South Florida seaplane airline Tropic Ocean Airways has begun scheduled service between the Miami Seaplane Base on Watson Island and North Bimini on Bimini in the Bahamas.
Tropic Ocean Airways, which began regular service on four days each week to the Bahamian island from Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport (FLL) in March, added the Miami Seaplane Base as a stop on its regular route.
Flights depart FLL and stop in Miami prior to the scenic 30-minute flight to North Bimini. Tropic Ocean operates a Cessna U206F amphibious floatplane on the route.
The seaplane landing at the North Bimini Seaplane Base saves additional time, as passengers do not have to spend valuable vacation time traveling from the South Bimini airport via taxi and ferry.
“We’ve had so many requests to operate regularly from the residents of South Beach and Downtown Miami,” says Rob Ceravolo, CEO Of Tropic Ocean Airways. “The Miami Seaplane Base is not only convenient for residents and visitors; it is part of the vibrant city’s rich history. By offering this service on a per-seat basis, we open up the opportunity of a seaplane flight to everyone … a travel experience where your vacation begins when you board the aircraft and the journey is just as important as the destination.”
According to Tropic Ocean Airways, many of its regular customers are Miami residents who keep boats at the Bimini Big Game Club or own homes at the Bimini Bay.
The carrier operates its Bimini scheduled flights on Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays, and Mondays and fares are $180 one-way between the two markets. Discount fares are available when purchased as a package through the Bimini Big Game Club or Bimini Watersports.
Tropic Ocean Airways says it will offer additional discount fares in the near future for Bimini Bay homeowners. To purchase fares or request additional information, visit www.flytropic.com.
Founded by a U.S. Navy TOPGUN in 2009, Tropic Ocean Airways is the first carrier to offer seaplane service to Bimini since 2005. It is a carbon-neutral company.