About UFO Parasail

UFO Parasail is a company that started on Maui in 1985, bringing new and exciting ocean experiences to the island’s many visitors. The company is owned and operated by Greg VanderLaan, a graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. He holds a BS degree in Nautical Engineering and US Coast Guard 3rd Mate Unlimited and 1600-ton Captain’s License.

Today UFO Parasail/UFO Adventures operate 11 boats on Maui and also has operations on the Big Island, and  sister companies in Bay of Islands and Taupo, New Zealand. Moreover, the company has invented much of the technology that makes the UFO Parasail winch boats among the most popular and best in the world. The company manufacture and sell these boats, contributing more than 550 winch boats that are in operation in 35 countries around the world.

Vanderlaan family


HVCB (The Hawaii Visitors & Conventions Bureau)

A3H (Activity Owner’s Association)

Maui Chamber of Commerce

OTC (Ocean Tourism Coalition)

The Maritime Consortium

WISA (Water Sports Industry Association)

Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce

Destination Kona Coast