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Small-Group Bayou Airboat Ride with Transport from New Orleans

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Small-Group Bayou Airboat Ride with Transport from New Orleans

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Experience Louisiana’s wild bayou country on an exciting, family-friendly airboat tour. This tour includes an airboat ride that zips through the tree‐lined marshes at speeds up to 45 mph (72 kph). While onboard, enjoy lively commentary from your guide as you view lush scenery and local wildlife, including alligators, nutria, and native birds. Pickup and drop-off from downtown New Orleans and French Quarter hotels included.
  • Enjoy the lush marsh scenery and watch for native wildlife
  • Hear entertaining facts and stories about the region from your guide
  • Small-group tour limited to 14 people ensures a more personalized experience
  • Transport to and from your New Orleans hotel included
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Transport by air-conditioned 13-passenger van
Hotel pickup and drop-off, with exact pick up time provided
1.5-hour airboat ride
Food and drinks
  • New Orleans Marriott , 555 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
  • Omni Royal Orleans , 621 St. Louis Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
  • Royal Sonesta New Orleans , 300 Bourbon Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
  • Four Points By Sheraton French Quarter , 541 Bourbon Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
  • Bourbon Orleans Hotel , 717 Orleans St., New Orleans, LA 70116-3189
  • Please specify hotel at time of purchase. We pick up in New Orleans at any hotel, Bed & Breakfast or select Airbnbs, uptown (close to St. Charles Ave.), in (or close to) the French Quarter, and on the Westbank. We do not pick up by the airport, in New Orleans East, in Slidell, or on the North Shore. Supplier will contact you the day before your tour to give you an exact pick up time.
    Choose the morning or afternoon for your small-group airboat adventure and enjoy pickup from your downtown New Orleans or French Quarter hotel. Once aboard the air-conditioned van, settle into a comfortable seat for the ride to your launch site deep in Cajun Country. Enjoy lively onboard commentary about the history and culture of the area from your guide as you leave the city behind for the wild wetlands.

    Upon arrival, take your seat on the airboat and hold on as the boat takes off for your tour. Enjoy close proximity to the water surface and warm breezes as you zip through secluded bayous, reaching speeds of up to 45 mph (72 kph). Spot alligators, snakes, beavers, and giant river rodents called nutria lurking in the waterways. Savor the moments of calm when the boat slows and your native captain shares stories about the area’s history and abundant wildlife.

    Your bayou adventure ends with a return to your hotel by van, arriving in early afternoon or evening.
    Pass By:  
    Mississippi River
    After pickup from your downtown New Orleans or French Quarter hotel, you’ll drive along the Mississippi River to a remote swamp in Cajun Country, located less than an hour away, for an exciting high-speed airboat tour. On the way, your friendly driver will provide entertaining stories and interesting facts about the region.
    Stop At:  
    Bayou Segnette State Park
    Board a small airboat and relax as your professional airboat captain takes you comfortably through marshes and deep into secluded bayous. On your 1.5-hour (roughly) airboat ride, hold on tight as the airboat reaches speeds of up to 45 mph (72 kph)! See abundant cypress trees, Louisiana’s state tree, and watch for native wildlife. After your airboat tour, you’ll return to your hotel.
    Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
    Admission Ticket Included
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 5 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
    • In case of inclement weather, the tour may be shortened, postponed or replaced with a similar tour on a covered boat
    • Sunglasses are recommended
    • For parties of up to 14 who wish to not be split up, there are 14-passenger airboats available
    • Service animals are permitted. Please advise at time of booking to arrange accommodations
    • Due to the nature of the airboat, children under the age of 5, pregnant women, people with back or neck issues or recent surgeries are not allowed to participate
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Infant seats available
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers
    • OPERATED BY Tours by Isabelle
    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
    • 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.

    Learn more about cancellations.

    The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
    What is the policy on sanitization during Small-Group Bayou Airboat Ride with Transport from New Orleans?
    A:The policies on sanitization are:

    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    See all safety measures taken by Small-Group Bayou Airboat Ride with Transport from New Orleans.

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    • "I highly recommend this tour to anyone wishing to go on an airboat tour!" See review
    • "Tour guide knows property owners so not a normal tour." See review
    • "Tour was a great choice and the breeze felt amazing as it was 85 degrees in NOLA." See review

