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The operator we originally wrote this article about, FlyBoard Puerto Rico in Isla Verde, has stopped operating. However, Flyboard PR East (behind the kiosks in Luquillo) and Oceania Water Sports offer flyboarding every day!

Flyboard Puerto Rico

What do you get when you attach a wakeboard to a jet ski? The super fun of a Flyboard®, of course!

A Flyboard allows you to hover over the water, giving you a sensation like you have never had before. Seriously. Just check out the video and tell me it doesn’t look like fun! As soon as I saw a video of it, I knew I had to do it.

Luckily, Flyboard PR East is offering this in Luquillo.

How It Works

The Flyboard is a board, much like a snowboard or a wakeboard, connected to a jet ski by a long hose. The water propulsion that usually powers the jet ski is diverted through the hose to the Flyboard. The rider (flyer) is strapped into boots attached to the Flyboard, and is lifted out of the water by water jets on the bottom of the Flyboard. As a flyer, you can "steer" the board with your feet and by shifting your weight. When you get some experience, you can also do fun maneuvers . The Flyboard "captain" (on the jet ski) controls the propulsion, which controls your height. You get a 10 minute training while still on the beach, and then the captain gives you instructions and pointers while you are out in the water.

Our Flights

Flyboard Puerto Rico

Seriously. Just check out the pictures and videos and tell me this isn’t cool!

We went one Sunday morning with some friends to a different Flyboard company in PR that is now not operating. But the experience is generally the same no matter who you use. After signing the typical waivers, we got our training on the beach. Then we donned our helmets and life jackets (PFDs), and get in the water and go to the Jet skis.

One of the guides binds your feet into the boots attached to the Flyboard as you float next to the jet ski.

The Captain has you tow the jet ski to a wide open area where you will fly. This part is cool, too. You get into an Aquaman (or Superman) position, they start the propulsion, and you are pushed through the water on the surface — and the hose pulls the jet ski (you don’t have to do any work). I really felt like a dolphin, or like I was in the big tank at SeaWorld being pushed by Shamu!

Flyboard Puerto Rico

Once you’re ready to fly, you get the board under you (which really to me was the hardest part, since it floats), you lock your knees, the captain gives it more thrust, and you elevate out of the water. The ability to keep your knees locked and your body balanced are all you need to have a good flight. Once you get the feel of the board and propulsion, you can start controlling the board and moving around.

Yes, you will fall into the water a few times, getting water in your face and up your nose. But you won’t go too far under water with the PFD and positively buoyant Flyboard. When the captain sees you losing balance, he will slowly reduce the thrust, so that you come down slowly to the water. Just wipe your face off and try again.

Once you get the feel and learn how to dive in, instead of flopping in, you can dive into the water and then pop right back out (using your legs to get the board under you) and fly up into the air again.

Our group did amazingly well for first-timers. We all got up, some on the first or second attempt. Some of us did better than others, depending on leg strength, balance and other experiences.

Flyboard Puerto Rico

I think people that ski, snowboard, skateboard, SUP, surf, ride bikes, Segway, even yoga, or any other sport that requires balance probably will find this very easy to master. I bet that almost anyone can do it with some practice, confidence, and willpower — especially if you listen to, and follow, the instructions while you’re in the water.

For your first flight, they usually keep the board at about 5 to 15 feet above the water. But if you catch on quickly, or have experience, you can get 35 to 45 feet out of the water. It is really cool to watch people who have the control to fly high above the water.

As you are doing it and fall in, the Captain will give you pointers and tips on what to do differently to improve. Some tips are … Don’t look down, look at the horizon. Lock you knees. Make slow adjustments with your feet and then wait for the board to move. Little movements are exaggerated by the board, so move slowly into the turns.

After each of our turns, we all had ear to ear grins on our faces. What an amazing experience!

Since they do the Flyboard flights just off-shore, you can have someone with a zoom lens taking pictures. But it is may not be necessary as the companies provide photos and/or videos of your flight taken from the water level perspective. You need to have pictures and/or video to show your friends and family. This is way too cool not to share!

