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Ripple Effect Ecotours

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Address: 101 Tolstoy Lane, Saint Augustine, FL 32080
Phone Number: +1 904-347-1565
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Description: Ripple Effect Ecotours, St. Augustine's most ethical and sustainable...
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. All you need to do is make a reservation and Ripple Effect will take care of the rest!
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Great Kayaking Experience

My wife and I took my oldest daughter on a kayak trip on a beautiful Saturday morning. Eric and all the staff are extremely friendly, knowledgeable and fun! We had a large group... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 23, 2015
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Ormond Beach, Florida
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Ormond Beach, Florida
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

My wife and I took my oldest daughter on a kayak trip on a beautiful Saturday morning. Eric and all the staff are extremely friendly, knowledgeable and fun! We had a large group that day and it was a fantastic day! We learned a lot about the area and saw a lot of beautiful areas. Thanks, guys for being so... More 

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

Thank you for recognizing us and we work everyday to make sure our professional integrity and ethics maintain our guests' satisfaction. We mirror the surrounding natural areas with real outdoor adventure, positive vibrations and hopefully smiles ear to ear. We look forward to your return and we appreciate your feedback. Enjoy, Eric More 

Cold Spring, Kentucky
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

My family and I took a kayak tour in the intercoastal in Marineland/Palm Coast, Florida. We were all a bit nervous as not many of us have kayaked before but our two guides Matt and Quint did a really good job at informing everyone of what we needed to know. Once we were out and about, it was much easier... More 

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

Thank you for the review and our headquarters in the Town of Marineland is very unique with great access to the GTM NERR. With 1 of the 28 NERRs in the entire USA in our backyard, we are fortunate to enjoy amazing family adventures. The more we all understand the responsibility to be stewards of this amazing area, the better... More 

Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

A can't miss opportunity to learn about the beauty of Flagler Beach. We did the sunset kayak tour, which was breathtaking. The naturalist guide, Quint, was great at answering tons of questions as well as instructing us about the necessity of keeping the ecosystem clean and protected.

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

Professional kayak guides with diverse backgrounds and the location to become a certified master naturalist is appreciated when recognized. We cannot know everything but we do our best to stay informed and educated within this realm of coastal ecology and beyond. Thank you for your support in the stewardship efforts and we can all be proactive in protecting the waterways... More 

Annapolis, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

We had a wonderful tour with Quint. He was very knowledgeable about the estuary/river and the wildlife we saw. We did the morning tour and if down there again, would love to do the Sunset tour. We saw plenty of birds -- including the Roseate Spoonbill flying. Mullet were jumping and we did se dolphins. The only hitch was my... More 

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

We use the best equipment we can find and the best in the area. We focus the beginning of the ecotour on instruction and safety. Sometimes adjustments need to be made in order to make sure everyone is comfortable and ready. Sorry to hear your husband had a pedal issue. Please join us again and he can discuss what the... More 

Valdese, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

We really enjoyed this trip. The birding was great but the sunset was amazing!! Our tour guide es knowledgeable of the environment and a great teacher thst really got through to my teenage son about ow important our earth is.

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

The Earth is our life and we appreciate the chance to share with you and your son. Happy to know the sunset shined. We go out with cloudy conditions and sometimes that creates spectacular colors across the sky. Occasionally a rain shower can pass through but we won't go if cold weather and rain since those conditions in winter can... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Had a wonderful kayak tour with Qunint. It was a trip I was looking forward to, kayaking again with my sister and brother and having the knowledge that Quint bestowed on us made even more enjoyable. Great trip!

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

A kayaking family adventure is a great way to spend the day or night. Our ecotours are available almost everyday with weather permitting for morning and sunsets. We are happy to know you found a wonderful time with your sisters. We provide the best equipment, professional guide service and you are always our guest while nature shows the way. Thank... More 

California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

A great way to experience wildlife in Florida. The balmy early evening weather and active birdlife was so pleasant. Our guide Quint (Quince?) was great-his knowledge of the bird life and other animals who habitat on the islands and mangroves added much to our kayak cruising. We were able to watch mullet jumping feet from our kayak, watched herons and... More 

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

We love to share those National Geo-moments with you as the Earth shares her beauty. The kayaking ecotour is a great way to explore the estuarine ecosystem and National Estuarine Research Reserve. We appreciate the feedback and look forward to paddling with you again. Each ecotour provides a new chance to observe nature at it's finest moment. Enjoy, Eric More 

Marietta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

So much fun. We really loved our guides and were so impressed by their knowledge of the surrounding wildlife. Beautiful and a great workout due to windy conditions. Can't wait to go again next year.

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

We train and prepare for changing conditions, which ensures you are always with a qualified professional. Our protocol provides us with guidance to keep our ecotours safe, while enjoying the great outdoors. With the best equipment and training, our goal is explore this amazing estuarine ecosystem while enjoying the adventure. Thank you for your feedback, Eric More 

Charleston, West Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

Great intro to kayaking, and this ecosystem, for us novices. Enjoyed it very much; would like to do the evening tour sometime.

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

A complex ecosystem with an ever changing biodiversity within close proximity to the oldest city in our USA that is rich in culture, history and great adventure. We provide the best equipment to explore undeveloped natural habitats for any skill level and with just the right balance of nature. Guided kayaking ecotours are available year-round morning and sunset with weather... More 

Alamosa, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

This is an excellent and relaxing tour. Our guide was Daniel, who was pleasant and very informative, as he marine biology student. The trip took a couple of hours, and the paddling was not bad. You go down the Intracoastal, then turn back into the tidal swamps and see a great variety of plants and habitat. Daniel gave very clear... More 

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

An educational adventure for everyone and we appreciate your description. We can cater to your group and let nature guide the way. Our team is always learning and sharing the knowledge about this amazing “Research Reserve”. We look forward to paddling with you in the best equipment and in one of the most peaceful coastal habitats along the eastern coastline.... More 

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