Vegetable-Oil Powered Boat Eco-Tours Make Waves in St. Augustine

By: Lauren Tjaden


Ripple Effect Ecotours has taken going green to a whole new level.

Their USCG captains and Florida Master Naturalist Instructors have long been renowned for helping visitors discover the beautiful, natural coastal habitat in Northeast Florida, offering kayak and boat tours from the Town of Marineland in St. Augustine.

But now they’re offering an even greener way to explore the pristine, biologically rich area. Their new vessel, the "Ripple Effect 1," is powered by an engine that runs on recycled vegetable oil collected from restaurants.  That’s a sustainable, renewable, and recycled fuel source that boasts a 50 percent reduction in carbon emissions. 

The boat also boasts a propeller that’s not exposed and water-jet propulsion to protect the marine mammals that thrive in the area.

This adventure includes free passes to the Marineland Dolphin Adventure.

 A word of warning: The boat’s exhaust smells like French fries, so don't come hungry! 

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