Normally, when we review an activity that is not free to the public, we pay the admission price out of our own pockets. However, we just want you to know that the guys at Flyboard Puerto Rico were kind enough to offer us our flights for free. While we don’t feel that this free ride influenced our review one way or the other, we felt that we should tell you, just as a matter of fact.
Ray & Gwenn

Details

Flyboard East prices-The cost is $80 for a 30-minute session. Cash, credit card accepted. Price includes photos/video. Or just $60 without photos. They offer a discount for a groups of 4 or more. Check their Facebook page for specials and packages.

If you're happy, let them know it — Don't forget to tip your your bartender, tour guide or trip operator if you enjoyed yourself. Gratuities are appreciated and typically aren't included in the price they charge you.

Contact FlyBoard PR East. They are open 7 days a week 9am – 5pm. No reservations needed, but I would suggest calling. If you want 2 boards (so 2 people can fly at same time), you need to let them know ahead of time.

Flyboard East has no minimum age to fly, but the liability release must be signed by a parent or guardian at least 18 years old. Shoe size must be between 4 and 14, but smaller size should wear diving boot/socks. Maximum weight is 350 pounds, but lighter is better.

Sessions are 30 minutes each, but allow at least 45 minutes. And you might end up waiting.

You can call Flyboard East at 787-909-1372 for more information or to make a reservation.

You can visit the Flyboard PR East Facebook page or their web site for information.

The Flyboard PR East booth is located in Luquillo, between the Kiosks and Balneario Monserrate.

There is a company in Carolina/Isla Verde that also has FlyBoard. They are located at the Carolina Balneario.They charge $125 for 30 min adventure. For more info, contact them at (787) 949-3542 or check out their Oceania Water Sports Facebook page or check their Oceania Water Sports webpage. They also have other water sport equipment available.

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PuertoRicoDayTrips.com assumes no responsibility regarding your safety when participating in the activities described in this article. Please use common sense! If your mother or that little voice in your head tells you that you are about to do something stupid … then don't do it! Read more about Safety →

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HI , Flyboard Puerto Rico has closed. Now you can find https://www.facebook.com/OCEANIA.BEACH.EVENTZ who offers flyboard, kayaks, paddleboards, and hobie cats. Located 5 min from airport! or Flyboard east @ Luquillo. both ...really good people ;)

Comment by Jose Cruz on 25 Aug 2014

It turns out Flyboard Puerto Rico has closed. But there is a Fly Board PR East operating in Luquillo on weekends. I will be changing the article to reflect the new info.

Comment by Gwenn on 24 Jul 2014

Do you know if these guys are still in business?? I called the number on their website 787-800-2359 and it says its disconnected. As well I posted on their FB page but havent heard anything back. I am trying to make reservations for Aug. Any recommendations?

Comment by Anthony on 24 Jul 2014

Lou- we ask people to write comments/questions, so other people will have the answers also. What are your questions? If you want to talk with someone- I suggest you call the PR Tourism company or the Flyboard people directly.

Comment by Gwenn on 09 May 2014

Can I please get a call to get questions answered. xxx-xxx-xxxx

Comment by Louis on 09 May 2014

I wrote to them to ask, but I know there is a big Outdoor Adventure Show this weekend. They could be at that. I will update when I find out.

Comment by Gwenn on 05 Apr 2014

Closed until further notice for vacation. So disappointed.

Comment by Ida on 05 Apr 2014

As soon as i saw this article, i immediately called them and made a reservation for 1 for 3:30pm. I arrived at the stand early at 3pm and was greeted by a friendly guy named Jose. After making the payment and filling all the disclaimers, Jose told me that i'll be next to go on the flyboard and it should be around 3:45pm. As i waited nearby, and it was then 4pm, the guy at the stand who took over Jose (who's stil in the water flying other customers) told me that it's gonna be another hour before my turn... What??!! Well I then found out that 2 other guys wanted to go at the same time, and since they have only 2 flyboards and it''s near the end of the day, they preferred to pass those 2 guys before to make more money than to respect my reservation. This is definitely NOT WORTH IT so i cancelled the whole thing and took my money back.

Comment by Khang on 27 Jul 2013

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