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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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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.
You'll start at
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel New Orleans
300 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USAPickup 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, USAPickup 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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  • 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
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Transportation from downtown New Orleans
  • Professional guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • 5pm tour departs from 135 Decatur St, all others depart from DoubleTree hotel at 300 Canal St
  • 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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lipstiklibrarian wrote a review 20 Sep
Kennewick, Washington3 contributions
This was one of our favorite activities on our trip to NOLA. The bus driver was very accommodating when I got lost and was a couple of moments late to the bus (whew!), and didn't shame me when I arrived (though my companions did!). The tour guide, Barry, was so fun and funny and
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Date of experience: October 2019
Nia294 wrote a review 12 Sep
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania57 contributions8 helpful votes
This tour was great! From the moment we were picked up by our shuttle driver Alfred, to the end of the tour. Alfred told us info about the area as we passed certain places on the shuttle on our way to the swamp. He was very knowledge and friendly. The tour itself was great.
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Date of experience: September 2020
Response from Kristeebella R, Manager at New Orleans Swamp and Bayou Boat Tour (With Transportation)
Responded 5 days ago
Thank you for the awesome review! We're so glad to hear that your party had an enjoyable experience with our company from start to finish. Come see us again some time soon!
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Jailboy24 wrote a review Aug 2020
18 contributions2 helpful votes
The tour was outstanding. This was our 1st time in the swamp. Our guide Desi was awesome. Very knowledgeable. This tour is a must when in New Orleans
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Response from Kristeebella R, Manager at New Orleans Swamp and Bayou Boat Tour (With Transportation)
Responded 10 Aug 2020
We are so glad to hear that you had an outstanding tour with Captain Desi! Come see us again soon!
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Jonny-Bramhall wrote a review Apr 2020
Bramhall16 contributions14 helpful votes
Difficult time to get around the City due to Mardi Gras restrictions but picked up at the hotel and taken to another meeting point and transferred on to a larger bus. Travelled for about 40 minutes with informative and humorous commentary from our driver Dewayne - great guy.
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Date of experience: February 2020
Masha wrote a review Mar 2020
Chicago, Illinois26 contributions6 helpful votes
I was fully expecting this to be a leisurely boat tour with maybe a few guest appearances by cute swamp animals. And don’t get me wrong, you will very likely get some great photos of raccoons and wild boar frolicking in prehistoric swamp fantasia landscapes. But the tour
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Date of experience: March 2020
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About the operator

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By: Cajun Encounters Tour
Best water (swamp tour ever)
I've done water tours all over the country. Hand's down, this is the best! Captain John was extremely knowledgea
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Exceeded expectations
I took the swamp tour with Sonny and Butch and I highly recommend Cajun Encounters! Not only were they very knowled
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Amazing Swamp tour!!!
Great tour, amazing experience! Totally worthy. Going to the swamp from Nola is already a good time. Emmet was sup
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highlight of our vacation
we had a great time with our guide, Sonny, on a VIP tour. we had plenty of time with alligators, pigs, and raccoons
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Amazing birthday adventure
My son celebrated his 14th birthday on board a swamp tour boat surrounded with friends and family. We had an amazin
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Outstanding experience
We visited in March on a drizzly day, that added to the swamp vibe. Our guide was super nice, funny and knowledgeab
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A Must-Do!
My family went on a tour with Captain John Royen, and we had a blast! The tour was so much fun, and we saw plenty o
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Great gator experience!
Went to Cajun Encounters in Slidell at Honey Island with Captain Sunny and had the most amazing experience! Saw sev
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Awesome must see tour
Just being able to see the allegators up close, was awesome. Just as many other reviews say it was a great experien
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Brent is amazing! Great tour!
I did the walking tour with Brent and it was spectacular! Incredibly thoughtful guide who knows how to captivate an
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Colorful. Engaging. Entertaining. Educational
During this time of partial quarantine for the CovId-19 pandemic, it is difficult to find activities that are open
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Great way to spend an afternoon in NOLA
Worth the money We saw alligators, wild raccoons, many species to turtles and birds Guide was knowledgeable and fun
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Swamp Tour! Captain Eddie!!
Amazing tour!! Exceeded my expectations!! We didn’t see 1 or 2 gators as expected it... we saw 20+ ! Captain Eddie
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A must see experience
Our tour guide Chris was awesome. Very informative and funny also. There were some tough weather conditions but he
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Fun and worth going!
We booked online and arrived got on boat and had a great guide through the bayou. We saw many alligators and wild p
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