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Crystal Coast Ecotours - Private Tours

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Address: 112 Hodges St, Morehead City, NC 28557-2529
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We took a half day tour of the marine area around Shackleford Banks and Cape Lookout with Captain Jess. He was the best. We learned so much about the animals. His knowledge of... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We took a half day tour of the marine area around Shackleford Banks and Cape Lookout with Captain Jess. He was the best. We learned so much about the animals. His knowledge of the area just made the trip so great. We got to choose what we wanted to do. It was not a prep landed event which also made... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2016 via mobile

We went fishing with Jess on the half day trip and had a lot of fun. We caught some speckle bellie sea trout and some sea bass. The trip was also very informative on the wildlife and surrounding sights. We highly recommend going.

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jess h, Owner at Crystal Coast Ecotours - Private Tours, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and for wanting to spend your day with Crystal Coast Ecotours. I had a nice time with you and your wife. Glad we got to see some fish and some pretty sights! Hope to see you again before you return home. More 

Newport, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016

Captain Jess is the best tour guide in the area and I highly recommend Crystal Coast Ecotours! The trip was very personal, relaxing, fun and informative. Jess is extremely knowledgeable and shares excellent information on the history of the area and on the habitats and animals around us. I could listen to him talk all day! He personalized the tour... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

We desired to take our family out of a day on the water, and also have a learning experience at the same time. From our initial contact with Captain Jess he was personal and thoughtful with planning just the day we desired. Our day out landed great sites of the horses, dolphins and whales. Mixed in the day was a... More 

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jess h, Owner at Crystal Coast Ecotours - Private Tours, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your complimentary review. Having satisfied and elated customers while viewing the wonders of the area is a true blessing. I enjoyed my time with your family. What a special view we were treated with when a Humpback whale fed and swam by us for about 30 minutes! I hope we can go out on another... More 

Morehead City, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

We wanted a tour of the area by water and Capt. Jess is the best tour guide we could have had. He had so much knowledge about the area, historical, commercial, ecological. We went out to Cape Lookout, stopping to shell at a pristine beach. We spotted dolphins near Cape Lookout and he got us as close as possible to... More 

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jess h, Owner at Crystal Coast Ecotours - Private Tours, responded to this review

Thank you very much for going out with Crystal Coast Ecotours and for your nice review. You never know what you will experience on an ecotour and your day was a special one with the show the bottlenose dolphins put on for us. The synchronized jumping by the large group was show that I had not seen before! Hope to... More 

West Chester, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

We vist Atlantic Beach, NC each year during the last week of October or early November. Each year we schedule a half to 3/4 day with Captain Jess Hawkins. I have reviewed Crystal Coast Tours many times, always with a 5 star rating. This year was no different but was special. My four year old grand son accompanied me, my... More 

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jess h, Owner at Crystal Coast Ecotours - Private Tours, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your kind words and taking the time to post a review once again. I enjoyed seeing you and your family/friends again! Folks do not realize how beautiful the Crystal Coast is in the fall. Thank you for wanting to go out with Crystal Coast Ecotours multiple times. I hope to see you and the clan... More 

Dayton, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

Caot Jess Hawkins gave us a list of things we could do during our tour time. From our choices, he planned the time of trip and where to go to accomplish our wish list. He started the trip with a safety lesson about the boat followed by a bucket full of critters. Then we were off on our adventure! We... More 

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jess h, Owner at Crystal Coast Ecotours - Private Tours, responded to this review

Thank you for your nice review. I am glad you and your family had a nice time. We did have a wonderful time looking for sand dollars and shells. Plus, the dolphins decided to cooperate and come close to the boat. Glad we got to snorkle too. Thanks for wanting to go out with Crystal Coast Ecotours next year. About... More 

Great Falls, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016

My family and I took the 3-hour tour with Capt. Jess and it was an incredible time. Not only was Capt. Jess knowledgeable about the surrounding area, providing ecological and general historical facts, but he genuinely ensured we had a great time by providing snorkeling and other activities. I would highly recommend Crystal Coast Ecotours, we plan to be back... More 

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jess h, Owner at Crystal Coast Ecotours - Private Tours, responded to this review

Thank you for your nice review. I am glad you had an incredible time. The snorkling was awesome that day for the Crystal Coast. I would love to host you again. Thank you again for going out with Crystal Coast Ecotours. More 

Richmond, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

My family took a 4 hour tour with Capt. Jess and we had an amazing trip! What makes his trips extra special is his extensive knowledge of marine life and areas of Moorehead City, Shackleford Banks, Cape Lookout, and pretty much all of the Crystal Coast. He really individualizes each trip to what you want to do most which was... More 

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jess h, Owner at Crystal Coast Ecotours - Private Tours, responded to this review

Thanks for the nice review and the compliments. Thank you also for sharing some of your pictures with folks. I am happy that you and your family had a delightful experience! I would love to host you again! More 

Ames, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

We had one of our best vacation experiences ever. We all like to do different things on the water. All I like to do is fish. We were able to to do different things together. Captain Jess is a wonderful, knowledgeable, guide. He seemed to be having as much fun as we were. We will do this again if we... More 

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jess h, Owner at Crystal Coast Ecotours - Private Tours, responded to this review

Thanks for the wonderful recommendation and thank you for going out with Crystal Coast Ecotours. I am happy that you and your family had a special vacation experience with Crystal Coast Ecotours! I would love to take you and your family out again if you come back to the Crystal Coast. More 

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