We have been getting a lot of inquiries on our summer service to Shelter Island, so I thought we should let those interested know that, yes we are still providing seaplane service to the island. Just like East Hampton, there are flights from the 23rd Street Seaplane Base on Thursday and Friday afternoons, as well as return trips on Sunday afternoon and Monday mornings. If you are interested in booking a trip, click here. Or call us at 800-468-8639.
For those of you who have never been to Shelter, it’s well worth a visit, whether you’re going by sailboat, ferry, or one of our seaplanes. To me, Shelter Island always looks like a movie set, because of its quaintness and quiet dignity – sort of the Grand Dame of the summer islands. It lies just between the North and South Forks of Long Island. For those who are not familiar, it has some great attractions including long beaches, historic hotels, and a variety of restaurants. There are a couple of places where you can rent kayaks or paddle boards. It’s also a hiker’s paradise, as almost one third of the island is owned by the Nature Conservancy. Known as the Preserve, it has four nature trails that vary in length from 1 ½ miles to 11 miles. The protected marsh lands make this a great sanctuary for scores of marsh and shore bird species.
Shelter Island was originally called Manhansack-aha-quash-awamock by the Native American Manhasset tribe. The translation is “island sheltered by islands.” During the summer Coecles and Derring Harbors are filled to the brim with boats. There are times when it’s too difficult for our seaplanes (with their 52 foot wingspan) to fit between all those boats. Our goal is to get everyone to the island safely, so if you’re flying with us, you might be shuttled from the seaplane to the beach by Seabird Too, a 21 foot Boston Whaler we purchased specifically for our Shelter Island customers. Once you’ve visited the island, you’ll understand why some families have made Shelter their summer getaway for many generations. I wish one of them would adopt me!
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