Parasailing is a recreational kiting activity where a person is towed behind a boat while attached to a specially designed canopy wing that reminds one of a parachute, known as a parasail wing.  The boat then drives off, carrying the parasail wing and person into the air. If the boat is powerful enough, two or three people can parasail behind it at the same time. The parascender has little or no control over the parachute. The activity is primarily at Sanibel Island, not to be confused with the sport of paragliding.

Set out for a thrilling parasail ride, gliding high above the sea while enjoying panoramic views over Sanibel Island. Your experience begins with a safety briefing and instructions on the basics of parasailing from a skilled professional. After that, get into the water and put your knowledge into action. The wind and the boat do all the work as you rise up into the air and fly over the waves.

Behind the boat, you can soar as high up as 500-656 feet, feel the adrenaline and take in breathtaking views of Sanibel Island’s coastline and skyscrapers from this one-of-a-kind vantage point. This is the part of the parasailing experience that most people find to be completely magical. You’re a few hundred feet up in the air, far enough that you have a unique perspective on the beach, the water, and all the people and wildlife around you.


You can see deeply into the water, which is usually crystal clear around Sanibel Island’s beaches. You may see dolphins playing in the surf, manetees exploring or looking for food, and schools of fish moving through the water. You can see all the way to the horizon, both on land and on sea. It’s an intense moment, when you realize just how small you are in comparison to the world we live on, both humbling and impressive.

If you want to document the experience itself, you can take pictures or video while you’re up in the air, though of course you will want to take care with your equipment; make sure that you have everything attached to you with a strap, just in case the majestic view makes you lose your grip.

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