Floatplane Travel and Delivery Along the Inside Passage
For cruisers who need to travel home during a cruise, need parts shipped to them, or want to have guest join them in remote areas, floatplane travel can be a good option.
Floatplane flying provides a new perspective for boaters. If you can sit in a window seat, or even the co-pilot seat up front. Take a small map so you can identify small islands as you fly by. The view is unforgettable especially on a sunny day, the islands unfold dramatically. Currents are visible. Sometimes whales are spotted, and the pilot may even spend a few moments circling for a better view. On cloudy days you’ll fly low 300 – 500 feet above the water.
Be prepared for a flight to have several stops along the route. If transiting from one country to the other, there will be a stop for customs clearance.
Floatplane operators are accommodating delivering something important, provisions, parts or people to boats in remote anchorages.
The cost to use a floatplane service may initially appear high, but the time saving and conveniences are huge. Consider that it’s only a 3-hour flight from Port McNeill, near the north end of Vancouver Island, to Vancouver or Seattle.