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New Orleans Swamp and Bayou Boat Tour with Transportation provided by Cajun Encounters Tour

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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Updated 20-10-21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 20-10-21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Overview
With alligators, hidden villages, and snakes, Louisiana’s swamps can be scary to explore on your own. On this tour, your guide will keep you safe—and fill you in on Cajun history—while you explore the swampy territories. Visit areas of Honey Island Swamp you can only reach by boat, and learn about the area’s wildlife from your guide. Plus, round-trip transport from New Orleans makes for a no-hassle adventure.
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel New Orleans
    300 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
    Pickup and drop off outside of Doubletree Hotel (300 Canal St.) ONLY*** 9:30AM Tour (Picks up at 8:00AM) 12:15PM Tour (Picks up at 10:15AM) 2:45PM Tour (Picks up at 1:15PM) 5:00PM Tour (Picks up at 3:30PM)
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    Lake Pontchartrain
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    Honey Island Swamp
    Stop: 2 hours
    Your guide welcomes you aboard a custom-made 22-passenger flat-bottom boat. The smaller sized, quiet boat can fit through narrow passages in the swamp foliage so that you see more and get closer to wildlife. It’s the ideal way to take in the lush environment of Cajun country. As your guide explains the history of Louisiana’s wetlands and swamp ecosystem, be on the lookout for resident wildlife including alligators, raccoons, owls, wild boar, nutria, snakes, turtles, black bears, bald eagles and many other bird species. Get a close look at some wild gators as your guide shares facts about the toothy beasts, who can weigh up to 1,000 pounds (453 kg). Their ancestors once roamed the earth with the dinosaurs and scientists estimate that they have existed for more than 150 million years. Glide safely through the fertile swamplands, learning about Cajun culture and how local people have utilized the swamp for food, homes, and medicine from your guide. You even see an authentic Cajun village that is only accessible by boat. Gain an understanding of why the wetlands are slowly disappearing and about the efforts being made to preserve Louisiana's natural treasures. After a fascinating 2-hour boat tour on Honey Island Swamp, your guide returns you to shore. You can either take the coach back to your New Orleans hotel or make your own way to your next destination, depending on the option you have chosen when booking.
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  • You'll end at
    DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel New Orleans
    300 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
    Pickup and drop off outside of Doubletree Hotel (300 Canal St.) ONLY*** 9:30AM Tour (Picks up at 8:00AM) 12:15PM Tour (Picks up at 10:15AM) 2:45PM Tour (Picks up at 1:15PM) 5:00PM Tour (Picks up at 3:30PM)
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Highlights
  • Visit one of New Orleans’ last protected wetlands
  • Explore hard-to-reach areas of the swamp
  • See a Cajun village and learn about the area’s history
  • Choose from multiple departure times to suit your schedule 
  • Get to Honey Island Swamp easily with round-trip transport
What to Expect
Your tour starts from New Orleans. Sit back and relax on the drive over to Honey Island Swamp in Slidell. Once you arrive, your adventure begins at one of Louisiana’s last protected wetland areas. Board a flat-bottom boat that your guide can easily maneuver through the foliage and narrow passageways. Explore the wildlife in the area, and keep an eye out for animals, such as alligators, wild boars, and snakes. You'll visit hard-to-reach spots of the swamp. Your guide will tell you about the history of the swamp and its importance to the people who still live there in a small Cajun village.  Afterward, enjoy a relaxing transfer back to New Orleans.
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Important Information
Departure Point
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel New Orleans, 300 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
Duration
2h
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Transportation from downtown New Orleans
  • Professional guide
  • Live commentary on board
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • PLEASE NOTE: tour ONLY picks up from the location listed. Pick ups from any other location cannot be accommodated.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 33 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Harveen D wrote a review Yesterday
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I had been wanting to do this tour and im so thankful I was able to it with this company. They turned out to be everything they say they are! How refreshing! Special shout-out to our capn Stephen Black whose wealth of knowledge was incredible. I had no idea about the extensive
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Date of experience: February 2021
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H20xoxo wrote a review Feb. 21
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Tour was very insightful and eye opening. Got more information than most boat tours. John R was especially good at what he does, and you can tell he has a clear passion for the swamp community. Too cold for animals which was sad, but it was still good nonetheless. 2 hours
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Date of experience: February 2021
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719rhonda wrote a review Jan. 2021
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We had a great time learning about the swamp land and bayou. Our guide Stephan was very informative and a lot of fun! He kept us all engaged and made the tour interesting. We were able to hold an alligator at the end of the tour. I would recommend this tour.
