Parasailing in Boracay- Ascending to Mount Luho
Updated: Jan 15
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On October 26, 2018, Boracay underwent a major economical change. When I traveled to Boracay in October 2017, I noticed the area was exceedingly unsanitary and some what decrepit. Reports show though after the renovation project was completed, the island was restored to a new and pristine area--- similar to that of a Palawan, a popular vacation spot in the Philippines.
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At the time I was vacationing in Boracay in 2017, I had a great desire to go parasailing. My girlfriend at the time was apprehensive about doing this sport. In the end though, I convinced her it would be a fun experience. On a Thursday afternoon, we took a motor tricycle to one of the activity booths on the island. After obtaining our tickets for less than 500 pesos ($9.43), we followed a male Filipino out to a boat. He drove us to the open ocean. Once there, one of the Filipino boat assistants set up the parasailing cord. We were placed into seats and a harness (attached to a parachute) was strapped to us. The boat assistant explained to us that we will be in the air for about 15 minutes. However, he made it clear that if we wanted to come down earlier, we needed to raise our arm and draw circles. After strapping us in the harness, our feet, which was supported on the back of a motor boat, suddenly lifted into the air.
We slowly ascended into the sky. Objects became smaller and smaller the higher we climbed.
The boat appeared to be a miniature boat toy. When the parachute leveled out, we were able to catch a better view the exquisite beauty of Boracay. In fact, my head was about level with the towering Mount Luho. Not only that, we were able to witness areas on the other side of the mountain. Interestingly, we were higher than the mountain. That was scary and exhilarating at the same time. The cool thing about being at that height was you had a bird’s eye view of Boracay, and not to mentioned the fact you felt like you were superman.
While my girlfriend and I were mulling over the beauty of the area, wind suddenly caught our parasail and jerked us for several seconds. My girlfriend immediately began to pray and sing while the entire time I was telling her everything would be fine. Then after being in the air for about 15 minutes, we noticed the parasail started to descend. My girlfriend had successfully conquered her fear of heights.
If you have never been parsailing in the Philippines or anywhere for that matter, you must add this event to your bucket list. It is a very exhilarating and breathtaking experience, especially given the fact (as I mentioned above) you can view Boracay from a bird’s eye view.