Seaplane Charters: The Carribean
Due to the destruction caused by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, Shoreline Aviation will not be operating in the Caribbean this season. Our thoughts are with all of friends at the various resorts we serve and we wish them a speedy recovery. We look forward to serving you next season. In the meanwhile, for charter service throughout all the Caribbean, please call Bohlke International Airways at 800-653-9177.
To me this island always looks like it belongs in the Bahamas. It’s formed from coral and limestone, has miles of beaches, and an eighteen mile reef called Horseshoe Reef. Snorkelers will enjoy Loblolly Bay with its colonies of Staghorn coral. Anegada is located north of the other islands, about 15 miles from Virgin Gorda. It makes for a good day sailing trip. If you can stay overnight, there are restaurants that serve lobster and BBQ on the beach. Check out Neptune’s Treasures and Potters by the Sea.
Shoreline pilots frequently stop in Anegada with passengers in order to clear customs before going into Virgin Gorda. It’s faster and the staff at the airport is friendly.
This 13 mile long island is known for its beautiful white sand beaches and coral reef. While it is possible to arrange landings at some beaches at upscale resorts, Shoreline Aviation’s seaplanes most commonly land at the airport for customs and immigration purposes. The airport is centrally located and provides easy access to all points on the island.
If you’re into beaches these twin islands are the place for you. They are known as the “Land of 365 Beaches.” With any luck you could spend a year exploring each one. The islands also have harbors and lagoons - great places for boaters looking for a little solitude. The solitude ends during Antigua Race Week, a week long celebration of sailing and partying in the best Caribbean tradition.
Shoreline can provide service to Antigua or Barbuda from San Juan or the Virgin Islands.
Sir Richard Branson has turned this small island paradise just off Virgin Gorda into a sustainable, eco-friendly, very exclusive resort. I suspect once you get there, you’ll never want to leave. They offer every kind of watersport you can imagine. You can frequently see the kiteboards zooming around the island. My chances of ever seeing it up close are slim, but once in awhile I get an aerial view.
Shoreline’s seaplanes will take you to the dock in North Sound and a launch from Necker will come to whisk you away. Lucky you!
St. Barth’s is truly the playground of the rich and famous, but anyone can go. This is a great beach destination, some are clothing optional. It’s also a great yachting destination and the harbor at Gustavia is filled with the ultimate in luxury yachts, both power and sail. There are many exclusive hotels and a multitude of fine dining establishments. Think Paris in the tropics!
This is one of the more difficult airports in the Caribbean (for that matter in the world) and all pilots must receive special training to land here. Shoreline Aviation provides service to St. Barth’s from Puerto Rico and the U.S.V.I.
Shoreline Aviation has its base in St. Croix and no one complains about being assigned there! It is the easternmost body of land in the U.S. Sailing, diving, fishing and dining at some of the finest restaurants in the Caribbean when you have some time off, is no hardship. St. Croix is often underrated as most people prefer the glamour of St. Thomas. The Cruzans are more low key and lean more toward arts, crafts and music than glamour. If you are arriving by private aircraft, St. Croix offers quick and easy Customs and Immigration as well as excellent FBO services through our partners at Bohlke International Airways.
This island, more commonly know as Statia, is unknown to many travellers, even those with extensive Caribbean experience. Part of the Netherlands Antilles, this quiet island lacks many of the upscale amenities, however there are a few lovely inns and restaurants that can provide a wonderful romantic getaway. It’s also a great place for scuba diving.
Shoreline Aviation can provide direct service from the USVI and Puerto Rico.
This island has a French side and a Dutch side, which explains the spelling difference. The principal airport, Juliana, is on the Dutch side although there is a smaller airport, Grand Case, on the French side that can accommodate private aircraft. There are plenty of hotel rooms and condos on both sides; watersports abound; but for fine dining head to the French side. St. Maarten is also the jumping off point for smaller islands such as St. Barth’s, Saba, St. Kitts and Nevis, and St. Eustatius.
Shoreline Aviation provides service from San Juan and the Virgin Islands to St. Martin/Maarten and many other area island destinations.
St. Thomas is the most popular of the islands that make up the U.S. Virgin Islands. The U.S. paid $25 million in gold for it in 1917 so they would have a strategic position in the Caribbean. Imagine what it would be worth today? Some of the finest hotels and resorts with stunning beaches make St. Thomas worth visiting. They also have a large boating and fishing community. Shoreline pilots usually land at the Cyril King Airport and take clients to other destinations in the Caribbean islands, but St. Thomas has lots to see and do.
San Juan acts as a crossroads for the Caribbean. Many commercial airlines go to San Juan. From there passengers connect with smaller, regional airline companies to take them to their ultimate destinations. Others will be meeting cruise ships. But San Juan is also worth a visit. Bars, nightclubs, restaurants and casinos are some of the attractions. The cobblestoned streets of Old San Juan take you through a maze of old Spanish Colonial style buildings and homes. El Morro and La Fortaleza are large fortresses that can provide you with plenty of Spanish Caribbean history and beautiful views of the Atlantic side of the island.
This island is a great family destination for boaters or anyone who likes the outdoors. At one end of the island you have North Sound, a large protected body of water; and at the other end you have the massive rock formation known as the Baths. There are several highly rated resorts on the island each with plenty of watersports including sailing, wind surfing, paddle boards, scuba diving and snorkeling. You can’t be bored unless you want to be. Imagine - some people go there just to lay on the sand.
