Cajun Encounters Reviews
I had an amazing experience! I booked the private tour because I had a group of 8 and wanted a more intimate experience with just the 8 of us. In addition, with the private tour, we were able to bring alcohol which was great because we were celebrating my husband’s birthday so the alcohol was a great addition to the... read more
This tour exceeded our expectations. Our guide Desi was the best. He was very knowledgeable and informative! He educated us about the entire swamp and all the wildlife. We saw several gators, raccoons, birds, frogs, spiders and huge grasshoppers! It was truly one of the most unique experiences. I would recommend to anyone visiting NOLA! Thank you, Desi!
Our tour was amazing. The bus ride was great with our driver, Laura. She was very informative and made the ride entertaining. The boat tour was amazing. We saw so many different wildlife and the views were incredible. Our captain Desi was a great guide. He was informative and stopped to let us see. It was great to hear about... read more
This tour was the highlight of our vacation to the Gulf Coast! We absolutely loved this excursion. Robert was our tour guide, and he was amazing! He was charming, knowledgeable, and funny. Just being out on the water and seeing all the wildlife was so amazing. It is such a unique experience for those who don't live where there are... read more
We are from Michigan, just moved to Louisiana and had friends with us so we were looking for interesting things to do. Found this group and ended up having an amazing time with Cajun Encounters. We did a swamp tour and it was so much fun. Captain John R. was funny, engaging, clearly knowledgeable and just a delight. We had... read more
On 6/20/21 My husband and I had the absolute best time taking the swamp tour! Captain Luca was great! He kept us totally captivated with his knowledge of the area and animals, his sense of humor, and his stories of growing up in the area. We couldn’t possibly have had a better time! The current prices are super affordable, and... read more
This may have been one of the best tours I've ever been on in my life. We got to see countless gators, several raccoons in a SWAMP, a blue heron, wild pigs/boars and also many turtles. The best part of the tour was the knowledge that we gained from the tour guide captain Barry. Absolutely the most knowledgeable and nice... read more
We really enjoyed our swamp tour! Our tour guide, Capt. Barry, was very knowledgeable and took the time to find gators, raccoons, and pigs. He stopped and made sure everyone got the pictures that they wanted and made the trip very fun. The drive back from the swamp was just as enjoyable with our amazing bus driver, Dwayne! He was... read more
Captain John K. gave us a phenomenal tour of the Pearl River and Honey Island Swamp. He was fun to talk to and gave us great information about the area and the wildlife. We saw at least 20 alligators (up close and personal), wild pigs, turtles, cranes, and a lot of other birds. The vegetation is so beautiful. ... read more
Captain John R was an amazing guide! He has an extensive knowledge of the area - I feel very confident in his ability to navigate us through any situation that may arise on the bayou. He has a wealth of information about the natural flora and fauna; he can tell you how to survive on the land and what to... read more
We had a nighttime swamp tour with Captain Barry and he was PHENOMENAL! He made great use of the time we had to ensure that we saw gators, frogs, spiders, the swamp, bayou, and other aspects of the ecosystem- so cool! Barry made sure we all got a chance to take pictures and videos. Being a native to the bayou,... read more
This company was great to work with. We did the group swamp tour with pickup which was timely and the bus was air conditioned and very comfortable. The guide on the bus gave us a ton of information about the area as we drove which made the hour drive go by so fast. And she gave us a great recommendation... read more
We toured with our 4 grandchildren. Wonderful experience, 2 hour tour, great value!
Reviews from our grandchildren-
Captain Barry was great and helped teach us a lot of new things!
Caption Barry was amazing and nice and funny and I loved when Addie buzzed him!! My rating 5/5
This was very fun and exciting I loved all the animals and it was very... read more
This tour was awesome. I went with my wife and two kids (ages 7 and 17 months.) Our guide, Captain John was great. He was knowledgeable about the areas we viewed, he was well educated in alligator facts, and he knew right where to find all the great animals(alligators, hogs, and raccoons.) He made the trip enjoyable with his sense... read more
My husband and I went on the swamp tour during our first visit to Louisiana. It was fun from the minute the bus driver Sunshine picked us up near our hotel. The drop off center had clean bathrooms, a nice gift shop, and a comfortable waiting area outside under the pavilion. Our Caption, Luca, made the experience even... read more
We took our first swamp boat tour, with Capt. John. He was awesome! So knowledgeable about the plants and animals in the swamp. We had a cool rainy day and the animals weren't wanting to cooperate, but somehow Capt. John made it happen, we got to see all the animals you would if it had been sunny. Capt. John is... read more
The tour is great and our guide Captain Chris is super funny and informative. He introduced us about the living condition of the alligators, the history of the trees, and some fun stories of local life, which makes the trip so bold. We got to see alligators and amazing views of the swamp. Chris often adjusts the position of the... read more
First time visiting ‘NOLA’. We decided to do a city tour to get a lay of the land. This tour was AMAZING!!! Butch was our guide. His knowledge was great and his driving was impeccable. Butch was hospitable and friendly. My only regret is that the tour was over so soon. I could have spent an entire day on... read more
Took the 2 hour Swamp tour with captain Stephen and it was awesome!! Me and my fiancee had so much fun. We saw lots of gators, snakes, turtles, hawks and even wild pigs!! Captain Stephen was lots of fun, and very informative. He even had a list of great seafood restaurants in the New Orleans area. If you’re taking a... read more
This tour exceeded our expectations completely!! It was fantastic! Captain Sunny was the BEST! Funny and knowledgeable and personable. The best tour guide and captain!! We got to see so many alligators but also had raccoon and hog encounters that were up close and personal, which was incredible and fun. What a delight!! We also got a see an alligator... read more
The swamp tour was Amazing! Our tour guide, Dezi (sorry if misspelled), did an excellent job of giving us an excellent tour of the habitat. We saw a number of different wildlife including wild hog, raccoons, white egrets, blue herons, alligators, diamondback water snakes, Pearl River map turtles, red ear sliders, and more. Such a great experience to see... read more
I wasn't sure what to expect. I'm more of an indoor activity type person but I am so glad we booked this! Our tour guide was hilarious! We saw 4 gators at the end of December, which is a rare time to see them, and a lot or turtles. I recommend taking a swamp tour to everyone now! The best... read more
Great experience with Captain Stephen Black. Speaker was very informative and people person interactive with adults and kids during our tour. You will also learn about the alligator populations over the years and be able to differentiate between alligators/crocodiles and other types of wildlife species. Outstanding adventure while on our trip to New Orleans from California. Captain Black's humor went... read more
As always, a wonderful adventure, in and out of alligator season. The guides know these Gators as neighbors. But that's only one of the many animals and plant species in a species rich region you'll be alerted too. A jewel of a swamp and Gems of the industry. Highly recommended.
