Hands down one of the BEST experiences of my life! Have you ever heard of a motorized Hang Glider? Me neither! Well at least not until I stumbled across Hang Gliding Hawaii! One of the best Hang Gliding in Honolulu that you will come to find, I mean, it’s essentially a motorbike with a hang glider attached, no more run off and jump, you can just cruise up into the air – just like E.T! It’s like magic!
I had actually envisioned a Helicopter, so when I arrived I was a little nervous, but excited nervous, I thought “Welp, it’s not a Helicopter, but who can say they’ve been up in a powered Hang Glider?” for the sheer uniqueness, I was game!
Eric is sooo lovely as well, he is all about the experience and making sure you are comfortable, confident and having the best time, pointing out little waterfalls, beautiful beaches, sharing history and knowledge of the North Shore of Oahu and even letting you steer for a little bit – that’s right, you heard me, I FLEW the motorized Hang Glider! How crazy cool is that?! I was so in awe the whole time it wasn’t until I heard Eric’s voice come through the aviation headset “Dude, you’re flying right now!” that I let out a big breath and a little squeal, “Oh my GOD! I AM!” I just couldn’t believe it, it definitely wasn’t what I had expected before arriving that morning, in the BEST way, it was soooo much more. I’ve done some pretty adventurous and adrenaline pumping things, but this was definitely a trump!
When we were first getting ready I had to put on this full body suit, being Hawaii, I was sweating, but as soon as you get up in the air it’s like the best natural air conditioning you’ll ever feel. Not too hot, not too cold, just breezy perfection. I spread my arms out like a bird with it’s wings and closed my eyes, it was like I was flying.
Have I mentioned the view yet? Let’s talk about this view. Of course, anything up in the air you’re going to have an amazing birds-eye view, but with Hang Gliding Honolulu, you actually get to enjoy it. Skydiving it’s more like “Wahhhh so pretty, I hope it doesn’t smack me in the face!” and you can get the same aerial views in things like a Helicopter or Sea Plane, but there’s a window blocking it, here, it’s yours to grab! And not just down below, but I literally saw a circle-rainbow and our shadow flying through it across the clouds. My silhouette has been in the middle of a rainbow circle in the clouds! Everything is beautiful. Everything is amazing. It’s this feeling of excitement and awe and after a while becomes really peaceful. Just gliding along, taking it all in, watching the sunrise above the clouds, full on Peter Pan-ing it!
It’s definitely reasonably priced for what you get, you’re never going to regret it, you’re never going to say, “Man, I wish I hadn’t just had the most incredible morning up in the clouds.” – Said no one ever. You’re going to come off that motorized Hang Glider, laughing with amazement, holding your head in disbelief at what you’ve just experienced and doing as many high-fives, fist bumps and shakas with Eric as you wish! I would definitely recommend this. It’s unique, it’s safe, it’s amazing, it’s FUN! After all, isn’t that why you came on holiday? To have FUN! What are you waiting for?
Check out booking info and more details at www.HangGlidingHawaii.com
And for even more background info on Eric and how it all began you can see this interview he had here – http://www.hawaiiweblog.com/2015/05/27/ultralight-hang-gliding