Many adventurers know Mauritius as a little paradise Island that offers beautiful beaches, spectacular sunsets, and tasty/colourful food experiences. Most adventures don’t realize that your holiday here is not limited to lazing on the beach and admiring the turquoise water of the sea. Mauritius is home to some of the best parasailing spots in the world.
Parasailing is an adventure of a lifetime –giving a sensation of flying with an adrenaline rush that makes you feel like a superhero. Crashing waves underneath lend an incredible sound effect as the pull from the boat emphasizes the thrill with the additional speed and manoeuvres. Flying across blue skies with a magnificent view of the sea below, you will undoubtedly create an unforgettable experience.
Tandem or Single Flight
You have two options: flying in tandem or taking a single flight. Parasailing alone is great if you’re on a solo adventure trip and can personalize the parasailing experience completely. On the flip side, parasailing in tandem allows you to experience the flight with your significant other nearby. The idea of gliding above the sea in the blue skies in the arms of your significant other is bound to create memories you will cherish together forever.
Parasailing is a very smooth activity. The initial decision to do it is the most challenging part of it. Once you set your mind to engage in the adventure, the rest becomes easy. You are now in the hands of a professional who knows how to glide people in the air. The take-off and the landing are without any risk. When you land after your exhilarating flight into the sky, you will tell yourself, oh wow, why was I so hesitating?
Best Locations for Parasailing in Mauritius
If parasailing and other extreme water sports activities are your things, you will enjoy this. There are many places in Mauritius you can enjoy parasailing, but here are the most popular locations.
Grand Baie (or Grand Bay) is a fishing village in the North that is scenic from the ground and even more spectacular from the sky. The parasailing patrons here are experienced and will allow you to enjoy your parasailing flight with no fear or panic. But you will undoubtedly feel the thrill and mini-adrenaline rush synonymous with any parasailing adventure.
Ile aux Cerfs
Also known as Deer Island, Île aux Cerfs is located on the East coast of Mauritius, Flacq district. The magnificent Island is made of about 100 hectares of beauty and mystery. Floating above the iconic coastal region and beach allows you to capture the beauty of the blue skies and release your worries and tensions.
You get a good view of Mauritius’s east coast without climbing a mountain. The water in the region looks green down from the parachute. You can see the patches of corals as the speed boat drags the parachutes near the reef in the lagoon. The sound of the windsurfing and the excitement of flying sensation releases dopamine into your body. From the elevation in the parachute, you can see the big game fishing boats in the high waters, giving you an eagle eye for staying in the sky above the sea.
Ken and Barbie were on their honeymoon when they experienced parasailing at Ile aux Cerfs. Barbie said it relieved her mood since she had a small discussion with Ken in the morning. She forgot the minor dispute with Ken and returned to their villa all joyful. Even Ken was surprised at the mood change that parasailing produced in her. So, take advantage of parasailing if you are on your honeymoon. The lovely Island of Mauritius has what it needs to give your couple’s life a big jumpstart!
Trou aux Biches
Trou aux Biches is another beautiful beach in the North of Mauritius Island, between the Pointe aux Piment and Mont Choisy. The beach is famous for offering spectacular photographic settings and postcard scenery. The best part about this beach is that while it’s trendy among parasailing enthusiasts, it’s always calm and never crowded.
“Bob and Dave are two buddies who got their first experience parasailing at Trou aux Biches. Since they were in groups of 4 buddies, a surprise was arranged by his 2 friends on the platform awaiting their turn to fly. Guess what? They were deliberately landed in the water instead of on the platform, and no need to say that it was all a fun time. The 2 other friends had the same treatment upon landing. They had to bear the same irregular landing upon the request of the 2 friends who were now in control of the platform. Parasailing is, in fact, a fun time but rest assured, the service providers are very professional. They do it upon the request of families & friends with whom you are enjoying your joyous moments of life on the paradise island.”
Mont Choisy is known to be the longest beach located north of Mauritius. It extends its beauty to the Pointe aux Canonniers and Trou aux Biches and can be easily recognized thanks to the coastal line that forms an arc. The beach is famous for its beautiful powdery white sands, turquoise water, and a long stretch of casuarina trees. And there is no other best way of enjoying the scenery here than from up in the sky floating under a parasailing parachute.
