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