We have to get up early today: I phoned with a paragliding operator yesterday and they gave us quite uncomplicated green light for today. But first breakfast: I decide to have pancakes with vanilla filling, strawberries, blueberries and on top of that vanilla ice cream. Delicious. Elke looks a bit envious at my food ! She only ordered fruit with yoghurt. The next few days there will be several festivities in Kuta, so perhaps we will still have time to walk around the city after paragliding.
Since we still have some time till our driver arrives, we decide to visit the laundry around the corner. Quite cheap: 20000 IDR (1.39 USD) / kg is calculated here.
We get picked up on time by a white SUV and have a drive on remote gravel road up a cliff. We can see Gunung Payung Beach below us and some big waves in sea. It sure is windy up here.
Elke starts first and I follow about 15 min later. My pilot is Ketut, a very casual guy who brings in a lot of experience – you feel really safe with him. The flight itself is a great experience. Even though the 30 minutes seem to fly by very quickly, the flight is absolutely worth its money (1000000 IDR (69.38 USD) incl. pick-up).
While Elkes Pilot manages to land them safely at the departure site, we have too little upward wind to reach it. But Ketut slows us down, makes some turns and lands us easily on an empty stretch of the beach while the people there got a bit of a baffled look on their faces.
We don’t have to climb up the gravel road to the cliff again though. We pack the paragliding chute together and have a fresh pineapple juice at the beach bar while waiting for the SUV to pick us up.