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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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Professional guide
Live commentary on board
Food and drinks
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Transportation is NOT included
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

Reviews

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First Class Tour!
Laura_G
, Apr 2021
We saw far more wildlife than I ever imagined. We saw dozens of alligators of various sizes, wild boar, beautiful raccoons, snakes, owls and more. Our guide, Emmitt was amazing. He was professional, kind, funny and shared so much knowledge about the area and the wildlife. I could tell that he is so proud Of the beautiful state of Louisiana and he enjoyed sharing many facts about the area that I found interesting and entertaining.
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Amazing experience !
Nicole_H
, Apr 2021
The tour guide was so compassionate towards the animals. I thought it was so cute that they had given them names. He was also extremely knowledgeable on what foliage thrives in that environment and had so many good jokes !
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Guide was informative and...
Nicole_K
, Apr 2021
Guide was informative and made the tour fun. Made sure we saw wildlife and showed us some houses on the swamp.
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4/3/2021 5pm brown band tour Awesome
Derek_W
, Apr 2021
My boyfriend and I had an amazing time. There were wild pigs and little gators. The tour guide was informative and so entertaining. We appreciate the opportunity to have experienced this fun tour.
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Noisey group.
Linda_D
, Apr 2021
First let me say that our captain Gary did the best he could under the circumstances. We had the bad luck to be placed on a boat we a large 12 or more group who knew each other and kept talking over him. Between that and the children being so excited that they could not stay quiet we did not see many animals. Just a couple gators and a family of raccoons. I was really hoping for more. I went at 245 on April 2. There were a lot of people, I think 6 or 7 boats went out at the same time but we really didn't see the others until we all ended up by the raccoons. This was supposed to be a 2 hour trip. We left the dock a little after 3 and were back to the dock by 4. That is not 2 hours. Yes. I would love to do the trip again. but hopefully with a group that is more interested in what the captain has to say and not talking loudly among themselves.
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Excellent trip
Bobby_G
, Apr 2021
The boat captain which was captain John made the trip excellent he was very knowledgeable and made the trip fun absolutely awesome trip and highly recommend captain John
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A great tour with Captain John R.!
Timothy_B
, Mar 2021
Me and my family took this tour over spring break. Captain John R. was a great tour guide. We saw a wild boar, snake, baby alligator, a bald eagle, and several cute raccoons. Even our teenage daughter had fun! Thanks for a great time.
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Great Tour
Trevena_T
, Mar 2021
Great tour. The swamp tour guide...sorry I don't remember his name...was pleasant and very informative 👌
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Best Tour
Micheal_R
, Mar 2021
Our tour guide genuinely loved what he was doing and that was conveyed in his tour which we thoroughly enjoyed! We would recommend this tour to anyone and everyone!
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Excellent
Christina_A
, Mar 2021
The whole experience was awesome. We had captain Stephan and he had us engaged and we learned a lot from him. Memorable time.
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