I got an offer I could not refuse. Come meet us at Fido’s Dock in downtown San Pedro and try parasailing…just give it a try.
I’d never been parasailing. I’ve seen the parachutes floating over the reef but heights? So not my thing.
After a few weeks of hemming and hawing, I decided to give it a try. In the timeless words of Khloe Karadashian – YOLO! You only live once. Plus…it would make for great pictures.
But allow me to back up a bit. I had an appointment to meet Captain Jimmy and his first mate at the Fido’s dock at 11am. They were ready to go.
The parachute was laid out and we just needed to hop on the boat. Don’t be nervous, I was told, this is all very controlled and very safe. They test the equipment each morning and my harnass, that can seat up to three people, can hold 800lbs.
I tried not to wimper. But it really was a beautiful day. To dangle 350 feet over the sea.
I got a briefing from the captain. Basically I only needed to sit in my harness…and get lifted up up and away.
Parachute was ready.
You sit on the back of the boat and then slowly and gently…you are flying.
And then I had the chance to look around. How beautiful.
And out to the reef. Once you get to 350 feet it is absolutely silent…the rustle of wind once in a while…
The island, town and the lagoon side.
I was so busy gawking and taking pictures that I barely noticed Tony waving at me from the boat. Frantically. I could not hear what he was saying but I didn’t need to….
I love how the boats below seem to just hover.
After ten minutes, it was time to get reeled back in.
Very very cool way to see the island. As I got off and thanked the guys, I saw something else…a “subwing”…a new kind of tour…Check out some of the video for that…wow. I might have to work up a bit of courage.
Parasailing felt completely safe – slightly thrilling but not scary (and this is from a complete chicken) and the view was absolutely unparalleled.
I know you are wondering about the prices. Here they are – directly from Belize Parasailing.
PARASAILING (all Parasail Rides take between 10 to 15 minutes on the air looking over the reef and san Pedro town)
1 Person $79.99 U.S
2 Persons $149.99 U.S
5> persons get 10% off on total.
SUBWING ( Normal tours are of 1 hr. CALL OFFICE FOR MORE INFO)
1-4 Persons $149.99 U.S
5> persons get 10% off on total.
Ask for special packages that includes water sports and the accustomed activity in the island.
Snorkeling, Fishing and Beach Bar-B-Q with the combination of subwinging on our beautiful reef
(This is a whole day tour which departs at your time scheduled. It will include Beers, Waters, sodas, and snacks and main lunch. Cook what you catch or notify us for anyone that does not eat marine food to happily prepare them a coarse meal to their respectively appetite)
CALL OFFICE FOR MORE INFORMATION AND PRICE
Very VERY cool thing to do. Walk-ins also get a discount so…stop by Fido’s dock on a gorgeous day. These guys are certainly waiting for you.
And now I need to work on my Go-Pro video…
This could take a while. And picking a song? Tom Petty’s “Learning to Fly”? “Fly Like A Eagle”? R. Kelly’s “I Believe I Can Fly”? This could take me all year.
how bout “live like you were dieing?”
Rebecca, I can’t believe you kept your cool to take pictures! Both my daughters have gone parasailing numerous times. But I got as far as the boat, looked up, and said “no way!”. Next trip, I’m doing it. You have given me the courage!
I was scared scared scared before going and it was really easy and comfortable. Totally try it! The view is SOOOO worth it.
I love parasailing. Bummed I didn’t do it when I was just there. Next time for sure.
My first experience was in SP years ago. Capt has his deckhand harness me up. All ready to go. Capt decides to check my rigging himself. He grabs the harness right ummmmmm you know where and gives it a firm pull. Guess what? Harness falls down around my ankles! Deckhand did not have it hooked up properly. 8 letter BZ words begin flying! Turns out that was the deckhand’s first and last day…….sometimes I still wonder how high I could have gotten before losing the harness 🙂 Oh, and pricing was only $35 then 🙂 🙂 🙂
Ahhhh…back in the day. All the equipment seemed new and secure.
Is Tony Buono the captain? Wondering if hes back in San Pedro”?
Good for you — we tried to do this when we were in SP on our 25th anniversary trip in 2010, but it was too windy the only days we had available to go. And then we never felt like spending the money when we were living there. I can see that we missed out. Glad you got to enjoy the ride!