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Kayakitiyat Kayak Tours of New Orleans

3494 Esplenade Ave., New Orleans, LA 70119
+1 985-778-5034
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Ranked #28 of 164 activities in New Orleans
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Boat Tours
Owner description: Capture New Orleans from a different perspective. Kayak our beautiful bayous as we guide you along our historic waterways. We'll keep with the pace... more » Owner description: Capture New Orleans from a different perspective. Kayak our beautiful bayous as we guide you along our historic waterways. We'll keep with the pace of the city-nice and easy, taking in the southern scenery, hospitality and weather. We offer three tours of different levels of physical demand and kayaking experience. Two take place in Bayou St. John, more urban paddles, and one in Bayou Bienvenue, a much more wild experience. Bayou St. John itself was a key component in establishing our city. The Native Americans showed early explorers (uh uh hem, Iberville and his brother, Bienville) the bayou as a way to access, at the time, a potential future city from the Gulf of Mexico without having to fight the Mississippi River's strong currents. While kayaking, you will see some of the older city structures, like the Spanish Custom House and the Pitot House, both built in the late 1700's. You might hear and catch a glimpse of the happenings at Fair Grounds Race Course, one of the oldest horse tracks in the United States, as well as the site of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. You will be paddling alongside beautiful City Park, which houses centuries-old live oak trees. You'll see New Orleans Museum of Art as you pass the grand entrance of the park. St. Louis Cemetery #3 will be visible from your kayak. The elaborate above-ground tombs are spectacular. Bayou Bienvenue was made famous by the British. O yes, do you remember the War of 1812 from history class? There was a famous Battle of New Orleans in Chalmette; the British thought they be sneaky and surprise Americans through southern Louisiana. Thank goodness they were unprepared for the treacherous environment, otherwise we'd all have funny (funnier) accents down here! Accessible from the 9th Ward, an area including two neighborhoods truly devastated in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, you'll paddle through the boneyard of a dead cypress forest killed by questionable decisions during fairly recent industrialization into a lush bayou seemingly untouched by man. O boy, is there wildlife?! You'll see reptiles of unusual size camouflaged in the scenery, birds of all varieties feeding, fish just beneath the surface, and plants indigenous to Louisiana swamps. We will also have the opportunity to paddle the edge of a salt marsh. We will quietly paddle through this natural environment as observers, touching nothing and leaving no trace. « less
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Dodgeville, Wisconsin
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69 reviews 69 reviews
35 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

We had a fantastic time on the Bayou Bienvenue trip. We had Sonny as a guide and he is great. He is knowledgeable about both the natural environment, the local history, and the current politics effecting the bayou. He also had some great tips for French Quarter sights. Every friend, relative or acquaintance of ours going to New Orleans will... More

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kayakitiyat, Owner at Kayakitiyat Kayak Tours of New Orleans, responded to this review

Hey Jesse, Thank you for the great review and I must say I really enjoyed kayaking with y'all. The photos you took are amazing! The birding right now on Bayou Bienvenue is stellar. I went out yesterday and saw 3 different greebs. Hope to kayak with you soon. Sonny and Sara More

Hartford, Connecticut
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

We were originally scheduled to do the 2 hour tour on January 29th however due to a VERY cold snap , Sara emailed and asked if we would like to change it to Friday when the weather was predicted to be warmer. What a nice morning out on the water. Sonny was a great guide - very knowledgeable and full... More

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Eastern Shore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

Sara was very pleasant and easy to make arrangements with. When it became clear our streetcar connection would make us 1/2 hour late, she was much more concerned about us not getting stressed about it than any inconvenience to her. She and Sonny met our party of 4 at the launch site and gave us lots of tips on the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

This tour was amazing, seeing all the marsh birds, baby alligators in their own habitat was fabulous. Sonny was a great guide, lots of information while keeping an eye on all of us on the tour. A must do while in New Orleans!

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Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2013

Sonny and Sara treated us to an amazing experience showing us the Bayou Bienvenue by kayak. Their sharp eyes pointed out lots of beautiful birds and after a while we became very expert at spotting alligators which seemed to be much more numerous than we had expected. Couldn't believe such an amazing ecosystem existed so close to the major city... More

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Wilson, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

What a wonderful kayaking adventure. We paddled through the Bayou Bienvenue for three hours with Sonny, listening to the history of the bayou, doing some great bird watching, searching for gators and wild boar! Sara and Sonny made sure we knew what we were getting ourselves into signing up for this trip; it was exciting, fun as well as safe.... More

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Watertown, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

This was our first time kayaking and it was great! We will definitely be going kayaking when we can. Our guide Sonny was very knowledgeable and gave us a great tour of the St. John Bayou. We learned a lot and saw some great sites and birds. I have to admit, the paddling was tiring and while it didn't give... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

Two of my girl friends met in New Orleans for a girls weekend. We wanted to make sure we did a little of everything. The Kayaking tour was very fun. Sarah, our guide, was great. She gave us great suggestions on what to do after the tour. make sure you go in the morning. That afternoon sun is a beast!

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Mpls
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013 via mobile

Thursday was our second voyage with this company. And both were priceless. We have now toured the bayou St. John and bayou bienvenue and both showed us windows into a New Orleans that most will not see. Sonny and Sarah are always so helpful, letting us leave luggage with them once for example, and the tours start promptly. Thanks to... More

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Mandeville, Louisiana
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10 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013 via mobile

Round two was as good as the first one! 2-hour trip, perfect escape from the city. Thanks again Sunny and Sara!

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