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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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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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!

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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.



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 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
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!

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Help Us Name Our Newest Family Member

Readers, we’re calling on YOU help to welcome the newest member of the Cajun Encounters family.

This little guy paid us a visit yesterday, along with his brother, after wondering away from “mama hog”.  His sibling scampered away, but fortunately we were able to help “Potter” (as we like to call him now) get food and shelter.

A tummy full of food was all it took to find his heart. Full of puppy love, he now follows you around, let’s you pet him, flips on his Cajun Encounters Swamp Toursback to let you RUB HIS BELLY, and has the cutest little pig grunts. This is after one day, you guys!

With this sudden adoption comes responsibility, of course. At the moment, we are making a HUGE pen for him in the back of the camp, constructing a “house” made of wood for him, and are finding ourselves spending more and more time in the back yard. How amazing are our lunch breaks going to be now?!

Perhaps after a while, you will be able to pay a visit to him after taking a Honey Island Swamp Tour with us, but first things first – he needs a name!!!

We need your help.

From now until next Wednesday, October 26th, we will be taking suggestions for the absolute BEST moniker this little (soon big) guy could ever have. We’ll even reward the lucky winner with a free New Orleans City Tour, an Oak Alley/Laura Plantation Tour, or a Honey Island Swamp Tour for 2.

We would prefer suggestions be sent via the Cajun Encounters Facebook Page, but feel free to send ideas through Twitter or email.

Stay tuned for much more about “Potter” in the days, weeks, and years coming. You will be able to virtually see him grow into a handsome, big, tusked boar along with us!!

Introducing “Pepe”: The Give Hope Disaster Relief Trip Student Group Mascot

We were given the honor last month of having a repeat visit by our friends at Northwest High School.

These students, hailing all the way from Michigan, were part of a Disaster Relief trip group called “Give Hope.” The group travels to New Orleans to help with hurricane relief.

(A big thank you to you guys, as well as to everyone who takes time out of their schedule to volunteer!)

And with that, we would like to introduce you all to “Pepe,” the groups’ unofficial mascot for the trip.

How fun, right?!

The kids purchased these little guys from the gift shop, and gave them their own dress.

So different! Thanks to NW High for sending these over, for the volunteerism, and of course, for the visit.

To our readers, do you have a neat travel buddy that you’d like to have featured on the blog? Send us some pics, and maybe we can feature you next!!