Parasailing is an exhilarating and exciting activity for those on vacation to Maui, and the summer months are the perfect time for it, when the breeze tends to be warmer and the sky clearer. If you're staying at one of our West Maui condos, the most convenient choice for this activity is one that operates in this part of the island, such as West Maui Parasail. They depart not only from Lahaina Harbor, but also from Kaanapali Beach, which is exactly where many of our beachfront condos are located. They have also provided guests with over 200,000 flights since 1985, so if experience and safety matter, they're an excellent choice.
So what are some fun facts about how parasailing works? In the case of West Maui Parasail, you don't need to get wet because they have a launch and recovery system directly off the back of the boat. Their flights are 8-10 minutes long, and they allow two to three people at a time, depending on weather conditions. You don't need any prior experience to go parasailing, and they've accommodated guests as young as 6 and as old as 95. As far as height, the standard option is their 800ft line, but the deluxe is 1200ft, so don't book this with a friend or family member who is afraid of heights.
As for the best time of the year to go parasailing while on vacation to Maui, many are surprised to find that the activity isn't available all year round. In fact, parasailing is only available from May 16th to December 14th because our migratory humpback whales are frequently found in our waters during the remaining months.
Why are whale season and parasailing mutually exclusive? In order to get you up in the air, activity boats have to move fast, and can be dangerous to adult and baby whales who could be struck by these vessels. Marine life does try to get out of the way when they hear a roaring engine approaching, but research shows that when the vessel is moving over 12 knots, the chances of striking marine life increases exponentially. For reference, 12 knots is about 13 miles per hour, which seems extremely slow, but then whales do tend to be slow most of the time, and they take up quite a bit of space.
So, if you're interested in this exciting activity, now is the time to go! On the other hand, if you'd rather whale watch, you'll have to wait for the cooler months of the year. If you need any assistance with your accommodations, you'll find our contact information at the bottom of the page. Mahalo and have a wonderful Maui vacation!
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