Maui Parasailing is a Thrill to Remember....

I can't wait for our next trip to Maui. First up...Maui parasailing. When Kim and I visit Maui, it is usually during the whale watching season. This is an important distinction.

You see, parasailing is one of the very popular things to do in Maui but it is seasonal. Some activities' seasons are based on the absence of others, these seasonal things to do in Maui rarely change seasons. Case in point...Maui Whale watching and Maui Parasailing.

Because the humpback migration means both breeding and the birth of the young in local waters, para-sailing companies suspend this part of their business during most, if not all, of the migration of the humpback whales.

The Maui parasailing season is generally considered to be May 15 through December 14 each year. Thus, because the whale watching season is the other part of the year, Kim and I have not been parasailing.

However, Monica, our oldest daughter, has...and she loves it!

How it works

The participant is fitted with a harness rig. The are towed behind a watercraft (or truck on land) which is attached to the rider, their harness and a parasailing wing behind them.

Bigger boats can carry two or even three people at once!

When Monica went, she went alone. She's brave like that. She said that it was both exciting and a little scary.

She said, “I never thought I would enjoy being up that high, but seeing the water, the islands and as far as I could, I would do it again in a heartbeat! I mean, I was flying!”

Her experience is one she'll never forget. She says that a big part of that is because of the company she chose.

The last time Monica went, she went with a company called West Maui Parasail. If you would like to use them, they have two locations on Maui. They Parasail from Lahaina Harbor and Kaanapali Beach.

Like so many wonderful experiences on Maui, if you are going to do Maui parasailing (whether you happen to use West Maui Parasail or not) you'll want to make your reservations as early as possible.


***The parasailing in Maui is only from May 15 to December 14 each year***

During the off-season, many of the parasailing companies will offer whale watching tours. Thus, depending on the activity you are interested in participating in, even Maui has restrictive seasons (for good reason)

Para-Sailing is a KITING activity?! Who Knew???

Para sailing is a water activity on Maui, but parasailing, in general, can be done on land as well.

In addition to that, I recently learned that parasailing is considered more a version of kiting than it is parachuting!

That's confusing to me....let's break this down....

The parascending wing (also known as a parasail or a kitesail wing) and the person are connected together (basically a parachute and person---sounds like parachuting so far). Together, they are attached to a line that connects them both to the watercraft.

Since the riders are connected by a line from the parasail to the boat, I suppose that the line can be considered a form of a tether- if the person and chute are the "kite" I guess I can see how the tether is the kite string. Okay, I can see how it actually is more like kiting...

So in this scenario, since it is a “kiting” activity, would Thomas Jefferson say that the person is the “key” to this activity?

Get it? ......Key......Jefferson......kites........ nothing? Nevermind...

Leave Maui Parasailing and Return to Treasures of Maui

Things To Do In Maui

Whale Watching

Old Lahaina Luau

Deep Sea Fishing


Stand-Up Paddle Boarding


Mama's Fish House

Horseback Riding