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5 Stars - Based on 44717 User Reviews
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J R.
12/02/2023 - Google

Really enjoyed the tour. Our guide, Captain Scott, was great. He is very thoughtful of and knowledgeable. We had a great experience and loved the views. I would love to come back in the spring. The website was very easy to navigate and do our reservations and all the staff is very friendly. They have clean restrooms and a... read more

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Carly S.
11/23/2023 - Google

Captain Jacob was amazing. This tour is WORTH EVERY PENNY!!! We are outdoor people and have spent a lot of time around wildlife and he showed us so many new things and taught us so much! He also made sure to turn the boat to help us catch some amazing shots as well. We got to see multiple species, even... read more

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Linda H.
11/23/2023 - Google

Took our 2 device focused teens on a swamp tour & we all enjoyed it! Captain John K was a fantastic guide & historian, so knowledgeable about the area, wildlife, lifestyle. We saw gators, many gorgeous birds, adorable raccoons digging for crayfish, turtles & even wild boars. Capt John K is a local & respectful about environment. No bugs on... read more

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Bella M.
11/21/2023 - Google

Derek, the bus driver, was very informative. I enjoyed and appreciated his insight and recommendations (headed to Neyow’s as soon as we get back).
Our Captain Bishop Keller was a pleasure. I love a good pun and he did not disappoint! Wish there was a bar on the boat so I could have bought him a drink. 10/10 would recommend!
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Beth S.
11/19/2023 - Google

Captain Todd and the entire Cajun Encounter experience was fantastic! Captain was so knowledgeable and funny! He gave us so much interesting information about the history and wildlife. He easily answered all of our questions. The ride itself was so fun and beautiful and exciting!
Our bus driver Joy was also great. She also gave us a lot of interesting information...
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John S.
11/17/2023 - Google

The greatest captain ever. Super fun, knowledgeable, and he went out of his way to accommodate everyone. My hats off to Captain Steve. Great tour bus service as well. Thanks Michele. Loved her knowledge of New Orleans. Great experience all the way around.

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Jenn M.
11/16/2023 - Google

Captain Steve was great! He was very knowledgeable and kept our 3rd graders engaged. They loved seeing George (the raccoons). I particularly liked that Cajun Encounters has upgraded what they use to feed the wildlife. They used to feed them marshmallows, but now they feed them something much better for the animals. It was a fun experience!

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Gregory H.
11/13/2023 - Google

Randy was an amazing guide, navigating miles of swamp in search of local wildlife. He was full of knowledge about the swamp’s flora and fauna, as well as the gators and other animals. There were less gators in the cooler weather, but the tour would have been worth it even if we didn’t see any. It was a relaxing and... read more

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Susan A.
11/08/2023 - Google

First. Our bus driver, Derek, was not only a great driver but also a terrific guide! Shared many points of interest, information and great stories. High marks for Derek! Secondly, our swamp guide, Capt. Chris, was absolutely phenomenal! So much great information about the swamp and wildlife that we saw in November! About 20 alligators, wild pigs, Great Blue Herons,... read more

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Sarah M.
11/06/2023 - Google

I cannot understate how much fun we had on this tour! The bus that picked us up already exceeded expectations, it was gloriously air conditioned and large, we felt very safe the entire time. Our bus driver gave us entertaining little bits of knowledge as we approached Honey Island and our boat captain was also incredibly knowledgeable and made it... read more

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Monica T.
11/05/2023 - Google

This was absolutely fantastic! Everything I was hoping for. The guides were very knowledgeable and we saw lots of animals including gators. They have a little gift shop and bathrooms you can stop at before you depart. They sell snack and drinks, but you can also bring your own. The swamp is alive and beautiful, I can't wait to bring... read more

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jessica m.
11/04/2023 - Google

Captain Steve was a fantastic guide!! Very knowledgeable of the history of the area and the plants/animals encountered along our ride. He was an absolute pleasure to talk to and was very engaging. It was an amazing experience and so glad we were able to ride in one of the smaller boats during the morning hours. Definitely would recommend.

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Christina K.
11/01/2023 - Google

Captain Everett was a fantastic guide, made sure we stopped and all got looks at and pictures of the animals! Was very knowledgeable and funny, saw almost a dozen gators and my favorite part- the raccoons! Tour was worth every dollar, everyone from the driver to captain to store employees were wonderful. Will be going again next time I come... read more

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becca h.
10/30/2023 - Google

Scott is an amazing tour guide! So knowledgeable and made sure that everyone could see the wild life and is an expert at the different swamp species. Had a wonderful time! Steve is the best bus driver as well! Smooth and easy commute with a lot of knowledge about the city and its history.

