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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Beating the Rain with a Crawfish Boil!

Rain or shine, we’re committed to providing fun, worthwhile tour experiences of the swamp, city, cemeteries, and plantations.

Although the rain came out a bit today, we decided to have something special on site – a crawfish boil!

Here are just a few pics of our delicious lunch.

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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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Guest Spotlight: Nyla and Ted Wilkinson

It’s an honor to welcome guests from around world on tour and a joy to share our culture with each new person we meet.

Nothing makes us happier than venturing into the Honey Island Swamp, traveling through the streets of New Orleans, or going to Plantation Alley for a guided excursion.

Even better is the chance to see pictures from guests and hear about their experiences in emails, through reviews on Tripadvisor, on Google+, on Facebook, on Twitter, and on Instagram.

Recently, we received a kind note from some guests who toured the swamp with us. They also shared some pretty wonderful photos!

We thought they’d be the perfect fit for our new “Guest Spotlight” series!


The note and photos below are from Nyla and Ted Wilkinson. Thanks so much for sending, yall!

“We went on our first ever swamp boat tour on March 1, 2016. I never in my life imagined what the experience would be like. Sunny was a  wonderful tour guide. He was very knowledgeable of the environment, birds and animals that live there, and he has a great sense of humor. There is no doubt he loves his job which in turn makes for a fantastic tour.  Thanks Sunny and Cajun Encounters for a wonderful day.”



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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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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!

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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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Cajun Encounters Chosen for Award by Tripadvisor’s “Flipkey”

tripadvisor swampWe’re very honored to announce that Cajun Encounters has been chosen to represent the state of Louisiana on’s “Top Family Attractions Worth Traveling For” series for 2016!, a TripAdvisor company, assesses the market and publishes the award list each year.


The award features one selection from each of the 50 states based on an array of factors and this year, our Honey Island Swamp Tours, New Orleans City Cemetery Tours, and Plantation Tours were highlighted.


A big, sincere thanks to everyone who has toured with us and took the time to write a review on Tripadvisor. It means the world and this award couldn’t have happened without you!


To see the full list, visit’s post here.


A Visit from Meier’s Weltreisen!

OSwamp Tourn Saturday, November 14th, 2015, the team at Cajun Encounters was honored to welcome Meier’s Weltreisen to town for a Honey Island Swamp Tour.

Working in partnership with the St. Tammany CVB and Louisiana Office of Tourism, PNO’s group sales manager, Leslie Cunningham, and coordinator, Hannah Alley, organized the visit, greeting the group with packets and goodies for their customized private tour.

The group was accompanied by Louisiana German Rep Karen Gilsdorf and St. Tammany CVB Manager Tanya Leader.

While out in the swamp, the tour was led by the renowned Captain Bishop, who has appeared on countless blogs and tv shows!

It was certainly a joy to have the folks at Meier’s Weltreisen come out on the water with us.

Top tour operators in Germany, specializing in USA bound travel, the group came to town to experience all that New Orleans has to offer first hand.

What a ton of fun!!








Halloween Spirit, Swamp Style!

CajunSwampTourIt’s October, 2015, and Halloween is right around the corner.

The team here at Cajun Encounters is in full, festive spirit.

OctoberSwampTourIn addition to the gorgeous cool weather, picturesque scenery, and active local wildlife, guests for our Honey Island Swamp Tour are in for a special treat!

Around each corner are some special Hallow’s Eve decorations, and we must say that this year we’ve truly outdone ourselves.

Be sure to book your swamp tour today and don’t forget to take a selfie with one of our ghoulish, ghastly new additions. They are the perfect backdrop for your Fall vacation photos.


Tag Cajun Encounters on our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest pages and we may just share your photo with the world!

HoneyIslandSwampWhile you’re in town, check out our famous New Orleans City Cemetery Tour and our Plantation Tour.

They’re the best way to get a full view of our Southern culture.

Our excursions are top rated on Tripadvisor and our team works hard to make for the most memorable, fun, worthwhile tours around.

Book with us online and see the difference.

Be sure to use code “6OFF” to save $6.00 on tours with transportation service.

For tours with self transport, use code “3OFF” to save $3.00 per seat.



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!