Flying out to Ft. Jefferson and landing right on the azure Gulf waters in a custom-designed seaplane is breathtaking. If your vacation time in the Keys is limited, or if you’re an aviation buff, this four or eight-hour experience is perfect for you.
You’ll fly out of Key West International airport on one of four daily trips scheduled at 8, 10, 12 noon or 2 p.m. and arrive in 40 minutes. The pilot flies his 10-passenger craft at an altitude that allows you a bird’s eye view of the reef and all the treasures it holds. You’ll see rays, giant turtles and incredible ship wrecks, including the site of the fabled Atocha, discovered by the legendary Mel Fisher.
After a thrilling ride on to the shoreline, you will be provided with complimentary snorkel gear and a cooler of chilled beverages and set free to explore on your own. This gives you a little over 2 hours on the island for half-day trips, and 6.5 hours for full-day trips – an ample amount of time to take a dip, check out the mating grounds of the sooty tern and have your picture taken in the cell once occupied by the controversial Dr. Samuel Mudd.
Bring your own picnic basket and spread out at one of the many tables that dot the spacious grounds. Time does fly on this spectacular trip and you’ll be back in Key West drinking up the memories before you know it. This is an experience that you will remember for a lifetime. However, space is extremely limited and advance reservations are an absolute must.
Schedule: Flights depart Key West at 8 am, 10 am, 12 pm, and 2 pm. Total trip time approximately 4 hours or 8 hours.
Cost: Current round-trip price for your Dry Tortugas seaplane adventure is:
Half-Day Trips (4 hours) – departs Key West Airport at 8am, 10am, 12pm, & 2pm
- $295 plus $5 park admission per adult – roundtrip, 4-hour trip
(UPDATE: Price will be going up to $299 per adult, starting December 25, 2014)
- $236 plus $5 park admission per child 12 years & under – roundtrip, 4-hour trip
(UPDATE: Price will be going up to $239.20 per child, starting December 25, 2014)
- FREE per child under 2 years (sitting in parent’s lap)
Full-Day Trips (8 hours) – departs Key West Airport at 8am & 10am only
- $525 plus $5 park admission per adult – roundtrip, 8-hour trip
- $420 plus $5 park admission per child 12 years & under – roundtrip, 8-hour trip
Trip includes snorkeling gear and soft drinks.
For reservations and information:
- or call us toll-free at 877-INFO KEY (877-463-6539)
- or email us
(also available is the Dry Tortugas ferry)
Interested in camping at the Dry Tortugas? The seaplane does not provide their services for campers, so campers must take the Dry Tortugas ferry. Also, for more information: camping in the Dry Tortugas National Park.