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Cajun Encounters Swamp Tour - Pick Up

Owned and operated by New Orleans natives, Cajun Encounters scouts out the best experts in the field to give you an authentic, safe, hands on tour!

$56.00 2 Hours

About This Experience

Take a bayou tour of the famous Honey Island Swamp. You’ll glide through gator territory on a small, flat-bottomed boat and hear all about the swamp and its natural inhabitants from local, expert captains. Some of the best experts in the field give an authentic tour of one of America’s most unique ecosystems. Many captains have lived on the water for most of their lives and have earned field degrees to give you the best experience possible. On every tour, you’ll have the chance to see alligators, wild boar, raccoons, snakes, owls, egrets, and more – all in their natural habitat

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Please meet in front of your hotel for pick up, and allow for 30 minutes for pick up. For the 5:00pm tour, please meet at Huck Finn's Cafe, located at 135 Decatur Street. Refunds are not applicable to tours cancelled within 24 hours of the tour time

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See the wildlife up close and personal as you explore narrow slews that the 22-passenger boats are built to navigate. Get the chance to see alligators, raccoons, wild boar, exotic birds, turtles, and many more creatures that call the swamp home. Hear all about the Louisiana bayou as your captain tells you all about the different types of flora and fauna that surround you.

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We visited Cajun Encounters for a swamp tour in late December. We were very lucky to have seen 2 alligators. We also saw about 30 wild hogs and lots of birds. Our tour guide was hilarious and very informative. He fed the hogs and the alligators from the boat so we were able to get an "up close" look. The hogs will literally swim out to the boat, it's awesome. It was pretty cloudy and cold when we visited so if you're visiting in the colder months, bundle up! They also have a nice gift shop and areas to walk around while you are waiting.

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Our tour was about two hours long and we saw so much wildlife. Our captain was pleasant and had a sense of humor, and he was very knowledgeable about the swamps. Great time!

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Had a great ride with Sunny, lovely to experience the river and swamp and learn all about it. Despite it being December we still saw quite a few gators and other animals and lots of birds. Very informative, entertaining and relaxing! Recommended.

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I don't even know where to begin.... This was by far the best alligator/tour I've ever taken! From the minute the shuttle picked us up we were immediately welcomed! Derek, the driver was extraordinarily well versed and passionate about the history of New Orleans; past, present, and future. I learned more from him than I ever did in documentaries/news casts.
We ended up being double lucky, as we had Captain Troy take our boat into the swamps. There is no doubt in my mind that he is THE best guide at Cajun Encounters! Not only was he extremely personable, happy, and knowledgeable, he knew every animal by name!!!
The wild pigs are absolutely obsessed with him! They follow his commands, and follow him around the swamp as far as possible! I've never seen anything cuter on a tour than the bond that they share! They even do tricks!!!!
Thank you Cajun Encounters for an absolutely unforgettable experience.

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When you get out on the swamp, the tour is very informative about the ecosystem that exists, the wildlife and vegetation to be found and the people who live in the area. The bus transport from New Orleans takes the guts of an hour there and an hour back. When you get there, the reception is rather disorganized but they will ensure you get on a tour and you will get back on a bus to the city eventually.

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The Swamp tour was excellent. They picked us up a few minutes late, got us to the Honey Island Swamp tour, and picked us up on time when we returned from the tour. The swamp tour guide was super and he pointed out birds, alligators, and pigs. It was about a 90 minute trip.

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They picked us up at our hotel and we rode half an hour on a very comfortable bus. Before our tour, we had a few minutes to be able to buy some bottled water or sodas. The boat has room for about 12 or 14 guests and everyone gets a nice view of nature. There were no bugs because the swamp is nicely oxygenated. Nice shade. Very informative tour guide, Henry. We got to see four alligators, a dozen adorable wild pigs, turtles, and a beautiful egret. Very family friendly!!

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We went out with Sonny on the small boat and it was great! Not only did we have close encounters with the wild life, it awesome to go back into the swamp area on the small boat. Worth every penny of the upgraded price. Sonny was a great tour guide and very knowledgable about the area and wild life. A must trip for anyone visiting New Orleans. Derrick drive us to and from the site and provided a great pre-tour.

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First of all, our guide, Josh, was an expert on the local flora and fauna. He was also very professional and competent with the boat. The alligators are hibernating this time of year, so we were lucky to see one small alligator sunning himself. We purchased the bus transportation option and were impressed by how courteous the driver was. I think his name was Daniel. He provided some very interesting post Katrina information, and other highlights of the area on the 40 minute drive to the river. The guest shop is quaint and has affordable souveniers and light snacks. We took the 12:00 pm tour, and I would recommend picking up a sandwich to take for lunch since the food available at the gift shop is only candy and ice cream type items. We bought our to-go sandwiches at Daisy Dukes, which is around the corner from Canal where the driver picked us up, and it was delicious. Aside from the small alligator, we saw raccoons, osprey, turtles, and wild pigs. We knew that the alligator sightings would be limited due to the time of year, but the boat ride was fun, and the scenery was pretty. We would definitely recommend.