Bali is not just paradise for water sports and surfing. It is also a heaven for flying—paragliding. Paragliders say it is the simplest form of human flying. You just use a non-motorized, foot- launched inflatable wing. It is easy to transport, easy to launch, and easy to land. With a paraglider, you fly like a bird, soaring upwards on currents of air. After a while paragliders can stay stay up in the air for 3 hours or more, once they know how to fly. Moreover, it is easy to learn and quite safe. Everyone can try, especially because in the start you have an instructor flying with you.
One of the best places to start flying is Timbis beach, near the stunning Bali Cliff Resort in the Bukit area. The scenery is breathtaking—rugged cliffs, pristine beaches, blue seas, temples, and waves breaking over coral reefs. You can also try Gunung Payung near Timbis, Mount Batur and Candidasa for you flying lessons. It is not a cheap sport, but it is an unforgettable experience, especially here on the Island of Gods, where you will be able to see its nature from a totally different angle.
The instructor will lift you up in the air for the first time for only20 minutes, but the experience will probably make you want more!
The launches and landings are slow and gentle and, once in the air, most people are surprised by how quiet and peaceful it is up there Even a fear of heights is rarely a factor, as there is no sensation of falling.
If the idea of watching the sunset from a comfortable seat in the air, surrounded by fresh evening air, with perhaps an eagle or hawk joining you off your wing tip, appeals to you, then paragliding is for you.