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Parasailing Algarve, Portugal: Dream Wave Algarve Review & Essential Tips

Are you thinking of going parasailing in Albufeira with Dream Wave Algarve? You’ve come to the right place.

Parasailing in the Algarve is one of the most fun and adventurous things to do on your trip to Portugal, so make sure you add it to your bucket list!

After experiencing it myself, I’ve got tips to share with you.

But which tour operator to choose? Find out my review of parasailing with Dream Wave Algarve.

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Dream Wave Algarve. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

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Dream Wave Algarve Parasailing

Their parasailing description is very enticing: 

“Go for an exhilarating parasailing boat trip off the coast of Albufeira, taking in the panoramic sights of Portugal’s beautiful resort city and sandy beaches. For a thrilling 10 minutes, feel the wind in your face while flying over the water, and enjoy the scenery from a bird’s-eye view.”

Reading this, I knew I had to try it!

I had never parasailed before, so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, but I was excited for this adventurous experience.

I love trying new adventurous activities in different countries I visit. From ziplining in Costa Rica to volcano boarding in Nicaragua, and even horseback riding on a volcano in the Philippines, I was ready for this new adventure activity to try in a newly visited country to me: Portugal.

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About Dream Wave Algarve

Dream Wave Algarve is an outdoor experience operator that has been sailing the Algarve coast since 2003. They offer parasailing, in addition to jetskis, dolphin watching, and more. 

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Dream Wave Algarve is located at the Marina of Albufeira, at the bottom of the stairs at the colourful buildings along the water.

You can follow the signs for Dream Wave or keep an eye out for their booth. Their booth is at the corner closest to the water and is well-labelled. 

Address: Marina de Albufeira Passeio dos Oceanos Lote 5 Loja 31, 8200-394 Albufeira, Portugal

albufeira via parasail

The Scenery

Located along Portugal’s southern coast along the Atlantic Ocean, you will see the beautiful coastal town of Albufeira and all its glory while you parasail. It’s a short drive from the Portugal-Spain border.

You will see Albufeira from a unique perspective: in the air, above the birds. 

Parasailing with Dream Wave Algarve: About the Tour

With a boat capacity of 12 people, the tours are small, perfect for an unforgettable parasailing experience.

You can fly solo, double, or triple – depending on weather and sea conditions.

The parasail ride last 10 minutes, but it is so much fun and such an adrenaline rush.

The tour lasts up to 1.5 hours, depending on the number of people, for my tour we had 11 people. 

getting ready to parasail with dream wave algarve

Getting Ready for the Boat

It was a beautiful day to parasail, sunny and warm; we couldn’t have asked for better weather. We hopped on our scooter rental, driving from Lagos to Albufeira.

Before you board the boat, you suit up in a lifejacket and harness. Your tour guide selects a lifejacket and harness for you. You put on the lifejacket and buckle it up. The crew helps you to put the harness on to ensure it is on correctly. The harness acts as your seat while you will fly, so you want it on properly. Shoes are not worn on the boat so you will remove them.

Once boarded, you sit down on the seats and enjoy the boat ride from the marina out into the ocean. It’s a short boat ride away, less than five minutes.

getting ready to parasail

Getting Ready to Parasail

When it is your turn to fly, you will walk over to the back part of the boat. Take off your sunglasses, hats, or any other loose items, and sit down to prepare to be clipped into the parasail.

The crew clips your harness into the parasail in only a few moments. Once ready, prepare to fly!

We were so excited we forgot to take our sunglasses off, but luckily they didn’t fall off. Get your waterproof camera ready to capture some epic views.

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Up in The Air

A few moments after sitting on the back end of the boat strapped into the parasail, you have lifted off. You feel your bottom gently lifted off the ground, and then the next moment, you are flying in the sky! 

You can choose to hold on or fly with no hands. I decided to hold on with one hand until I got comfortable flying with no hands. 

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My Experience Parasailing in the Algarve

It’s so high up, it’s incredible! More than 100 ft up in the air.

Those who went before us during our experience said it was peaceful up there, and oh, how they were right. There is no wind or noise up here. The boat looks so tiny, and the scenery steals the show.

Your nerves drop away, and you begin to relax and soak everything in. So serene and calming, it’s an experience everyone needs to try.

parasail landing


They bring you back to the rear of the boat, the same place from where you launched from. You move the leg straps of your harness back down to below your knees and get ready to stand upon reaching the boat.

The landing is smooth and quick. You will be unclipped from the parasail by the crew, and safely make your way back to your seat to enjoy the rest of the boat ride. 

boat ride albufeira

While it was nerve-wracking at first, I had a fantastic experience parasailing and definitely wanna do it again! If you are on the fence about trying parasailing, go for it! You need to try this for yourself, especially with a picture-perfect backdrop like here in the Algarve. 

Dream Wave Algarve made the whole experience smooth and unforgettable, and you won’t regret choosing to parasail with them! 

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Tips for Your Parasailing Algarve Tour

  • Bring some kind of waterproof camera, whether a GoPro or sports camera. You will want to capture the view. I brought a GoPro with me on an extendable pole. 
  • Book your parasailing tour in advance to ensure you have a spot, especially during the peak season during the summer. You can book online or at the Dream Wave booth.
  • Keep your phone in a waterproof case or sleeve, so it doesn’t get wet on the boat. 

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speed boat ride albufeira

Parasailing with Dream Wave Algarve: Review & Final Thoughts 

I would gladly parasail with Dream Wave Algarve again. I had the best time and feel this is an experience everyone should try at least once, especially parasailing with beautiful scenery such as the Algarve. 

Next time I want to try kayaking the Benagil Cave, I ran out of time on my Algarve visit.

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