What a fantastic experience! While on vacation my family and I decided randomly to go on a swamp tour in Louisiana and this company was recommended. I'll admit, I wasn't expecting much more than seeing just a few animals on the shore line (if that!).
Instead what we got was not only an extremely information and hilarious guide, but also close... read more
The swamp tour with Luca was amazing! I was against going on a swamp tour but when it was done it was easily the best part of our trip to Louisiana! Luca was very informative, and had a great time with us all. We saw alligators, snakes, hogs, raccoons, and birds. I would highly recommend for anyone!!
They offer all kinds of tours - swamp, haunted, plantation, etc. We went with the swamp tour and paid extra for transportation to be included. We were picked up in a big air-conditioned bus near our hotel. Our driver, Larry (or as he likes to be called - BamBam), was one of the most friendly and funny... read more
This bus tour was recommended to us by Jordan, who we stumbled upon working in a corner reservation office on Decatur Street. Highly recommend this tour, and to do it early in your trip. We were lucky enough to have Derek as our tour guide who was engaging, funny and very knowledgeable about local history. Doing this as one of... read more
We booked the Oak Alley + Laura plantation tour, Swamp Boat tour, Ghost Tour and crossed our fingers that we would like this tour company. Thankfully, all of the tours were exceptionally good. The Swamp Boat tour is a must! We're glad we did the two plantation tour, not just the one-1/2 day at Oak Alley was enough time and... read more
Cajun Encounters is an absolute MUST when visiting The Big Easy! Our girls' vacation wouldn't have been complete without it. Our group of three booked the VIP tour, which I highly recommend. The smaller boat and more intimate experience with the animals of the Honey Island Swamp was simply amazing!
This tour was excellent! Our guide, Luka, was wonderful! He was so knowledgeable and so many fun stories to share! He clearly knows the area like the back of his hand and made the tour informative and entertaining. We got up close with the gators and other critters. It was a lot of fun. My children were skeptical before the... read more
Made a last minute reservation to take a swamp tour. Our tour guide Emmett was funny and knowledgeable. My daughter was able to hold a baby alligator! We had a great time on this unexpected adventure. I would definitely recommend utilizing the offered transportation, It's worth it. It's about 30 minutes out of the city so finding an... read more
Captain Bary is amazing. Please give this man the cooler !!
He was extremely knowledgeable of the area and got us some INSANE views!! Took his time to make sure everyone could see and got good photos. Extremely witty, learned SO much more than I expected. Could not have gone better!! Well worth the money !! If your questioning if... read more
We absolutely loved the experience. We had Luka as our captain and I cannot recommend requesting him enough. We will definitely come back through and do this again. Very knowledgeable and charismatic and kept us entertained while educating us about the area. Also recommended some good eating spots after.
Before visiting NOLA I read a lot of reviews between the different swamp tour companies. The reviews were pretty much the same. The reason I chose Cajun Encounters is because their seats in the boats. I noticed with other companies the seats faced forward and I'm sure it would be hard to see if you sat in the middle. Cajun... read more
We did the 330pm swamp tour in August and it was an absolute blast!
What we expected:
See a gator or two
Call it a day
What we got:
An awesome oral history of NOLA on our bus ride to Honey Island
A hilarious and banter-filled swamp tour thanks to Captain Gary, where he explained the native and invasive flora/fauna
At least 15 gators, where four... read more
I had 2 tours today, Oak Alley Plantation & Ghost Tour at night. S/O to Dwayne our driver, he was amazing, educational, entertaining (& technically not even a tour guide- but he did a great job). The logistical planning could have been better, considering I only did one plantation & had to wait an additional several hours for the people... read more
This tour company was amazing! I want to specifically shout out Dwayne, our bus driver to the Laura and Oak Alley Plantations. He was so knowledgeable about the New Orleans and surrounding areas and was a great storyteller on the ride to our destination. He was enthusiastic and so kind to everyone on our trip, and was... read more
Booked a swamp tour with pickup from our hotel. The bus driver, Nora(?), was a new orleans local and very informative. She gave us a little tour of new orleans on our way to the swamp. Something to note: Nora said she took the long route because she didnt have that many stops. Score for us! She rocked. At the... read more
One of the best experiences I've ever had in my entire life I'm gonna get straight to the point. I took probably a couple hundred pictures and I wish I could post them all. I came down here back in April for my birthday with 3 others and from start to finish it was everything we had hoped for. It's... read more