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“Wonderful adventure for all ages” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of EcoTreasures

EcoTreasures
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Take the time to escape the big smoke (aka the City) and join EcoTreasures on one of our unique nature based tours. We are proudly Australian owned and operated. EcoTreasures was founded by passionate environmental educator Damien McClellan. We aim to highlight Sydney native wildlife & heritage while having a fun time. Our local guides have as much fun as you do. We have something for everyone from Snorkeling tours in Aquatic Reserves, Stand Up paddle boarding in protected waterways within a National Park, Coastal walks, Adventure Day Tours, Indigenous guided tours or slow paced sightseeing from comfortable transport. Private and custom tours also available by request.
Sydney
1 review
“Wonderful adventure for all ages”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 28, 2014

There were 8 of us (varying ability) - 3 Adults/5 kids and Damien was fabulous looking after all of us making sure we all had an enjoyable and safe experience.

I would recommend to both locals and tourists as it is a very special experience. Damien's knowledge of the local area and the environment is also a great opportunity for the 'youngsters' to learn a bit as well.

Visited December 2013
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Thank RustySydney
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EcoTreasures-Sydney, Owner at EcoTreasures, responded to this review, March 3, 2014
Thank you for your feedback Rusty. Yes we do focus on safety as the water is the best place to have fun but we always need to take care. I was a very careless kid who endured many battle wounds and stitches so I know how kids think which is why I know how to control them to ensure they have a great time and the parents can rest easy. I'm glad you all enjoyed the educational content as the tours are great for anyone who love nature, wildlife and having a good time. See you next time Damien
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Sunshine Coast, Australia
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“Wonderful Shelly Beach Snorkelling”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2013

This is a great tour taking in the park around the beach, great views and local environmental info and an excellent guide who instructs in snorkelling, all the gear is provided and there is loads to see. My friend had never snorkelled before and the guide was really good with her, at 66 she was ecstatic to enjoy her first snorkel. High recommended. Beautiful beach, headland and a wonderful interactive guide. I loved it!

Visited December 2013
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EcoTreasures-Sydney, Owner at EcoTreasures, responded to this review, March 3, 2014
Thanks Viva. We are stoked your friend enjoyed her first snorkel experience at the ripe age of 66 with us. It is a another world when you put head below the surface, where we can switch off and connect with the coast and marine life. I'm always impressed by people trying new things and we are happy to help and guide you through the nervous times. We try to keep it fun and informative so you want to keep snorkeling and helping conservation. See you next time Damien
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Sydney
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“Birthday Party”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 26, 2013

I took 9 girls aged between 11 and 12 years old (and one brother aged 10 ) on the Snorkel and Walking tour of Shelly beach as something different to do for my daughters 12th birthday. Despite worrying about the colour of their wet suits,the colour of the floating noodle and whether they had to wear their rashies or not the girls loved the day even though some were nervous to start off with. Damien was very patient with them and fully explained what to do in the water to keep them safe. The kids were fully engaged for the whole 2 hours of the experience both answering and asking questions to and from Damien about the animals we saw in and out of the water.
I highly recommend this tour for families; students or parents looking for something that is different , outdoors and educational.

Visited December 2013
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EcoTreasures-Sydney, Owner at EcoTreasures, responded to this review, March 3, 2014
Thank you for the feedback Simon. We love sharing birthdays with our customer on tour. It is always a bonus when they also learn some cool things about the natural environment. Snorkeling is fun with the kids as they show their excitement and enthusiasm for wildlife. It was our pleasure to share the birthday with your family and I'm stoked everyone enjoyed the experience. See you next time. Damien
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“Informative and wonderful experience for students”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 9, 2013

We were greeted with a handy encyclopedia of the wildlife that can be found in Australia, and I learned various new things upon embarking on this wonderful journey. It was like a practical Geography lesson. We got to observe various rock formations, plants, and wildlife from an ideal distance, which enhanced the experience so much, especially for students like me. Instead of seeing pictures on textbooks, I was actually seeing the actual thing, and feeling what it is like to be there!
We did the SUP and had so much fun, albeit me slowing down all of us due to my inefficient rowing. However, I had so much fun! Damien was really helpful and eagerly shared with us his boundless knowledge on the local wildlife and environment. Furthermore, he was really patient when it came to teaching us how to do the SUP (seeing that it was a first for us), and we were proud to make it to the end without falling in to the water. :D
Wonderful and enriching experience overall, it's definitely a must-try!

Visited November 2013
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Thank Victoria L
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EcoTreasures-Sydney, Owner at EcoTreasures, responded to this review, December 12, 2013
Thank you for the feedback Victoria. I'm really happy your private Sydney Coastal Tour ticked all the boxes for your learning outcomes for your school subject. It was my pleasure to show you around the Nth beaches and West Head, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. We bush walked, visited look outs, found wildlife and SUPed all in the one day. It was a fun day for me too. Hopefully you gained alot of content and do well in your assignment and your teacher back in Singapore enjoy your interesting field data. See you next time Damien
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Sydney, Australia
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“Newbies at SUP and we all loved it!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2013

Celebrated a friends birthday last weekend with SUP. Majority had not done this activity before, but we are all now hooked. Damien was a great instructor/guide, he taught us newbies the basics of SUP and threw in some extra tips for further SUP sessions. I might also add, he was very knowledgeable about his surroundings which was good to hear.
Will definitely be doing this again, great activity for the summer!

Visited November 2013
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Thank Sophally
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EcoTreasures-Sydney, Owner at EcoTreasures, responded to this review, December 12, 2013
Cheers Sophally. You guys all did really well for your 1st time SUPing and it was a great choice for a Birthday party. A lot of people get the SUP bug once they have a go and see how easy and fun it can be. Hope to see you guys again at the Basin over summer. Thanks Damien
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