On our recent trip to Croatia we discovered that there was a new option to get us from mainland Split to the island of Hvar … intrigued to try it out we booked it and here is our seaplane review!
PLUS POINT 1. Our decision to choose this new 11 minute flight over the standard 2 hour ferry crossing was a no brainer!! And the whole experience couldn’t have been easier – which makes the travel time we saved all the sweeter! It also isn’t expensive as one way per person ranged from around £35 to £45 dependent on dates of travel and the ticket choice you make – there are options for flexibility and extra baggage allowances! So all in all we found it very clear and easy to book online!
PLUS POINT 2. You have 2 options regarding the place of departure from the main land city of Split to the beautiful island of Hvar. If you land at Split airport and are going straight to the island then very conveniently book your seaplane flight from ‘Split Airport Seaside (Resnik)’ as it is right there adjacent to the airport! But if you are staying in Split for a few days first and then going onto Hvar it’s worth knowing that you don’t have to travel the 30 minute journey back to the airport as there is another departure point right in the city called ‘Split Downtown’ which is in the port.
PLUS POINT 3. Don’t know about you but we are not always fans of busy airports and hanging around waiting for flights! But when you are taking a seaplane – with their large, decked, outdoor terrace area stretching out over the water with a bar – you really won’t mind hanging around, taking in the views, and catching some sun! This is our type of departure lounge!!
PLUS POINT 4. It has to be said that the windows onboard are small but they do frame magnificent and breathtaking views for the whole duration … the colour of the water in Croatia is extraordinary and it was amazing to see the many islands in all of their formations – it’s a beautiful part of the world! Needless to say the 11 minute journey flew by! No pun intended!!
WORTH A MENTION : We thought this might be a good moment to confirm, that yes, the seaplane is small! If you don’t like enclosed, slightly cramped spaces then maybe this is not for you! And as expected with a small aircraft you will feel more of the motion of surfing the airways with a few lumps and bumps along the way! We were very lucky as the weather was good on both our outbound and return journeys! There were only 9 of us on board going out and just 4 us coming back so we must admit that with this small plane being able to take up to 19 people we were relieved that the flights weren’t full!! High season you can expect to be fairly cramped – we were there in early June – but it is only 11 minutes to Downtown and only 20 minutes to Split Airport remember!
PLUS POINT 5. From wherever you fly in from, the only seaplane location on the island of Hvar is Jelsa and you couldn’t ask for a more picturesque place to land! A pristine small village set on the water (as everything is on the island) is simply stunning and a taster of what this magical island has to offer! We highly recommend this service, which you can find here at European Coastal Airlines, as we found it convenient, quick and fun … there are other destinations in Croatia to explore by seaplane even getting you as far over as Italy if you fancy it! Happy flying!