Leisure & Tourism

The Season of Paragliding is Here

Be Free As A Bird!

The season of the right winds for paragliding has just begun. From July to September it is ideal to fly in Bali and the views are just breath- taking. You can fly at spectacular locations such as Timbis, Gunung Payung and Candidasa. Timbis is the main flight zone and training center and it is located near the stunning Bali Cliff Resort. You can fly in tandem with your instructor to see rugged cliffs, pristine beaches, blue seas, temples, and waves breaking over coral reefs.

Located approximately two kilome- ters east of Timbis, Gunung Payung is often flyable when the winds are blowing too east at Timbis. But this site is not recommended to brand new pi- lots because at high tide there are no bottom landing options. At Candidasa on the east coast of Bali, you will find 250-meter high ridge to fly from. The site offers both dynamic and thermal flying. It often possible to reach cloud base, normally between 600 and 750 meters. The take off is small and bottom landing is a large black sand beach. The walk to take off is about 20-30 minutes. Paragliding is the simplest form of human flight and safe to do it with the instructor. And whether you are just an avid amateur or profes- sional you will actually fly like a bird, soaring upwards on currents of air.■

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