IMG_4235Did you know there’s a place on the island of Maui where you can experience absolute silence? The simple lack of sound, after all, has become a modern rarity, though you’ll have to take your feet off the ground if you’re ever going to find it.

IMG_4215Paragliding on Maui is arguably one of the most unique and spectacular ways to experience the island. Effortlessly glide over Maui’s stunning landscape and explore Maui in a truly unique opportunity. Nothing will prepare you for the jaw-dropping views, which span two coastlines and tens of thousands of acres of rolling, green ranch lands.

Paragliding tours launch flights on the slopes of Haleakala in the rural Kula uplands – just minutes from attractions likes Oo Farm and the Alii Kula Lavender Farm. Flights usually depart around 8am when conditions are calm and clear. The morning air at this elevation, though, can be chilly, and it is recommended to pack a jacket. It is also a good idea to bring your camera phone or GoPro with you during your flight to capture the incredible memories.

On Maui, Proflyght Paragliding is the only certified paragliding tour, and offers guests the option of either tandem flights (where you are clipped in with an instructor), or solo courses to obtain your pilot’s license.

IMG_4225For tandem paragliding trips, no previous paragliding experience is necessary to enjoy the bird’s-eye view. Guests fly “tandem” with certified instructors, and are snugly clipped into a harness with an instructor.
There are two different options for tandem flights that Maui visitors can choose from: An introductory, 1,000 foot descent that cruises over pastures, or a longer flight from “Fern’s Launch” that drops close to 3,000 feet. The 1,000 foot descent gives guests 3-5 minutes of flying time, while the 3,000 foot descent is between 10-15 minutes of flight. Both options offer an unparalleled opportunity to explore Maui like you’ve never imagined.

To make the most out of your paragliding trip, plan to spend the day exploring Maui’s Upcountry area and nearby sites in and around the towns of Makawao and Kula. You’ll also be close to Haleakala National Park, and a trip the summit of Haleakala is highly recommended.

Paragliding activities are done at your own risk. For more information about paragliding on Maui, contact Proflyght Paragliding at (808) 874-5433 or www.paraglidemaui.com. Minimum age is 12 years old. All participants must weigh between 80 and 230 lbs.