- 2 hours (Approx.)
- Mobile ticket
Get picked up from select hotels in New Orleans 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
- Pickup and drop off outside of 135 Decatur St. ONLY
- Professional guide
- Live commentary on board
- Food and drinks
135 Decatur St
Hotel pickups commence prior to this time
Returns to original departure point
This is a typical itinerary for this product
Stop At: Lake Pontchartrain, New Orleans, Louisiana
After pickup from one of 16 pickup locations in New Orleans, it's a short drive across Lake Pontchartrain to Honey Island Swamp, a wildlife preserve that is one of the last protected wetlands in Louisiana.
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 either take the coach back to your New Orleans hotel or make your own way to your next destination, depending on the option you have chosen when booking.
Duration: 2 hours
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
- PLEASE NOTE: tour ONLY picks up from the locations listed. Pick ups from any other location cannot be accommodated.
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Caption John did a great job showing us around the bayous. We were in a group of 12. The pick-up at the hotel, the ride to the site, the boat trip and the return ride were great. Highly recommended.
Great time with Capt Sonny. Really made the trip fun. Very knowledgeable about the swamp, animals etc.
Great trip. Pick up was on time smooth ride to the tour boats. Swamp trip fun saw plenty of wildlife alligators, wild boars , raccoons and snakes. Boat guide was informative and fun. Would do it again.
From start to finish, I had a great time! Kim, the bus driver, was a wonderful historian of the New Orleans area. She was entertaining and informative; I learned more from the bus ride than I might have from a formal tour - the neighborhoods, the effects of Katrina, the architecture, and more. On the return bus ride, she educated us to the best places to get good New Orleans cooking - which proved helpful later that evening. While on the bayou, Captain Emmett similarly was a spectacular guide. We were able to see all sorts of wildlife close up (gators, wild boar, birds) as well as learn about the swamp, its history and the foliage specific to it - usages, properties, identifying features. I was able to take some great pictures! I would definitely encourage anyone going to New Orleans to take advantage of this swamp tour!
Captain Jeda was informative but also made it all great fun! Saw alligators and wild boar . Amazing !
Our swamp tour was fantastic! Lots of gators, a boar, a few snakes, and 2 raccoons. Our tour guide, captain Everett was incredibly knowledgeable, and informative. The weather was perfect, the ride was great, and just overall a fantastic tour and experience! Everett had a charming personality, with a vast amount of information. We would highly recommend this tour for anyone who wanted to do this tour. The only thing my husband was a little disappointed, was that he couldn't feed marshmallows to an alligator, but other then that, was fantastic!
Seeing gators, birds, wild flowers, snakes, and wild pigs up close and personal is a must do even if you don't have a bucket list.
This tour was great. We were picked up for the tour at our hotel, then transferred to a bigger bus. The trip to the swamp was about 45 minutes and the driver told us about interesting facts about the areas we rode through. We crossed Lake Pontchartrain, which is huge. Upon arrival at the swamp you check in, are given an armband and a chance to buy snacks and use the restroom before the tour begins. The boat held about 20 people and we sped down the river before going into the swamp. The wind made it quite chilly as the air temp was only in the low 60s, but once we’re slowed down it wasn’t as cold. We saw wild boar, alligators, herons, egrets, turtles and raccoons. The tour guides know exactly where to go to see wildlife. The swamp itself is very beautiful and there are many photo opportunities. The tour itself was about 2 hours. Highly recommended!
Captain Jason was excellent. I taken numerous tours and I have to say this was one of the best experiences we've had
From start to finish it was a good day.Scott the Bus Driver had great knowledge of New Orleans as he drove us to the swamp.Cpt John tried hard to try and find us some Alligators.but no good..He took us to see the Boars and raccoons.highly recommend.
We were very impressed with how organized everything was. Our captain was excellent we had a great time. I highly recommend this tour company
This tour was full of interesting information. Our guide, Emmitt, was very knowledgeable and fun. We were there on an unusually cold day so we only saw one alligator but we saw lots of other animals.
Jerry our guide was wonderful and the adventure was awesome. Would recommend it highly to everyone. The highlight of our trip to New Orleans. Thanks.
So professional, informative but most of all FUN! Don't miss out on this one!
Great tour. We saw tons of gators and pigs. The captain was very informative as well . I would recommend this tour to anyone that is a nature lover
By far on my lifetime most memorable experiences. They provide transportation to and from the swamp. Captains are very familiar with the area and are very knowledgeable.
Funny and experience guide. Cajun Encounters are very organized and get you to the tour with no hastle. You get to see the aligators, racoons and all sort of wild life. A must see when you come to New Orleans.
This was an amazing experience, great bus ride, great souvenir shop , great boats, great tour guides.
Loved this tour! Our tour guide was very informative. All of the tour guides did their best to get us close to the animals. We saw several alligators, a raccoon, wild pigs, and birds. We went at the end of February so it was just starting to warm. The alligators were out soaking up the sun.
My husband and I took our 7 and 13 year old grandchildren on this tour. For all of us it was the highlight of our vacation in New Orleans. We compared the quality of our guide, Jacob, to the guides on our African safari, who knew just where to spot the lions, cheetahs and other wild game. Jacob took us to see the amazing alligators, birds, wild hogs, and raccoons and vegetation of the swamp land. Thank you for making wonderful memories for all of us.