I can still vividly remember our parasailing at Pantai Tengah, Langkawi. If you ask me whether I will do it again. YES and NO.
YES because it is really fun and NO, definitely NOT going to do it again in Langkawi. There were many parasailing activities being conducted when we arrived at Pantai Tengah, one of the beaches in Langkawi. I am writing this post to bring the attention of tourists like us who are not aware of those unregulated parasailing activities.
If you really want to try parasailing in Langkawi, you should try it with the only certified and fully insured provider of parasailing adventures in Langkawi, Naam Sports. On Naam’s website, you can find the destinations which are available for parasailing activities such as Tanjung Rhu, Pulau Beras Basah, Pulau Tuba, Pulau Paya Marine Park, Pulau Singa Besar, Kuah, Kilim Geoforest Park, Datai Bay and Pulau Lima.
So when you check the website of Naam, you will see the paragraph below:
“Naam ONLY operates the parasailing with the use of a fully-licensed winch boat or parasailing vessel called the Sea Osprey. This method is perfectly safe as the participant will only take-off and land on the vessel. The vessel, winch hydraulic, towline and canopy are regularly serviced and maintained and the boat team are RYA-trained to comply with safety rulings and regulations. All watersports activities under Naam are fully licensed and insured.”
So as I mentioned earlier, clearly Naam Sports are NOT available at Pantai Tengah. However, we were not aware of that at that moment. We witnessed there were local and foreign tourists signing up for the parasailing. The operators were local beach boys. They took us to one of the islands nearby with a speed boat.
On the beach, we saw the parachutes were lying on the beach. I was having the second thought but due to the excitement, that anxiety vanished and I didn’t think about whether the local beach boys were operating the parasailing activities under a regulated company. SO PLEASE! DO NOT DO WHAT I JUST DID as it is very dangerous.
The beach boy would be accompanying the customer right from take off until landing. As you can see from the pictures, the beach boy was not fully equipped and he was just hanging in the air only with his bare hands while Lewis and I were strapped into the safety harness (not sure whether it is even safe).
Even though the photos we took seemed amazing, this was concerning life and death. Thus, I would not recommend to anyone to try parasailing with the local beach boys! Yes, the price might be cheaper than Naam Sports but don’t ever even consider it.
Whether you are launched from the beach, a pontoon or a winch boat, good equipment is critical, as old and worn canopies and rigging may cause a fatal accident. The beach boys were true daredevils and they would not be responsible for anything that happened to the customers.
That was a picture we took after the parasailing. We were ignorant and we should be grateful that we are still alive.
Anyway, apart from the water sports, Pantai Tengah is considered a clean beach in Langkawi. Lying down on the beach and enjoying the sunset is definitely amazing.