[This article has been published before by JakPost Travel with the same title]
Paragliding is the recreational and competitive adventure sport of flying paragliders: lightweight, free-flying, foot-launched glider aircraft with no rigid primary structure. To do this sport, the pilot sits in a harness suspended below a fabric wing consisting of a large number of interconnected baffled cells. For a first timer it’s strictly advice you do the tandem paragliding. Tandem flights use a wing that is large enough to hold two people, a pilot / instructor and passenger.
A tandem gives you the chance to experience a flight without any training or experience. Depending on the weather a one-time flight can last for 10 to 15 minutes. Your instructor or pilot would do all the work while you can relax and enjoy soaring with eagles high above the cliff.
In Indonesia, one of the famous spot to do paragliding is in Puncak – literally translate to Peak. Located about 100km south of Jakarta, west java, Indonesia. Famous for its tea plantation and resorts, Puncak is famous destination to escape on the weekend from the busy daily activities in Jakarta.
Fly Indonesia Paragliding has supported the Indonesian paragliding activities for 20 years. The company offered both local and foreigner a practical and theory paragliding lesson. They also provide tandem paragliding for those who curious about this sport. The site for Paragliding is located in Jalan Raya Puncak KM 87 Bukit Paralayang, Puncak, it’s not a difficult place to spot as it locate right on the main road of Puncak. On weekend, the sites crowded by visitor. If you go by private vehicles, after 9AM, it’s not easy to find parking space for your car whilst for motorcycle it’s still manageable. The queue to paraglide starts from 9AM and continues until the afternoon. After 5PM or when it rains, paragliding activity stops for security reason. Hence it’s best to come as early as you can. Because paragliding activity is very dependent on the current weather, when there is no wind, the activity would be postponed until the wind blows again.
For a first timer, you can only try the tandem paragliding. The amount of money you need to spend to do tandem paragliding is IDR 350,000 per person (price as of November 2014). Registration is open from 9AM at Bukit Paralayang,Puncak – Paragliding site or you can visit Fly Indonesia Paragliding website and contact them via phone or email to book your place. By booking in advance would save you a lot of time rather than register right on the spot.
Paragliding sport is not for the faint hearted one. If you afraid of heights, this sport is definitely not for you. Before do the paragliding it’s best to use a trekking shoes or comfortable sport shoes. Sandals or flip-flop is not recommended. Also, to reduce the exposure of sunlight wear a long sleeves shirt and sun block cream. After paragliding, to complete the day, you can watch the others go on a paragliding ride or take pictures of the beautiful Puncak scenery. There are many street vendors selling foods and varieties of handicraft for you to choose.
Fly Paragliding Indonesia
- Contact:+62 857 1795 1289 (WA-ON) / +62 812 2118 3672
- Address: Jl. RayaPuncak KM 87, Bukit Paralayang, Puncak, Bogor, West Java – Indonesia
- Website: http://www.indonesia-paragliding.com/