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Namaste' Eco Excursions

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Key West, FL, USA
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About Namaste' Eco Excursions
Namaste Sailing/Keys Eco-tours specializes in coral discovery tours to the less frequented ecological reserves in the Florida Lower Keys. Each trip includes a professional ecology presentation complete with professional underwater images of all the different corals, invertebrates, and reef fish we encounter. Snorkel equipment is provided along with expert instruction. We only accommodate 8 guests per excursion so our guests are guaranteed a crowd free and intimate coral reef experience.
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Whitney M wrote a review Sep 2019
8 contributions2 helpful votes
Jeff and Trish are great folks who are great at sharing their passion for the coral reel and ocean life! Excellent communication from start to finish and were flexible to work with our schedule. This was a perfect outing for our small group. Namaste!! :)
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Date of experience: September 2019
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MidAtlantic Mermaid wrote a review Apr 2019
New Jersey11 contributions3 helpful votes
You could spend $40 and go out to an unhealthy reef with 80 or so other people in the water with you, where you get dumped off for an hour and maybe see some fish. Or, you could go on a tour with Jeff (and a max of 2-4 other people), see healthy reefs and a wide diversity of
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Date of experience: April 2019
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Response from P4284QDjeffb, Owner at Namaste' Eco Excursions
Responded May 2, 2019
Thank You! We put our heart and soul into our trips and our very best reward for that effort is folks like yourself. You got it and you're absolutely correct, Mother Ocean is not Disney World. When we have the pleasure of sharing the reef with folks like yourself that realize that nature's gifts don't come prepackaged and cue controlled our joy factor increases exponentially. Please think of us again on your next visit! Jeff Bowman Co-Owner Namaste ECO
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JeffGammon wrote a review Apr 2019
Brooklyn, New York5 contributions3 helpful votes
My husband and I booked a snorkeling excursion with Namaste and felt like it was only an adequate/average experience. Clearly, Namaste is very well reviewed on TripAdvisor (which was a factor in our booking them), but our experience made us wonder whether something had gone awry
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Date of experience: April 2019
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Response from P4284QDjeffb, Owner at Namaste' Eco Excursions
Responded May 2, 2019
We truly regret that this reviewer feels she did not experience the quality trip that we are so well known for. Over the years, we have developed a quality interpretive science presentation that allows guests to identify and understand what they see while in the water. Our presentation is rife with actual pictures of the area we visit, and we familiarize folks with ALL the wonderful ecology they are likely to encounter. In preparation to joining this underwater world, we demonstrate correct mask and fin use, we show guests how to clear their snorkels, and our guide tows a float and instructs the group to stay close so as to see and hear the guide’s commentary. Unfortunately, even with all the advanced preparation, some guests make the decision to swim away on their own and miss this important part of the presentation. As for the observation that our guide "seemed to be off swimming on his own personal snorkeling adventure,” the guest was instructed to stay close so as to hear the commentary and be included in the photos. Usually, the guests do stay close and enjoy the benefit of in-water coral identification from a passionate guide. We can present the opportunity, but we can’t force guests to pay attention. One person in the party stated flatly that he would not get in the water. Obviously, he missed the most important part of the experience, but we are not in the business of forcing anyone into the water. After many years of experience with nervous swimmers, we have learned that it is best to allow them the opportunity to make their own choice and not pressure or embarrass them. Many times, a reluctant swimmer will gather courage in a few minutes if not pressured or embarrassed. This reviewer obviously took issue with many aspects of our trip. Her comment about climate change and its effect on the long-term survival of coral reefs is popular but uninformed, and I believe that her disagreement with the guide’s observations may have soured the entire experience for her. Her observation of our indifference to her husband’s reluctance to join us for the in-water experience is a good example of her misperception. Finally, her complaint about our choice of snack selection and preparation is true, but again, ignorant of the facts. It is illegal to cook or otherwise prepare food for the public anywhere but an inspected facility. Food served on an excursion like ours must be packaged at an approved facility, i.e. a restaurant or food store with inspected kitchen. As much of her experience is with out-of-country providers not bound by these rules, she is clearly not aware of the law. As for the reviewer’s last complaint about not getting her photos, we regret that she has not opened her email from us with the link to her full-size, high resolution photographs. I would advise her to check her spam file and contact us if she doesn’t find our email so that we can resend it. We want our guests to be happy! In closing, please know that we absolutely love our reef trips. Quite honestly, we are the best at insuring a quality experience. We give all our guests the best we have to offer in scheduling the best day, the best location, and the most passionate presentation of the Florida Reef Tract. We have been very successful with first time snorkelers and swimmers who are a little nervous, but we do not give swimming lessons, force guests to be in the best position near the guide, or make them get in the water. We are proud of the safe, quality experience we provide, but the guests must be active participants if they expect to have the best experience. Jeff Bowman Co-Owner Namaste ECO
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TaraKentucky wrote a review Jul 2018
Louisville, Kentucky17 contributions1 helpful vote
I absolutely loved everything about the snorkeling tour. Jeff, Garrett, and Emily were very friendly, knowledgeable, and fun to be around. It was a wonderful experience that I would highly recommend.
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Date of experience: July 2018
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Snorkel_Susie wrote a review Jun 2018
Denver, Colorado26 contributions9 helpful votes
After a frustrating snorkel excursion in Key Largo with over 100 other snorkelers, my sister and I were in search of a small group excursion to a more secluded reef. We came across Namaste' Eco Excursions, and after reading the description and reviews, we decided to book a trip.
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Date of experience: June 2018
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