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“Wonderful sunset kayak trip”

Ripple Effect Ecotours
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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!
Reviewed August 25, 2012

Our family just returned from a beautiful sunset tour of the GTMNERR estuary, which left from the Marineland marina. Plenty of parking and very nice and clean bathrooms. Our guide, Alex, prepared us well for our kayaking adventure with a thorough briefing before we settled into the kayaks and shoved off. His familiarity with the flora and fauna of the estuary helped us to enjoy and appreciate the beautiful ecosystem we were paddling through. A clear and breezy evening and favorable tides made things even better! It was a wonderful evening that we really enjoyed and we hope to do some more kayaking soon.

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Reviewed July 10, 2012

We went kayaking Saturday night, 7:30-9:30pm, with six other friends of ours on the EcoTour in the Guana and it was one of the best canoe/kayak trips we've ever been on. It helped that it was a perfect night, breezes, gorgeous sunset, lots of florida birds (pink spoonbill, herons...) and our guide, Dan, had lots of interesting info and stories. However, just before sunset, a momma manatee and her calf visited with us for about 15 minutes. Absolutely amazing when they would come up along our tandum kayak and rise out of the water to check us out. The calf went underneath of our guide, Dan's, kayak and upside down, the calf wrapped it's fins around and up the sides of his kayak! Dan thought the manatee was going to flip him but he ended up just "hugging" his kayak. What an amazing experience. Great trip Dan!!!

Thank Sandy K
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Reviewed July 2, 2012

Headed out on a Saturday night Kayak excursion not knowing what to expect. WOW what a great evening! The scenery, the peacefulness, the beauty of nature, watching Dolphins swim nearby, the sunset. Can you tell we had a great time!

Have never been kayaking before but our guides - Brandon and Cameron - made us feel safe, secure and energized. Their passion to share as much info as they could was terrific. In all, a great evening.

If you have the opportunity to take this adventure, please do!

Thank Kenneth J
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Reviewed April 21, 2012

We set out somewhat early in the morning from the Marineland location on a self guided trip, the water was so calm and the weather was perfect. We saw dolphins, lots of birds, and a sea turtle. There were several beaches to stop for a picnic. The entire setting was amazing. Chris was so knowledgable and helpful. I'd gladly go back for a guided tour as well. This was the highlight of our trip.

Thank katieboo924
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Reviewed September 16, 2011

We went on a night time kayaking tour. It lasted about 2 1/2 hours. Our guide was very knowledgeable and we had a great time. There were just 2 couples and the guide that evening, but they usually have more. So we probably received extra special attention. The tour leaves from the marina across from Marineland about 6:00 and returned about 8:30. We were fully instructed and given the necessary equipment. We saw dolphins playing and lots of birds. No manatees that evening however. It was a slow kayak trip with plenty of time to view the beautiful sunset and take pictures, a romantic evening for sure. We would definitely reccomend this tour. Next time we would take a day tour to see more sights. Very relaxing tour.

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