“This is the best mum! This is the BEST!!” squealed Charlie as we glided silently past the peninsula of Port Douglas. Parasailing had suddenly shot up to the TOP of her list of Port Douglas things to do – and for a 9 year old she had already managed to tick of some formidable adventures for it to compete with…..
In theory my kids had been been well excited about the opportunity to Parasail in Port Douglas BUT as the moment got closer and closer you could sense there was a certain amount of trepidation about the whole exercise. “How wet do we get mum?” they asked often. “Can I go up with you?” checked my youngest once again.
You have to take into account that it was stinger (and croc) season when we decided to take up the offer to ‘fly’. I think they had an image of our Tinaroo waterski adventures, where you always start off in the water and end up falling back into the water.
Getting soaked doesn’t have to be an option when it comes to a parasailing adventure off the back of a boat. Its possible to do the whole activity completely dry, although I do recommend you put your thumbs up to be ‘dunked’ during your session.
Of biggest interest to me is what we would see. The average height you fly to is 80 metres and apparently its not uncommon to spot turtles, dolphins and even the odd whale (during winter) whilst you’re up in the air.
But in the end, the highlight for Charlie and I was our birds eye view of the elite part of Port Douglas as we drifted by, thanks to a super fine day and some high tides. For us it was all about being up so high, the calmness of being held aloft and the stillness of it all (once we stopped squealing with joy that is).
What impressed me most was the ease at which you got hoisted up ‘high’, think 80 metres, or even higher if you choose the Mega Flight option – 120 metres! Despite the amount of adrenalin pumping through your body when your parasail first catches the wind and shoots skywards, this really is a ‘soft’ adventure – you honestly feel like you’re ‘floating on air’ up there. It’s easy to see how people of all ages (from 6-80+yrs) and abilities can do it and yet still receive a massive adrenalin buzz.
After seeing the reaction of my children as they returned from aloft, I believe it is something every parent should do with their child……just by pushing them slightly outside their comfort zones, the reward is obvious – its written all over their faces when they’re back at ground level.
And just so you know, Parasailing Port Douglas has made it into the Top 5 ‘must do’ activities for my kids, which is saying something ‘cause they’ve got a lot of experiences under their belt now. Watch our short video on what it’s like to ‘fly’ below……
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Have you tried Parasailing yet? What other activities have made it on your Port Douglas things to do list?
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