Paragliding over the Hualien East Rift Valley
I went paragliding over the Hualien East Rift Valley during my recent trip to Taiwan and enjoyed it thoroughly! If you're looking for an adventure, you can add this to your itinerary in Hualien.
We did our paragliding with Wuma 名利飛行傘俱樂部. It costs 3,000 twd for a package that includes the transport up a hill, the paragliding experience, insurance, photos and videos taken by their GoPro.
Registration was a pretty quick process and we got onto a van which brought us up the mountain shortly after that. You get assigned an instructor while in the van so it's quite efficient and no time is wasted when you reach the peak.
The instructors will start getting ready the moment they alight from the van so you have some time to take photos of the scenery while waiting.
The taking off was pretty simple, all you have to do is to allow the instructor to put the gear on for you and you just run when you're asked to. There will be this moment of inertia where you try to run but won't be able to move but as long as you keep going, you can run off the top of the hill and take off!
Your experience depends on the instructor you get so I had many photos with the view because he suggested many different poses.
The instructor helps to take a series of photos for you as well.
While in the air, the instructor gives you a tour of the rift valley and you get to admire the views too. This part was quite relaxing while floating around in the air.
Depending on the instructor, you might get an option to do stunts which make the flight more exciting but it reduces the flight time by a bit (my instructor said about 10-20 seconds). We started spinning at a faster speed and it was quite exhilarating indeed!
This is where the landing strip is located so all you have to do is to lift up your legs when you need to and you land gently on your butt haha.
After you land, you get to see the others paragliding around and landing while waiting for your instructor to pack up and the van to arrive and take you back to their place. The whole process took about an hour so it's a good morning activity before exploring the rest of the rift valley.
The company we went with requires you to pay the full price in advance so if you're worried you can't commit, you can try this company. It only requires a deposit and you pay the rest when you arrive!
For more details you can refer to their Facebook page and check it out. May you enjoy paragliding too!