Last updated on July 26th, 2022
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. I’ve done ziplining in Costa Rica, volcano boarding in Nicaragua, horseback riding on a volcano in the Philippines, and for Portugal, our new adventure activity to try was parasailing.
Thinking about going parasailing in the Algarve? Here is my honest 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.
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.”
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.
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
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. 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 – dependent on weather and sea conditions. The parasail ride lasts 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 for the Boat
It was a beautiful day to parasail, sunny and warm; we couldn’t have asked for better weather.
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 help 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
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.
Up in The Air
A few moments after sitting on the back end of the boat, strapped into the parasail, you have lift 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.
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.
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.
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!
Tips for Parasailing 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.
- If you bring your phone, keep it in a waterproof case or sleeve, so it doesn’t get wet on the boat.
Parasailing with Dream Wave Algarve: Final Thoughts
I would gladly parasail with Dream Wave Algarve again. I feel this is an experience everyone should try at least once, and parasailing with beautiful scenery such as the Algarve is incredible.
To learn more about Dream Wave Algarve, and book your parasailing adventure visit their website.
Hope this information helped you plan your adventure of parasailing with Dream Wave Algarve.
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