I got an offer I could not refuse. “Come meet us at Fido’s Dock in downtown San Pedro and try Belize parasailing. Just give it a try.” I’d never been parasailing. I’ve seen the parachutes floating over the reef but heights? SO not my thing.
After a few weeks of hemming and hawing, I decided to give it a try. In the timeless words of Khloe Karadashian: “YOLO!” You only live once. Plus… it would make for great pictures.
But allow me to back up a bit. I had an appointment to meet Captain Jimmy and his first mate at the Fido’s dock at 11am. They were ready to go…
Flying over Ambergris Caye with Belize Parasailing
The parachute was laid out and we just needed to hop on the boat. Don’t be nervous, I was told, this is all very controlled and very safe. They test the equipment each morning and my harness, that can seat up to three people, can hold 800lbs.
I tried not to whimper. But it really was a beautiful day to dangle 350 feet over the sea.
I got a briefing from the captain. Basically I only needed to sit in my harness…and get lifted up up and away.
You sit on the back of the boat and then slowly and gently… you are flying.
And then I had the chance to look around. How beautiful.
And out to the reef. Once you get to 350 feet it is absolutely silent…the rustle of wind once in a while…
The island, town and the lagoon side:
I was so busy gawking and taking pictures that I barely noticed Tony waving at me from the boat. Frantically. I could not hear what he was saying but I didn’t need to….
I love how the boats below seem to just hover.
After ten minutes, it was time to get reeled back in.
Very very cool way to see the island. Belize parasailing felt completely safe – slightly thrilling but not scary (and this is from a complete chicken) and the view was absolutely unparalleled.
As I got off and thanked the guys, I saw something else… a “subwing”… a new kind of tour…
Stop by Fido’s dock on a gorgeous day. These guys are certainly waiting for you.
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