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Address: 101 Tolstoy Ln, Saint Augustine, FL 32080-8633
Phone Number: +1 904-347-1565
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Ripple Effect Ecotours, St. Augustine's most ethical and sustainable...

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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Awesome eco tour

We were a family of 8 from teenagers to a senior citizen. We had lots of fun. Everyone enjoyed the kayaking and our tour guide Lief. Got to see a good amount of wildlife... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
rbkling
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Medford, Massachusetts
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Medford, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were a family of 8 from teenagers to a senior citizen. We had lots of fun. Everyone enjoyed the kayaking and our tour guide Lief. Got to see a good amount of wildlife throughout the kayaking tour. We would highly recommend it.

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Thank rbkling
Ripple_Effect_Kayak, Manager at Ripple Effect Ecotours, responded to this review

We appreciate your review and enjoyed the adventure with your family. As you know we have the best equipment in the business to include your choice of comfort. And, the area we paddle is amazingly wild with beautiful conservation areas. We give thanks to the designation through the federal, state and local efforts to include families like you who enjoy... More 

NJ
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25 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

This was a great tour that I would recommend to anyone who wants to learn about the estuaries around Marineland. We had a great guide who knew a lot about the birds and wildlife. He also could guide us up into estuaries without getting stuck in the muck. It was a little late when we came in, but we were... More 

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Thank bhagannj
Ripple_Effect_Kayak, Manager at Ripple Effect Ecotours, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. Marineland is a beautiful area with easy access to explore the diverse natural habitats along the coast. We are grateful to be back after Hurricane Matthew. Thoughts and prayers to those who are suffering. Have a great fall, Eric More 

florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

Experienced a great sunset tour led by very knowledgeable guide, Quint! He took us through the beautiful estuaries pointing out many birds, fish and plant life! Learned many new things! Well worth your time and money. Price also includes passes to Marineland (directly across the street) which can be used the same day or at a later date.

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Thank fltraveler100
Ripple_Effect_Kayak, Manager at Ripple Effect Ecotours, responded to this review

Excellent review with great representation of the Ripple Effect Team and the Best EcoTour on the southeast coast. An amazing area to relax, learn and paddle with wonderful opportunities to enjoy nature. We appreciate your review, Eric More 

Cleveland, OH
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016 via mobile

My husband, 23-year old son and I thoroughly enjoyed our sunset kayak trip the Tuesday after Labor Day. Quint, our guide, was very knowledgeable about the amazing estuary ecosystem. We were the only clients that night, and we were able to explore areas easily due to the high tide. Quint identified many birds for us, including roseate spoonbill, osprey, and... More 

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Thank RMHJoan
Ripple_Effect_Kayak, Manager at Ripple Effect Ecotours, responded to this review

We appreciate your review and recognition of your experience with our guided kayaking ecotour. We are fortunate to have almost 14 miles of a wildlife corridor, and a healthy estuary accessible directly behind our facilities. Our goal is to create a simple transition from your car to kayak, with the best equipment and most knowledgeable guides who will create a... More 

Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

My husband and I did the 9am tour, waters were calm, sunny and just a beautiful morning. Just us on the tour. Our tour guide Leif was wonderful, lots of history, knowledge about everything and making us feel at easy. It was a great way to start the day. Thank you Leif! We would highly recommend this kayaking tour.

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Thank Butterflies4you
Ripple_Effect_Kayak, Manager at Ripple Effect Ecotours, responded to this review

Thank you for the thoughtful reply. We always like to hear that your kayak ecotour paddle can feel like a vacation. We roll out the red carpet for you as our guest to include the best equipment and most knowledgeable guides. A beautiful place and a great way to start or end the day with a leisurely balanced adventure dipped... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016 via mobile

My mom and I really enjoyed the sunset kayaking. It was a wonderful experience. Our tour guide Leif was so much fun, very knowledgeable and really kind. I would definetly recommend this to everyone!!!

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Thank Deshire K
Ripple_Effect_Kayak, Manager at Ripple Effect Ecotours, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing in the kindness and exploring this beautiful conservation area along the coastal areas of southern Saint Augustine. A one of a kind ecotour with the best equipment, and most knowledgeable guides with continuously updated information. Have a great fall, Eric More 

Daytona Beach, Florida
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016

Our guide Quint, was great! Very knowledgeable about the eco system and had a great sense of humor. The tour was absolutely beautiful! Plan to make a day of it, tickets include passes for Marineland (located directly across the street), enjoy the unspoiled beach and end the day with your sunset tour. I can't say it enough - this is... More 

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Thank Barbara T
Ripple_Effect_Kayak, Manager at Ripple Effect Ecotours, responded to this review

We appreciate all of those kind words and recognition for the most amazing conservation area to create an outdoor adventure for all ages. This National Estuarine Research Reserve is 1 of 28 in the USA. Unspoiled is a great way to paint the image of nature evolving as it has since it first became an estuary on this beautiful Earth.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016 via mobile

Great sunset tour at low tide. We saw all kinds of wildlife and our guide, Lief, was very knowledgable. Highly recommend this tour.

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Thank Jennifer L
Ripple_Effect_Kayak, Manager at Ripple Effect Ecotours, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We operate almost everyday primarily morning and sunset with weather permitting, and in the cooler months midday trips can be great too. There are some exceptions during holidays and sick days, but we stay pretty healthy and have one love, all for the estuary. A National Estuarine Research Reserve that has ever changing bio-dynamic potency... More 

Hartsville, South Carolina
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016

Leif, our tour guide was fantastic. He was very knowledgeable, and his past work experience made him an expert for leading the tour. We saw all the wildlife, and up close.

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Thank gmarshall8
Ripple_Effect_Kayak, Manager at Ripple Effect Ecotours, responded to this review

Professional Certified Naturalists' Guides with great experience, travel and knowledge of this amazing estuarine ecosystem is what you should expect from a guided ecotour and what you will get with Ripple Effect EcoTours. You will also have the best equipment and an amazing natural landscape with wonderful wild life viewings. We do not promise what you will see and always... More 

San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2016

Brandon did a great job taking us to the Matanzas Inlet on the eco-boat (powered in part by vegetable oil). We immediately spotted a group of manatees including a calf! He point out egrets, terns, royal terns and pelicans. He really knows a lot about these birds! We went by Fort Matanzas and got the complete history of the French... More 

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Thank KTraveler925
Ripple_Effect_Kayak, Manager at Ripple Effect Ecotours, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. The boat ecotour is a great option to explore the Matanzas Inlet that feeds the saltwater from the ocean into this amazing National Estuarine Research Reserve. Wildlife has a 14 mile wildlife corridor and we maintain the regulated distances to ensure their safety as well as everyone on the boat. The boat is unique with... More 

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