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    60th birthday in the Swamp!
    , Jun 2022
    Loved the guides true love for his job. Ride was amazing as were the alligators and pigs. It was amazing!
    Great experience!
    , Jun 2022
    We rode with a small group on airboat 1 on June 2. Our guide was excellent on handling the boat and very informative about the area, alligators, wildlife and types of fish. We thoroughly enjoyed the boat ride and are so glad we scheduled it. We would recommend the Airboat Swamp tours!
    Experience well worth
    , Jun 2022
    Isabelle was a wonderful tour host who started off trip by telling us about the history and environment of New Orleans. She took us to an airboat tour that was equally fantastic and better than I expected. The airboat captain was very knowledgeable about the area as well as where there might be gators. We were also fortunate enough to have seen some of the program's rescue pigs.
    Fantastic ride and lots of gators!
    , May 2022
    Fantastic experience. Captain Eric was awesome and very brave petting Jack, the big boss of all the gators! Fun ride on the airboat too!
    Worth the money
    , May 2022
    Very informative. The driver was cool and answered all my questions. I got see a few crocs. Friendly staff. Down to earth.
    Not So Adventurous Airboat Ride
    , Apr 2022
    The guide repeatedly stopped the boat in order to feed marshmallows to a series of semi-domesticated pets (raccoons, nutria, ducks, etc) or to deliver an unwanted nature lecture. I paid a lot of money and expected a fun, exhilarating and adventurous ride on an airboat. We wasted a lot of the precious 90 minutes sitting around while doing nothing. Was the boat guide trying to save money due to the high cost of fuel? He also piloted the boat slowly which made for a boring experience more suited for an elderly person. Too bad as I took this trip 4 years ago and had a great time. By the way, it is never appropriate to feed people food to wild animals and turns them into beggars who have lost their fear of humans and have no way to digest the food.
    icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
    Good morning Vincent, thank you for taking the time to write us about your small airboat ride. I am glad you had a great time the last time you took our tour! You are right, we do not just zip around and go real fast the whole 90 minutes, we often slow down and stop during the ride, letting people hear the swamp sounds and that is usually what our guests enjoy a lot, the slow parts when the boat captain points out wild reptiles and tropical birds and mammals...(And alligators, racoons and nutrias are NOT pets, by the way!) Thanks again for having come. Isabelle C.
    Airboat ride was fantastic!
    , Mar 2022
    We had so much riding around the swamp and the people were all nice and fun! Austin was a great driver too.
    icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
    Thank you Jennifer! Please come back soon to NOLA ! Isabelle C.
    Impending bad weather...
    , Mar 2022
    Impending bad weather frightened my son. Tour operator day before changed trip departure time because of impending Bad weather. She refused to permit my canceling our reservations.
    icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
    Hello Steven, as I explained to you over the phone, you booked your reservation with Viator, therefore the cancellation policy is set by them, I have NO CONTROL over it. You texted me at 7:12 am on the day of the tour to cancel, just a few hours prior to departure time, which is much less than the 24 hours required by Viator in order to get a refund. All of our airboat tours went out on Tuesday morning, and our guests did not even get a drop of rain. You see our airboat captains monitor the radar and weather forecasts constantly and we knew the bad weather was not going to occur until later in the day Tuesday, as I explained to you on Monday... I am sorry you did not get to come with us. Isabelle C.
    , Nov 2021
    Cory was an AMAZING guide! I’ve been on this type of tour before but Cory went WELL ABOVE expectations! Great time!
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    We enjoyed yesterday’s...
    , Oct 2021
    We enjoyed yesterday’s excursion, this by far has been the best experience the tour guide was awesome he shared so much good information
    Loved soaring over the water
    , Aug 2021
    This was a must see! Our guide took us deep in the swamp we fed gators and raccoons. The smaller boats go deeper in to see things highly recommended.
    Gators, fun and learning about the LA Swamps
    , Aug 2021
    Great tour. Lots of gators and fun with some fast and exciting spurts. Tour guide, John, was a wonderful informer all along the way and back from the boat launch. Swamp guide, Mr Dudes in was funny and informative and safety conscious. We loved the whole package.i
    Great experience!
    , Jun 2021
    Loved the small size of our group! And we had a great captain! He was very knowledgeable and authentic!! He really knew the area well and we felt completely safe even though we got to see some crazy alligators up close and personal!
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    Alligators and Koala’s
    , Jun 2021
    Our guide was fantastic! Fun, entertaining and interacted with everyone on the boat. He also brought in the coolest alligator and even kissed it! Would go on his tour again, and again!
    icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
    Thank you Miss Kim. Please do come back… we will be here every time! And you will have a fun tour again for sure! Isabelle C.
    Great experience!!
    , May 2021
    Guide and bus driver were very informative and entertaining. The swamp was beautiful and we saw several alligators.
    Fun is what you make
    , Apr 2021
    The rainy weather made it hard. But our guide was awesome. We still managed to see several alligators. Our bus driver was over an hour late on return pickup. We were all soaked and cold from the rain. We still had a great time. Fun is where you make it.🙂
    , Apr 2021
    Excellent, personalized service from our tour guide Giselle and a fun, informative and exciting journey by Captain Chris! Isabelle herself made special accommodations for our group due to inclement weather.
    Fun get-out-of-the-city adventure
    , Mar 2021
    Fun to see some of Louisiana outside of New Orleans- lots of gators as promised. Transportation was well-coordinated. Both guides (driving and airboat) were great.
    Very cool experience
    , Nov 2020
    Our Captain knew some of the gators and introduced them to us up close. We had plenty of time to take pictures, He explained about the moss hanking from the trees and also what some of the trees were by name. We had 7 people on the boat.
    icon Response from Host , Nov 2020
    Thank you so much Miss Marilyn for this great review on our #SmallAirboatTour, I am so glad you saw the gators up close even in the winter time! Please come back soon to visit us in NOLA! Isabelle
    , Mar 2020
    Great experience. Being from MN it was nice to see some new water areas. The guides were very knowledgeable and respectful. Would go through these guys again for sure.

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