A Comparison of Honolulu Parasailing Experiences

by Allie d'Almo  |  Published November 15, 2022

For a birdseye view of picture-perfect Honolulu, take to the skies on one of the island’s many parasailing experiences. 

best Honolulu parasailing experiences

A typical parasailing experience in Honolulu (Photo: Viator)

Less crowded than Waikiki, though just as lively, Honolulu is often referred to as the “gateway to Hawaii”. The cosmopolitan capital is home to the islands’ biggest businesses and resorts, but it packs a staggering amount of natural diversity too. From endless sandy stretches and sparkling turquoise waters to its surrounding craters and lush valleys, it’s certainly easy on the eye. To get your bearings – and raise your pulse – a parasailing experience offers an exhilarating opportunity to take in views of the whole island from 600-800 ft high. With so many to tour operators to choose from, we’ve compared three highly-rated Honolulu parasailing experiences available to book online.

Honolulu Parasailing Experience 

This one-hour parasailing experience is the cheapest we’ve found online. It’s also one of the highest-rated, with five-star reviews raving about the “fun, friendly and exhilarating” trip. Run by a qualified team, trips take off from the iconic Waikiki Beach to offer birdseye views of the island’s golden sand beaches, turquoise waters and soaring cityscapes. You might even catch a glimpse of Diamond Head – Hawaii’s most recognised landmark – from this perspective too. The tour price includes a one-hour parasailing experience, equipment and a life vest, though you’ll need to make your own way to the beach.  From £61.80 per person

Book at Getyourguide.com

Parasailing on Maunalua Bay 

A tandem parasailing experience (Photo: Viator.com)

Most parasailing trips restrict participants to individual rides, but this 90-minute experience is one of the few that offers tandem rides. Trips soar above the waters of Maunalua Bay to offers far-reaching views of the Hawaii Kai coastline, Koko Head and the Ko’olau Mountain Range. Trips last between six and eight minutes, before landing back on the boat. Tour prices include the parasailing flight, a boat cruise and a professional guide. You can also purchase videos and photographs of your flight for a small fee. From £83.24 per person 

Book at Viator.com

Diamond Head Sunrise and Parasailing Tour 

For those looking to make a day of it by combining their parasailing experience with another exhilarating island activity, this six-hour tour is an excellent option. The day begins with a hike up the volcanic Diamond Head to enjoy sunrise from the observation deck, followed by an exhilarating parasailing experience. With this tour, you’ll get to choose from three different heights to fly at too. Prices include hotel pickup and drop-off, transportation, Diamond Head admission and hike certificate and the parasailing experience. 

From £148.32 per person 

Book at Getyourguide.com