Outer Banks Parasailing Guide

So, you’re interested in parasailing in the Outer Banks. We certainly can’t blame you!

The pristine Atlantic water and picturesque barrier islands are a tempting draw for adventurers, and parasailing is a great way to enjoy both at the same time.

But what can you expect with Outer Banks parasailing, and where are the best places to book a trip?

We’ve got you covered our Outer Banks parasailing adventure guide. Check it out!

What is Parasailing?

You’ve probably heard of ‘parasailing’ before—but what exactly is this adventure water sport?

Parasailing is a recreational water sport where a rider is towed behind a boat while attached to a specially designed canopy wing that resembles a parachute, known as a parasail wing.

Riders are strapped into the parasail wing prior to launch. When the boat accelerates, riders will lift into the air and sail over the water.

The individual experience varies with each company. Typically, a boat will take out multiple riders and each rider will take turns enjoying a short parasail ride. For example, a boat might take out ten riders at once, while only two riders will parasail at a time. The total trip might take an hour and a half, while you will see 15 hours of air time.

Again, these numbers vary—be sure to do your research and check with individual companies in advance for specific details on trip time and cost.

Top Outer Banks Parasailing Companies

Have we talked you into trying parasailing? Great! But now you’re wondering where to actually book your trip? Not to worry—enjoy a bird’s eye view of the coast with of one these top-rated OBX parasailing purveyors for a safe and memorable adventure!

Nor’Banks Sailing & Watersports

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Address: 1314 Duck Rd, Duck, NC 27949


Phone: (252) 261-2900

Website: https://www.norbanks.com/

A great option for Duck, NC guests, Nor’Banks is a premier provider of water adventure. Packages start at $65 and increase with height (up to $89). Observers are welcome to join for $25, and they also offer video and photography packages for a fun memory. The facilities also include the use of expansive restroom and shower facilities and an on-site shop with beach essentials. They are also right next to The Village Table and Tavern, a great post-parasailing spot for beach fare and beverages.

Corolla Parasail

Address: 798 Sunset Blvd #9501, Corolla, NC 27927

Hours: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m., Daily (Seasonal)

Phone: (252) 722-3669

Website: https://www.corollaparasail.com/

Corolla Parasail is the only company along the Outer Banks that can accommodate up to 24 passengers at a time. Additionally, they are the only company in the Outer Banks to offer VIP guaranteed observer spots; many companies advertise observer spots for parents and friends but actually only offer them if there is availability on the boat. Trips start at $65 with the option to add guaranteed passengers, photos, and videos. Enjoy a thrilling ride and beautiful views of the Currituck Sound at this Corolla area favorite.

Kitty Hawk Kites

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Address: Several (Avon, Duck, Nags Head, Head, Manteo, and more!)

Hours: Seasonal

Website: https://www.kittyhawk.com

Kitty Hawk Kites is the Outer Banks’ premier provider for watersports and ocean adventure. With ten convenient locations along OBX, you’re sure to be within just a short drive of a launch location. Safety and fun are what Kitty Hawk Kites are known for, and you won’t find a more experienced or knowledgeable purveyor in town. Parasailing trips start at $65, and trips are offered for single, double, and triple flights.

North Beach Watersports

Address: 1066 Ocean Trail, Corolla, NC 27927


Phone: (252) 455-9977

Website: https://northbeachwatersports.com/

Simple pricing and fast, friendly service, that’s exactly what you can expect at North Beach Watersports. Trips start at $75 per person with no hidden fees, and they offer the highest legal flights at 800 feet—though you can also book flights at 500 feet and 700 feet. North Beach Watersports is a great local option for Corolla area guests.

North Duck Watersports

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Address: 1446 Duck Rd, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949

Hours: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Daily

Phone: (252) 261-4200

Website: http://www.duckjetskirentals.com/

Experience the rush of flight and the best North Carolina coastal views with a parasail trip from North Duck Watersports. With over 20 years of experience in the Outer Banks, the friendly and knowledgeable staff here really know what it takes to provide a top-notch experience. Parasailing trips are available at various heights to ensure a safe and comfortable adventure for everyone.

Parasailing FAQs

Do you have a question about parasailing? If so, you’ve come to the right place! Check out our quick FAQ section for a break down of the most common inquiries.

Is parasailing dangerous?

No, parasailing is very safe! Equipment is inspected regularly and each instructor is certified in parasailing and water safety.

Do I need experience to parasail?

No, parasailing does not require any prior experience!

How high do you go parasailing?

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) limits parasail height to no more than 500 vertical feet from the surface of the earth. Many companies allow you to select the height at which you feel most comfortable—though you won’t be able to cross that 800 feet barrier.

How much does parasailing cost?

You can expect to pay about $65-$85 per person. This includes the cost of transportation, equipment, and a certified boating and parasailing expert for your adventure.

How old do you have to be to go parasailing?

Companies typically do have minimum age requirements. This will vary per company, so be sure to call in advance if you have young children than wish to ride. Additionally, most companies will require minors (participants under the age of 18) to be accompanied by an adult.

How many people can parasail at one time?

Up to three riders can parasail at once. Be sure to check in advance with the parasailing company to be sure they have the rider configuration you desire.

Is parasailing available year-round?

Parasailing is available seasonally in the Outer Banks. Scheduling varies at each company, so call in advance to inquire about availability. For reference, most companies offer parasailing and other water sports from the spring through the fall and only close during the cooler winter months.

What should I wear parasailing?

Riders have the option of wearing either a bathing suit and water-friendly gear or shorts, t-shirt, and flip flops. We recommend wearing something you don’t mind getting wet and shoes that won’t fall off during the flight.

Do you land in the water parasailing?

Typically, no. You will take off and land directly on the boat. However, if you do want to get wet, just let the captain know!

Are reservations required to go parasailing?

No, but they are highly recommended during the summer. Call in advance or book online to save your spot.

Keep in mind, parasailing is just one of the many water sports available for you in the Outer Banks. Jet ski rentals, pontoon boat rentals, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, and fishing charters are all popular activities for island visitors—though there’s truly nothing like a parasailing excursion to add a little adventure to your Outer Banks vacation.

Be sure to check out our Official OBX blog for more vacation inspiration, and peruse our inventory of Outer Banks vacation rentals to find your dream island getaway!

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