Fly a Gyro Cebu Adventure

My husband invited me for a Sunday flight to explore how beautiful the southern island of Cebu is, I had to swallow the ball of anxiety in my chest and said yes.

I have a fear of heights. To friends who know me, I kept getting myself into height defying activities. I guess this is my way of dealing with my fear.  It was my third time on the gyrocopter but it was my first time to fly with my husband. He's great at it! His calm and confident explanations of what we were going to get into were pretty reassuring. While I was up there, I distracted myself and focused on the beauty below me instead.

Pre-flight Photo
Pre-flight checks
A gyrocopter is an ultra light aircraft. This particular model, MTO Sport, made by Auto Gyro based in Germany, fits a pilot and only one passenger.  As you can see, it is open. It has a limit of carrying 230 kilos and it runs on unleaded gasoline, just like a normal car.

Unlike a helicopter, it can't just land anywhere. A runway with a  minimum distance of 200 meters is required in order to take off. The engine at the back propels it forward and its auto rotating rotor lifts it. It is considered safe because if the engine stops mid-air, the rotor will continue to rotate and you can safely glide, until you can find a good place to land, roughly a clear area with less than 50 meters length is enough for landing.

Proper flight training and a number of flying hours are required to fly this machine just like any other ulta light aircraft. My husband earned his flying hours and pilot training in France and he obtained his license there. 

Here's an excellent video made by JamCam TV during his gyrocopter flight:

Want to see more captivating sights around the area? Here goes:

Approaching Dalaguete
Sumilon Island
Sumilon Sandbar from the sky
So this is how it feels like to be a drone. :)
The Lighthouse at Sumilon Island
Beautiful Sumilon Island with Siquijor Peeking from Behind
Up in the Air
Watching Whale Sharks in Oslob from the sky
Swimming with Whale Sharks  in Oslob
Oslob Church and the Heritage Park
Pawikan (Sea Turtle) Spotted
Captivated by the Landscape
Flying over the water
Natural Pools
Argao Beach Resort
Surrounding areas of Dalaguete
Hills of Dalaguete
Simala Shrine
The extraordinary architecture of Simala Shrine
Busy Simala on a Sunday
One last look of Simala
To test the machine, at one point, my husband turned off the engine mid-air to demonstrate how secure this machine is. We glided in the air for several seconds until he turned the engine back on again. What a feeling!

What to wear?
Something comfortable. Sun protection.  Please bring shades and girls need to tie their hair.

Safety First.
Taking photographs was a challenge. Selfie sticks not longer than 40 cm (18 inches) please.  You'll have to secure your phone somehow. Imagine taking pictures inside a wind tunnel.

No worries, all these will be given during the pre-flight briefing.

Here's an interesting article by Migs of about his gyrocopter experience. Click the link below to watch his video.

13 Reasons Why Fly a Gyro is the Next Big Thing in Cebu

Is a trial introductory flight an activity you are interested to try?

You know it's a @flyagyrocebu Gyrocopter when you see the Cool Pink Stickers on each side.

For more information, do check out and please follow the facebook page, flights are preferably booked in advance.

Fly a Gyro Cebu  
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Contact: 0977 1952124

Love & light,

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  1. Sounds like a great experience! Not sure how I would feel being in such an open space high above the ground but the views sure make it look like it would be worth it.

    1. Thanks, it was indeed a memorable experience.

  2. You got some pretty amazing captures from up there! I love them all especially with the one with the whale shark. I am afraid of heights too, and like you, I try to overcome it by doing things that would get me up there like parasailing. I hope to experience flying through the gyro also. Maybe when I finally come over to Cebu!

    1. I would be very happy for you to experience it< Marge. Hope to see you in Cebu. :)

  3. Wow! Great pictures you have there! I have been longing to go to Oslob and see the Whale Sharks, too! I hope I can ride on a Gyro soon! :) (P.S.: Cebu is love!)

    1. Thanks Aldrick, I hope you do try the Gyro flight in the near future. I haven't tried swimming with the whale sharks either. We were drawn by life here surrounded by nature, lovely people and adventure in Cebu. :)

  4. How totally fun! The bf is a pilot and I'm STILL waiting for him to take me up on a flight :)

    1. That's amazing! Would really love to hear about it when that happens. My first time to try controlling the yoke of a small plane in a flying school north of the Philippines through a turbulent cross wind, I was screaming when I realized I was in control of the plane. I can imagine you taking full control without any problem. :)

  5. Wow! I bet that was an amazing feeling to be gliding in the air! Amazing amazing experience!

    1. Hello Jane, it was exhilarating indeed. Some turbulence here and there made my heart beat faster but it was an excellent experience.

  6. WHOA THIS IS COOL! I'd like to swim with whale sharks as well one day, but these things (saving up, ahum) need time. Someday! Really!

    1. Hello Laura! It's definitely going to be worth the wait.

  7. This looks like SO much fun! And the shots from overhead are absolutely breathtaking!!

    1. Thanks Ashlyn, it was exhilarating indeed. I am looking forward to try the mountain route next time.

  8. OMG! Photos from this height looks amazing, just look at the place, OMG! I'm so much in love with this place, Thanks for sharing! :)

    1. I really like the way you wrote OMG because I was screaming the same thing when we did a sharp turn with a few turbulence above the valleys.

  9. Wow! This is amazzzzzing! I had no idea they had something like this in Cebu. I just booked my flight to Cebu for June and I'm sooooooo excited. Hehe, can't wait. Love your aerial shot of the whale sharks :-)

    1. Yay!!! Exciting! Wishing you a happy and an adventure filled trip here :)


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