New Orleans Swamp and Bayou Boat Tour with Transportation

240 Reviews | New Orleans, USA

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Face masks required for guides in public areas
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
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Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Regular temperature checks for staff
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized


Meet your guide for pickup in downtown New Orleans and head for a 2-hour boat tour in Honey Island Swamp, a wildlife preserve that is one of the last protected wetlands in Louisiana. Visit a Cajun village only accessible by boat; learn about the animals and plants in the lush swamps; and get close to wildlife with an expert local guide.


  • Close encounter with wildlife
  • Choice of several departures throughout the day
  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • Get up-close to native wildlife
  • Ideal choice for families



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Average 4.80 out of 5 stars based on 240 verified reviews from Cool Destinations and TripAdvisor

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lori_f, Nov 2021 Verified
Excellent guide. Captain Walker. Really enjoyed and would recommend also Larry was a good bus driver
P8972ZGkristinas, Nov 2021 Verified
Captain John was awesome! It evidently had such thorough knowledge of all things swamp. He was informative and genuine in his approach. I love how much we learned about the swamp ecosystem! Thanks John!
lindseysS3745WU, Nov 2021 Verified
Norman was the best! Bring a sweater-can get windy. You WILL see gators, possibly pigs and endangered birds.
LoveTravel757193, Nov 2021 Verified
Great tour and amazing Captain/guide (Captain John Katz). We saw lots of gators and some big fish. This tour did not disappoint! I would definitely ask for Captain Katz if you have the chance!
Patricia F, Oct 2021 Verified
The Swamp Tour was great. My friends and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Our driver, Steve, kept a running commentary going as we drove to the swamp. It was interesting and made the ride go faster. Our guide, Gary, was terrific. He kept all of us interested and literally called the animals to the boat! In addition to turtles and birds we saw numerous alligators, a big boar named Kevin (!) and a family of racoons. All of the latter approached pretty near to our boat - definitely close enough for us to get a good look and good photos.
jaydnn2021, Oct 2021 Verified
First and foremost, this is our second time we’ve done a tour with Cajun Encounters. We loved it so much the first time (2 years ago) that we had to do it again. My little sister (12 years old) was thrilled to see the alligators, raccoons, wild pigs, birds, snail eggs, and tree frogs. The tour was educational, fun and enlightening. Our tour guide Eddie was phenomenal and he had such a great relationship with his coworkers. Every time we would pass by another tour boat, they would joke like they were old friends. Definitely recommend this tour for you, your family, and friends.Check out the photos attached!
N6797RMcathy, Oct 2021 Verified
We booked a last minute tour on a Monday and were so glad we did. We did the small boat (10 person) tour and it was great! Neil was a knowledgeable and entertaining guide. We learned a lot about the swamps and the gators while motoring through some little inlets, then we went out to the wider river (bayou?) and saw some alligators, Ibis and a great blue heron. We also had amazing weather! The only slight negative was the bus driver who was extremely annoying with all his inane, sexist chatter on the way out but he was mercifully quiet on the trip back. Otherwise the bus ride was nice, comfortable and we got a very different view of the area versus being in the French Quarter where we stayed. Well worth the price and bring a good tip for the guide!
samanthatF7318BN, Oct 2021 Verified
10/10! Had a great time with the family! We saw lots of gators and a cute hog! Our bus driver Steve was awesome on the drive over and back with lots of info on everything! Our boat captain was Neil and he was so great! He grew up in the area so he knew everything possible about the swamp! If there’s a possibility to request him you definitely should. Our captain got switched last minute to him and I’m glad it did we had a great time!
570bonniea, Oct 2021 Verified
First, having the option to take the bus was a lifesaver. BamBam, our driver, was funny and pointed out things almost the whole way to Slidell, so the trip went quickly. Neil was our captain and he was entertaining and knowledgable. We saw gators, snake and racoons. I was relieved not to have any motion sickness. The day was beautiful and we thoroughly enjoyed our tour. Be sure to get a snowball out of the freezer for your trio back!
O3240TDdianas, Oct 2021 Verified
Captain Luka was knowledgeable, experienced, and witty! Highly recommend this experience to anyone wanting to enjoy time NOLA.

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