Raising the bar for ethical and sustainable ecotourism, Ripple Effect Ecotours offers a spectacular outdoor experience in our new jet boat, the Ripple Effect One.
- Private Tour
Explore Natural St. Augustine By Kayak
Experience the best eco-educational kayaking tours in Northeast Florida, made possible by our partnership with Marineland Dolphin Adventure and the University of Florida’s Whitney Lab for Marine Bioscience. This partnership gives us unique access to the southern boundary of the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve, which is comprised of over 76,000 acres of protected coastal lands, the perfect location for kayaking tours. Don’t miss this opportunity to visit the Atlantic bottlenose dolphins’ natural habitat in the Matanzas River Estuary, then get up close with these amazing mammals at Marineland Dolphin Adventure! You will fall in love with this biologically rich area, just a short drive away from the hustle and bustle of St. Augustine.
Join our master naturalist guides for a morning or afternoon kayak trip and get an intimate glimpse at a pristine estuary. Paddle in and out of mangrove tidal creeks as birds fly overhead and fish jump in front of your kayak. Observe native flora and fauna in their local habitats and learn why biodiversity is important for the health of our waterways and coastlines.
All levels of kayaking experience will find enjoyment in this ecotour and beginners are invited for their first kayaking adventure. This tour starts out on land where our expert guides will explain and demonstrate proper paddling and safety practices. This tour is suitable for ages 6 and up.
Please keep in mind that tour start times change based on the season.
See you on the water!
Your ticket covers all equipment you’ll need for kayaking! We’ll supply your kayak, paddle, lifejacket, and a dry bag if needed. All of our equipment is thoroughly cleaned and sanitized before and after each use.
Not sure what to bring? We recommend…
– A big hat
– Bug spray (*not usually needed*)
– Water shoes
– Weather appropriate clothing
– A good attitude and a big smile!
Our expedition kayaks can hold a combined weight of up to 475 pounds. Please reach out if you have any concerns.