Take a Seaplane to the Dry Tortugas

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Dry Tortugas (credit: National Park Service)

Dry Tortugas (credit: National Park Service)

Florida News: Key West Seaplane Adventures lands exclusive permit for the Dry Tortugas

Each year the National Park Service grants a Commercial Use Authorization for seaplane service and for the third year in a row, Key West Seaplane Adventures (KWSA) has received an exclusive grant. During the last two years, more than 18,000 passengers have flown with the seaplane tour company, a branch of Promech Air, one of the biggest seaplane services in Southwest Alaska.

Flight Details

While your flight destination is the Dry Tortugas, it’s a great opportunity for viewing the Florida keys from a unique perspective. The plane flies low enough that there’s even an opportunity to see sharks, turtles and shipwrecks in the water.

Flight times: morning, afternoon or all day

Flight duration: 40 minutes one-way.

The Aircraft

If you decide to fly to the Dry Tortugas, it will be in a DHC-3 DeHavilland Turbo prop Otter. One of the biggest seaplanes, it seats 10 people and has great sightseeing options due to its low altitude flight.

New Seaplane Tours

KWSA owner, Marcus Sessoms plans on growing the business and adding new tours and aircraft. “Winning this permit gives us the stability necessary to start our expansion plans,” says Sessoms. We’ll keep you posted as we get information.

The Park

Accessible only by seaplane or boat, the Dry Tortugas National Park, is located 70 miles west of Key West. One of the least visited national parks, visitors are drawn to the 100-square mile island for its natural beauty and legends of pirates. You can easily spend a day at the park – here’s what you can do:

  • tour historic Fort Jefferson
  • snorkel directly from the sandy beach
  • diving
  • kayaking
  • camping
  • birdwatching
  • fishing

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