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Delia C.
10/26/2023 - Google

Melinda on bus 3 was an absolute delight. She made the bus journey interesting and even though we weren't booked on the tour let us on board and organised for us to be part of the tour experience.
When we were on the boat with Captain Pat, he was amazing and cracked jokes to keep us amused. He was very knowledgeable...
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Tairis H.
10/22/2023 - Google

Absolutely amazing tour! Captain Wade had so much knowledge and showed us lots of alligators! We also got to see raccoons, snakes, spiders… it was just incredible! I would definitely recommend!
The bus driver Steve was also the best! He knew so much of the history and made the drive to the boat very pleasant

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Mariah H.
10/21/2023 - Google

Our boat captain Steve was very good and he gave amazing detail about the environment. Captain Steve had a great humor and made many people laugh he made the experience so fun.

Also our bus driver Derick was amazing he told us about so many Greta food places to try and he told us all about the town and how the...
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Frank R.
10/21/2023 - Google

Simply amazing! One of the best tours available in the big easy. Being that close to all the animals in the swamp is something that I’ll never forget. The tour guide we had was not only fantastic, but incredibly patient as we had one person on the tour that was a bit too vocal. It was great to learn about... read more

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Kimberly B.
10/12/2023 - Google

There's a reason it's so highly rated. It really is that good. Our tour guide Lane was SO nice and took his time showing us everything we could see. He was knowledgeable and made the experience great. We saw tons of wildlife! Even our bus ride to and from the city was a good time. Highly recommend this tour.

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Chuck G.
10/11/2023 - Google

We had a great ride out to the swamp with Dwayne "The Rock" "Socks" as our driver. He kept us entertained and informed, and delivered us safely to the facility where Captain Scott picked us up. It was easy to see the passion he has for these wetlands and waterways. We left feeling enriched and sharing his concerns for the... read more

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Ariana R.
10/10/2023 - Google

Awesome experience, great to see all the landscape and wildlife. Dee our bus driver was good with some fun jokes good local information pointed out along the way. Scott our captain was awesome. Would highly recommend this tour company to all our New Zealand friends traveling to New Orleans. We saw a large number of alligators, birds,... read more

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Sara D.
10/10/2023 - Google

Highly recommend. Derek was a brilliant driver, going above and beyond sharing his local knowledge and food recommendations. Captain Scott was a brilliant swamp tour guide too, we saw everything we hoped and a bit extra! His
manner and knowledge was amazing. Best 2hrs out of the city learning more about Louisiana and Mississippi.

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Grant S.
10/09/2023 - Google

I recently had the pleasure of taking a tour with Cajun Encounters and it was an unforgettable experience. Capt Steve was a fantastic guide, bringing the bayou to life with his vast knowledge and passion. We were fortunate to see an abundance of wildlife, making the experience truly authentic.

The journey from New Orleans was equally delightful, thanks to our bus...
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Christine D.
10/06/2023 - Google

Captain Steve was amazing! He was extremely knowledgeable, funny, and showed us so many fascinating things. Captain Steve gave us the opportunity to see incredible wildlife and plants. He answered questions and was so friendly and considerate, asking if we got the pictures we needed and making sure we could see what he was sharing.
I recommend this tour and ESPECIALLY...
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Meredith H.
10/05/2023 - Google

Dustin was amazing. He’s incredibly knowledgeable, has a great personality, and an equally wonderful energy. You can tell he has a true love and respect for the swamps, the earth, and everything that lives within it. Of everything I’ve done in New Orleans/the surrounding area over the many visits I’ve made to Louisiana - this swamp tour with Dustin absolutely... read more

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Marlo K.
10/01/2023 - Google

We had a great tour with Captain Pat. He was very knowledgeable about the River and the swamp. He made sure we saw all the wildlife that we could. Lots of alligators, wild pig, raccoons and various types of birds. We did come back with all our digits, and don’t tell him but Capt. Pat is hilarious….which made the tour... read more

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Ashley B.
10/01/2023 - Google

We had a great time! It started with our bus driver Steve who had the hour drive super entertaining and enjoyable. Our experience with captain John was incredibly fun!!! He was super knowledgeable about the wildlife and made our trip down the bayou a memorable one! Highly recommend!

