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parasailing off Grace Bay Beach at Providenciales Parasailing over Grace Bay Beach in the Turks and Caicos.

Providenciales Parasailing

Our Opinion
Parasailing is one of those activities that everyone should try at least once, and there’s no better place to experience it at than Grace Bay. The clear water, beach, reef, boats and reef are breath-taking from above. If your vacation schedule allows, we recommend checking weather forecasts, and booking on a sunny day with light wind for the best views.
5 star rating for Providenciales Parasailing by Visit Turks and Caicos Islands
the amazing view over the Grace Bay barrier reef and breaking waves
The barrier reef off of Grace Bay.

Parasailing is available in the Grace Bay Beach region of Providenciales and is another exciting way to experience ocean, beaches and sun. Most parasail flights in the Turks and Caicos allow for a 10-15 minute ride in the air. If you’d prefer a longer flight, many operators offer private adventures.

From high above the water, many of the larger sea creatures can be seen swimming below, including turtles, dolphins, rays and sharks, and an unforgettable view is had of the complex network of coral that makes up our barrier reef. During smooth conditions, it’s also possible to see starfish in the clear sandy areas.

You’ll also see Hobie cats and other boats sailing below. Once in the sky, you can spot the island of Little Water Cay and Half Moon Bay Beach to the east. Tubing, where a float ride is pulled behind a powerboat, is another fun water sport that can be seen happening below.

Luxurious mega yachts moor outside the barrier reef at times, including some vessels owned by famous celebrities.

two parasails over the Grace Bay Beach in the Princess Alexandra National Park, Turks and Caicos
Parasailing in the Princess Alexandra National Park, Turks and Caicos.

Due to our ocean clarity and the scenic natural sights and resorts, Providenciales offers some of the finest parasailing in the Caribbean.

Several different factors come together to create our pristine beach and ocean environments, and parasailing in the Turks and Caicos offers one of the top ways to experience the transitions between white sand beaches, sheltered reefs, spur and grove barrier reef, and the deep blue Atlantic off the Caicos underwater plateau. The beautiful range of blue, topaz and turquoise hues is breath-taking.

Parasailing is one of our top things to do in the Turks and Caicos, and is a great family activity, as it’s suitable for everyone other than small children.

What to Bring

You’re welcome to take a camera with you to record the incredible view! We advise selecting a compact with a wrist strap, and preferably waterproof! A small and waterproof camera is something that's easy to carry, so you'll have photos of the highlights of your vacation.

Another great accessory to have are polarized sunglasses, which reduce water surface reflections and allow for a much clear view of the reefs and sea life of Grace Bay.

See What to Bring to the Turks and Caicos for some hints and advice.

Booking Your Parasailing Excursion

view from the parasail of the Grace Bay resorts
The view of the Grace Bay resorts.

Average flights are about 15 to 20 minutes, and are capable of reaching nearly 500 feet. The local parasail captains don’t really have a set minimum age, and depending on total weight, it’s possible for up to three people to ride per flight. No experience is necessary to ride and no controls are operated by the rider. The captain and crew guide the whole excursion.

The best rates are typically had by booking in advance directly with the parasail company. We advise calling or emailing directly. Several business on Providenciales offer parasailing, including Sky Pilot Parasailing, and Captain Marvin’s.

Although excursions can be arranged by dealing directly with the parasail captains on the beach, reservations are preferred. When space is available, observers are usually allowed to ride along for a nominal fee. Private charters are also offered. If you’d prefer, certain flight times can be reserved.

Turks and Caicos parasailing
Parasailing at Grace Bay Beach in the Turks and Caicos.

Depending on your preference, the parasail adventure can begin with a pick up either on Grace Bay Beach in front of your hotel or resort, or at a local marina.

Cancellations

In the case that your Turks and Caicos parasailing adventure is cancelled due to poor weather conditions, trips will often be rescheduled or cancelled at no charge.

Typically, if a cancellation is made for other reasons 24 hours prior to the trip, no fee is applicable. If bookings are cancelled with less notice, hefty fees may apply.

Safety

parasail and boat on the beautiful waters off of Grace Bay
Parasailing in Grace Bay, Providenciales.

Unlike in some other tropical countries, custom parasailing powerboats are used in the Turks and Caicos, with proper decks and winch systems. This means that rides are safer, the launch is easier, and you don’t have to get wet – unless you want to!

What’s the Best Time to Parasail?

As is the case with most outdoor activities in the Turks and Caicos, there are optimal conditions for parasailing. If your vacation schedule allows, we advise planning excursions such as parasailing, water sports rentals, snorkelling and boat cruises around the calmest weather.

When the wind and breeze is very low, the ocean visibility and clarity is best, allowing you to spot more of the interesting marine life and reef formations.

If there’s an ocean swell present, the barrier reef may have sets of majestic waves rolling in, another highly impressive sight.

spur and grove barrier reef features and yacht off of Grace Bay
Aerial view of the spur and grove formations on the barrier reef off Grace Bay.

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