Kayak & Boat EcoTours

Kayaking EcoTours Tours from Marineland

In our continuing effort to provide the best eco-educational kayaking experiences in Northeast Florida,  Ripple Effect EcoTours has partnered with Marineland Dolphin Adventure and the University of Florida’s Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience.  This partnership combines an incredible foundation in research, education, conservation, and natural interpretation with unique access to the southern boundary of the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve (GTM-NERR).

 

This is the perfect central location to explore the Jordon and Mellon Island Sites that are part of Faver-Dykes State Park, The Princess Place Preseve, and the Pellicer Creek Aquatic Preserve.  This biologically rich area has been described as “the cornerstone behind the nomination of the Matanzas River as the 25th National Estuarine Research Reserve of the United States.”  This is where the Matanzas Inlet, one of the only natural inlets on the east coast of Florida, collides with one of the most pristine, undeveloped streams in Florida, The Pellicer Creek.

 

We are excited to offer comprehensive ecological and cultural kayak tours in this beautiful coastal system. Don’t miss this family friendly opportunity to visit the dolphins of Marineland and also the chance to witness their natural habitat in the Matanzas River Estuary. All from the low-impact, unique perspective of a kayak!  Reservations Required.

 

Includes:

  • Free admission to Marineland Dolphin Adventure
  • Professional guide service by certified University of Florida Master Naturalists

 

Program Cost: $55/person for adults, $45 for children ages 6-15 (includes free Behind the Seas Park Pass)

 

Group Rates:  Please call 904-347-1565 for group discount pricing

 

Ages: Appropriate for ages 6 and up with no experience required

Eco-Explorer Boat Tours from Marineland

Raising the standard for ethical and sustainable ecotourism, Ripple Effect EcoTours, now offers an outdoor classroom experience on the boat, the “Ripple Effect 1.” This very capable vessel exceeds all expectations of what type of vessel can be used to traverse the very sensitive and productive coastal habitats here in Northeast Florida. Powered by an engine that actually runs on recycled vegetable oil collected from restaurants, the “Ripple Effect 1” utilizes a sustainable, renewable, and recycled fuel source that creates a 50% reduction in carbon emissions. Sensitive habits frequented by marine mammals require extra care to be taken by tour boat operators and the “Ripple Effect 1” utilizes water-jet propulsion and with no exposed propeller providing the ultimate in safety for both our guests and the very healthy population of marine mammals that thrive here!

 

Join Ripple Effect EcoTours for an incredible experience with  our USCG captains and Florida Master Naturalists on this unique eco-educational exploration.  Trips leave daily from Ripple Effect’s headquarters at the Marineland Marina.  Reservations Required.

 

Includes:

  • Free admission to Marineland Dolphin Adventure
  • Professional guide service by certified University of Florida Master Naturalists

 

Program Cost: $55/person for adults, $45 for children ages 15 and under

 

Group Rates:  Please call 904-347-1565 for group discount pricing

 

Ages: Appropriate for all ages

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