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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.
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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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    Lake Pontchartrain
    Stop: 2 hours -
    After pickup from one of 16 pickup locations in New Orleans, it's a short drive across Lake Pontchartrain to Honey Island Swamp, a wildlife preserve that is one of the last protected wetlands in Louisiana. 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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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 travelers can participate
  • 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 tour/activity will have a maximum of 33 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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Masha wrote a review Mar 2020
Chicago, Illinois26 contributions4 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
Geoff T wrote a review Mar 2020
Cape Town Central, South Africa2 contributions
Our guide was very good. We were given an excellent experience in the swamp and he had a good sense of humour. We saw several swamp creatures including alligators, feral pigs, snakes etc. The two hours passed too quickly!
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Date of experience: March 2020
Kent W wrote a review Mar 2020
Hillsborough, North Carolina98 contributions31 helpful votes
I expected us covered with bugs. Went to this environment with not much to expect and got so much in return. Our guide(I wish I had his job) was very knowledgeable about the animals and the flora. Saw alligators. Though the time of year dictated no large alligators we saw
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lmc3734 wrote a review Mar 2020
Durham, North Carolina20 contributions1 helpful vote
Alfred was an excellent driver and gave us alot of historical information regarding NOLA on our drive in. We did a private boat tour (only 5 of use) with Luca and he was awesome! Told us awesome stories and showed us some amazing animals. Highly recommend!
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Date of experience: March 2020
Brenda M wrote a review Mar 2020
Erie, Pennsylvania6 contributions1 helpful vote
Had an excellent experience. Sonny was a wonderful guide. Very knowledgeable and personable. For early in the season we still got to see snakes, boars, and alligators. Highly recommend.
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  • Duration: 2h
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  • Languages Offered: English
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