To Jetpack or Not to Jetpack on Vacation
This is not the author on this jetpack. (Photo: Jo Piazza)
“Call me Ishmael,” was the first thing my jetpack instructor said to me without a dose of irony.
This gentle man named Ishmael was about to load a jet propulsion system onto my back in the middle of the Indian Ocean to see if I could successfully figure out how to “fly” 12 meters above the water, like James Bond, or the Jetsons
As far as water sports go, jetpacking today is what water skiing was to the eighties or parasailing was to the nineties. A relatively new addition to resort recreation packages, the jetpack has become the hottest new activity to try on vacation.
It looks so innocent. (Photo: Jo Piazza)
The Four Seasons Kuda Huraa in the Maldives just started offering the activity a month ago, and it has been growing in popularity.
Naturally I wanted to try it. Naturally I wanted to be good at it.
“I will look like Iron Man, right?”
Ishmael looked at me questioningly. I pulled up a picture of Robert Downey Jr. on my phone. “Like this?”
He gave me a smile that I couldn’t quite read.
Your jet pack experience begins on dry land, when they strap you to the fiberglass frame and four-stroke marine engine while sitting in the sand. You sit in the jetpack and you control it by moving your body ever so slightly.
This was before they turned on the jets. (Photo: Scott Goetz)