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Manchac Swamp Mystic Wildlife Kayak Tour provided by Kayak Swamp Tours

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Manchac Swamp Mystic Wildlife Kayak Tour

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Paddle through the bayous of Louisiana on this kayaking tour of the Manchac and Maurepas swamps. Trade the bustle of the Big Easy for the lush serenity of cypress forests located just a short drive away from New Orleans. No kayak experience is needed to enjoy a voyage through these lush, wildlife-rich wetlands. Optional transportation means you can visit without renting a car.
  • Explore Louisiana swamps on a small-group guide kayak tour
  • Maurepas Swamp is located a short drive from New Orleans
  • Available transport for an easy, stress-free way to visit the bayou
  • Spot swamp wildlife while paddling through a cypress forest
What to Expect
Depending on transport option selected, meet at the launch location or get picked up at a central New Orleans meeting point for the drive outside the city. After a safety briefing and basic paddling instructions, climb aboard a tandem kayak and launch into the swamp with a guide and small group of no more than eight (single kayaks are available for odd-number groups). Feel a world away from Bourbon Street as you paddle on the calm waters that wind through the moss-draped cypress forests of the Maurepas and Manchac swamps. During your ride on the water, learn about the wetland ecosystem and keep an eye out for native Louisiana wildlife including owls, turtles, and the famous American alligator.
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Important Information
Departure Point
NOLA Cantina, 437 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Guide
  • All necessary gear and equipment
  • Paddle lesson
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Bring swimsuit or light, layered synthetic clothing, windbreaker/fleece if cooler, change of clothes, towel, hat, sunglasses, sunglasses retainer, waterproof camera, and water
  • Minimum age is 6 years
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • 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 8 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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Brad P wrote a review 23 May
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I came in with 2 kiddos (8 and 10) and wanted it to be private due to the damn virus. Jeff had the boats waiting for us all wiped down when we arrived. He knew everything about every plant and animal and beyond and was happy to share. He even towed my 10 yr old’s boat the last
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Date of experience: May 2020
Meaghann wrote a review Apr 2020
Portland, Oregon1 contribution
We came to New Orleans for my boyfriend's in March, and it was right before everything hit the fan with COVID-19. Our tour guide, Josh, was very friendly and accommodating. We were picked up in town and gave us a lesson about the oil and land history in the area while driving to
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Date of experience: March 2020
Sarah Strong wrote a review Mar 2020
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The tour was great - fun, scenic, informative, and interesting. Our guide, Josh, knows his stuff and clearly cares about the people, plants, and animals on the tour. The kayak swamp tour was a great escape from the hustle and bustle of the city and a beautiful, quiet way to
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Date of experience: February 2020
RKSanchez wrote a review Mar 2020
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This kayak tour was really incredible! The swamp was absolutely beautiful, and we were able to see several birds and alligators. Our guide Kelly was very knowledgeable and taught us a lot about the native plants and animals. I especially loved the focus on the importance of the
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Date of experience: March 2020
Sydney N wrote a review Mar 2020
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We came down to New Orleans for spring break this year and our trip was cut short by the Coronavirus chaos. We spent a day kayaking and a couple days exploring the city and no matter what else we did, this event remained the highlight of our trip. We saw a lot of baby
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Full Day Tour
We had a great time with our guide Kelly, he was great. Had a good lunch in a local Mom and Pop restaurant, and th
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Guide very sympathetic and knowledgeable on different topics during visit. Nice introduction to beginners as well v
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Nola kayak swamp tour
Our tour guide, Will was very informative. He spoke on the history of the swamp including the settlement of the are
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Honey island kayak
Gerdie was our tour guide and he was fun and informative! Good information and made sure everyone was together!
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It was a wonderful experience, beautiful nature and very nice and friendly guide! Thank you, Gertie for amazing swa
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Correen F
Great Combo Tour
Our Guide, Olive was very nice. My friend and I did the Kayak, Plantation Tour which was perfect for us as there ar
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Excellent Kayak and Plantation Tour
We had a group of 5, including 3 who had never kayaked before. Gertie was our guide and he did a great job introduc
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Erica J
Wonderful day tour!
My mom and I had a great experience on the kayak swamp tour and plantation tour combo. Gertie (sp) was our guide an
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Kayaking and the Whitney plantation
We went out on 1/17 with Kelly. He did a great job getting to the location and through the kayak tour. Highly recom
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Great tour and guide - wonderful experience
Everything went exactly as planned. Kelly was a great guide, very knowledgeable and helpful. We lucked out with gre
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Jon V
Family fun outside of the Quarter
We have taken our kids to New Orleans since they were babies and we have always done the usual: zoo, aquarium, Inse
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Reyna F
Excellent tour
Both the kayak tour and the plantation tour were fabulous. I was so fortunate to see 3 alligators in the winter alo
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Honey Island Swamp Tour
We had Sammy as our guide and at first it was a little confusing to get to the launch location, but we found it. I
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Bad administrative organization. Good tour and guide.
We sat in front of Cantina for almost 30 minutes and called the tour operator twice before the operator realized th
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Late fall kayak tour through the swamps
Wasn’t sure what to expect. The tour and the tour guide were great! Highly recommend. Good mix of ecology, history,
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