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4.9 Stars - Based on 9242 User Reviews
Martine G. Avatar
Martine G.
4/04/2022 - Google

This tour was so incredible. The swamp looked like it was straight out of a movie. We loved it so much and Desi was the best guide! He was extremely knowledgeable and knew the swamp in and out. He also found gators for us which was the absolute highlight! We will definitely come again next time we are in New... read more

Joe R. Avatar
Joe R.
3/17/2022 - Google

Our multi-generation family outing with Cajun Encounters in March was great from start to finish. The pickup on Canal St and trip out to the tour site with Dwayne (the Rock!?!) started us out on the right foot, and the boat tour led by John R was great. He shared stories from his experiences growing up and... read more

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Jenn D.
1/19/2022 - Google

We opted for the transportation. Rene was great! He made the bus ride enjoyable by telling us about the history of the city and pointing out notable areas.

We then embarked on a private boat tour with Will. He pointed out the swamp creatures and gave us the run down on the area. He was great...
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Asja J.
11/21/2021 - Google

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

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Paige T.
8/20/2021 - Google

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!

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magnolia h.
7/27/2021 - Google

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

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Nathaniel J.
7/22/2021 - Google

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

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Ebony J.
7/17/2021 - Google

Captain Sonny! So amazing! Take your friends, family, anyone you know. Cap. Sonny is very knowledgeable and kind. He knows everything! Water is calming and weather was nice. The breeze on the water is so relaxing! Would definitely do again!

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Jessika D.
7/02/2021 - Google

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

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Jimi H.
6/25/2021 - Google

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

Tom L. Avatar
Tom L.
6/09/2021 - Google

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

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Nicole R.
6/04/2021 - Google

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

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aidan k.
6/02/2021 - Google

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

Sheryl L. Avatar
Sheryl L.
6/01/2021 - Google

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

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Alexis F.
5/31/2021 - Google

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

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Meg R.
5/29/2021 - Google

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

Diane B. Avatar
Diane B.
5/28/2021 - Google

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...
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Nick C. Avatar
Nick C.
5/16/2021 - Google

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

Sharon Z. Avatar
Sharon Z.
5/04/2021 - Google

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

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Anthony &.
4/20/2021 - Google

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

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qq y.
4/12/2021 - Google

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

Justin M. Avatar
Justin M.
4/06/2021 - Google

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

Bobby H. Avatar
Bobby H.
3/14/2021 - Google

It was a little busy when I arrived at check in, but then it became very well organized. We did see an amazing number of animals in the swamp - I was really impressed.

This was a great value. I will do this swamp tour again.

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Breez C.
3/13/2021 - Google

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

Erin C. Avatar
Erin C.
3/09/2021 - Google

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

Christian A. Avatar
Christian A.
3/05/2021 - Google

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

Lynnsay B. Avatar
Lynnsay B.
1/03/2021 - Google

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

Timothy P. Avatar
Timothy P.
11/28/2020 - Google

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

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KDiddle D.
11/24/2020 - Google

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.

Sarah B. Avatar
Sarah B.
11/23/2020 - Google

If you’re looking for a great place to get to see the Louisiana swaps, look no further. Such a great tour! The staff was professional and friendly. Our Captain Stephen was so awesome. He is knowledgeable and funny.
Thank you Cajun Encounters for such a good experience!

Judi T. Avatar
Judi T.
5 star rating
5/16/2022 - Yelp

From start to finish, the staff at Cajun Encounters go above and beyond to create the ultimate experience! My husband and I booked the Swamp Tour which was a quick and easy process. Our driver Dwayne "The Rock" made the ride fun and exciting -- he shared history, humor and love for this community. Captain Sonny kept us on our... read more

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J B.
5 star rating
5/15/2022 - Yelp

We had a great tour with Pat. He talked about many of the animals that live in the area. We saw alligators and raccoons. It was fun.

Desiree G. Avatar
Desiree G.
5 star rating
5/13/2022 - Yelp

This was one of my favorite tours I have ever taken! Captain Zander was the absolute best guide ever! He was so kind, funny, knowledgeable and a great driver. We saw alligators, catfish, turtles, osprey, racoons, and snakes. He pointed out all of the different trees and plants and even pointed out wild mushrooms. He was very informative and knew... read more

Julianne R. Avatar
Julianne R.
5 star rating
5/13/2022 - Yelp

Captain Pat was a lotta fun on the swamp tour. Nice lil southern voice to listen to. Great accommodations with bus from city to the boondocks. True Louisiana experience if I've ever seen one.

