Dry Tortugas Seaplane Excursion
- Spot Sharks, Rays, Porpoise and Huge Sea Turtles
- See Submerged Spanish Galleons in Clear Waters
- View Some of the World's Rarest Birds and Wildlife
- Snorkel the Reefs to See Colorful Tropical Fish and Living Coral
- Listen to In-Flight and Land Tour Narrations of Your Adventure
The islands of the Dry Tortugas are by far one of the most visited but most inaccessible islands that also happen to be a national park. Located 68 miles off the coast of Key West Florida, the Dry Tortugas are a collection of small and remote islands that are home to some of the country's most diverse marine life and bird life.
Typically, visitors to the Dry Tortugas arrive via ferry boat. But a few select travelers can now also travel by seaplane to the Dry Tortugas and Fort Jefferson, allowing them significantly reduced travel time and increased time spent on the islands.
There is really no better way to visit the Dry Tortugas. Aboard our comfortable seaplanes, every passenger gets a window seat as well as a headset from which they can hear the knowledgeable pilot talk about the sights you will see on your way out to the islands. The flight out to the islands is an experience onto itself. The plane flies at a low altitude of 500 feet, allowing passengers to get once-in-a-lifetime glimpses of the various islands and environments that are located between Key West and the Dry Tortugas. These include the 20-mile stretch of shallow "flats" area just past Key West where the shallow and clear waters allow seaplane passenger to see all kinds of marine life ranging from sharks to sting rays.
You also fly over the stunning Marquesas Islands, a circular group of islands known as a coral atoll. You also catch sight of several shipwrecks in shallow water including the WWII Destroyer Escort called the Patricia. The sightseeing on the way to the Dry Tortugas provide excellent photo opportunities, but the best photo ops come when you reach the Tortugas and the pilot takes you on a low over-pass of Garden Key and Fort Jefferson. Definitely have your cameras ready at this point, as only few travelers ever get this birds-eye view of Fort Jefferson and the Dry Tortugas.
As far as the time spent on the Dry Tortugas, passengers can choose between half-day trips of full-day trips. Almost every Dry Tortugas seaplane trip to the islands allows passengers to experience the islands before the influx of ferry visitors reach them, which provides another unique experience of walking on the island of Garden Key along with only a handful of other visitors.
The Dry Tortugas are known as having some of the best snorkeling from anywhere in the Key West and Lower Keys area. Seaplane passengers are offered complimentary snorkeling gear that they can use to snorkel at the Dry Tortugas coral reef, located just a few yards of the shore of Garden Key's main white-sand beach.
The Tortugas are also known for their bird populations. Throughout the year, up to 200 different species of birds can be seen in the Dry Tortugas. Bring your binoculars. And if you're an avid bird watcher, keep in mind that the best months for bird watching are from March through September.
Seaplane passengers are offered complimentary drinks, but passengers going on the full-day excursion should bring a packed lunch. The seaplanes provide coolers for storage.
What is the weather cancellation policy?
If the activity must be cancelled due to bad weather, and you cannot reschedule, you will be issued a full refund.
Where is the departure point for this tour?
Check-in instructions will be included in your activity confirmation email.
Where can I park?
Free Parking is available at the Key West International Airport.
How much time do we spend at Fort Jefferson?
Approx. 2.5 hours
Can we bring a small cooler?
You are allowed to bring a small cooler with beverages to take to the beach, however alcoholic beverages are not allowed.
Are there restaurants or gift shops at Fort Jefferson?
Unfortunately there are no restuarants at the Dry Tortugas. There is a small gift shop.
Are ID’s or passports necessary before boarding?
Passports are not necessary to board the boat, however all adults must show a valid photo id at check in.
It is your responsibility to make sure you are aware of and understand all restrictions pertaining to this tour before booking online or over the phone. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are medically qualified and within any limits listed below in order to participate in this activity. No refunds will be given to those who reserve a spot and can not participate due to the restrictions listed below. For more information please read our cancellation policy and terms and conditions page or call our staff with any questions regarding your ability to participate.
- If you're looking for dates around Xmas or New Years, or any time in between, please call to check on available spaces before placing your online reservations as most of these times are completely full.
- Spaces are extremely limited during this season, please book well in advance and/or call for the latest availability, especially if you're looking for a date within 7 days.
- Select 2 departure times and we will confirm you for the first choice, or the 2nd choice if the 1st is not available.
- Online bookings are ONLY for the Half Day Excursion. Call our office for Full Day Excursions please.
- 10 Passenger Maximum, Passenger's Legal Name and Weight are required for any reservation (FAA Requirement)
- Prices do not include the $15 National Park Entrance Fee (for all visitors age 17 and up)