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Crystal Coast Ecotours - Private Tours
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Reviewed August 1, 2014

We just finished our third trip with Captain Jess, and the experience was outstanding once again. Cape Lookout is a wonderful playground for so many different fun things to do - from snorkeling and fishing to shelling and wildlife watching. And Captain Jess is the perfect host -- really attentive to our varying interests, really knowledgeable about the ecosystem (as well as the policy making of protecting it), and really kind, caring, and funny. Our outings with him are always the highlight of our vacation!

Thank Patrick S
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Reviewed August 1, 2014

What can I say...absolutely the highlight of our weeks vacation! Captain Jess is a patient, outgoing, extremely knowledgable man who remained flexible for the entire trip with what we wanted to do and knew just how to guide us in the right direction to make our trip unforgettable! We took a full day trip and did fishing, shelling, hunting for sand dollars, saw the horses, and he even taught the kids how to catch our own bait. He was so informative and we learned a lot about the Crystal Coast nature! We would do this again in a heartbeat!

Thank Stacy P P
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Reviewed July 28, 2014

Wonderful day! This was our second trip with Capt Jess. Went two years ago, kids loved it so much, they asked to go again and are already asking to go next time we are in the area. You see something new each time. This time saw dolphins, a sea turtle swimming right up to the boat, caught different fish (lizard and pig fish?!!), went netting in the shallow grassy areas (caught a pipe fish, etc), got awesome shells, and had the wild horses walk right by us on the beach. Capt Jess isn't just fun though- he is very knowledgable, including marine biology and the area's history. Kids (ages 13 and 10) learned despite a fun vacation. Highly recommend this trip. Have been on Eco tours in other parts of the country and abroad, this trip is worth every cent and more. Nice bathroom facilities at the dock so you can prepare and then clean up after (before dinner just up the road at the Ruddy Duck)

Thank luv-vaca-1
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Reviewed July 27, 2014

This trip was one of the highlights of our vacation. Our family has been visiting Emerald Isle for years, and this is the first time we've tried an adventure like this and we will most definitely do it again! Captain Jess was very personable and knowledgeable about all things related to the tour- the history of the area, the marine life, the islands, and the horses on Shackleford. He went out of his way to make sure we enjoyed the trip, and enjoy it we did- even racing back to the dock to avoid a storm! We saw horses on Shackleford Island, found some beautiful shells, and made an attempt at finding dolphins. Absolutely fantastic!

Thank Erin W
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Reviewed July 21, 2014

This was truly an awesome day for our family! Captain Jess is both passionate and enthusiastic about sharing his love and knowledge of the sea with others. We saw dolphins, Cape Lookout, went hunting for sand dollars and other shells and was able to explore the seldom seen sights of Emerald Isle area; the cemetery on Shackleford, Pelican Island, and the gorgeous rock formations. It was incredible! In addition to the tremendous services of Captain Jess, when we got home he had sent photos of our trip he took of our family!
We are already looking forward to next year and will make it a full day trip!

Thank Scott S
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