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Ripple Effect Ecotours

237 reviews
St. Augustine, FL, USA
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About Ripple Effect Ecotours
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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Reviewed yesterday

Our guides, Brandon and McKenna, were both wonderful. The tour was very informative and although cloudy we were still able to catch a glimpse of the sunset. They were both extremely helpful and very accommodating for my family. I highly recommend taking a tour with...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Brittanie B
Ripple E, Manager at Ripple Effect Ecotours, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Cloudy with a chance for wildlife, but we can't promise anything but your safety and the best equipment in the area. You will also get a beautiful panoramic view of natural habitats and paddle through a maze of waterways. A wonderful experience for the entire...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I did the Sunset Tour with Mike. We did it in a tandem kayak. Our first time sharing a kayak. Mike warned us this could be tricky and they often refer to this as a "divorce maker" haha. But Mike gave us...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank peg m
Ripple E, Manager at Ripple Effect Ecotours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for the "right choice" and we appreciate the review. A "soul soothing" experience is something to share and hold close to the heart. We hold this area very close to our hearts and work to keep the future green for everyone. Professional guides...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Don't miss Ripple Effect Eco-tours!! From booking to the guided tour everything was done simply and professionally. The sunset tour was educational and beautiful. We couldn't have asked for better guides. Brandon and Mike were both very knowledgeable and entertaining. We learned a lot about...More

Date of experience: June 2019
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Ripple E, Manager at Ripple Effect Ecotours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Very cool..and we appreciate the review. Your experience is our years of training, educating and living the dream. We are happy to know you had a great time and we appreciate the recommendation. All are welcome and we have options to accommodate all ages to...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Mike, our eco tour guide, gave us a fantastic 2.5 hour tour of the reserve areas off the inter coastal waterway. This is a beautiful, peaceful tour that is well worth the time and money. Mike gave us background on the area, the fauna and...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Doris M
Ripple E, Manager at Ripple Effect Ecotours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Perfection in the Research Reserve, the way nature intended. Guided by Nature into the estuary with opportunity to float along the earth's surface in all her beauty. We are available year round and we appreciate your review. Have a great summer...

Reviewed May 7, 2019 via mobile

Our group of four throughly enjoyed a 2.5 hour tour on and around the Inter-coastal water way. Our guide Brian was very knowledgeable of the plants, animals and birds of the area. The two person kayaks are super easy to navigate. I highly recommend the...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank georgefromCT
Ripple E, Manager at Ripple Effect Ecotours, responded to this reviewResponded May 8, 2019

We appreciate your review and recommendation. We provide the best equipment to make your experience super fun and easy to learn if kayaking for the first time. We provide both expert instruction and interpretation of the natural ecology that surrounds you during the entire outdoor...More

Reviewed May 6, 2019

The guides were very friendly! We did see a dolphin. The overall information about the ecosystem was great! Saw lots of wildlife. I was most excited about seeing the hermit crabs in their natural environment. I love that this kayak trip helps to support research....More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Kdav88
Ripple E, Manager at Ripple Effect Ecotours, responded to this reviewResponded May 8, 2019

Great times with the estuarine ecosystem. Paddling into the GTM Research Reserve provides both the kayaking and leisure with a touch of knowledge. The Research Reserve is a unique location to explore. Science, Research and Stewardship creates fun for the entire family and friends. Learning...More

Reviewed April 27, 2019

I searched through many options of kayaking around St Augustine before deciding on Ripple Effect Tours and we weren't disappointed! I was searching specifically for 'off the grid' kayaking, away from the bustle of busy marinas and cities, and from the first call to the...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank D J
Ripple E, Manager at Ripple Effect Ecotours, responded to this reviewResponded April 30, 2019

Away from the cities but close enough to still find a good restaurant after your outdoor adventure. We are nestled into the GTM NERR and provide unique access to become surrounded by nature. Our protocol provides the best equipment, safety and instruction to ensure everyone...More

Reviewed April 22, 2019 via mobile

We spent a beautiful morning on kayaks with our Naturalist Mike. He was very knowledgeable about the plants and wildlife in the St. Augustine area as well as kayaking in general. We were lucky enough to see a group of dolphins and got to spend...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Jako529
Ripple E, Manager at Ripple Effect Ecotours, responded to this reviewResponded April 25, 2019

Thank you for the recommendation. We love beautiful mornings and sunsets with opportunity to see wildlife and learn about the ecology. Glad you had a great time and we appreciate your review. Have a great summer....

Reviewed March 23, 2019 via mobile

My wife, 14 year old son, and I spent the morning of Saturday, March 23, 2019 on a kayaking trip with Ripple Effect Ecotours. Our guide was Brandon who did an awesome job of teaching us about the estuary system. He was very informative and...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Ripple E, Manager at Ripple Effect Ecotours, responded to this reviewResponded March 25, 2019

An Eco-Educational-Adventure with great times for all and we appreciate your review. The estuary is an incredible dynamic system providing food and habitat that is also critical to the health of the ocean. Wildlife big and small make their home in the estuary, start new...More

Reviewed March 12, 2019 via mobile

Our naturalist tour guide, Leif, was an amazingly wealth of knowledge regarding any aspect of marine life and the environment. A thorough introduction was given regarding kayak use and safety. Even before we left the dock Leif was explaining about cannonball jelly fish. This was...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Ir1shh
Ripple E, Manager at Ripple Effect Ecotours, responded to this reviewResponded March 13, 2019

"Guided by Nature" as we say with professional, courteous and knowledgable staff here at Ripple Effect Ecotours. Friends, families, loved ones, knowledge seekers, adventurists, and even your first time out you will get the introduction with safety, best equipment, beautiful area and one of twenty-nine...More

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