harrowing. It was worth it once we were in the air, though! Would absolutely do it again.

    • Hannah Logan on January 17, 2015 at 9:28 pm

      Ok I got the best mental picture of face planting in the ocean- eeek! But kind of funny. So much fun though!

  2. antonette - we12travel on January 20, 2015 at 6:41 am

    Seems like a very interesting adventure. Would love to try it one day … to be honest I’d rather spend a bit more cash and be sure it’s a good ride, rather than saving a few bucks and not having a good time. So thanks for the tips!

  3. Jenna on January 20, 2015 at 7:23 am

    I love parasailing–it’s so much fun! Glad you had a great time 🙂 Looks like a perfect spot to go–beautiful photos!

  4. Alli on January 20, 2015 at 3:41 pm

    You guys got a nice and graceful landing while others were dropped in the ocean like a ton of bricks, baha! Good job to your brother for his awesome haggling skills – I am awful at haggling!! I get overwhelmed and nervous and just want it to end as soon as the haggling begins. I went parasailing in Greece, but a long time ago now and would love to do this again (hopefully with a graceful landing).

    • Hannah Logan on January 20, 2015 at 8:30 pm

      haha right? How could we not laugh! You definitely should go again! I’d like to as well…maybe in Greece!

  5. Chris Boothman on January 20, 2015 at 5:56 pm

    Never been parasailing before but this is definitely one of those adventure type activities that I would really like to experience. Doing this in Punta Cana would be an awesome place to start!

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