Seaplane to Fort Jefferson and the Dry Tortugas

Fly from Key West, land on the water, and hop out onto the beach on this amazing trip.


    Seaplane flights to the Dry Tortugas fly over and visit the most beautiful out-islands of the Keys.

    Seaplane flights to the Dry Tortugas fly over and visit the most beautiful out-islands of the Keys.

    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, you’ll land on water and hop out of the plane onto the Dry Tortugas beach beside Fort Jefferson.  You’ll 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

        • $361.00 plus $15 park admission per adult – roundtrip, 4-hour trip
        • $288.80 plus $15 park admission per child 12 years & under – roundtrip, 4-hour trip
        • FREE for children under 2 years

    Full-Day Trips (8 hours) – departs Key West Airport at 8am only

        • $634.00 plus $15 park admission per adult – roundtrip, 8-hour trip
        • $507.20 plus $15 park admission per child 12 years & under – roundtrip, 8-hour trip
        • FREE for children under 2 years

    Trip includes snorkeling gear and soft drinks. 


    AVAILABILITY NOTE, updated daily:
    March 17, 2020: Due to the coronavirus, the National Park Service has now closed Dry Tortugas National Park. There is not date announced for when it will re-open. As a result, we are suspending reservations. If you already have a reservation for a closed date it will be cancelled and you will be refunded. You do not need to call.
    Thank you for your understanding. We will get through this together. Stay well. With all our best wishes, Key West Travel Guide.

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    (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.

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