Water Sports at Fig Tree Bay, Cyprus

During my holiday/vacation to Cyprus in Mid-September we visited the beach (Flamingo Beach, I believe?) at Fig Tree Bay in Protaras to take part in some water sports fun!
Our holiday party included five people, which surprisingly wasn’t an odd amount for water sports. We opted for all of us to take a ride on the Crazy Shark (also known as the Crazy Squab and the Crazy UFO) and then for myself, my brother and my Boy to have a go at Parasailing. Overall this came to €100 (approx £81 or $130 for essentially 8 activities) as my Dad pulled us a good deal with the owner.

First up was the Crazy Shark which we chose in place of the traditional Banana Boat. A similar concept, the Crazy Shark is a round and flat inflatable with a large backrest, big enough to seat five people in a fan against the back. We had life jackets (of course) but our only other instructions were to “hold on.” The Crazy Shark was then dragged across the sea by a speedboat as we were flung and whipped across the bumpy sea created by the speedboats trail. Totally awesome 10 minutes of fun for the whole family! Everyone enjoyed it and I was surprised that we didn’t actually get flung into the sea; unlike the fate of a Banana Boat passenger. It’s a good alternative for those who are less confident in the water.

I must admit I was terrified at the prospect of parasailing. You could see the boats out on the horizon pulling along these huge parachutes and my God I just figured it would be windy up there, the boat would be hard and fast and I would likely throw up as a combination of everything. I didn’t want to be a wuss though, instead I wanted to try something different. Find some new confidence. So I swallowed my concerns and just went along with it. Gulp.

We were taken out on the speedboat, including those in our party that weren’t parasailing which was great as we could still enjoy the activity as a large group. We got harnessed up, sat on the flat open back of the boat and were hooked onto a huge parachute sat in a row. As the boat sped off we were lifted into the air and carried along the seas by a single, albeit very strong, cord.

GOSH. I had no idea how epic it was going to be. Instead of being crazily whipped about on the choppy seas – everything was just so calm as we floated through the sky and headed towards the vast deep blue of the horizon. I don’t remember the last time I felt so at peace. It was blissful. At points we were 300 metres above the sea. Times felt like we could just reach out and touch the water, other times felt like we were in the clouds, but at no point was it ever scary. The harness didn’t even rock in the wind.

Up there in the heavens… that’s my new happy place. If I ever need a boost, that’s where my daydreams take me :)

On the descent, instead of being plunged into the sea as we anticipated, we were gently guided back onto the boat in a sitting position. Unclipped. And that was that. The staff even offered for the rest of our party to have a turn on the way back for €20 each and so we had a trip in the speedboat while we watched them disappear into the sky above us. What a gorgeous, gorgeous day.

Photos by Dan

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