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

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New Orleans Swamp and Bayou Boat Tour with Transportation

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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 21/10/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 21/10/20 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 unless specified**: 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) (Pickup outside of 135 Decatur St. ONLY)
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  • Pass by
    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 unless specified**: 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) (Pickup outside of 135 Decatur St. ONLY)
    See address & details
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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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Webb wrote a review Dec 2020
4 contributions1 helpful vote
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 4 weeks ago
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
8 contributions1 helpful vote
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 4 weeks ago
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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VitDSeekers wrote a review Nov 2020
Severna Park, Maryland79 contributions38 helpful votes
Our family did a two hour swamp tour yesterday with Captain John. We saw gators, eagles and wild hogs. The hogs were the best. He is fun and informative. Great way to experience the bayou.
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Response from Kristeebella R, Manager at New Orleans Swamp and Bayou Boat Tour with Transportation
Responded 29 Nov 2020
Thank you for the kind review! We're glad to hear that you enjoyed your time with Captain John and some of our swamp friends! We hope you come and visit us again one day!
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jenniferguest wrote a review Nov 2020
Kingsport, Tennessee8 contributions1 helpful vote
Our tour guide, Luca, was absolutely hilarious and so knowledgeable about the swamp life. As a family of four, we all thoroughly enjoyed our experience and highly recommend this tour.
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Date of experience: November 2020
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Response from Kristeebella R, Manager at New Orleans Swamp and Bayou Boat Tour with Transportation
Responded 27 Nov 2020
Thank you for the review! We're so glad that your family enjoyed your tour with Captain Luka! We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and we hope to see you again!
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Emily Williams wrote a review Nov 2020
2 contributions
Not covid friendly. Besides the temp check and the driver suggesting masks nothing else was done. If this was not sound covid I would give 5 stars. The lady we booked with told us this was 50% capacity but it was FULL. The guide/driver had impressive knowledge of the area
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Date of experience: November 2020
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Response from Kristeebella R, Manager at New Orleans Swamp and Bayou Boat Tour with Transportation
Responded 25 Nov 2020
Thank you for taking time to provide feedback on your swamp tour. It seems that the person you booked with provided incorrect information. We are currently running at 75% capacity. We have 24 passenger boats and the boat that you toured on had 16 guests. We apologize for any miscommunication that has occurred and will be addressing this matter with the agent you booked with as well as the captain. Please let us know if you have any questions and we hope you enjoyed your tour with us!
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D1amondqueen
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Princess and the gator
100% worth the drive from the French quarter. This tour company will pick you up and take you back. Although not to
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Sydneegonzalez
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Great experience
We had a great tour with Justin! Due to the city going back to phase one, tours were scaled down and it was just tw
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mafoxx20
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Excellent Tour!
My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed this tour through the Honey Island Swamp. Despite the cold weather, we saw various
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AutumnLP
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Fun and interesting city tour
We got on a bus. Friendly and fun tour guide. She drove us on a 2 hour tour of the city. We stopped for beignets an
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Inspiration675909
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Highly recommend this tour!
I went on the Honey Island Swamp Tour with my son, who is 17, and two of his friends. Our Captain was John R. We l
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Tour595931
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Great experience!!
Our family took this tour and we all loved it!! Stephen was our tour guide and he was so knowledgeable and enterta
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O3969LOsophiem
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Not much wildlife
Not as much wildlife as I expected, but the boat ride was still very fun! Our guide ran extremely overtime so I was
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mantravel14
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Swamp, Bayous, Wild animals
We booked only the Encounters boat tour without the transportation. The boats can accommodate 18 to 20 people comfo
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O3969LOsophiem
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Very hungry.
Great tours, pretty plantations. However the trip takes all day (which I don’t mind). They wouldn’t give us extra t
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martind523
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Fun filled trip.
December 18, 2020 date of tour. We have taken the swamp tour by Cajun Encounters about 4 or five times through the
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busteezmama
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Glad we did both - very different experiences
We were able to choose the pick up location closest to where we were staying which was nice. The van was on time,
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scottandvictoriad
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Family trip
Our guide, Stefan, was a wealthy knowledge on the natural and local history. It was a great natural and cultural ex
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Mle1029
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Highlight of my vacation.
Butch was the best! So much knowledge. I learned so much about New Orleans history. Safe driving, helpful.
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746sydneeh
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Awesome
We had a blast here, the guide was funny and knowledgeable. We enjoyed seeing an alligator, hot, raccoon and birds.
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phelpsusa
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Awesome guide, felt like a friend who loves New Orleans showing us around the French Quarter for 2 hours
Awesome guide, felt like a friend who loves New Orleans showing us around the French Quarter for 2 hours.
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