Anthony flew above the Mont Choisy seawater with his nine-year-old daughter, Tonya. She had lots of fun when the speed boat operator deliberately lowered the parachute just enough into the water to make her feet wet. She talked with her Dad all the time during the flight. As a parent, you can never ignore such joy on your kids’ faces. She was also uttering, yuhu, throughout the flight. Indeed, it was an incredible experience for her, with probably the most critical person in the kiddy life if we understand how much daughters are attached to their fathers. Just after the landing, Tonya’s mum took the flight with her son, Chico, as she calls her. We cannot describe enough the bonding that parasailing activities create among family members. You need to experience it yourself with your loved ones. Take advantage of parasailing if you are visiting Mauritius with kids.
Belle Mare lies on the Island’s East coast, where parasailers get as high as 60m above seawater. The high-up view is breathtaking as the area has a long sandy beach. Though the flight lasts 5-6 minutes, the duration of the whole activity may take around 30 to 40 minutes, the time to put up all the safety measures. The providers have a ‘touch and go option where you can dive your toes or leg into the water before you are brought up in the air again.
Flic en Flac
Imagine viewing the sunset while you are in the air with your other half. The scenario is a dream come true when parasailing at Flic en Flac. The West is a paradise scenery for sunset lovers. If you are one of them, try Flic en Flac as your flight adventure for a memorable afternoon, especially if you are on a honeymoon!
Le Morne is a place where everything is everywhere when it comes to adventures and sea activities. The southwest coast has the best wind on the Island, which makes it ideal for sea and sky adventures like parasailing, paragliding, kite surfing, or just surfing the waves. The weather is perfect almost throughout the year, even during the winter. It’s a paradise for sky & sea adventure lovers.
Parasailing in Le Morne is the least popular, as the service providers here concentrate on the other mentioned water activities. But if you are with someone who has to come to Le Morne for any particular activity and you desire to engage in parasailing, you are sure to find a provider. Make sure you book in advance, though.
How Parasailing Activity Works?
Weigh-in: Parasailing usually has weight limits. In locations where single parasailing is allowed, the weight limit tends to be around 80-100kg. Sites that enable parasailing for two tend to have a weight limitation of about 180kg.
Safety Briefing: While parasailing is an entirely safe activity, you still have to go through a safety briefing where the patrons will inform you about the potential hazards.
You will then take a boat ride to where all the fun begins –the launch point, the launching pod, and the crew will tie you securely using a harness which the safety instructor will check to ensure everything is in perfect condition. All harnesses used here meet the international ISO safety standards.
After a safety instructor certifies that all is well, the boat will be started and will take off slowly.
The best thing about parasailing is that unlike many other water sports in Mauritius, you don’t need any steering, riding, or driving skills. The parachute auto-steers along the boat as you’re left with all the time and freedom to enjoy the breathtaking views and flying experience.
Parasailing Rates in Mauritius
Parasailing rates in Mauritius vary depending on the location, the time you will take in the air, and whether it’s a single or double parasailing experience. But most parasailing sessions will take around 5 to 15 minutes. Again, the pricing is variable but will range from 20-40 Euros. Simultaneously, parasailing is one of Mauritius’s most affordable ways to have fun and thrilling experiences.
Q & A’s
What is the minimum age for a child to parasail on the Island?
The minimum age is 5 years, and all 5-10 years old embark on a tandem flight in the company of an adult. For those below 18 years old, bring an adult who can sign your waiver, or you cannot board a boat to go to the platform where the activity takes place!
What are the risks?
There is no risk of parasailing as the organizers are all professionals. They keep their gears in perfect condition, and the Mauritius Tourism Authority is stringent on the security rules.
What are the places where parasailing is practiced in Mauritius?
We have service providers for parasailing almost all over the Island. Most spots are good, while some are better. There are few parasailing activities at Le Morne, as this place is mainly for kite surfers. Still, parasailing is available when the wind is not so consequential for the latter action.
Arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled time,
Pregnant women are not allowed to take part in the activity,
The time restriction for parasailing activities in Mauritius is from 9 am to 5 pm,