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A Visit from Deafinitely Wanderlust

Here at Cajun Encounters, we have the honor of welcoming guests from across the globe on our tours.

From providing private New Orleans City Cemetery Tours for two honeymooners in town, to greeting groups of over a hundred students at the Honey Island Swamp, to providing pick up service throughout the French Quarter on our Plantation Tour, we’re overwhelmed by the privilege of sharing our culture with visitors to New Orleans.

With this privilege comes the responsibility to give an authentic view of our ways of life, to ensure safe, streamlined travel, and most of all, for our guests to learn and have FUN!

One of the neatest things about giving tours is that while guests get to learn about us, we have the chance to learn about them, as well. While it’s true that we know a good deal about some of our tour guests beforehand, most of the people we meet each day, we get to know on or in the days leading up to the tour.

Recently, we learned that it had been a bit cumbersome for our friends at Deafinitely Wanderlust to explore the swamp. We didn’t know it at the time, but Lilo and Stacey, the writers of Deafinitely Wanderlust, a travel inspiration blog for both Deaf and Hearing communities, had been searching for a bit to line up a tour with an interpreter on board for the excursion.

When Raven, our Groups Coordinator, heard from Lilo and Stacey, she jumped to help them!

 

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Courtesy of deafinitelywanderlust.com.

 

As noted in their blog,

Upon arrival, we met Raven who worked hard to look for an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter, named Andrea. We gushed how awe we were in, asking “why is it that you [Cajun Encounters]  decide  to provide an interpreter, comparing to several other swamp tour companies who doesn’t provide?” 

“There’s no reason why you should not come and enjoy touring the swamp.”

She said. BAM, our heart, seriously. We were completely touched with that answer, blushed even.

And we enjoyed having them on tour with us and it looks like they had a great time out on the water.

To read all about their experience, just check out their post here: Deafinitely Wanderlust Visits Cajun Encounters!

group swamp tour

Courtesy of deafinitelywanderlust.com.

To  reserve a seat for our next venture out through the Honey Island Swamp, New Orleans City & Cemeteries, or Plantations, book online for instant discounts!

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Courtesy of deafinitelywanderlust.com.

JUST SIGHTED: BABY HOGS!!

The guests in Captain Henry’s Honey Island Swamp Tour boat had a treat yesterday, as they caught the first sighting of Oreo’s babies.

Oreo is a beautiful wild boar who just so happens to be black and white in color. From the looks of it, she’s now a momma to quite a few baby boars who are about 1-2 weeks old.

Check out the photos below for a closer view!

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Have you come out on a Honey Island Swamp Tour with us? We’d love to see your pictures! Be sure to email them to us, or post on our Facebook or Twitter pages. You can even tag us on Pinterest or Instagram.

Thinking about coming out for a tour? We would love to have you as our guest!! It’s now easier than ever to book with us online. Be sure to use the promo codes noted at the top of the page for ultimate savings!

Designated Pick Up Spots ONLY For French Quarter Fest, April 9-12, 2015

It’s almost time for French Quarter Festival!

For all of you in town during the fest – which is this Thursday, April 9th – Sunday, April 12th – thank you for coming to the “quarter.” Remember to have fun, to wear sunscreen, and to save time for a Honey Island Swamp Tour, a New Orleans City Cemetery Tour, or a Plantation Tour!

During this time of year, the city closes access to many streets in the area and restricts access to other passageways. They do this for your safety, and safety is something we at Cajun Encounters wholeheartedly support.

Because of these street closings, we have enacted our DESIGNATED PICK UP LOCATION PLAN.

Throughout Thursday, April 9th – Sunday, April 12th, we will provide pick up ONLY at the following locations:

  1. The Ritz-Carlton (921 Canal St.)
  2. The Astor Crowne Plaza (739 Canal St)
  3. The New Orleans Marriott (555 Canal St)

When making reservations online, please be sure to choose one of these three locations to ensure that we connect.

When giving us a call, we will work with you to find the spot nearest to your hotel.

For questions or to find out which spot is closest to you, just check out Google Maps or give us a call.

Thank you for your patience as we work to accommodate everyone with the world class service our team is known for. Happy festing! And happy touring!!!

Swamp Tour Pictures!!

The beauty of the Honey Island Swamp never gets old…. especially when we are given the opportunity to see photos our swamp tour from guests like you!

