Return to Boracay: Parasailing and Flyfish

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You can’t have a complete Boracay experience without trying one of the many watersport activities in the island. And since men of our age and sizes are up to the challenge, we decided to go with Parasailing and Flyfish first thing after breakfast.

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For our activities, I  contacted Nino to be our middle-man. I have done business with Nino back in 2011 for our parasailing, ATV and helmet diving, so dealing with him again was a no-brainer. Since that day was the last day of the peak season, we narrowly escaped the clutches of peak season prices. The prices we got are as follows: P450.00/head for Flyfish and P750.00/head for Parasailing*.

*Parasailing rates tend to be lower during the peak season compared to the lean season. Lean season rates shoot up to P1,300.00 to P1,500.00/head.

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New hideout for watersport activities: Bulabog Beach

One thing that changed with Boracay watersports is the location. Back in 2011, all watersports were being done at white beach. And to be honest, it was quite messy due to the hordes of tourists sharing the beach together with the motorized machinery powering the various watersports.

The good news is that you can now find the banana boat, jet ski, flyfish and parasailing activities at the opposite side of white beach, Bulabog. Needless to say, white beach is now more peaceful than before. A short tricycle ride from D’Mall is all it takes to go to Bulabog, so no sweat.

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Who has the best banana-pose face?

We handed our fees to Nino and he then made the transaction with the Diamond personnel. After filling out various waivers, we headed to a small speed boat near the shore. Note that the silly picture-taking was necessary before leaving Bulabog beach :D. The (very fast) boat led us to a bigger speed boat (the one that actually pulls the parasail) in the middle of the sea.

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Preparing the chute

Since we were not the only group boarding the big boat and doing the parasailing, we let these two love-birds go at it first. Well, technically, they were the ones who should be going first since they arrived earlier than us. Hehe.

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I knew too much sunblock was a bad idea

A few moments later and it was Arvin and Kevin’s turn. Since I brought along two cameras, I lent Kevin my TX-5 for the aerial shots while I gave my RX100 to the parasailing crew to do the snapping.

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Weeeeeeeeeee

While it was only around 9:30 in the morning, the weather wasn’t very sunny due to the nearing weather disturbance. Fortunately, the weather was still deemed safe for the parasailing activity. The only bummer was that we could’ve had better pictures if only the weather was sunny enough.

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Having a camera airborne certainly has it perks as the view from up above really is quite breathtaking. Plus, it makes your friends WANT to try parasailing, even if it has the stigma of being scary. I’m not saying it’s not scary but what I’m saying is It’s NOT THAT scary.

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First-person’s vantage point

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The descent

Next up, it was me and Vincent strapping on the harness. Even though this was already my second time to do parasailing, the thrill and excitement inside was still very much palpable.

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The ascension

DSC02850_1_wmWhen we reached the top, Vincent mentioned that it was strange that it felt eerily quiet being airborne from over a hundred feet above the sea. I agree, as both Kaye and I had this exact thought the first time we did it a couple of years back. There’s a certain feel of peace, calm and tranquility while cruising at high altitudes with your feet dangling. Seriously, I just said that.

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Bird’s eyeview

However, at some point during the ride, I can almost guarantee that you’ll feel a certain fear that the rope will snap, causing you to fall into the waters and be eaten by sharks. Don’t worry, that’s normal. 🙂

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Holding hands ❤

The parasailing ride lasts around 10-15 minutes. Pretty good for 750 bucks!

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Selfies from up above

After our aerial voyage, we transferred to another small boat that led us to a certain part of Bulabog beach where the Flyfish, banana boat and jet ski riding activities are being held.

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B1 and B2

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Before Flyfish: SMILES GALORE!

Before we had our turn for the Flyfish, we had to wait 30 minutes for earlier groups to finish. While waiting, we can’t help but realize that the Flyfish was not for the weak-at-heart. It looked vicious, extreme and exhausting. And we were about to experience that for ourselves in just a few minutes.

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First two rounds: Not too bad!

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And then it went higher…

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And faster…

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And even higher!

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To the point of falling to the waters and utter exhaustion

The ride was quite simply brutal. Yes, it was fun and exciting, but I can’t deny its savagery. Vincent fell two times while Arvin had to endure bowing out to the waters four times (as far as I can remember). It can also be very painful to the arms as you will exert all your strength to hold on to the handles to prevent yourself from falling. Speaking of falling, here’s a tip. If you don’t want to fall, take the spot where I was sitting. Being in the middle is actually the most secure. The person at the back and on the sides have more chances of falling.

Now that I think about it, I’m quite disappointed I didn’t take the fall. I think it adds more to the Flyfish experience. I’ll know where to sit the next time I’m gonna go Flyfishing.

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PULL HARDER!!!

Final words to those who want to try: Flyfish is not for everyone. We are true testaments to how grueling, mentally imposing and physically exhausting this extreme ride is. Though this is still highly recommended in my books!