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Melissa T.
9/30/2023 - Google

INCREDIBLE tour!! I would recommend this tour to all my family and friends! As we were loading onto the boat we were already greeted by some alligators. We saw SO much wildlife and couldn't have had a better time! Captain Steve was AMAZING! He was friendly, professional, and full of lots of great information! Our driver Dee on the way... read more

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9/29/2023 - Google

Pick up location was perfect and on time. Melinda was very friendly and knowledgeable. The drive was smoothly and it didn’t take too long to get to our location. The process from checking in to getting on our boat was very quick & easy. The world gives swamps a bad rep. West pearl river is beautiful. Our Captain Pat... read more

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Miranda H.
9/27/2023 - Google

I had a blast! I had never seen alligators in the wild until my tour yesterday. I think our guides name was captain Phil. He was funny and knowledgeable. It was worth every penny to get this experience!

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Joe P.
5 star rating
9/30/2022 - Yelp

Awesome tour with Zander! Saw some beautiful animals and land. We went during the evening time and it was better than anticipated. Temperature was perfect. You don't need any bug spray or anything like that. Great experience!

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Cheryl R.
5 star rating
9/30/2022 - Yelp

Had a great time on the swamp tour with Captain Zander. He was charming and very knowledgeable about the Pearl River and the swamp, as he grew up and still lives there. It was a beautiful day on the water. We saw red eared turtles, snowy egrets, great blue herons, a pair of cute raccoons and plenty of alligators. The... read more

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Kim D.
5 star rating
9/29/2022 - Yelp

I spent a long time analyzing tour reviews because let's face it, you get one shot at picking the right one when you're on vacation. Nailed it! Derreck, the driver on the 40 min. way out, gave a mini city tour which was an added bonus. We were lucky enough to get Emmett as our boat captain. He... read more

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Tiffany V.
5 star rating
9/22/2022 - Yelp

Our tour was with John and he was amazing! I would definitely recommend requesting him for your tour, he's super knowledgeable and was so entertaining. The gators basically swam right up to the boat. We also saw turtles and raccoons! It was a ton of fun, definitely a must do on your trip

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Laurie P.
5 star rating
9/17/2022 - Yelp

Excellent experience with this tour. Steve was great . He was funny & our party of 10 enjoyed the tour.

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Bryana W.
5 star rating
9/16/2022 - Yelp

Total fail I forgot all the employees names from today. But the man who was driving bus 1 for swamp tour on 9/16/22 was amazing. Super friendly guy and gave us good information on New Orleans on the drive to the swamp tour.

Our guide for the swamp tour was a older gentleman and he was funny. Gave us good...
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Karen L.
5 star rating
9/10/2022 - Yelp

CITY BUS TOUR- This company has several different tours.
Not really sure if this is correct but my receipt says it is Cajun Encounters but when I called about a discount they said I booked through the BigEasy tours or Paddlewheel.... anyway. Explanation below for discount.

I have to say I was very pleased with the tour. I really learned a...
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Sheila N.
5 star rating
9/07/2022 - Yelp

Wish I could give more stars for Bishop our tour guide! He was Very knowledgeable, funny and entertaining. Really cool to see him interact, well...feed, the alligators. He also made racoons and pigs come out of hiding in the woods for us tourists. Something I didn't expect to see. I feel like can always learn something new from Bishop on... read more

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Culbreth J.
5 star rating
9/03/2022 - Yelp

Brought 10 women on a tour, everyone was phenomenal from booking to the bus transportation to the tour itself. Everything was easy all the way around. Steve the bus driver was hilarious and made the trip there and back informative and a good time - putting us all at ease - even through a downpour. Personally we think our boat... read more

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Sammie L.
5 star rating
9/02/2022 - Yelp

We had a great swamp tour. Our bus driver Derek and our boat captain Jerry we're both super knowledgeable and nice. We were able to see alligators, raccoons, a blue heron, egrets, turtles, and more. The boat ride was super fun and informational and I had a great time! I've never been to a bayou before so it was really... read more

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Dorothy A.
5 star rating
8/26/2022 - Yelp

Enjoy myself on this trip!!!! Something to experience if you haven't already. Our guide was such a good time.

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5 star rating
8/26/2022 - Yelp

I grew up in the Deep South, but I have lived in Los Angeles for over 20 years. Thus, as a native Southerner, I was not sure if these tours would impress someone like me who is familiar with the region. Boy, was I surprised. The tour is worth every penny. Captain Jacob is an excellent... read more

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Amber M.
5 star rating
8/23/2022 - Yelp

Great experience!
Amica our driver was so sweet friendly & entertaining. Our captain Emmit was so funny and answered everyone's questions, even the dumb one hahaha. I have a lot of friends who travel and I will def be recommending Cajun Encounters to everyone I know!

