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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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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

Brandon our tour guide was excellent. He had an abundance of knowledge about the Marine and plant life in the area as well as birds etc. He was a lot of fun and we all learned so much. Saw dolphins, herons , turtles and much more. We even stopped off on a small island for some swim time. Definitely recommend... More

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Stillwater, MN
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014 via mobile

We had a wonderful morning on the water in a kayak. So fun, Danny was a great guide, we saw dolphins, egrets, herons, and an eagle. He was very knowledgable regarding the plant life in the preserve. Several group members had never kayaked but Danny's instructions were great and all kept up. The kayaks were tandem with rudders which made... More

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

A wonderful summary and a wonderful time here at Ripple Effect Adventure Outfitters. Thank you for your feedback. Have a great day and we look forward to sharing another great adventure with you. Enjoy, Eric. More

Jacksonville, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

I have never been kayaking before, but wanted to take my son and his girlfriend on an eco tour for helping me move, our instructor was Danny, and from the very moment we set foot on the property, we were made to feel safe, at ease and that our trip was going to be an enjoyable one. I like to... More

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

Thank you for sharing the love and Danny is open arms to include his compassion for life from the unique perspective of a kayak. Here at Ripple Effect Adventure Outfitters we make every effort to help you learn about the coastal ecology in the most beautiful natural setting, as well as chance to relax and unwind from the day. Join... More

Saint Augustine, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

I am a St. Augustine native but really felt as though I'd left my hometown when I experienced the sunset tour at Marineland. Our guide was extremely thorough in terms of familiarizing the group with basic paddling skills and safety. He was also impressively informed about the wildlife and specific area where we paddled and was happy to give us... More

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

Nature is always changing and we make every effort to stay knowledgeable about the Matanzas Basin and National Estuarine Research Reserve. As locals with you and those who visit, we are all very blessed to have this amazing natural treasure to enjoy. We are grateful for your comments, finding us and giving us the chance to help you explore the... More

Saint Augustine, Florida
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

I enjoyed the two hour kayak experience with a small group even though i didn't know anyone...I felt at ease and enjoyed the journey. Matt was a great guide and very knowledgeable and fun to listen to regarding the ecosystem and the wildlife we were fortunate to have seen. I felt safe, it was easy to do, and I learned... More

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

Peaceful, refreshing and calming are wonderful to hear, thank you. We can also add beautiful undeveloped natural setting in the heart of the estuary which provides a balance of life, living harmoniously. Apex predators to microscopic life follow the daily changes and we are fortunate to provide this safe and educational adventure for anyone interested in joining our ecotours. We... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

We did a family trip in the Guana area that lies between Ponte Vedra Beach and Saint Augustine. This company was professional from beginning to end. We are new to the area and wanted a bit of an education about the reserve...we got it. I feel more knowledgable and still had a great time with my family. My husband and... More

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

Welcome to the area and one of the most beautiful locations in Florida. The coastal ecology is healthy and we enjoy helping to protect it through our educational adventures. The kayaking ecotours are available year round with weather permitting. We are available to help find options for locations, tides and weather by calling the office: 904-347-1565. We look forward to... More

Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

My family and a set of our friends took the two hour morning Marineland guided kayak tour led by Brandon and Daniel. We had 4 adults and 5 kids, ranging in age from 5-12. Overall, it was a fantastic trip. First, the office was organized and ready to go when we arrived 15 minutes early. Secondly, they knew how to... More

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

From start to finish we want to ensure you have the very best outdoor adventure. Thank you for taking your family on our guided kayaking ecotour. The opportunity is unique and the memories will be priceless. Have a great fall and we look forward to seeing you again. Enjoy, Eric More

Atlanta, Georgia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

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

Yes love is all around us...the natural area is the positive story you don't see on the news. The collaboration of federal, state and local governments with both non-profit and private agencies all working together. The National Estuarine Research Reserve and Matanzas Basin are great examples of the balance that can be found. We are thankful for your recognition and... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

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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