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New Orleans Swamp and Bayou Boat Tour (Self Transport) provided by Cajun Encounters Tour

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New Orleans Swamp and Bayou Boat Tour (Self Transport)

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Updated 02/07/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
A note from New Orleans Swamp and Bayou Boat Tour (Self Transport)
Plexiglass windows added to promote distancing between passengers. Boats will have limited capacity.
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Updated 02/07/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Overview
Swamps can hold hidden dangers such as alligators, wild boars, and even snakes. This guided tour guarantees you safe travel through one of Louisiana’s last preserved wetlands, and takes you to a Cajun village accessible only by boat. Plus, learn about the history and culture of Honey Island Swamp from your guide as you cruise through the bayou.
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You'll start at
55345 US-90
55345 US-90, Slidell, LA 70461, USA
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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 then make your own way to your next destination.
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You'll end at
55345 US-90
55345 US-90, Slidell, LA 70461, USA
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Highlights
  • Go to one of Louisiana’s last preserved wetlands during this swamp tour
  • Your guide knows the best and safest ways around the secluded swamp
  • Learn about the area and its Cajun history and culture from your guide
  • Catch sight of a Cajun village that’s accessible only by boat 
  • Multiple tour times available for your convenience
What to Expect
Meet for this swamp tour at Honey Island Swamp in Slidell, just outside New Orleans. This wildlife area is one of the last protected wetlands in the entire state. After you check in, board your open-air boat and get comfortable. Your boat sets off on the swamp as your guide tells you the history of the area as well as fun folklore associated with the swamp. As you go, keep an eye out for wildlife, including alligators, snakes, wild boars, and birds. Make sure to have your camera ready so you can snap pictures, too. Your guide also takes you to a Cajun village in the swamp that’s used the area for medicine, food, and other everyday needs for years. Your New Orleans swamp and bayou tour ends back at the docking point in Slidell. Transportation to and from New Orlean is not included.
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Important Information
Departure Point
55345 US-90, Slidell, LA 70461, USA
Duration
2h
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Professional guide
  • Live commentary on board
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Transportation is NOT included
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • 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 experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 22 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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Rachael H wrote a review 13 Aug.
Slidell, Louisiana8 contributions
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My son celebrated his 14th birthday on board a swamp tour boat surrounded with friends and family. We had an amazing time!! Our tour guide Luka was amazing! He was very well educated on all the wildlife and answered all our questions. He made sure our experience was special.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Response from Kristeebella R, Manager at New Orleans Swamp and Bayou Boat Tour (Self Transport)
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We are so glad that your son had an amazing birthday at Cajun Encounters!! We hope you and your family will come see us again for many more birthdays to come!
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Joshua wrote a review 5 Aug.
Abita Springs, Louisiana1 contribution
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 of gators, raccoons, and boars. Captain John is extremely knowledgeable about the ecosystem and the local culture, and has a fun sense of humor. This is an absolute
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Response from Kristeebella R, Manager at New Orleans Swamp and Bayou Boat Tour (Self Transport)
Responded 5 days ago
Thank you for your positive review! We are trilled to hear that you had an amazing tour with Captain John. We hope to see you on tour again one day!
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Allison B wrote a review Jul. 2020
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Just being able to see the allegators up close, was awesome. Just as many other reviews say it was a great experience and the staff was very friendly. My tour guide had alot to say about the swamp and had funny stories to tell us. Be sure to read on transportation. Morning tour
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Response from Kristeebella R, Manager at New Orleans Swamp and Bayou Boat Tour (Self Transport)
Responded 2 weeks ago
Thank you for sharing your experience with us! We are thrilled to hear that you had a great time on tour with us. We hope to see you on one of our tours again in the future!
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Faith E wrote a review Jul. 2020
Carlsbad, California42 contributions13 helpful votes
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During this time of partial quarantine for the CovId-19 pandemic, it is difficult to find activities that are open and allow for safety measures for visiting guests of a city. We are from California here visiting a family member and wanted to explore something interesting and
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Sreekumar K wrote a review Jul. 2020
Toronto, Canada2 contributions
Worth the money We saw alligators, wild raccoons, many species to turtles and birds Guide was knowledgeable and funny
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Date of experience: July 2020
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By: Cajun Encounters Tour
770hillaryw
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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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Jailboy24
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New Orleans Swamp Tour
The tour was outstanding. This was our 1st time in the swamp. Our guide Desi was awesome. Very knowledgeable. Th
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F6271SKrobinl
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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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patrickfG1508SB
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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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245djm
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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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Cefolmer
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Really fun tour!
A great way to see New Orleans! You will definitely see alligators and they even come up near your boat so you can
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Jonny-Bramhall
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Great experience from the start
Difficult time to get around the City due to Mardi Gras restrictions but picked up at the hotel and taken to anothe
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mashagrey
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Cute animals and truth bombs
I was fully expecting this to be a leisurely boat tour with maybe a few guest appearances by cute swamp animals. An
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CAJUNRe
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Review of our tour
Rene was an excellent and friendly source of information and humor! He highlighted places along the way pertaining
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geofft831
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Swamp tour
Our guide was very good. We were given an excellent experience in the swamp and he had a good sense of humour. We s
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lookingforagreatmeal
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Great experience and educational
I expected us covered with bugs. Went to this environment with not much to expect and got so much in return. Our g
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lmc3734
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Excellent and Easy
Alfred was an excellent driver and gave us alot of historical information regarding NOLA on our drive in. We did a
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lilholle
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Snakes, Wild Pigs, and Alligators oh my
Had an excellent experience. Sonny was a wonderful guide. Very knowledgeable and personable. For early in the seaso
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marcowillmadeit
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Alligator's Galore
When in Rome, do as the Romans do... right? Well, if you're visiting New Orleans, don't miss out on a swamp experie
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W4251KVtimothyk
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Swamp tour
Everything you would want in a swamp tour. Snakes, raccoons, a wild boar, an alligator and even a couple bald eagle
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  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
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