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About Savannah Coastal Ecotours
Savannah kayak and boat tours of the gorgeous waterways of our salt-marsh, barrier islands, and blackwater swamp environments. We specialize in small, private tours customized to the interests of your group. Wildlife is abundant and we commonly see dolphin, a wide variety of birdlife including osprey, eagles, herons & egrets, sometimes alligators, deer, wild pigs, sea turtles or manatee. Captain Fran Lapolla is a Coast Guard certified captain and veteran educator with many years of experience on the water, in the field, and in the classroom. Kayaker Kathryn Lapolla is certified by the American Canoeing Association as a Level 2 Coastal Kayak instructor and has completed the UGA Coastal Master Naturalist program.
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Judy34160 wrote a review Feb 2021
Gurnee, Illinois12 contributions8 helpful votes
We took a tour out to the Wassaw National Wildlife Refuge. We are a retired couple visiting Savannah and trying to do safe activities during the pandemic. The private boat tour was just the 2 of us along with the 2 tour guides. Everyone in the boat wore masks and we felt safe. We hadn’t planned on a boat trip so I didn’t have a warm coat but they lent me a coat and gloves to ensure that I was warm enough while the boat was moving. We saw dolphins, bald eagles and an eagles’s nest. We stopped and got out of the boat to walk on an area piled high with shells. The guides were friendly and we learned a lot about the area, got to see the marsh up close and had a nice day on the water. I would recommend this tour to others who want to get out and experience nature.
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Date of experience: February 2021
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Jennie and Mark wrote a review Nov 2020
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We couldn't have chosen a better way to spend our day! Out in nature with the most knowledgeable tour guides. Fran and Kathryn truly love what they do and it shows in all they know. We live in South Florida and this was the first time we had ever seen dolphins up close. It was a beautiful sight. I would recommend this tour to anyone and we look forward to going again the next time we are in town.
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Date of experience: November 2020
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tdbelmont wrote a review Oct 2020
knoxville64 contributions26 helpful votes
Our family of four spent two memorable days with Fran and Kathryn—enjoying an amazing boat tour to Wassaw Island and a relaxing kayak tour around Isle of Hope. Our family had the beach on Wassaw to ourselves, and we had ample time to enjoy the sand and surf and found at least a dozen intact sand dollars. The boat ride was awesome—we saw at least a dozen dolphins, a bonnet head shark, and scores of shore birds. The kayaking trip was very pleasant. Kathryn was very knowledgeable about the area, and the pace was perfect. I would highly recommend any of their tours—you will not be disappointed. To top it all off, they provide a CD of photos Fran takes of each activity. So no need to fumble for your phone or camera—just enjoy the trip!
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Date of experience: October 2020
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MSAKA1908 wrote a review Oct 2020
Atlanta, Georgia1 contribution
After watching numerous Georgia Public Television shows about the Georgia Sea Coast, my family and I were keen to see this beautiful landscape for ourselves. We found Savannah Coastal Ecotours online and Fran responded to my email inquiry in less than 24 hours. An exceptional professional, Fran answered all of our questions and periodically kept in touch right up to the hour before our trip was scheduled. The 3+ hour trip was absolutely incredible! Fran's knowledge of flora and fauna along with the history of the land and coastal communities made the experience an absolute delight. We saw bald eagles, dolphins, pelicans, oysters, cranes and more. My family and I HIGHLY recommend Savannah Coastal Ecotours!
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Date of experience: October 2020
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MJK wrote a review Oct 2020
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We had a fantastic tour through the marsh and to Wassaw National Wildlife Refuge. Fran and Kathryn were quick to point out the dolphins and unusual birds. We even saw 4 different bald eagles!! Experiencing the coast from the perspective of being in the water was enjoyable. The highlight was visiting Dead Man's Hammock, which is essentially an island composed of oyster shells, created by a hurricane. We highly recommend this tour!
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Date of experience: October 2020
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