Getting There & Back
Travelling to Bimini
We are excited to announce that we’ve teamed up with a new private air charter company for our 2020 season, Air Flight Charters (AFC).
AFC is now our recommended way to travel to and from Bimini, from Fort Lauderdale. Once you have completed the initial WildQuest booking process with deposit payment, you will be invited to book your roundtrip flights with AFC.
The price for the roundtrip flights to Bimini is $425 which includes:
- all United States and Bahamian flight-related taxes
- all transfers from the hotel in Fort Lauderdale to the private jet centre (Sheltair Aviation) on the Monday morning
- taxis from Bimini airport to the WildQuest Retreat centre on Monday, and back again on Saturday when traveling with the group.
Once booked, all you have to do is arrange your own travel to our partner hotel, Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina, on the Sunday before your retreat. AFC will arrange all travel from there onwards until your return to Fort Lauderdale airport the following Saturday morning after your retreat.
[If you need to arrange different transportation to/from Bimini, please note that all retreats start at 10:00 am on Monday and end at 8:30 am on Saturday. If you are not travelling with the group, you are responsible for all your own transfer costs, as well as your own flight-related taxes and fees (including luggage). Please let WildQuest’s reservations office know your Bimini arrival and departure times at least 30 days before the start of your retreat.]
WildQuest is based on the island of Bimini, The Bahamas, just off the Florida coast. We all meet together, along with a WildQuest representative, on the first night of the program, Sunday at 5:30 pm at the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina hotel. Check-in time is 4:00 pm.
Please make your own travel arrangements to the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina hotel. The closest airport is Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL). The next closest airport is Miami International Airport (MIA) which is about an hour’s drive away.
AFC will make your journey as streamlined as possible, they will pick you up, along with the rest of the group, early Monday morning from the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina hotel and shuttle you to the Sheltair Aviation facility at Fort Lauderdale International Airport for the short half hour flight to Bimini.
Upon landing in Bimini, you will clear Bahamian Customs, and then be met by a WildQuest crew member. Yay you have arrived! We take a car taxi to the dock on South Bimini where a small ferry will take us the short distance to the dock on North Bimini.
On North Bimini, another car taxi will take us to WildQuest’s Retreat Centre located in the small fishing village of Porgy Bay. All transfer costs are paid for, if you are travelling with the group on AFC’s flights.
AFC’s return flight from Bimini to the Sheltair Aviation facility at Fort Lauderdale International Airport is on the Saturday morning at the end of your retreat. You should clear US customs by around 11:00 am.
If booking a connecting flight home from Fort Lauderdale or Miami on the Saturday, these times are recommended:
- From Fort Lauderdale International Airport, DOMESTIC flights
> After 1:30 pm
- From Fort Lauderdale International Airport, INTERNATIONAL flights
> After 2:30 pm.
- From Miami International Airport, DOMESTIC flights
> After 3:30 pm.
- From Miami International Airport, INTERNATIONAL flights
> After 4:30 pm.
NEW IN 2020: WildQuest groups now stay at the 4 star Fort Lauderdale Hilton Marina.
The Week at a Glance
You arrange your travel to Fort Lauderdale International Airport (FLL) or nearby Miami International Airport (MIA) in Florida and your travel from the airport to the 4-star Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina hotel. From there, we take care of your night’s stay at the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina hotel.
Monday – Morning.
AFC will provide a shuttle from the hotel to the Sheltair Aviation Facility at FLL – the cost is included in their package. You’ll board AFC’s island plane to Bimini, and land at South Bimini airport, where AFC will provide a shuttle to our retreat centre. You’ll be met by the WildQuest crew, arrive to your room and in the afternoon we’ll all go out on the ocean on WildQuest’s catamaran, DolphinQuest. We’ll return in time for dinner and sleep at the retreat centre.
Tuesday – Friday.
We spend four more days on DolphinQuest, (weather permitting) and sleep at the Retreat Centre.
Saturday – Morning.
Taxis will be provided to take you to South Bimini airport where you’ll board AFC’s island plane for your flight to Fort Lauderdale International Airport to continue your self-arranged journey or connecting flight home.
Please note: The cost of taxis is included in the AFC flight package. If arranging your own flights or travel from Bimini, you will need to pay your own taxi and travel to the airport.
If you’d like to add a couple of extra nights stay at WildQuest before or after your retreat week, please call the office.
If you stay for two consecutive retreats, you are welcome to spend the interim weekend at WildQuest’s retreat centre and explore the island on your own. Check with our reservations office for details.
THE BEST BIT: Because all travel arrangements to and from the island are taken care of, this is an ideal holiday for those looking for a wilderness experience, without having to go on it alone. It’s a wonderful way for solo travellers to belong to a like-minded group where connecting from the heart is a priority – and many guests have told us they made friends for life on a WildQuest week!
Saving The Planet
Climate change is a serious environmental threat and air travel is the fastest growing contributor to the problem.
To play our part in tackling climate change and limiting our personal impact, we have teamed up with Climate Care to offset our greenhouse gas emissions.
Climate Care ‘offsets’ the amount of energy you used to fly by creating or saving energy through a series of projects in renewable and energy efficiency projects.
Check out the emissions calculator by selecting your point of departure and arrival, which will tell you how much energy your flight used and the amount of money you could contribute to offset it. You can use the calculator to offset emissions from flying, driving and household energy use too.
Saving the planet, one calculation at a time.