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Address: 3494 Esplenade Ave., New Orleans, LA 70119
Phone Number: +1 985-778-5034
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Description: Capture New Orleans from a different perspective. Kayak our beautiful...
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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Waterways of New Orleans

On our first trip to New Orleans, I decided to find a hidden gem, away from the French Quarter, and found it in the kayaking tour provided by Sonny. He led our tour of Bayou St... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 14, 2015
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

On our first trip to New Orleans, I decided to find a hidden gem, away from the French Quarter, and found it in the kayaking tour provided by Sonny. He led our tour of Bayou St John, encircled Demourelles Island, towards Lake Ponchartrain. Since it was a very windy day, we did not spend time swimming in Lake Ponchartrain. Along... More 

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Enjoyed the swamp paddle, lots of gator, mullet, osprey, egret, and heron. You paddle across Ghost Lake with really cool leftover cypress trunks. Bit of a head wind coming back in. Overall a great experience.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

We met up with some friends also vacationing in New Orleans & went on the bayou St. John tour with Sarah. Great day on the water, we learned a lot & got to see another part of this great city! We also saw some great wildlife.

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Halifax, NS
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

Sarah was amazing. My (pregnant) wife and I got the tandem kayak while my 13 yo daughter was on her own. We had an amazing afternoon on the Bayou St. John and would highly recommend this tour to anyone. We learned about the history of this area and the bayou - the flora and fauna found there and the impacts... More 

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Seattle, WA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

My husband and I recently kayaked the longer Bayou Bienvenue tour. On the tour Sonny pointed out the birds and wildlife (we saw otters!) and shared a great deal of history of the area too, as a local he seems to know it all. It was breeze working with both Sara and Sonny. All the details and info about what... More 

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

we are locals who have walked or pedaled along bayou st. john hundreds of times. today was a first for us. we paddled kayaks with this tour group and got a water-side view of our city. this easy to do, laid back tour of 2 hours was interesting as sonny talked about the sites we were passing and gave us... More 

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Calgary, Alberta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015 via mobile

We did the combined cruisers and kayak tour and we were so lucky to get the best weather that day. Learned some interesting facts from Jeff on the biking segment who passed us onto Sonny and the kayaks on the St Johns Bayou. I did not truly realize this was going to be an urban paddle, but it was fun... More 

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Wilmington, Delaware
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

This was an amazing outing. Sarah and Sonny make the arrangements totally clear, and run a smooth trip. Launching from the Ninth Ward didn't seem like an obvious way to get close to nature, but it was. Kayaking quickly across open water, you find yourself in a narrow bayou with ibis, great blue herons, egrets, bittern, American coots, and, as... More 

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sudbury
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

A great day spent with Sarah. I like some physical activity on a holiday and this did it. We got to see a different side of New Orleans. Sarah was full of information. She is also a local from the neighbourhood and really cares about it; a steward of the environment. I've done similar tours in other places and found... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

We're repeat clients of Kayakityak--a uniquely fun and informative way to see New Orleans and environment--but had the privilege of being the first to take advantage of their new combined cycle/kayak/eating outing. What a great combination! Quite a bargain, too. I recommend it highly.

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