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Honey Island Swamp Tour

  • Boat tour of Honey Island Swamp in Slidell
  • Take a narrated cruise through a protected nature reserve in Louisiana's heartland
  • Spot native wildlife like otters, turtles, herons and even alligators
Honey Island Swamp Tour
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Cruise through the wild wetlands of Honey Island Swamp on a 2-hour boat tour. Located on the marshy shores of Lake Ponchartrain just north of New Orleans, this protected nature reserve is home to an array of southern wildlife, from egrets and herons soaring above to otters and alligators lurking below the water’s surface. Hear tales of swamp pirates, fishermen’s lore and mysterious creatures from your captain as you glide past hanging moss and swooning cypress trees.
What to Expect
Enjoy this Louisiana Swamp experience — a unique outdoor adventure that is safe, organized, fun, and educational.
Upon arrival at the starting location on the West Pearl River, in Slidell, Louisiana, venture in to the gift shop overlooking the Tupelo and Cypress swamp and check in for the tour. Be sure to take a look out of the back window to see if any backyard guests are lurking in the murky waters below. Don’t forget to use the restrooms before embarking on this 2-hour tour throughout nearly 70,000 acres of the Honey Island Swamp, a permanently protected wildlife preserve.
While walking down the dock, embrace the excitement of seeing the moss hanging from the gnarled cypress trees and the sweet smell of wild azaleas in the air. There's an undeniable eagerness to explore. Listen intently to the captain’s tales of pirates, Bigfoot, and prehistoric creatures roaming the region while entering the primitive beauty of the Honey Island Swamp.
Keep an eye out for alligators, herons, egrets, deer, feral hogs, nutria, raccoons, otters, turtles, and frogs — an abundance of wildlife along the banks and the in the murky waters. Or look up and out for bald eagles, owls, osprey, and other waterfowl soaring through the skies. They could be visible one second and gone the next.
Those touring Honey Island can easily see why Louisiana is known as the Fisherman’s Paradise. Passing through the Cajun village, where local fisherman reside, see them catching bluegill, redear sunfish, largemouth bass, and warmth. Thousands of pounds of crawfish are caught in these waters every season as well.
All the tour boats are inspected and approved by the US Coast Guard. These small, custom-built, flat-bottom boats transport approximately 20-24 individuals each. They are operated by experienced local guides who interact with the guests and make the trip both enjoyable and exciting.
With the journey back up the river, the captain leads the way to the original departure location to close out the tour.
NOTE: This option does NOT include transportation to and from New Orleans.  Please select "Honey Island Swamp Tour with Pick-up from New Orleans," should you need hotel pick up.
Reviews (98)
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Reviewed 1 week ago
Captain Tony was Fantastic!

We didn't get to see any alligators on our trip, but do not let this discourage you! Captain Tony will take you on a knowledge-based adventure - talking about and describing local flora and fauna. The highlight of the trip were the invasive wild pigs...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank CJMiskowiec
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Great time!

Great guide, lots of wildlife, surprisingly beautiful swamp! Feeding alligators marshmallows is really funny and neat to watch!

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank PaigeFrances
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Awesome Adventure!

Our group of 4 took the tour this week. Steve was our captain and guide and we had so much fun! We saw alligators, wild boars, raccoons, snakes, turtles and all kinds of birds. It was fun and informative. I highly recommend it if you...More

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank BonnieW932
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile
Dr. Wagner’s was an awesome time!

Captain Hunter was friendly and knowledgeable! We had a great tour. It was colder so no alligator and turtle sightings but we saw 2 bald eagles, 2 raccoons and a feral hog- very exciting! Our boys, 14 and 10, were impressed. And the Capt.’s food...More

Thank michellel481
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Don't stay away because it's winter

At first I was disappointed that I wasn't going to be surrounded by the lush greenery that you get in May but the bayou has its own beauty this time of the year and it was a really great experience. Captain Mel was our guide...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Belisa5
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Response from Carleen L | Reviewed this property |
I bought a single ticket and went on the tour, with a group of about 20 people.
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Response from 699lorij | Reviewed this property |
Yes....its a great tour...have fun
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Response from beckslib | Reviewed this property |
I did feel safe. A little faster-feeling than expected but still good! Not an airboat.
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