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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 #31 of 201 Activities in New Orleans
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Boat Tours, Sightseeing Tours
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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.

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Vancouver, Canada
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158 reviews 158 reviews
27 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

Went with a friend on the Bayou St John tour in November 2014. Great thing to do in New Orleans -- made a great break from the crowds, noise, and, um, unhealthy behaviors of the French Quarter. On a sunny day, a leisurely paddle around the bathtub smooth canal was just the ticket. Only three of us plus a guide... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

A group of 6 of us took a 4 hour kayak trip and we all loved it! it was the perfect day out and we were excited to do an activity not involving drinking or eating, or at least not the kind of drinking and eating we planned to do on the rest of our trip. We got to see... More

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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

My boyfriend and I took the Pontchartrain Paddle Tour with Kayak-ity-yak in Sept 2014 and it was one of the highlights of our trip to New Orleans. We absolutely loved the tour, the area was absolutely gorgeous and at the half way we swam in the lake. We really appreciate they donate $5.00 from each tour to the Bayou St.... More

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Marana, Arizona
4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

Well over a year ago, looking for something a bit different than another tour bus adventures from the French Quarter, my husband and I went on a kayak tour using the street car to get us there. Neither one of us had ever gone kayaking before but after non stop eating we needed to get out and do something active.... More

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Saint Cloud, Florida
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31 reviews 31 reviews
18 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

If you are traveling with teenagers this is a must do day. Reservation required but very worth it. My kids had a great evening on the water and you learn a little history along the way. Took the trolley right across the street from were we lauched. Kids liked it so much we may try to get a few kayaks... More

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Tampa, Florida
12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

I REALLY love doing activities where you KNOW the people running the trip/activity are doing it as a labor of love. Sara was our guide for the day and she was outstanding (her husband helped us off and met us and was super nice as well). We did the 3 hour tour in the bayous and it was very interesting.... More

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Green Bay, Wisconsin
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Kayaking on Bayou St Johns is a relaxing and quite enjoyable experience and Kayakitiyat is the way to take it all in. Our guide was Sonny and he was chock full of history and lore of the area we toured and you could see his enthusiasm for sharing his passion with the rest of the paddlers. Our evening tour was... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014 via mobile

My boyfriend and I did the bayou tour and it was awesome- it was a small group, only 4 of us plus the guide, which made it personal and so enjoyable. The guide was friendly and kept the entire tour interesting. I was a little nervous to go on such a long tour but in the end it was an... More

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Iowa City, Iowa
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

My husband and I did the 4 hour Pontchartrain Paddle up St John's Bayou and back. Wonderful! This was probably our biggest highlight of our visit to New Orleans. We took the street car out to City Park and was able to get away from the city as we paddled peacefully up the bayou and back. Sonny was our guide... More

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San Francisco, California
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

After 3 days of crowds and heat at the jazz fest I needed an open air journey, and I'm so lucky that I chose Sonny & Sara's Kayakitiyak's wonderful tour through Bayou Bienvenue. They are two professional and down-to-earth people with great equipment, guiding, & email communication. When everyone arrived it was quite windy and they offered to cancel the... More

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