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Address: 101 Tolstoy Ln, St. Augustine, FL 32080-8633
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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 Sunset Paddle!

My husband and I recently went on this fabulous eco tour with Lief. Lief is a great guide with a wealth of knowledge about the estuaries in this area. It was truly a great... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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Chicago, Illinois

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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My husband and I recently went on this fabulous eco tour with Lief. Lief is a great guide with a wealth of knowledge about the estuaries in this area. It was truly a great experience of what Florida's nature has to offer. As we were paddling back at the end of our tour a pod of dolphins surfaced a few... More 

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Palm Coast, Florida
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I recently took a kayak ecotour with 7 twenty-four year olds - and was worried that my old knee would be miserable in a tiny kayak. But I was so happy to discover that Ripple Effect's kayaks are roomy and even have adjustable foot rests, so my knee never got stiff! The kayaks have rudders with foot pedal controls, so... More 

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

Great to hear you had a great time in the best equipment to paddle and professional naturalist guides ready to help you explore the area. We are grateful for your review and enjoyment. The adventure is always dynamic and new with nature changing her beauty every day. Have a great summer, Eric More 

Lansing, Michigan
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our whole group enjoyed this unique trip! Lief was attentive to safety, eager to share his extensive knowledge about this area, and a 'hands on' teacher. Kayaking gives you the opportunity to see Florida's wildlife in its natural habitat. Highly recommend 'Ripple Effect Tours'!

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

We love groups, families, friends and all interested in outdoor adventure within a conservation area for wildlife and habitats. We appreciate your review and praise. Ripple Effect Guides are Professional Naturalists whom love the coastal ecology and opportunity to share it with you. Have a great summer, Eric More 

Jacksonville, Florida
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Reviewed 9 March 2017

Took a Sunday evening tour in February with guide Brandon. He was interesting, knowledgeable and obviously loves his job and this little section of Northeast Florida. I highly recommend Ripple Effect Ecotours.

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

Our passion for the area is tried and true, we believe we owe it to all of you. With years beyond our years to include the 1990's forward we have made this area home to paddle, learn and share. Our ecotours by kayak and boat allow you to safely explore a Research Reserve that flows with natural wonder. Many Blessings,... More 

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Reviewed 4 March 2017

Our guide was Leif and he was excellent. Answered all our questions, very knowledgable ! Also helped with getting ourselves and the other kayakers out of tight spots (read: low tide at mud flats ! ) Altogether a very interesting experience and recommend it ! You need to be in decent physical condition due to lots of paddling. We did... More 

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

Thank you for the review and recommendation. As you stated kayaking does require paddling and we have an alternative with our boat ecotour. Anyone interested has ability to choose either option to explore this amazing coastal ecosystem. We are available to discuss over the phone or email. Our guides have all safety equipment to help anyone who may need assistance... More 

st augustine, United States
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3 reviews
Reviewed 23 February 2017

My husband and I took our 12 year old grand daughter and Dan was fabulous Very knowledgeable and we felt very safe....he was great and equipment was first rate. Would go again

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

Thank you for the review and we appreciate your feedback. Our scholarly approach ensures you get the most up to date knowledge and understanding of this amazing estuary and the Research Reserve. Our ecotours have the best equipment for your enjoyment and safety. Sharing the love, Eric More 

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Reviewed 16 February 2017 via mobile

This was my first time kayaking and Dan was the best tour guide! He made me feel comfortable and safe. His knowledge of the plants, animals, and everything wildlife related was impressive. I could have listened to him all day. Beautiful views and we were lucky enough to see a dolphin mother and her baby! I would highly recommend this... More 

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

Thank you for the recommendation and review. As you experienced our ecotours are unique to include the best equipment. The area we paddle is south of the city of Saint Augustine along the beach approximately 18 miles. We welcome anyone interested in kayaking and learning about this wonderful natural Research Reserve. We look forward to your return. Have a great... More 

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Reviewed 7 February 2017

My brother and sister-in-law were visiting, and they are kayakers. Looked for a place to go kayaking and saw all the good reviews for Ripple Effect. Went out yesterday with Daniel - couldn't have been more personable, knowledgable, or professional. He knows his stuff! Told us all about birds, dolphins, plants, watersheds, etc. It was a great two hours spent... More 

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

Thank you and we are grateful for the review. We are also grateful for the watersheds and in the system of the Matanzas Basin we have three fresh watersheds that drain into the Matanzas River connecting to the Matanzas Inlet and Atlantic Ocean. We provide an overview of the ecosystem and you can enjoy as much knowledge as we can... More 

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Reviewed 21 January 2017

My father-in-law and I took part in a sunset trip and it was outstanding. As a novice, our guide made me feel incredibly comfortable in the kayak and it wasn't long with some expert instruction before I felt like a seasoned veteran out in the water. What a peaceful and informative two-plus hours on the water. I would do it... More 

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

Great to hear that you had a wonderful time and we are always ready to help any level of experience from novice to expert. As Guides we provide an opportunity for everyone to find enjoyment, adventure and best of all the understanding of this amazing estuarine ecology. The beauty, tranquility and life is in balance that we can all continue... More 

Pittsboro, North Carolina
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Reviewed 21 January 2017

We had an excellent tour. Leif brought us out to the mangrove tidal area and back with ease. He was very knowledgeable about all the ecosystems with a keen awareness of our interests and abilities.

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

Backwater kayaking adventure with opportunity to become completely lost. Professional Ripple Effect Guides provide you the freedom to safely explore with the best equipment available. We also stay educated with the ever changing natural systems in order to provide you the best understanding and knowledge available. We appreciate your review, Eric More 

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