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“Ecotour a HUGE success!”

Crystal Coast Ecotours - Private Tours
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Reviewed 14 August 2014

Capt. Jess Hawkins guided our class on Bear Island this year! We had an AMAZING time! His thorough knowledge of marine life and this area were presented to our class in an engaging and fun way! We enjoyed using the nets & catching shrimp, fish, clams & scallops and also enjoyed searching for shells on the beach! Capt. Jess is the BEST!

Thank MrsFriesner
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Reviewed 4 August 2014

We have been taking our three boys out with Captain Jess for a Crystal Coast Ecotour every summer for at least the last four years. They are all teens now, and every year brings new options for them on this tour. For an up close and personal look at the Crystal Coast, Crystal coast Ecotours can't be beat.

Captain Jess is an extremely knowledgeable marine biologist, who has a passion for sharing his expertise with his guests. You can count on him to be on time, professional, and ready to go! We have been shelling, clamming, fishing, and exploring on our trips. Our boys caught a variety of fish, and we scored enough clams to make dinner! He is great with kids and all of our boys really enjoy spending time on this tour, which is why we keep coming back every summer!

We have seen a great variety of wildlife on our trips (wild horses, osprey, dolhpin, crabs, fish, etc.), and Captain Jess is always patient and ready to answer the countless questions from our crew. Jess is a great supporter of the community, and a good steward of the environment. In addition, Captain Jess is a regular volunteer at the local schools. I consider going out with him a win-win: We have a great time and learn a lot, and we are supporting a 100% locally owned business that gives back to the community.

1  Thank CoastalKate2014
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Reviewed 3 August 2014 via mobile

Captain Jess is becoming an annual tradition during our family beach trips. His flexibility and broad knowledge base make for varied and enjoyable trips every year. He has great material to work with in such a beautiful place and he makes the most of it.

Thank rps360
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Reviewed 1 August 2014

We took a day-long trip with Capt Jess (parents plus kids age 12 and 17). We snorkeled, went shelling, seining, and looked for horses and turtles. Capt Jess is a terrific guide - very knowledgeable and fun. He told us about the history of the area, as well as about the marine life we found. The boat ride was fun, and Jess was terrific with the kids. We have gone out on ecotours before with a different Captain (now retired) and it's important to note that the things you see on this sort of trip are varied from day to day, and very weather dependent. This was our fourth ecotour, and we have seen different things every time we have gone out. I would advise anyone doing this to not have expectations of seeing certain things (eg dolphins) so that you avoid being disappointed. We loved Jess and enjoyed the experience. We will definitely book another trip with him the next time we are in the area.

Thank melissa d
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Reviewed 1 August 2014

We just finished our third trip with Captain Jess, and the experience was outstanding once again. Cape Lookout is a wonderful playground for so many different fun things to do - from snorkeling and fishing to shelling and wildlife watching. And Captain Jess is the perfect host -- really attentive to our varying interests, really knowledgeable about the ecosystem (as well as the policy making of protecting it), and really kind, caring, and funny. Our outings with him are always the highlight of our vacation!

Thank Patrick S
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