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New Orleans Self-Transport Swamp and Bayou Boat Tour

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Slidell, United States
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icon2 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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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
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Live commentary on board
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Transportation is NOT included

Departure Point

55345 US-90, Slidell, LA 70461, USA

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
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
  • 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
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 22 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Cajun Encounters Tour Co.

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • 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.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during New Orleans Self-Transport Swamp and Bayou Boat Tour?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by New Orleans Self-Transport Swamp and Bayou Boat Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during New Orleans Self-Transport Swamp and Bayou Boat Tour?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
See all safety measures taken by New Orleans Self-Transport Swamp and Bayou Boat Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during New Orleans Self-Transport Swamp and Bayou Boat Tour?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by New Orleans Self-Transport Swamp and Bayou Boat Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during New Orleans Self-Transport Swamp and Bayou Boat Tour?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by New Orleans Self-Transport Swamp and Bayou Boat Tour.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during New Orleans Self-Transport Swamp and Bayou Boat Tour?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 22 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by New Orleans Self-Transport Swamp and Bayou Boat Tour.

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Traveler Tips


  • "Bring a jacket if you decide to go in January." See review
  • "Children are required to wear life vests and this could be very hot due to high humidity." See review

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Amazing
Scott
, Mar 2021
Excellent tour! Captain Matt was amazing with his knowledge of the area. He gave Insights about the wild life that helped to shape up the experience.
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Ripping off customers
Deb_F
, Mar 2021
I cancelled this 10 minutes after I booked it as I decided on the more expensive trip and was changed anyway Not good form Viator
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Awesome
Jonica_H
, Feb 2021
Our captain was excellent!! Told great stories and had so much information to share!!! So happy to have seen a bunch of alligators!
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Missing the alligators
Edna_C
, Feb 2021
Capt Emmett was GREAT! Although we were kind of sad because we didn't see any alligators, and it was honestly 50% of the reason we took the tour. Besides that, everything was great!
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Absolutely give it a try!
Karen_C
, Feb 2021
Got to be up close with the pigs and racoons, and the bayou houses were amazing! Our Guide was HILARIOUS and very knowledgeable.
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AMAZING
Erica_M
, Feb 2021
Amazing experience! Our guide was very knowledgeable, answered everyone’s questions and explained in detail the swamp’s ecosystem. Had plenty of jokes that made us laugh throughout the ride. Overall fun, thrilling experience. Highly recommend
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Best tour
Katie_M
, Feb 2021
We had an amazing tour with Captian Luka. Despite the challenges of a cold winter tour we had a BLAST! We were lucky enough to see some small gators dispite the cold weather. Captian Luka led us to meet little mama and some awesome coons. His narration and love of the swamp made the trip. Though I have been on many swamp tours this one will stay with me due to the passion of the staff! Thank you captian Luka from the California Girls
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Swamp Tour February 2021
Tracie_B
, Feb 2021
The tour guide Sunny was great. The tour was fun and I would go again. Sunny gave us a lot information and answered all I questions. We saw 4 alligators 3 raccoons and pig name Kevin. Also a snake. The Gator Elvis was very big. I would recommend this tour
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Stephen is amazing guide!
Darla_M
, Jan 2021
Our guide Stephen was the best! Friendly with a sense of humor and so knowledgable. I would recommend this tour 100%
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Beautiful Cyprus swamp experience
Brandon_S
, Jan 2021
Fun experience seeing the unique habitat. My daughter also got to hold their baby alligator, which was a high moment for her. Emmitt was a fun guide, but maybe not the best for little kids’ ears since they don’t understand his brand of sarcastic humor.
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Product code: 6953SWAMP

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