Without parasailing, the only way to combine the thrill of flying with gorgeous views of the sea is by training to become a rush-hour helicopter pilot for swimmers commuting to work in the English Channel. Forgo your pilot’s license with today’s Groupon: for $59, you get a standard tandem parasailing experience from Seabreeze Water Sports (a $118 value). This Groupon does not include transportation, though a hotel shuttle is available for $10 per person.
Seabreeze Water Sports’s Coast Guard–licensed captain pilots a parasailing-specific KrantzKraft vessel, from which harnessed duos soar above the Maunalua Bay. Departing from Hawaii Kai Center, the parasailing excursion begins with a debriefing on the basics of the trip and how to fly through the air without vandalizing clouds. Tandems then take to the skies above the sparkling waters for one hour total, where for 8–10 minutes they’ll glide high above photogenic locales such as Diamond Head, Koko Head, and the Koolau Mountain Range. To ensure riders don’t sully their favorite antique loincloths, Seabreeze encourages all to wear swimsuits to take a dip in the tropical water.
H2O Sports Hawaii
H2O Sports Hawaii's licensed adventure-seekers have been helping likeminded folks safely skim over the water's mirrored surface or dive deep below rolling waves since 1986. Their certified flight and scuba instructors dispense their knowledge as they prep guests for safe scuba diving and Jetlev jetpack flights, during which a jetpack propels guests up to 30 feet in the air using a high-powered pump that, like Poseidon's Harley, uses ocean water as fuel. They also outfit nautical voyagers with equipment and safety vests for jaunts on surfboards, parasails, jet skis, and high-speed tubes.
To further fulfill their mission of adventurous memory making, H2O's staff also runs their own digital media shop, where they snap photos of each watery experience using the media chips that accompany each guest. Their direct taxi service makes pesky logistics a breeze as their drivers shuttle guests between Waikiki hotels and picturesque shores.