Adventures and Sports
Polomolok Paraglide: How to Experience a Different High
Thor Padinas | Oct 13, 2015
Paragliding at Polomolok, South Cotabato
October 04, 2015
Today, I’m excited to share my paragliding experience when I was in Polomolok , South Cotabato a week ago. I know I have a lot of long overdue posts but this one is on top my list. So here it is.
Last May, I booked 3 tickets to tick some things on my bucket list. I've always been an adrenaline junkie. The scarier the better! I enjoy zip lining, cable car rides, anything in the sky. I love flying on planes, especially the taking off part (but I really hate airport security - who doesn't?). Ever since I’ve been interested to try surfing in Siargao and do paragliding in Sarangani. Thank's to piso fare promos for making it possible the cheapest way.
July of this year I was able to paddle and surf in Siargao, and just this month, I was able to try paraglide and fly. Few months ago I message Sarangani Paraglide on their facebook account asking if there are other group scheduled for Paragliding on 4th of October and if it's possible to join them. Per package that I read on a blog, they require minimum of 3 pax for a PhP 3000 rate. And I ask myself how this can be possible if I'll be traveling alone. Kuya Titoy reverts back to my message and told me no one has booked yet and promised to update me. Just a week before my flight, I got a message from Kuya Titoy confirming that I could finally join a group. That was a relief. This is it!
On my second day in GenSan I woke up around 6:00am and left Atasha Hotel hour after. I was instructed to wait at a restaurant along the highway and a van will be there to pick me up and drive to the fly site. Kuya Titoy sent me a message that we will not be flying in Maasim Sarangani, instead we are heading our way to Polomolok, South Cotabato. The driver told me this is a new fly site that was discovered few months ago. It took us 45 minutes to arrive at the fly site. It was a rough and dusty road going there.
Looking at them dancing and swinging in the air makes quite impossible not to excite me. A tandem flight was a quite bit expensive, but I wouldn't mind investing to things that I love to do. The emotions I felt were so great that I really did not regret the money spent.
Take off is much easier than I thought. Darvin (tandem instructor) repeatedly saying this line "walk walk walk walk run run run run run". Just a few steps running down the hill and… we were in the air. So we started flying, driven by the wind, admiring the mountains around us and the villages beneath. Mixed of fascination and fear.
Being up and flying more than a thousand feet above sea level was truly amazing. It’s more like a mixture of fear and thrill – braving to soar high like a free bird. Relish and savor it! At some point, I was entertaining negative thoughts while flying: what if we will crash and fall? One mistake and I'm done. I guess the pilot noticed it and tried to calm me and said to focus and just enjoy the fly. After few minutes caught myself flying on top of the mountains and enjoying the landscape from above. The view as we were paragliding across Polomolok was amazing! It was one of the best landscape views i've ever seen in my life. Indeed, a great appetite for a great adventure.
The entire glide probably took about 15 - 20 minutes. Because it was such a brilliant experience, it felt like I finished sooner than expected! Before we landed on the pineapple field in the middle of Polomolok (hahaha yes, we landed in a field of pineapples since I forgot to follow the instructions) Darvin said we could spin. Round and round and round. I'm not sure if we did an upside down loop, but it was way fun, it felt like my camera would fly right out of my arms.
Now as for the flight itself, it’s best to show it to you in video. Buckle your seat belt now and enjoy!
Fear of the unknown and the unpredictable. Fear of taking a step and not knowing where your foot will land. Let’s face it, travel can be scary. Not everyone can be comfortable jetting off around alone. Some people think, what I do is overwhelming; intimidating; downright scary. I understand where the fear comes from, because I also experience it. But most of the things we all fear about travel can be overcome - and fear should not stop us from leaving the comforts of home.
The bottom line is that, yes, travel can be scary for some reasons. But trying won't harm you, set aside your fears and JUST DO IT. As they say, “When you look back on your life, you’ll regret the things you didn’t do more than the ones you did.” Don’t let not traveling be one of those regrets.