North Sound is a regular stop for Shoreline’s seaplanes. A dock at the Bitter End Yacht Club provides easy access to all the area resorts. If you are headed to the Bitter End, Oil Nut Bay, Saba Rock or the YCCS marina this is the way to go. From the St. Thomas Airport to Virgin Gorda is about a 20 minute flight, which means you can have your celebratory cocktail within an hour of your touchdown in St Thomas.
FAQs: The Caribbean
Shoreline Aviation is a private charter company flying Cessna 208 amphibious aircraft. During the winter season we operate a commuter type operation between St. Thomas and North Sound, Virgin Gorda on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The commuter requires a minimum of 4 paying passengers to operate at a rate of $350 per person one way. The private charter rate for all 8 seats is $2350 one way. On the private charter we depart (subject to availability) when the customer wants to. The commuter option requires departure time flexibility to accommodate other passengers (baggage is limited to 40 lbs. per person).
We clear inbound customs to the BVI in Anegada (20 min flight). This is a very quick and easy operation. We then fly from Anegada to North Sound (7 min). When we land in North Sound, your resort launch is there to transport you from our seaplane dock to the resort. (3-10 min launch ride). Outbound from the BVI we come in early and clear our passengers out of the BVI in Gun Creek. Once we are airborne, it is a 20 minute flight to St. Thomas. We then walk you through inbound US territory customs and escort you to your mainland airline.
Our courteous and professional crew will normally meet you as you enter the baggage claim area with an IPAD indicating your destination via seaplane. The alternative is to meet at the Gate 10 commuter area. This is just a short walk from baggage claim. We depart from the runway at Cyril E. King Airport. A good traveling cell phone contact is helpful.
Private charter is always an option. You can also anchor a commuter. If you anchor a commuter, Shoreline will market the trips to the North Sounds resorts and on social media. If we get two or more passengers, then you only pay for two. If it winds up only being two of you, then you will pay for 4. You also have the option of being put on an inquiry list. If a trip becomes available, we will promptly notify you.
Shoreline Aviation is a daylight only operation. All seaplane operations must be completed prior to official sunset. Any arrivals into St. Thomas after 4:00 pm should consider that delays may possibly result in Shoreline not being able to complete the trip prior to sunset.
Besides the credit card information, accurate passport information is needed for customs and border protection. Please take the time to fill out manifest information with data exactly as on your passports, ie: middle name, expiration date, etc. A picture of your passport is also helpful. For non-USA passengers, a traveler’s green card and ESTA traveling information is also needed.
Checked luggage can take up to 40 minutes in St. Thomas.
The St. Thomas port authority requests that you arrive 3 hours prior to departure. However, past experience has shown that we can get by with at least 2 hours prior. We normally plan to depart North Sound two and one half hours prior to your flight departure from St. Thomas.
The current departure tax fee from North Sound is $15. This is subject to change by the BVIAA.
San Juan private charters are available for the rate of $3850 each way. Flight time is 45 minutes. Customs clearance takes place right at our fixed base operator, Pazos FBO Services.
Besides Puerto Rico, Shoreline Aviation has the right to fly from the BVI to St. Martin, Anguilla, Antigua, St. Kitts and Nevis. St. Bart’s service is available via the USVI.
St.Croix, USVI also has regular service to the US mainland.
Shoreline will gladly make transfers to private yachts and charter vessels. However the only place we operate from the water is in North Sound. Charters can also operate from the BVI airports in Anegada and Beef Island.
A 50% charge will be incurred for cancellations within 48 hours. A flight cancelled the day of the flight will be charged at the full amount.
We normally operate each flight with two highly experienced seaplane pilots.
The waters of North Sound are very protected. Even with high winds the seas are usually manageable. Shoreline has not missed a flight in the last 4 years. However, operations are always subject to weather conditions.
Shoreline begins the season with one aircraft. The second aircraft arrives just before the holiday season. Two aircraft remain in the area subject to demand.
We also offer sightseeing and passenger excursions to Anegada, the US Virgin Islands, the Spanish Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.
Virgin Islands/Caribbean Seaplane Charters
Shoreline Aviation offers Seaplane Service from October 15, 2016 through May 1, 2017 from the International Airports of St. Thomas (Cyril King Airport), St. Croix (Henry Rohlsen Airport), and San Juan, Puerto Rico (Luis Munoz Marin Airport).
If you are going to North Sound, Virgin Gorda, we service the following destinations:
- The Bitter End Yacht Club
- Oil Nut Bay
- Leverick Bay
- Necker Island
- Saba Rock
- Yacht Club Costa Smeralda
- Charters to Tortola and Anegada are also available.
We offer convenient shuttle services on a “per seat” basis (with a minimum of 4 passengers) between St Thomas and North Sound, Virgin Gorda on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Between St. Croix or St. Thomas and North Sound the rate is $350.00 per person each way.
Private charters are available on other days. Charter rates between St. Croix or St. Thomas and North Sound are $2450.00 each way. Rates between San Juan and North Sound are $3950.00 each way.
We will meet your inbound flight and have you on your way in no time for the short flight to Virgin Gorda. At the end of your vacation, spend a few extra hours on the beach before being whisked back to St. Thomas for your flight home.
If you’re coming in by private jet, consider using St. Croix International Airport where we can offer excellent fuel prices, convenient customs, and great service through our partnership with Bohlke International Airways.
Whether you come in on a commercial flight or private jet, our staff will meet you, facilitate the customs and immigration process, and deliver you to your final destination safely, courteously and efficiently.
For more information or to make reservations contact:
Richard O'Such/Caribbean Manager
or call: (340) 642-3000