We booked the half day trip to Dry Tortugas. Quite pricey but we were splashing out (no pun intended) and didnt fancy 3 hours each way on the ferry. Arrived in plenty of time, checked in and were given a cooler with drinks and snorkel gear. If you have time while you are waiting, the hanger round the corner has a small collection of classic aircraft. The plane seats about 10, and everyone gets a window seat and headphones. We departed on time from the runway and headed west. The views are fantastic and our pilot Evan gave a really good running commentary. We saw turtles, sharks, shipwrecks and even cuban refugee boats abandonded on the small islands. The flight never got above above 1000ft and was very smooth. If you are worried about flying on a small plane - don't! These things are built like a tank and landing on water wasn't any rougher than landing on a runway. We arrived at the island and taxi'd in. The fort has a small exhibition and a self directed tour. It is worth climing to the top for the views. After a quick picnic we walked over to the beach and snorkelled in the clear water. We aren't the strongest of swimmers so we didn't go too far from the beach but we still saw quite a few fish and coral. While we were in the water, the ferry left and the beach ended up almost deserted. The flight back was just as great as the flight out with Evan banking the plane a couple of times so we all got a good view. This trip was the highlight of our whole holiday and my only regret is that we didn't do the whole day tour - maybe next time!
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