Introducing Gatorbait X!

Our newest, custom made swamp tour vessel – Gatorbait X – is finally complete.

This brand new boat was made to our specifications, drawn up by our team of captains for superior comfort, maximum safety, and access to the best views within the Honey Island Swamp.

If you’re in town, we invite you to schedule a swamp tour and come check it out!

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A Visit from Marathon Coaches

We had a blast today in Slidell welcoming the group from Marathon Coaches on our swamp tour.

It’s such a beautiful day to be out on the water and touring couldn’t have been more fun!

Big thanks to Marathon Coaches for their visit!!

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Team Cajun Encounters, Behind the Scenes!

As we head into days of beautiful weather down here in South Louisiana, team Cajun Encounters is kicking it into high gear behind the scenes to welcome all of our amazing guests to town.

It takes a talent for teamwork, a knack for detail, and a passion for providing the best guest service around to make for the fun, memorable, top rated excursions we’re renowned for.

We honored to have been chosen as the “go to” for so many in authentic, worthwhile tours of the swamp, city and cemeteries of New Orleans, and throughout “Plantation Alley,” but we’re beyond proud of the reservations team, dispatchers, tour boat captains, bus driver guides, mechanics, sales team, and every single person at Cajun Encounters who’s drive and love for hospitality has made such a thing possible.

Here’s a few photos of our team in action, making sure that tours not only meet, but exceed all expectations. They have it down to a science and we’re impressed by them each and every day.

If you’ve been impressed by their service recently, hearing about it will help make their day. Just post on Google + or Tripadvisor!

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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!

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 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!

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

A Visit From “Hey USA”

If you’re not yet familiar with Grace Helbig and Mamrie Hart, we are proud to make the introduction. These gals are real life besties, social media super stars, and a ton of fun to be around.

We can vouch for this personally, because they just came out to see us!

The premise was simple: Kidnap their biggest fan. Take him to the Honey Island Swamp. Then surprise him with a Cajun Encounters Swamp Tour. Capture everything on camera for the show Hey USA and post everything online!

We have to say, we had a blast. It was an honor to show everyone around and have them see what we do each day.

The video seems to be a hit too! It has thousands of views and hundreds of comments on Youtube within just a day of posting. It’s pretty entertaining, so we can certainly see why.

Check out the spot below and see for yourself.

For spots on your own Honey Island Swamp Tour, get instant online discounts here.

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!

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A Visit From Audrina Patridge on NBC’s “1st Look”

It’s always such fun showing guests the Honey Island Swamp. The beautiful greenery and active wildlife never fail to inspire, and it’s neat to see people taking it in for the first time.

One of our outings most recently included the crew from NBC’s travel show, “1st Look.” Celebrity Audrina Patridge and her team joined Captain Bishop for a ride out in the swamp and it looks like they had a great time!!


As a company who provides Eco Tours, we take our responsibility to the environment very seriously.

This year we are taking “going green” to a whole new level! We have some some exciting things up our sleeve, including better energy sources, better ways to recycle, and initiatives to reduce our footprint.

To kick things off we are hosting an event next week called “The Big Pearl River Cleanup” and we need some helping hands!!

The event is next Wednesday, February 26th, from 4-6PM. We’ll be going out on boats and making the Honey Island Swamp even MORE beautiful. We have boats, captains, team members, and cleaning supplies all set and ready to go and there’s still some space available for guests to volunteer!!

If you would like to participate in “The Big Pearl River Clean Up” just give shoot us an email at Spots are limited, so reach out soon!! All are welcome to come.

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