Jet Ski and more

By Hawaii.com Team

Parasailing, Oahu. Photo: Heather.

Whether you’re harnessed to a parasail high above the ocean or steering a jet ski over the water’s surface, you’ve got to be wearing a grin. These water sports are just for the fun of it, and you don’t have to be a buffed out water dude to enjoy them.

If you’ve never piloted a jet ski, instructors will help you get the hang of it. Propelled by a jet of water, jet skiing is a safe and fun activity for the entire family. Jet skis travel about 40 mph and some models seat three (two adults and a child). More commonly, it’s a twosome and, of course, you can go solo.

Jet skiing is great in Hawaii’s warm water and sunny skies. New and improved equipment combine for safe and fun skiing. If you fall off, just relax. The machine will shut off, you can climb back on board and you’ll be off again. You must be at least 15 years old to operate a jet ski. Children are welcome to ride with their parents.

By contrast, parasailing is a quiet thrill. Once you’re up there, it’s easy to forget you’re being towed by a boat and floating somewhere between 300 and 800 feet above the ocean. You can see for miles and miles, yet you aren’t so far away that you can’t distinguish details.

High-tech winch boats provide dry takeoffs and landings. All operators on Oahu use harnesses (rather than the more dangerous chairs). A harness is comfortable, flexible, and allows for a better view as well. The ride is designed for just about everyone and most operators can take two people up at the same time. After a certain amount of time you may be “dropped” in a maneuver that resembles a parachute descent. Here’s your chance to dip your toes in the ocean before the line is winched up and you rise up again.

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