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New Orleans Swamp and Bayou Boat Tour (Self Transport)

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Slidell, United States
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Overview

Discover one of Louisiana’s last preserved wetlands on a Honey Island Swamp boat tour. After making a short drive to Slidell, travel deep into the secluded swamp across Lake Pontchartrain to view native wildlife and witness a remote Cajun village only accessible by boat. Enjoy guided commentary on Cajun culture and the lush swamps as you spot alligators, wild boar, snakes, and native birds. This tour does not include transportation.
  • Honey Island swamp tour
  • Travel on a small quiet boat that allows for better wildlife viewing
  • Learn from the experienced local guide about the culture and critters of Cajun country
  • Look for alligators, wild boar, snakes, birds and more
  • Explore one of the few protected wetlands in Louisiana
  • View a Cajun village that is only accessible from the water
Make your way to your morning or afternoon swamp adventure in Slidell, Louisiana. Here, find Honey Island Swamp, a wildlife preserve that is one of the last protected wetlands in Louisiana. Board the custom‐made, open‐air boat and set off on an educational ride. Holding a max of 22 passengers, this boat offers a more intimate experience as your group quietly winds through narrow swamp passages and gets you closer to native wildlife.

Your expert guide’s commentary makes this an unforgettable wildlife‐spotting expedition through myth‐laden Louisiana terrain. Glide along the water, viewing the lush greenery and abundance of wild animals, including alligators, owls, raccoons, snakes, black bears, bald eagles, and wild boar. True animal enthusiasts will love getting an up‐close (and interactive) look at some of the ‘friendlier’ animals. Get great photos and learn more about the famous regional alligator, who can tip the scales at 1,000 pounds (453 kg). Also learn about the culture and ingenuity of the Cajun people who have—for more than two centuries—inhabited this area and used it as a source of food and medicine. Your guide takes you by a secluded Cajun village that can only be accessed by boat. Throughout the ride, hear stories about the bayou lifestyle, as well as information about the region’s passionate wetland preservation efforts.

Your fun and enlightening boat tour returns to Slidell. This tour does not include transport to or from New Orleans.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Lake Pontchartrain
From New Orleans, take a short drive to Slidell and you'll reach Lake Pontchartrain and the Honey Island Swamp, a wildlife preserve that is one of the last protected wetlands in Louisiana.
Stop At:  
Honey Island Swamp
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.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free

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Wasn't disappointed AT ALL!!
Tobin_F
, May 2020
Awesome, awesome, awesome!! Guide was very knowledgeable and personable!! Very happy about tour, got to see all the different wildlife, so worth it!! Thank you for the great time!!
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Up close and personal
Krystle_W
, May 2020
Hands down an incredible tour... The entire staff was nothing short of kind hearted and good people!!!! The tour is very informative and adventurous!!!!
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Great Family Experience
Katharine_M
, Mar 2020
It was easy to book the tour through Viator and even easier to switch my reservation with the company when our plans changed 24 hours before our planned tour. Cajun Encounters let us move our tour up a day with no issues. Our tour guide - Captain Emmett - was informative and funny. His facts stuck in my kids' minds and they're telling them to everyone they talk with. We highly recommend all families take this tour!
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Great experience
JasonD_M
, Mar 2020
Very knowledgeable and personable guide, we had a great time! Would highly recommend them to anyone!
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Fun tour!
Anthony_F
, Mar 2020
Very pleasant experience. Our captain, Captain John, was a riot and very knowledgeable. May the entire experience a real pleasure for the three of us. Highly recommended!
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Great tour
Dave_P
, Mar 2020
Our operator Emmett was great, very knowledgeable with a keen eye and good humour. He did have to get strict with one oblivious passenger who even after being thoroughly warned attempted to pet a wild hog so his concern for our safety was also evident. Great tour, very informative, i would do this again.
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Highly recommend!
Sydney
, Mar 2020
We had a great time! We saw a ton of beautiful nature and animals, and Captain Stephan was very knowledgeable and fun. Highly recommend! 🤗
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Amazing tour! Highly recommend
Katie_K
, Mar 2020
Absolutely amazing! Captain Stephen was so charming, knowledgeable, and fun. I recommend this tour for any group who wants to see the swamp. We saw gators, pigs, raccoons, and more, and the overall experience exceeded every expectation!
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Swamp tour
lorraine
, Mar 2020
Captain DJ was amazing, made the experience even better. The land was beautiful and the animals were awesome
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Ron
, Mar 2020
Very good for the price. The gift shop and waiting area are very nice. Had Captain Tom and was pleased with his knowledge but had to ask about some things to get him started. Saw the wildlife but early March they still seemed to be sluggish.

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