Parasailing is the training-wheels approach to extreme sports—you think you want to try something crazy, but you're not ready to step out of an airplane quite yet. Generally you fly about 500 feet off the water, enjoying a bird's-eye view of everything, while also enjoying the silence that envelops you at that height. As we said, it's a nice alternative to leaping from planes that still gets you seeing the sights.
X-Treme Parasailing. Best known for its high-flying parsail rides, X-Treme Parasailing pulls you as high as 1,200 feet, treating you to aerial views of Diamond Head and the island's southern shore. The company offers pickups from Waikiki hotels. Rates run from $47.65 to $78.05. Or you can just watch from the boat for $22.95. Kewalo Basin Harbor, 1085 Ala Moana Blvd., Honolulu, HI, 96814. PHONE: 808/330-8308 or 808/737-3599. www.xtremeparasail.com.