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Christine L.
5 star rating
8/21/2022 - Yelp

Took a morning swamp tour and it was amazing! The whole process was simple, from booking to transportation and the tour itself. This is the second time I've done a swamp tour and this was by far the best. The tour guide, Walker, was fun and informative. And the sites were amazing. If your... read more

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Peggy A.
5 star rating
8/14/2022 - Yelp

Great bayou tour! Captain Walker was very knowledgeable about the swamp and some great Dad jokes. We really enjoyed seeing many alligators and other wildlife in close proximity of our boat.

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Caroline B.
5 star rating
8/13/2022 - Yelp

We were visiting the Coven House when Malieka stopped us and asked if we'd like to listen along with her tour. She was very passionate and even offered to take our photo. Let me be clear, we were NOT a part of this tour. Yet, she went out of her way to share the experience with us. We will definitely... read more

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Nate E.
5 star rating
8/10/2022 - Yelp

My New Orleans trip would not have been complete without a trip to the bayou. Transportation was easy and stress free. And from the moment we arrived, everyone was so pleasant. You can tell they wanted to be there, and really love what they do. We had Captain Todd and he made the experience unforgettable. We saw all the wildlife... read more

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Trisha E.
5 star rating
8/08/2022 - Yelp

Alligator swamp tour is definitely recommended! We had Daniel as the bus driver (very nice & funny) & we had Desi as our captain (very nice & knowledgeable). Overall was a lovely experience. So many alligators in the swamp. I even got to a hold a 3 foot alligator in the gift shop; cute little guy!

I do recommend eating...
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Carlos A.
5 star rating
8/04/2022 - Yelp

our tour guide derrick was absolutely amazing! he was very thorough and definitely hilarious! we will definitely be coming back and recommending for our friends and family!

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Berglund M.
5 star rating
8/03/2022 - Yelp

Guide was informative. Bus driver (Dwayne Brown) was a crack up and made the whole trip worth it

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Jacqueline P.
5 star rating
7/31/2022 - Yelp

We took the private boat swamp tour with Everett. There was a total of 9 people in the boat which gives you enough room to see around the swamp and not feel crowded. We chose to drive instead of using the bus and found it was very easy to find the launching spot. Our captain, Everett... read more

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Kristy N.
5 star rating
7/29/2022 - Yelp

We had a great time on the swamp tour. Everything went great from the pick up all the way through drop off. Captain Pat was amazing! Super entertaining and informative. The only thing that could make this better is some drinks along the way! Would definitely recommend Cajun Encounters.

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Jonna B.
5 star rating
7/28/2022 - Yelp

We really enjoyed the city and cemetery tour with Derek. He had a lot of local knowledge and tips to make the most of our time in town.

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Margarita M.
5 star rating
7/28/2022 - Yelp

I recently took a plantation tour with Cajun Encounters the tour was great. Our driver and tour guide Imeka was amazing! She gave us a brief history of both plantations as well as pointing out attractions along the way! Thanks Imeka

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Ciana M.
5 star rating
7/27/2022 - Yelp

I had an amazing time with Cajun Encounters, it started with Dwayne... THEE BEST bus/ tour driver. He kept us entertained the entire way to the swamp, with interesting facts about New Orleans and it's history and cracked plenty of jokes and kept me laughing. I ended up leaving my bag on the bus on the way back to the... read more

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Daniel B.
5 star rating
7/24/2022 - Yelp

Captain Aily is PHENOMENAL! I did the Night Swamp Tour with him and his humor, his insight and tremendous knowledge about the Honey Island Swamp, and his ability to spot all the animals was amazing. Well well worth the expense for an evening I will not soon forget. I've heard mixed things about whether to do a swamp tour but... read more

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Saw C.
5 star rating
7/23/2022 - Yelp

This review is for the City & Cemetery Bus Tours that are part of the Cajun Encounters Tour Co. offerings. I took the bus tour today and thoroughly enjoyed Steve as our tour guide. He was knowledgeable and kept our group engaged, informed, and entertained throughout the 3 hour tour (which felt much shorter). We saw a good chunk of... read more

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DeLori T.
5 star rating
7/22/2022 - Yelp

The Tour was great. Our tour guide Zander was excellent (very engaging and entertaining). He was very knowledgeable and educated us on the environment and habitat.

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Zhenhuan X.
5 star rating
7/19/2022 - Yelp

I took an oak alley plantation tour and a swamp tour. I had very good drivers (Emicka and Dwayne) for both tours, and the tours themselves are also enjoyable with interesting spots to see and fun facts to learn.

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Thomas A.
5 star rating
7/19/2022 - Yelp

What an adventure!!! We were lucky enough to have Captain John!! He knew the swamp well and made us very comfortable going through the bayous and the rest of the swamps. It seemed the alligators and raccoons knew him personally. Thank you so much captain John! Highly recommend this tour.

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