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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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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.
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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  • 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
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Professional guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • 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 travelers can participate
  • Boats will be deep cleaned/sanitized
  • Plexiglass windows added to promote distancing between passengers
  • Hand sanitizating stations
  • Reduced capacity on boats
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled 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 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Kai L wrote a review 3 Jun
New Orleans, Louisiana1 contribution
My first time on a boat and I was extremely nervous. I get at ease towards the end thanks to captain sonny. The wild life was amazing and the nature around was just as amazing. The captain was very knowledge, hilarious, and was entertaining without be overbearing. The gift shop
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Date of experience: June 2020
Scott Johnson wrote a review May 2020
Cheshire, United Kingdom103 contributions10 helpful votes
What a great trip out, only an hour max from New Orleans, Got onboard for a 1 so trip up the Bayou, see the wildlife, the Alligators, see them eat, Get close to the boat, Big Ones and Little ones, Tortoises, etc Tour Guide was fun, Informative, a laugh but straight away you put
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Date of experience: September 2019
Zinnia queen wrote a review Apr 2020
New Braunfels, Texas863 contributions263 helpful votes
I'm sorry that I've forgotten our boat captain's name. I knew it once when I intended to write the review sooner. He's a native of the area and I suspect one of the most knowledgeable. We saw a blonde raccoon and friends, feral hogs, snakes and a few birds along with a few
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Date of experience: March 2020
eliz375 wrote a review Mar 2020
Las Vegas, Nevada288 contributions74 helpful votes
My mother insisted upon a nighttime swamp tour, and we booked through this company. I think of everything we had planned, she was most looking forward to this. Unfortunately, the pandemic forced us to cancel our plans. When I called, this company was compassionate and gracious,
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Date of experience: March 2020
Brownbmore wrote a review Mar 2020
Baltimore, Maryland1 contribution
Our guide, Judah, was very good. We saw all kinds of wildlife, even a Herron! would definitely recommend
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Date of experience: March 2020
About the operator

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Excellent time
Our group took the swamp tour with Wade as our guide, and we had a blast! Wade was very informative about local flo
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Whitney and Oak Alley Plantation Tour
My husband and I did two different tours through Cajun Encounters on our vacation this past week. Our first was to
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Great wildlife sightings despite it being wintertime
The company is very well organized. They give you a phone number to call with any questions, and there is someone t
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I had an awesome time on this tour. The transportation shuttle to the swamp was comfortable and the driver was very
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Very Fun!
This was a very fun and informative ride through the swamp. Our captain, JD, grew up in the area and told us many s
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Pass on the ghost tour take the city tour.
Spent a great afternoon touring the city with Butch as our driver. A great tour guide, knowledgeable and flexible.
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Key Details
  • Duration: 2h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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  • Languages Offered: English
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