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parasail launching off of Providenciales Parasailing near the Providenciales barrier reef.

Providenciales Parasailing

Our Opinion
Compared to other activities, parasailing can be a bit expensive but the barrier reef off Providenciales is amazing to see from the air. We highly recommend that you check the weather reports and try to book on a sunny day with light wind so you’ll get the best views. Overcast and stormy days reduce water clarity and severely detract from the experience.
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.

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.

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 range of blue, topaz and turquoise hues is breath-taking.

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!

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.

Booking Your 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 in necessary to ride and no controls are operated by the rider.

The best rates are typically had by booking in advance directly with the parasail company. We advise calling.

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.

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

Cancellations

In the case that your 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 a trip is cancelled with less notice, hefty fees may apply.

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

Safety

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, 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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