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Date of experience: January 2021
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Response from Kristeebella R, Manager at New Orleans Swamp and Bayou Boat Tour with Transportation
Responded Jan. 21, 2021
Thank you for the positive review! We're so glad you enjoyed your tour with Captain Stephen and that you were able to hold an alligator! We hope you come visit us again in the future!
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Webb wrote a review Dec. 2020
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Everyone at Cajun Encounters was awesome. Christy, who helped us upgrade to the VIP tour was so helpful and nice, Fran, our driver, was very sweet and had tons of information for us. Luka, our guide, was awesome!!! Luka obviously loves his job and sharing the bayou with
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Date of experience: December 2020
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Response from Kristeebella R, Manager at New Orleans Swamp and Bayou Boat Tour with Transportation
Responded Dec. 18, 2020
Thank you for this amazing review! We love to hear how much fun you had with our Cajun Encounters family. We greatly appreciate your praise and hope you get to visit us again one day!
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Laura B wrote a review Dec. 2020
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We signed up for a tour on a Thursday morning which included transport. From the get go they were great. We received a phone call verifying our pickup location. Then likely due to COVID, we were the only ones on the bus. Dywanna and Derrick were great! Being native to the area
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Response from Kristeebella R, Manager at New Orleans Swamp and Bayou Boat Tour with Transportation
Responded Dec. 18, 2020
Thank you so much for this awesome review! We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your time here with the Cajun Encounters family. We hope you come back one day and fit in that city tour with Derek!
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About the operator

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dmvsy
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City tour
Renee was very informative and fun. Educated us on many things about the city of New Orleans. He drove the bus, nav
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makennamoves
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Amazing
Our tour guide was very fun and knowledgeable! We saw a lot of wildlife and the animals of the area are familiar wi
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AlyssaaDianee
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Stephen is the best Tour Guide
We had an amazing time! We had Stephen as our guide and he was terrific! He was so knowledgeable on the area, anima
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N4014PMkatrinah
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Super fun
Despite the cold weather, we had a lot of fun. Our boat captain Stephen was very funny and he was very knowledgeabl
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M4741ULaprilc
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Honeymoon
After a couple rough days on our trip we book this tour Captain Stephen was great he made us feel welcome . We were
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AndrewGlazer
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Ask for Luka!
Highly recommend this tour and asking for Luka as your tour guide. Really couldn’t ask for a better guide—Luka was
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travelingtourist15
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Great Experience
My husband and I came down to New Orleans for Valentine’s Day weekend and we new one of things we had to do was tak
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Lacey_mcginnis
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Such a fun time!
We went on feb 3rd and had the best time! Luka was our guide and he was so informative and entertaining! You can te
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BryanJones1551
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An Amazing Tour
Amazing tour. Well worth the money. Our guide Butch was professional, friendly, and knowledgeable. It would not hav
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Samantha_Kurlick
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Tour w/Captain John
Captain John was an amazing guide!!! The tour was fun and informative not to mention full of wildlife. We got to se
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bayleystern
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Fun Swamp Tour!
I was a little bit nervous about this one since it was half the price of any other swamp tours I saw, but it was gr
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N2096ZOlizd
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Easiest tour ever.
Awesome way to see the city of New Orleans and learn some interesting fun facts. I wish I remembered our drivers na
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LaBordeBL
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City Tour was Excellent
NOLA is kind of slow right now, so we figured we would try a tour. There were only 8 people allowed on the bus, and
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amuse01
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Best Swamp Tour
We had a great time on this tour! Captain Luka was so informative and kept the tour entertaining. We enjoyed gettin
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719rhonda
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Fun and informative
What a great bus tour of the city and the cemetery. Our driver Butch was very knowledgeable about the history of th
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