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Ripple Effect Ecotours

101 Tolstoy Lane, Saint Augustine, FL 32080
(904) 347-1565
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Boat Tours
Owner description: Ripple Effect Ecotours, St. Augustine's most ethical and sustainable ecotour company, is a dedicated environmental outfitter offering eco-educational... more » Owner description: Ripple Effect Ecotours, St. Augustine's most ethical and sustainable ecotour company, is a dedicated environmental outfitter offering eco-educational kayaking and vegetable oil-powered boat tours that explore the most remote and natural waterways surrounding St. Augustine, FL. Get way off the beaten path and explore the far reaches of the 73,000+ acre GTM Research Reserve, most of which is only accessible by kayak or with our highly specialized and sustainable eco-explorer boat. Ripple Effect fosters unique partnerships with the Friends of the GTM Research Reserve, the University of Florida Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience and the Marineland Dolphin Adventure. Proceeds from the ecotours benefit the education, stewardship, and conservation initiatives of our non-profit partners. Have a relaxing and educational time on the water and help support a great cause! « less
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Atlanta, Georgia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

We were so very impressed and pleased with our tour and guide; Brandon was so very knowledgeable and patient. My kids even want to go again!! Truly felt we got value for money spent; it included a general pass for Marineland. I was more impressed with the kayaking than Marineland though. What these people do is amazing and can tell... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Our tour started with dolphins jumping and ended with bald eagle swirling above. My girlfriend and I showed up to rent kayaks alone but luckily took a tour with the extremely knowledgable Brandon. Awesome time if you like the outdoors and the tour comes with two tickets to Marineland, which was surprisingly cool. Everyone we dealt with was extremely friendly... More

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Ripple_Effect_Kayak, Manager at Ripple Effect Ecotours, responded to this review

We didn't create the "just do it" mantra but it fits. We did create Ripple Effect Ecotours Guided by Nature and all are welcome to join us on a wonderful outdoor adventure. Brandon is one of the lead guides and part of a great team that makes every effort to ensure a quality ecotour. That includes protecting the area. As... More

Jacksonville, Florida
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014 via mobile

What a great way to enjoy nature and learn abt the eco system thriving in our area! The tour guides are fun, informative and very passionate... When in doubt Kayak out for a few hours it will keep you smiling all day! Thank you guys for making my trips so Amazing!!! See u soon.

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Ripple_Effect_Kayak, Manager at Ripple Effect Ecotours, responded to this review

Thanks for the love and right back to you. Kayaking through this natural area is fantastic. Learning about the ecosystem is a wonderful experience that provides great peace and memories. We look forward to seeing you again. Have a great day, Eric More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

We did the 10am Marineland Kayak tour and it was a great first time kayaking experience for us. Daniel and Danny were awesome tour guides. They were both super friendly, very knowledgeable, super professional and provided exceptional customer service. If you have ever been on any kind of tour, you know how important the guide is when it comes to... More

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Ripple_Effect_Kayak, Manager at Ripple Effect Ecotours, responded to this review

Nature at it's finest with coastal ecology nearly untouched and/or altered that is explored by kayak with the best guides. A beautiful message for those who want to experience a first class adventure and we appreciate your feedback. Our team is dedicated to helping you achieve your outdoor adventure goals. Take care, Eric More

Bunnell, Florida
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

My husband and I took the tour for our anniversary during an evening tour. We scared out on the first tour because of all the nearby thunderstorms, but the staff was really accommodating in terms of re-scheduling. When we came out again the next week, there were thunderstorms, but we decided to trust the staff that the cells had moved... More

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Ripple_Effect_Kayak, Manager at Ripple Effect Ecotours, responded to this review

Safety, Safety, Safety and our experience of over 15 years plus the general life of living in Florida growing up has given us the skills to understand the outdoor adventure. At the same time we do not make the weather and we have full respect for the elements. Thank you for sharing your experience and we look forward to having... More

Palm Coast
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

To start the Father's Day Weekend right on Friday the 13th, I decided to bring out my family to experience the Full-Moon Marineland Kayak Tour. What an adventure! From my initial contact Brandon who generously welcomed us to Danny our actual guide was absolutely wonderful. This evening kayak tour itself was an impressive one. We saw dolphins, seaturtles, variety of... More

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Ripple_Effect_Kayak, Manager at Ripple Effect Ecotours, responded to this review

We are humbled by your great message. Thank you and we know exactly what you are saying. The National Estuarine Research Reserve is powerful and it immediately gives us the beauty that coastal ecology offers when undeveloped. We appreciate you and your family. Please give us a call to schedule the Astronomy ecotour. Take care, Eric More

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22 reviews 22 reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We did a sunset kayak tour with Brandon, and it was really lovely. We had a beautiful night and he did a great job of guiding and sharing. The experience felt very organized and well-planned. If you haven't paddled a kayak before, it's easy to do, although navigation takes a bit of concentration, so it was nice to have times... More

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Ripple_Effect_Kayak, Manager at Ripple Effect Ecotours, responded to this review

We appreciate your feedback and we make every effort to provide the best kayaking ecotour. We are professionals with the best equipment possible to ensure your comfort, safety and enjoyment. We love to know that our efforts to ensure the best natural adventure by kayak are recognized. We look forward to seeing you again and have a great day. Enjoy,... More

Lausanne, Switzerland
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

My son and I enjoyed the sunset tour with Matt -- it was simply amazing and awesome. Matt is incredibly knowledgeable about the habitat as well as the history of the area. The sunset was wonderful -- very peaceful. We appreciated the care that Matt took getting us set up and making sure we all had a great experience. I... More

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Ripple_Effect_Kayak, Manager at Ripple Effect Ecotours, responded to this review

Peaceful is a great description. As you found, the area we paddle is a chance to let it go and find the tempo...peaceful is the way we like it. History plays a role with habitats that have evolved for thousands of years without man made alterations. The wildlife also shows us the way with a healthy estuarine ecosystem in balance... More

The Woodlands, Texas
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

Our family of 4 took an Eco Tour with Matt as our guide, It was simply incredible! Matt was so knowledgeable on the environment and history of the area. We saw dolphins and manatees it was beautiful. Matt's passion and knowledge ecosystem made the trip such an memorable and educational adventure for all of us.

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Ripple_Effect_Kayak, Manager at Ripple Effect Ecotours, responded to this review

You are awesome for giving us this feedback. We work passionately to help protect this beautiful area, and we are glad to know you saw it. The wildlife habitats need continued protection and we do everything we can to help maintain the balance while reducing our footprint. We look forward to seeing you again and have a great day, Eric. More

Baltimore, Maryland
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

I lived in Ponte Vedra and set up this tour when visitors came to town. I had never been kayaking before. We had so much fun. The tour guide was so knowledgeable about all of the plantlife and their uses. There were gorgeous birds all around. He showed me a whole new world in my own backyard. I was inspired... More

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Ripple_Effect_Kayak, Manager at Ripple Effect Ecotours, responded to this review

We specialize in guided kayaking ecotours and we have a few other adventure opportunities as well. We focus heavily on protection, conservation and providing the most accurate information available. We do that through our certification to be naturalists, as well as our education and experience. We bring the science to life and respect every detail of this beautiful coastal ecology.... More

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