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“Outstandingly fun and authentic swamp experience”
Review of Cajun Encounters

Cajun Encounters
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$56.00*
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New Orleans Swamp and Bayou Boat Tour With Transport
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$92.00*
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Oak Alley and Laura Plantation Tour with Transportation from New Orleans
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$29.00*
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New Orleans Swamp and Bayou Boat Tour
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: A 20 year old locally owned and operated tour company providing highly rated, comfortable, fun, and educational tours of the swamps, city, cemeteries, and plantations in and around New Orleans. We recruit and train the most knowledgeable tour guides and boat captains in the city, and design our boats and buses to be comfortable and safe, providing an unparalleled experience of the city. Swamp Tours: Take a guided tour of the famous Honey Island Swamp. You'll glide through gator territory and hear all about the swamp and its natural inhabitants from our highly knowledgeable, certified captains. See gators and wildlife up close and personal as you explore narrow slews that only our boats are built to navigate. Plantation Tours: Step back in time and explore two of New Orleans' most famous plantations: Oak Alley, an Antebellum Plantation, and Laura, A Creole Plantation. We'll pick you up from your hotel and take you down the historic Mississippi River Road in the comfort of our air conditioned, air ride buses. City Tours: We'll take you to all the must-see landmarks on your list, including the French Quarter, Garden District, Marigny, and more. Our buses are designed for your supreme comfort with powerful air conditioning, air ride technology, and seamless windows for the best views. If you want to experience New Orleans, Cajun Encounters Tour Company is dedicated to showing you the best the city has to offer.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator, Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children
Reviewed August 16, 2013

Located alongside a state wildlife swamp preservation area, this is the very best "eco-tour" we have ever had as a family. With our wonderful, knowledgeable and folksy guide Capt Scott (a young man who is also a local fishing tour operator) we experienced every nook and cranny of a real swamp/backwater/bayou environment. Although your experiences may vary, you can certainly count on many, many opportunities to see alligators snap up mashmellows and hot-dogs-on-a-stick just a few feet away from you. On our nearly two-hour in a very comfortable shaded 22-passenger boat we also saw several very large feral pigs (we're talking 200-300 pound beasts), a water snake with a large catfish in its mouth, a few jumping wolf spiders on logs (the boat pulls right alongside logs and trees), a local racoon, and a few egrets. We also had some high-speed zooming along the river which creates a wonderful breeze (and pleases the kids) and lets you see a few private homes along the river. Overall, thsi was an excellent outing for my wife and I and our two sons (ages 12 and 16). Hint: If you have a car, it is very easy to drive here on your own in 45-60 minutes from downtown New Orleans then follow it up with a great lunch at Southside Cafe in nearby Slidell. They also offer a AAA (auto club) discount.

Thank SteveLicata
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Reviewed August 12, 2013

We had the great pleasure of booking this experience with Danaeux at the New Orleans Visitor Centre. From the pick-up with Derek to our tour with Captain Sammy everything met or exceeded our expectations. We may not have spotted some of the biggest 'gators in the area; however, the hospitality and knowledge shared was worth the trip.

Thank The_McSwanors
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Reviewed August 7, 2013

I had been told by others how cool these swamp tours were, but I was not overly impressed. One hour would have been enough, because it's just the same thing over and over again -- chumming alligators with marshmallows, and then holding a hot dog on a stick and watching the gators jump for it. I was told by others that they had seen real Cajun swamp villages (houses on stilts, Cajuns waterskiing through the swamp, etc.), but we saw nothing Cajun at all. And when the swamp tour was over, we waited over an hour (90 degrees) for the bus to return to pick us up -- that sucked big time.

I did think that our bus driver was good, and our swamp guide was just fine, but the whole thing was really "over" in an hour. We were just "underwhelmed." And my wife got to hold a baby alligator, which she enjoyed.

I did go on two other Cajun Encounter tours (Plantations and City Bus Tour), and I thought that they were excellent.

Thank SJTCHT
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CajunEncounters, Director of Sales at Cajun Encounters, responded to this reviewResponded September 9, 2013

Hi SJTCHT!

Thank you for your visit, and for taking the time to give us a review.

We are so sad to hear that we fell short of your expectations. Being a family owned & operated business, we take extra care to provide fun, authentic excursions, and to read that we are "weak" in any way is a blow to the heart.

With this in mind, we would surely like to know who started any rumors about Cajuns waterskiing in the swamp! This is surely not the kind of thing we promise to our guests. What we DO guarantee are trips into a nature conservancy, where animals roam free, the air is fresh, and the scenery is beautiful.

In any case, it is good to hear that you enjoyed the Plantation tour and the City Cemetery tour, and that your wife was able to hold a baby gator. We are honored you chose us as your guide for all three excursions. A million times over, thank you.

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Reviewed August 5, 2013

Highly recommended swamp tour! We saw many alligators, blue heron as well as a cajun village only accessible by boat. Captain Greg was very informative!

Thank Vanessa T
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Reviewed August 4, 2013 via mobile

Ive been on many swamp tours over the last 20 years but this was by far the best! Greg...well what can I say? Totally immersed in his knowledge of the bayou. Every gator, bug, heron, snake, spider and even the huge owl we saw, seemed to be his personal friends!
I absolutely recommend the night tour, as the bayou seems to come alive when dark, mind you, so do the bloody Mosquitos so ensure you are well protected with neat DEET. Being English they feasted on us :(
Greg...you are one funny man and you alone are worth every $ spent. Thank you so much!
Petula. London. England

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