From the moment I found Tropic Ocean Airways on twitter to the moment we landed.... What a THRILLING experience this was for us! With my very first email inquiry to Shannon... my nerves were eased instantly while planning a huge Surprise / Bucket List excursion for my husband's Big 50 Birthday! We are from NC and we have a bungalow (No bananas bungalow) in Key Colony and I wanted to plan a day trip seaplane excursion to Little Palm Island for lunch as a surprise for my husband's birthday. We have always wanted to fly in a Seaplane, and although the destination was exciting, getting there was a real THRILL as well! Shannon was fantastic as our schedule unfortunately changed several times due to changes in my husband's work plans, (since this was a surprise- we had to go with the flow) and Shannon was fantastic and accommodating every step of the way. All was set to go until a little storm by the name of Isaac blew in and again our plans had to change on the fly. Shannon handled it like a pro, as Little Palm Island evacuated and all airports closed. Days later we were back on track! Shannon arranged for the seaplane to pick us up at Marathon Airport only minutes from our bungalow. I was able to reveal the surprise to my husband as the Tropic Ocean Seaplane landed at Marathon. My husband thought we stopped by the airport to pick up some tourist information... and it worked! He noticed the seaplane landing and exclaimed, "We have got to do that one day that would be sooo cool!" Of course, he was shocked when he realized they were actually landing to pick us up! SURPRISE! The view is obviously incredible over the beautiful Florida Keys! Nick, our pilot was absolutely wonderful! He is pretty much a rock star in our book! A very talented pilot and educator at the same time. He pointed out the highlights and even gave us a bit of background on the seaplane culture. The splash down was exhilarating and Nick was just as impressive "docking the seaplane" no dockhands, no crew, no reverse... just Nick, a dock and a rope... Impressive! Little Palm Island was as wonderful as ever... they have a real talent for making you feel like you are the only one on the island. They personalized my husband's menu with a Happy Birthday wish and a custom slice of Key Lime Pie! Nothing tops a lunch date at Little Palm Island! We absolutely will do this again one day! It was an experience of a lifetime and I earned major points for planning the whole surprise for my husband! Tropic Ocean Airways and Little Palm Island you made me look so good! And you made it so easy! Thank you for making such a huge SPLASH in our lives! We will never forget it! Thank you!!!
No Bananas Bungalow - The Florida Keys
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