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.

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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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Honey Island Swamp Monster: Fact or Fiction?

Legend has it that a large, ape-like creature with gray hair, red eyes, and a tepid disposition resides here in the Honey Island Swamp.

Reports at the Cajun Encounters Camp vary from person to person, but those who have seen it say that darts about, more scared of us than we are of it.

Sounds like such a sweet creature!

Known as “Letiche” by the Native Americans, and referred to as “Tainted Keitre” by the Cajuns, the Honey Island Swamp Monster is said to date back to the early 1900’s. It was during this time that a traveling circus met with a traincrash just down the way, resulting in a group of escaped chimpanzees. Some of the chimps fell in “love” with the local swamp gators, and rest, they say, is history. And by history, we mean the birth of the Honey Island Swamp Monster!

As far as sightings go, the first documented occasion was by a retired air traffic controller named Harlan Ford. It was he who took the first footage of the creature on a reel of Super 8 film.

Later, in 1974, news had spread nationwide. Mr. Ford had returned to our area, along with a friend, and found some pretty unsual footprints. Large ones that seemed to show webbed feet!

Since this time, whenever we hear of the Swamp Monster, we are happy to know that he’s still out there, rummaging about. Maybe one day we can find him, shake his hand, and take a picture. Maybe even give him a Hubig’s pie as a token of our affection.

If you have photos of the swamp monster, be sure to send them our way! We’re working on a new feature in dedication to the local legend.

Support Local!

Hello readers, and happy August!

As it is getting “sizzling” down here in the Big Easy, we thought it would be a great time to remind readers that now, more than ever, is a good time to support New Orleans businesses.

Although, in our opinion, the heat is great for gator watching (they love to sunbathe), it’s good for city tours (why not? you’re in a lush, air-conditioned bus) and the plantation homes you visit on our tours are DESIGNED to beat the heat with their sheer construction. Besides, you’ll have to elbow your way through a much smaller crowd to see the good stuff. So what isn’t there to like?

One man that sees our point of view is New Orleans’ very own John Besh.

If you’ve been hiding under a rock, Mr. Besh is a bit of a local royalty. We love our food down here, and that means that we like our chefs on a first name basis. John owns some of the most amazing restaurants in the area (La Provence, The American Sector, L√ľke, and Besh Steak) and has been featured in the national media.

So, with that said, we’ll let him take it from here:

Swamp Tour In Action

Hey guys,

We just received this amazing video, shot by Allison Hickman. If you ever wondered what it was like to take a tour, the video does a great job of summing up the experience.

Tell us what you think!