Our host, José, took care of all the particulars, and we were soon boarding a 25-foot boat. My friend and I were the only two who signed up for parasailing at the time, and I was surprised we did not have to wait for others to join us. We inquired about safety precautions and were told not to worry—we would be quite safe. Indeed, once we were seated, we felt quite secure.
We were shown some basic hand signals to communicate with, and once we gave the okay, we were high up in the sky. What an amazing experience—we could see for miles and miles: the entire lagoon and the long spit of land that is home to the Hotel Zone of Cancun, with all its magnificent hotels and beaches; the city of Cancun; and the lush green carpet of the surrounding jungle—all was beneath us. We could have stayed up there for hours trying to identify all the landmarks, but after about 20 or 30 minutes, we were slowly hauled back in until we rested right back on the stern of the boat. We got out of the seat and the two fellows quickly brought the parachute back in without it even touching water.
On our way back to the Aquaworld Marina, we chatted as best we could with the three Mexicans, and I asked if I could drive the boat. The driver said, "Sure," and there I was driving the boat right back to where we started, even guiding it through the relatively narrower channel of the marina’s harbour area. The captain was even going to let me back the boat into its docking spot, but I was afraid I would be purchasing a boat and pier if I missed, so I handed the wheel back to him.
I imagine that at other times of the year it must be busier and that one would spend much more time waiting for others to have their turn in the sky. As we debarked, we were encouraged to put some money in the tip jar, which we gladly did, as we truly felt these fellows did a great job at giving us a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
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August 12, 2005
From journal Paradise in Cancun
April 24, 2005
From journal AHHHH, Cancun
March 23, 2005
It cost us about $80 for the two of us, and the good thing is that we were able to do a tandem together. I was more nervous than my wife at first, but once we got it, it was calm and smooth sailing initially and felt weird being suspended hundreds of feet with bungee cords!
But you can't imagine the view you have from there--truly a birds-eye view of the ocean, buildings, and island.
I wish we had taken a camera with us, though, so I recommend you take one!
From journal Cancun Fun, Sun, and Yes, It Is The Caribbean!
December 27, 2004
From journal Pre-Christmas Break on the Mayan Riviera
December 23, 2004
Once we had chosen our excursions, we left for the day, only to return the following day, when we were warmly welcomed by Jose. My husband and I were given life jackets and a brief orientation on our watercraft. (We had our own snorkeling gear, so we opted to use just Aquaworld’s fins—there are no discounts available for using your own gear.) It did not seem to be a busy time of year, as there was only another father and son in our group. We went single file across the lagoon and then along a path through the mangroves to head out into the ocean and then towards the reef. At the destination we connected all our watercraft, hooking up with another group, and jumped into the ocean where we were free to snorkel. This was well-done, with ropes cordoning off the coral so that we could not damage it and it could not damage us. There were lots of pretty, colorful fish, some surprisingly large, and coral, and the water was calm and warm. After about 45 minutes, we were back on our watercraft and heading toward Cancun along a different path.
At Aquaworld there were changing rooms, showers, and bathrooms, but I just find it hard to get used to putting that toilet paper in the garbage can. There are a variety of places to eat and drink and a kind of shopping center with fish swimming around in an aquarium. One can buy life jackets, snorkel and scuba equipment, T shirts, swim gear, etc.
Aquaworld is a huge operation, with a great variety of packages to choose from. There are hundreds of watercraft and lots of helpful personnel. When we were booking our activities, it was more or less akin to planning a party with friends, fun but slow. Jose was such a special kind of guy; I would recommend Aquaworld and their activities to anyone looking for a good time on the water in Cancun. Jus plan on not being in any kind of a hurry.
Paterson , New Jersey
July 29, 2004
From journal Caribe Real Resort & Spa( formally Contiental Villas Plaza) and Info On Tours and Clubs
Stoney Creek, Ontario
April 12, 2004
From journal Our home in Mexico
March 4, 2004
The lagoon is filled with giant crocodiles at night - can sit at restaurants at night at watch them snap and eat a whole chicken in a single gulp!!
Snorkelling off a sandy area in the middle of the ocean??? somewhere past the lagoon. Not much fish...a few sting rays though.
All together a good time. For those with a need for speed - just lag behind and zig zag like crazy!
From journal Ladies' Week in Cancun
February 24, 2004
From journal Honeymoon in Cancun