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Slidell, United States
New Orleans Self-Transport Swamp and Bayou Boat Tour

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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
Transportation is NOT included
55345 US-90 , 55345 US-90, Slidell, LA 70461, USA
This activity will end right where it started.
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.
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.
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.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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
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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
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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
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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
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  • "Children are required to wear life vests and this could be very hot due to high humidity." See review
  • "I would recommend scheduling a pick up so you're not stuck waiting after the tour is done." See review

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Best Swamp Tour
, Aug 2022
Our Guide Captain Walker was Epic! We had a great time. He gave great commentary and history on the Swamp
Desi was our captain and...
, Aug 2022
Desi was our captain and did an excellent tour. He explained the eco system as well as viewing wildlife.
Great family swamp tour!
, Aug 2022
The swamp tour was quite enjoyable. After a quick trip up the river, we entered into Honey Island Swamp and saw so many alligators I lost count. We also saw an egret, a family of raccoons, and a wild boar out rooting in the mud. Our tour guide, Jessep, was friendly and entertaining.
Fun Day
, Jul 2022
Awesome experience! plenty of gators & raccoons & nature! Kid friendly! Emmett was a terrific funny guide!
So fun!
, Jul 2022
Capt. Jesep was fantastic!! Just a really fun trip. Other places said that most of the time you will see alligators but there’s a chance you won’t. There’s no way you won’t see an alligator with company
Cajun Encounters was great!
, Jul 2022
Cajun Encounters was amazing. The guide was great! Very happy with this tour. I probably wouldn’t book through Viator again du to another tour we booked with them being mid-booked, but I would definitely go through Cajun Encounters again.
Great experience! We...
, Jun 2022
Great experience! We enjoy our swap tour with Capt. Wil. He was very knowledgeable. Highly recommend this tour.
Great excursion
, Jun 2022
Great trip. Great tour guide. Jesup was awesome. Worth every Penny!! Would definitely do this again and recommend to friends and family.
Sweet swamp
, Jun 2022
The tour was great. Captain Desi was knowledgeable and spoke from what felt like a sweet relationship with the swamp. This was the best part of my daughter and my trip across the South.
Capt Walker was...
, May 2022
Capt Walker was entertaining and kept the tour lively. He was very knowledgeable of wildlife, plant life and history. Would recommend this experience to everyone visiting the area.
Will, our guide, was very...
, May 2022
Will, our guide, was very knowledgeable. Learn new things about creatures that live in the swamp and vegetation and trees that grow there.
Amazing Adventures with Everett
, Jan 2022
Everett was awesome!! Will recommend to all my family and friends! The hospitality of the staff was unmatched and the knowledge of our tour guide was both informative and entertaining
Great tour!
, Dec 2021
We went on the tour with Captain Walker and thoroughly enjoyed it! He was a great mix of funny, entertaining and informative. Would highly recommend!
A very nice swamp boat...
, Dec 2021
A very nice swamp boat tour. You should do it if in New Orleans. Alligators will be around you to say hello.
, Jun 2021
Luke was amazing , made the swamp tour so much better . He was funny and kept you well informed . Definitely recommend this you any one coming to Nola .
Must do
, May 2021
This was a great adventure. The knowledge of the captains was impressive, also his comic remarks. We were told to not put your hands or anything over the rails but the gator was so close I could have. Will do this again.
Swamp tour with John R
, May 2021
John R done an amazing job on this tour. Had a lot of fun and learned about the swamp in NO. He has his pets out there that was very impressive!
, May 2021
Excellent tour! The guide was hilarious and very knowledgeable about the area would definitely recommend this tour!!
No masks and social distance tour
, May 2021
ummm this is a no social distancing and no mask required tour. Literally 20 people on a boat siting side by side an inch away from each other... if you are that close, then I would think masks would be required... but guide and everyone on the boat did not adhere to the rules? Even though on this tour, it states you have to do these things.. I was a foot away from the guide who didn’t even have a mask...
Do this tour!
, Apr 2021
This tour was fun and informative. Capt. Gary was knowledgeable and humorous. We seen alligators, raccoons, and Wild pigs. The gift shop was really nice and reasonable. I would recommend this tour.

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