I had the pleasure of joining this crew on several occasions and have been left amazed and delighted by the wealth of knowledge, first hand experiences and deep passion these people share with you on this one of a kind excursion. All guides for St. Augustine Eco Tours begin with experience and education that makes them certified kayak instructors or US Coast Guard Licensed Boat Captains. Secondly, all current guides are Interpretive Naturalists. They are as good with people as with animals and will customize the trip to the interests of the group.
You have 3 choices to this unparalleled voyage; kayaks for a close up and personal nature experience, the rescue boat for not only seeing the dolphins at their best but actually hearing them by way of the hydrophones and the catamaran for a more exhilarating sailing experience. No matter which experience you choose I assure you, you won’t be disappointed.
I’ve been on all three vessels and always experience something new and exciting each time. I have to say though I love them all, my favorite way to see the coast is by kayak. There’s just something about weaving through the salt marshes close enough to almost touch the nature that surrounds you that’s absolutely magical. I literally feel as though I’ve stepped away from my life and into a world of balance, serenity and peace.
Something I didn’t know until I took this tour is that, “St. Augustine and the coastal South East is a special spot unlike anywhere else in the world. Think of it as an incubator where 70% of all the life on the east coast originates. We have over 300 species of birds from bald eagles to white pelicans to a pink bird called the roseate spoonbill only found in South America, Florida and just moving their way up to South Carolina. Unusual jelly fish, sea turtles that come to lay eggs, hundreds of dolphins and the rare manatee. Further off shore, whales in winter. Females come from Nova Scotia to have their calves here as the shallow warm waters of St. Augustine’s estuary protect them from Orca’s.” (as quoted by Zach McKenna, co-owner and creator of St. Augustine’s Eco Tours, our towns best boat and kayak excursion offered.)
You can find more info on kayaking, boating or sailing excursions as well as a host of info on the wildlife here at www.staugustineecotours.com