Full-throttle fun is available right off the beach, where jet-ski riders and parasailers flood to the inviting turquoise waters off Waikiki for the action. Adrenaline pumps as you rev up the engine, hold on tight and work it on the water, where you can learn to jump the wake or taxi around the shoreline.
Or come (para)sail away a few hundred feet above sea level. Several outfitters also offer additional adrenaline-inducing options, including a chance to skim the waves – and get some air – on an inflatable bumper tube, take flight with a water-propelled jet pack or journey down to the colorful reefs on a submarine scooter.
Paradise Watersports recently partnered with Roberts Hawaii and Waikiki Ocean Club to offer parasailing off the shores of Waikiki. Now guests of THE MODERN HONOLULU can take a 5-minute stroll from the hotel to blast down a 15-foot water slide, dive off one of three platforms or choose from various water activities, including parasailing. Paradise offers packages from 500 feet of towline and 5-6 minutes, 750 feet and 6-8 minutes or 1,000 feet and 10 minutes. “It gives you the sensation of floating in the air,” says owner Tommy Berg. The scenery is incredible and the experience is unmatched. “It’s not like a skyscraper where you are looking straight down,” Berg says. “You are looking at the expansive scenery. You never have that feeling of the fear of heights.”
At H2O Sports, which operates out of calm Maunalua Bay, jet skiers launch from a Multiple-Plaything Activities Barge where an instructor floats the jet ski onto a partially sunken platform, and guests swim up to the Yamaha VX110 personal watercraft, mount up and take off. Launch site activities include open areas for sunbathing, shaded areas for cooling off and photo opps of the Hawai’i Kai coastline, Koko Crater, Koko Head, Ko’olau Mountain Range and Maunalua Bay.
If the term jet pack sounds like just about the coolest thing – ever, then take a personal flight with H20 Sports 30 feet in the air. Or what about harnessing the power of controlled water pressure to walk on water?
If you don’t want to go the journey alone, try bumper tubes – they take you for a ride stomach-down with your face just inches away from the water.
Grab a friend – or five – and hurdle and skip over the waves on a banana boat ride. The motto at H2O Sports sums it up: “Mount up, hang on, get wet!”
“ If you are visiting between November and February, don’t miss Waimea Bay on the North Shore where the island’s top surfers take on 30-foot waves ”
Paradise Water Sports
Address: 1651 Ala Moana Blvd., Honolulu
Phone: (808) 675-6613
Web Address: www.goparasailinghawaii.com
Distance/Drive Time From THE MODERN HONOLULU: Paradise Watersports and its parasailing boat can be reached off the shores of Waikiki Ocean Club, a 5-minute walk down Ala Moana Boulevard from THE MODERN HONOLULU.
Brief directions from THE MODERN HONOLULU: Head northwest toward Ala Wai Boat Harbor.
H2O Sports Powered by SeaBreeze
Address: 377 Keahole St., Honolulu
Web Address: www.h2osportshawaii.com
Distance/Drive Time From THE MODERN HONOLULU: 9-mile, 17-minute drive. Free round-trip transportation with pick up from THE MODERN HONOLULU (upon availability)
Brief directions from THE MODERN HONOLULU: Take I-H-1-E for 2.3 miles and continue on HI-72 for 4.4 miles. Turn left onto Keahole Street.