Frequently Asked Questions
What are your rates?
All flyers are $75 per person! You can fly single, double (tandem), or triple (tax and tip not included).
How high do you take us?
We adhere to all Florida State laws and Federal regulations. We fly you the maximum legal height in Islamorada which is 600 ft. of line due to the close proximity of local airports.
You guys are safe, right?
Absolutely! Your safety is our #1 priority! We are very proud of our perfect (100%) safety record! Parasailing is safe because we make it safe. We have the most sophisticated equipment the industry makes, we don’t fly in winds over 20 mph, we stay at least 1600 feet from the shore in winds over 10 mph, and we do not fly in thunderstorms.
How many people can you send up in the air at one time?
One- two- or three- person flights are available.
What part of our vacation should we reserve for parasailing?
The first part of your vacation! Florida’s weather can change quickly and be somewhat unpredictable. If you plan to parasail at the beginning of your trip, there will be plenty of opportunity to reschedule your trip should the weather not cooperate.
Do I have to make a reservation?
Reservations are definitely recommended! However, walk-ups are welcome if room is available.
How do I make a reservation?
Easy – book online or call our reservation number:
How far in advance do I have to make a reservation?
Our season books up quickly so be sure to call at least a few days ahead!
What if I just wanted to ride along?
We do prioritize flyers first, but if there’s space on the boat you are welcome to ride along with your party. It only costs $35 extra per rider. However, there is a maximum of 12 riders per boat including flyers and non-flyers. Because of the limited space, flyers will be given first priority and riders will be taken if the boat is not filled to capacity.
Is there a weight or height limit of participants?
Yes, there are weight restrictions. It is variable, but generally we can only carry about 150 – 400 pounds – total and combined weight – in the air at one time. However, the wind can also be a variable and weight limits are always at the Captains’ discretion. The more wind, the more weight we need in the parasail. If the wind is high we cannot take lighter flights i.e. (light single flights). If the wind slows down, then we cannot take as heavy of flights i.e. (heavy 3 person flights). There is no height limit for participants.
Are there any age requirements?
Purple Island Parasail is proud to be a family-oriented activity for all ages. We do not have a maximum age limit but for safety reasons we do require children to be at least 4 years of age in order to parasail (depending on the weight and temperament of the child). Due to these factors, the final decision on age limits for minors is always at the discretion of the Captain. We are proud to have flown a 97-year-old lady parasailing on her birthday! If you would like to break our record please give us a call!
What happens if there’s inclement weather?
Your safety comes first! You’ll get your money back and we’ll do our best to reschedule you for a different time. Because Florida weather can change quickly, we do recommend you make this water sport a priority on your vacation itinerary and book towards the beginning of your vacation.
How do we get in and out of the air?
Because our boat is specifically designed for parasailing, all participants are winched on and off the flight deck of the boat for safe, dry takeoffs and landings. ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS WALK A FEW SHORT STEPS TO THE GIANT FLIGHT DECK ON THE BACK OF OUR BOAT AND HAVE A SEAT. We do the rest! First, the mate will fit you with a life vest and harness, then you will be seated on the back flight deck of the boat. The mate will then clip your harness to the parachute. Finally, the captain releases the wench and the parachute pulls you smoothly into the air to fly! All take offs and landings are completed from the flight deck of the boat.
Do I need any special training or prior experience to parasail?
Absolutely not! No experience of any kind is necessary. IF YOU CAN SIT, YOU CAN FLY!!
I have a fear of heights, does that mean I will be too scared and cannot parasail?
When you fly over water you lose depth perception, so the height does not bother people. People who are afraid of heights tend to like it, many compare it to a hot air balloon ride. Imagine floating in a cloud, it’s a very peaceful and serine ride.
Do you have to be able to swim?
Not at all! All takeoffs and landings are done from the back of the boat. In the unlikely event of a mechanical malfunction swimming is still not necessary because all participants are required to wear life jackets while parasailing.
Do I have to get wet?
We operate dry take-offs and landings. Therefore, it’s entirely up to you if you would like to get wet or not. By request, you may get dipped and get your feet wet. Dipping is done at the sole discretion of captain for safety reasons based on wind and water conditions.
What should I wear?
What you wear is completely up to you. All you have to do is take a seat and enjoy the view so we recommend that you dress for the weather. IT IS UP TO YOU!!!
** Purple Island Parasail would just like to caution everyone that you are engaging in a boat sport over water. In the unlikely event of a boat malfunction you could get wet. So we don’t recommend you take anything that could be ruined if it touched the water (i.e. cell phones, computers, electronics, purses, wallets, expensive clothes, etc. that cannot get wet).
How long will the whole experience last?
The trip time can vary from a half hour to an hour depending on the number of flyers. Each flight will be up in the air for approximately 10 minutes. If we have a full trip, then we should be out about an hour.
Are there any physical restrictions?
If you are PREGNANT, have a HEART CONDITION, BAD BACK or any other physical conditions that will be aggravated by potential rough conditions on the ocean, for your safety, the safety of other participants and our crew, our Captain has the right to determine if an individual is fit to participate in the parasailing activity. We want everybody to have the best experience possible!
What about special needs?
The beauty of parasailing is that, given the right conditions, it is an activity that most everybody can experience and enjoy. Should you have a disability, or know somebody that does, and want to fly, just give us a call (305.363.8089), send an email (email@example.com), or message us on Facebook. We would love to show you an experience of lifetime!