As I rounded the corner and spotted the water my heart skipped a beat. I’ve been on plenty of planes in my life so I had to admit my excitement levels were low. But that’s when I spotted her. Bobbing in the water. A seaplane. I had never been on a seaplane and suddenly the idea of a scenic flight sounded like a bucket list item… One that I only just discovered I had 2 minutes prior.
During my blogging trip around Sri Lanka we had been given the chance to win different prizes through various competitions. I had entered a writing competition and was tweeted by Cinnamon Air one morning congratulating me on winning a scenic air flight. What a shock!
I fly a lot, but never for fun. So this idea of a scenic flight didn’t really compute. Luckily my new friend Kerwin came along and his excitement for all things aviation really got my motor running.
And then there was the plane. We arrived at a very small airport in Sri Lanka and there out on the water was an amphibious plane. My excitement levels just went up a few notches.
We divided into two groups and, being part of the first group, I hopped in the tiny cabin. The take off was so smooth I barely realised we were in the air, but it was obvious looking the vicious white wash of water that melted away under our feet.
The coastline of Sri Lanka was beautiful and being on a plane that low to the ground, where you could actually enjoy the window views, was thrilling. But it was those tight turns that put the butterflies in my tummy. A thrill I hadn’t experienced since the last roller coaster I sat on.
The ride was short and before I knew it we were landing. Again, it barely registered we had hit the water it was so smooth.
There were benefits to be part of two groups, because as the second group lifted into the sky we got to take photos and footage of the whole process. While I sat on the water’s edge awaiting our second group I pondered over this marvellous experience. I was so thankful for the chance to see this beautiful corner of Sri Lanka from above. Just like an untouchable goddess, above it all.
When visiting Sri Lanka you will need to have a valid visa, which you can get online. It is called ETA (Electronic Travel Authorization). An ETA is usually issued with 6 months validity and allows you to stay in Sri Lanka up to 30 days. If you wish to stay longer, you have the possibility to extend it for another 30 days from Immigration in Colombo. Check out srilankavisa.org for all your visa needs.