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After Flyfish: Confusion and self-ridicule on what the Eff just happened

There you have it! Wanna have a memorable Boracay experience? Then you’ll never go wrong with trying Parasailing and Flyfish. Bank on it! -rod-

For more Boracay reads, check out some of my posts below: 

Return to Boracay: How to Get to White Beach from Kalibo

Boracay 2011 (Part 1)

Boracay 2011 (Part 2)

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39 comments

  1. Flyfish won’t be fun if you won’t fell on water! haha This is one of my favorite water activity in Boracay, and of course it’s more fun if you are with your friends.

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  2. Nice post Rodified. Very insightful. Do you have an idea on how much banana boat per person would cost? Do you have Nino’s contact number cause we are going to Boracay on October 28? We want to try the water activities. Thank you so much!

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    1. Hi Camille. You can contact Nino through 09228876639. Last June, the banana boat rate was at Php200.00/head, minimum of 5 persons. Though the rates can be very volatile, so better contact Nino to be sure. Glad you found the post informative. Thanks!

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      1. Great read. Gave me lots of ideas what to do in boracay. Every single question that pop into my mind were answered here. From rates to minutes or travel. Well thank you for this. I also txt Niño to accompany us next month. One question, how much did you gave niño before you left?

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      2. Hi. Although this may sound a little selfish on our part, we didn’t give any tip to Nino. He gets his commission directly from the establishments he refers. Plus, I heard rumors that he doesn’t accept tips, though it won’t hurt to try and give. 🙂

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  3. Hi we will go to boracay this March. Would you give me the contact number of the person whose in-charge for parasailing and flyfish activity? I contact the number you have posted here but the number is not available. thank you very much!

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  4. Hi, Paul here. Me and my partner is scheduled to go to Bora next week, is 09158722855 is still Nino’s accurate number. Thank you

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    1. Hi Maria. We had a 3D2N stay in Boracay at that time. We did the parasailing, flyfish and Ariel’s Point in one day, believe it or not. We also had other activities which unfortunately didn’t make the cut on my blog. 🙂

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      1. Ahh really?! I’ll be in Boracay later this month for 3d2n too. I was actually worried we might not try out the exciting activities in limited days. But if u guys made it, im feeling positive we will too! Yey! Thanks! 🙂

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      2. Activities we did that were not included in the blog are as follows: swimming (of course), ATV, Happy Dream Land Trick Art Museum and photo-op with the Tigers at Crown Regency, among others. Enjoy your return to Boracay! 😀

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  5. Tried calling this number 09228876639 but he answered me na hindi na sila nag aalok ng watersports activity..
    Do you have another contact person?

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    1. Hi. Unfortunately, sa dalawang beses na pagpunta ko sa Boracay, sila talaga yung contact ko. Hindi ko alam bakit hindi na sila tumatanggap ng watersport activities. Though you can always transact directly with the companies operating the activities like Diamond.

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  6. Hi, I am from Malaysia and came across your post. A really informative one! I will be going Boracay next month and was wondering if Nina has email? As I am not too sure how to make an international call to a Phillipine’s number.

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    1. Hi Jennifer. Unfortunately, I don’t think Niño communicates thru email. Though in order to place an international call here in PH, just replace the “09” (2 starting numbers) to “+639” when dialling his number. Hope this helps.

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  7. been to boracay last august 3 to 7 and had so much fun, thanks to our middleman uncle joe he gave us a fair deals of water activites this is his number 09498150103, he is very accomodating and he will even take pictures for you and your group

    island hopping 1300 3 hours 4 pax
    helmet diving 450 per pax
    para sailing 1100 per pax
    jetski 2000 for 30 mins

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  8. hi, i just came across your blog. can i check with you for parasailing will we fell into the water? as i am unable to swim, afraid of water. thanks. for flyfish i assume you will fall into the water right? many thanks

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    1. Hi Jo. Don’t worry about the parasailing since you will NOT be fallng into the water. Diamond watersports are very pacticular with safety standards and equipment. For flyfish, there is a high chance of falling into the water but you will be wearing life vests so no need to worry as well.

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      1. Thanks rod for the speedy reply. Ok! Thanks. Think I will only try parasailing. Even with life vests I will be afraid too. Do you have any other activities to suggest? Many thanks.

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  9. What an amazing blog! My partner and I are planning to visit Boracay in mid or late June (next month) and we’ve got plenty of useful information from your blog. Thanks very much.

    By the way, we found out that June is the start of the rainy season and the weather can be terrible. Do you think it is still worth visiting Boracay during this time or should we come another time?

    Thank you! 🙂

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    1. Hi Melano. Thanks for the kind words. This blog post covered our Boracay travel last June 2013. We experienced fair weather for the most part but there were also gloomy times during the our stay. We also experienced strong winds on our last day due to an incoming typhoon. My best suggestion would be to go around August.

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  10. Hello..I am traveling to Boracay next week….can you be so kind as to provide me with Nino’s contact info (email or something)?

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