Each time a picture is emailed to us or posted on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest, the team can’t wait to check it out. It’s a way to rediscover the swamp through the eyes of someone else and the joy it brings is just another one of those things that makes what we do worth it, a million times over.

Just recently, we posted another “all call” for pics, and boy did we get a ton of great shots!

We’ve posted a few of them below for the world to see, as they are definitely worth checking out.

If you’ve been on tour, don’t forget to post some photos of your own! We also love to hear your stories, so if you have a family trip or group you’d like highlighted here on our blog, just email us at Info@CajunEncounters.com. We’ll work to get it up as soon as we can.

To book a Cajun Encounters Honey Island Swamp Tour, or Plantation Tour, or our City Cemetery Tour, just check out this page to book online with instant discounts!

honey island swamp tour
photo by Cindy Evans
Swamp Tour Photo
photo by Chrissy Davis
New Orleans Swamp
photo by Cindy Evans
Swamp Hog
photo by Laura Puffer
Honey Island Swamp
photo by LeAnn Schmidt Rohde
Alligator Tour
photo by Jay A Dunlap

Slidell Swamp Tour
photo by Denise Bickford Tomlinson

Gator Tour
photo by Darryl Eames
Gator Tour
photo by Danielle Sather Jones
Louisiana Swamp
photo by Danielle Sather Jones
Gator Tour
photo by LeAnn Schmidt Rohde
Baby Gator
photo by Alan Hammond
Swamp Boat Tour
photo by Jay A Dunlap
Gator Mouth
photo by Darrel Artimus Drake
Wild Pigs
photo by Laine Garner
Swamp Gator Tour
photo by Dawn Davis
Honey Island Swamp Hogs
photo by LeAnn Schmidt Rohde
Gator Tail
photo by Dawn Davis

Swamp Tour Lands Cover of “Small Market Meetings”

A few weeks ago, we were honored to have the folks from the highly regarded tourism industry publication, “Small Market Meetings,” come out to see us.

We took pride in showing them the beautiful Honey Island Swamp, introducing them to the colossal alligator known as “Big Al,” and talking shop about just what our small, 22 passenger boats can do. After all, we do have quite a few of those swamp boats in our fleet, so what better way to have a fun, unique excursion for groups in town?

Check out the article below and see what it’s all about. When you’re done, make sure to make a swamp tour reservation for yourself!

louisiana swamp tour

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Cajun Encounters Featured on “1st Look” with Audrina Patridge!!

Nothing beats the beauty of the Honey Island Swamp. We love working here, and having the opportunity to see so many smiling faces on our swamp tours.

Last week, one of those faces included The Hills alum Audrina Patridge . She and her team came out to visit while filming a new travel show for NBC called 1st Look.

1st Look is a travel show, so it makes sense why they came out to see us. You can’t visit New Orleans without seeing the Crescent City’s surrounding swamp! So much of our famous culture started right here.

We’ll be on the look out for the episode, and will post the footage right here on our blog. Be sure to check back soon to see it too. Better yet, set your DVR for 1st Look on NBC!!Honey Island Swamp Tour

Cajun Encounters in the News: GROUP TOUR MAGAZINE

We are proud to report that Group Tour Magazine has highlighted Cajun Encounters tours in their recent article, “Gator group tours in Louisiana’s Honey Island Swamp”.

Check out the sweet things they had to say about our Swamp Tours, New Orleans City Cemetery Tours, Plantation Tours, and the Honey Island Swamp:

Group Touring Louisiana

Coming to New Orleans for Jazz Fest? Welcome!!

Whether the Crescent City’s calling your name, or Bruce Springsteen’s the one you “can’t miss,” Jazz Fest is the place to be this weekend. (Next weekend too!)

Local weathermen are noting some “cooler than normal” temperatures, and the food is set to be as hot and spicy as ever. How perfect!

On behalf of Cajun Encounters, welcome, all of you, to our beloved city. We know that the next two weeks are going to be a blast, and we look forward to having visitors in our “home.”

If you’ve allotted any extra time in your party agenda to check out the city, it is highly recommended. We’re offering special discounts for our New Orleans City Tours, Honey Island Swamp Tours, and Plantation Tours if you book online.

If you have questions about anything at all, feel free to reach out.

Again – welcome!!