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Kathryn T.
5 star rating
5/09/2022 - Yelp

Awesome tour!

Transportation: bus pickup was easy and the bus driver was AWESOME. He very knowledgeable about the city and the gator tour, and he gave us a great "tour" on our 40 min ride out to the swamp. Not to mention, he was hilarious.

Gator tour: captain Patrick was great! Also hilarious and gave us a great tour. We saw...
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Sierra R. Avatar
Sierra R.
5 star rating
5/07/2022 - Yelp

If you're like me, you may be wondering if going on a swamp tour is cheesy. Maybe it is, but that doesn't mean you're not going to have the time of your life.

Cajun Encounters was affordable and very well organized, plus, the boats have a top so they're nice and shady even when it's super sunny out. We saw...
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Reed B. Avatar
Reed B.
5 star rating
5/05/2022 - Yelp

Derick was our tour guide around New Orleans and exceptionally good at giving background / history of so many places from different areas of the city. Well worth the price of admission!

Jillian T. Avatar
Jillian T.
5 star rating
5/05/2022 - Yelp

Money can't BAYOU love but money sure can bayou one hell of an alligator adventure tour!

The booking process was so easy, even from afar and overseas! Went online, chose our tour time, paid online and was sent an email confirmation. Was also sent a reminder text and email confirmation as well closer to the tour.

We opted for the...
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Celeste G. Avatar
Celeste G.
5 star rating
5/05/2022 - Yelp

Alan our bus driver was a really friendly guy, he kept us entertained on the ride over to the swamp. He shared some interesting facts about the surrounding areas and made sure we were paying attention with his jokes. Captain Scott led us on the swamp boat tour he definitely made this adventure enjoyable. Nothing but good times. He got... read more

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Celeste G.
5 star rating
5/04/2022 - Yelp

Had a city tour with bus driver/tour guide Butch! He was awesome!!! Couldn't have had a better person to tell us all about the city. Great personality and very knowledgeable, we learned a lot from him about this wonderful city. Definitely recommend this tour!

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Vivek A.
5 star rating
5/04/2022 - Yelp

The trip to slidell was extremely entertaining. Our driver was Dwayne. Awesome guy. Once we started our boat tour, our captain helped us navigate the waters with extreme detail. He (forget the name) took us to a remote bayou where we got to see alligators, racoons, and a wild pig. Awesome use of money. Would definitely visit again. Two thumbs up!

Kyle M. Avatar
Kyle M.
5 star rating
5/03/2022 - Yelp

Had a great time on this tour. Our guide was knowledgeable and had a great sense of humor. We would definitely do this again when in New Orleans. The pricing was also very reasonable as well

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Patricia M.
5 star rating
5/02/2022 - Yelp

My three boys and I went on the small boat tour. It was fantastic. We saw wild boar, alligators, raccoons, and more. Our guide was amazing - we learned a lot about the history of the swamp and wildlife.

We took the bus ride to and from our hotel and our driver Duane The Rock was incredibly knowledgable and entertaining. He...
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James P.
5 star rating
4/27/2022 - Yelp

I toured with Captain Luca and he was very funny and very informative. I highly recommend and if you can request Captain Luca you won't be disappointed.

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Brittany K.
5 star rating
4/27/2022 - Yelp

Such a great tour company!

We went to both the Oak Alley and Laura plantations. Our bus drivers Renee and Dwight were amazing! They had great history and interesting facts about the city! Lots of humor and Dwight even had a trivia game to play on the way there. Both awesome people.

The Oak Alley plantation was beautiful. Big White House...
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Mayra M.
5 star rating
4/22/2022 - Yelp

Originally from FL so we do the Everglades speed boat tours a lot, SO much better!
Our Captain Jacob knew and explained almost every plant and animal we saw during our boat tour. We got to see some cute raccoons, "Mama" the wild pig, snakes, and gators. He explain the water levels and how most of the areas were affected by...
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Ellen S.
5 star rating
4/21/2022 - Yelp

This was a very nice and informative tour. The bus was very nice, the tour was put together well. The guide, Derek, was a native of NOLA and he was very knowledgeable. He was enthusiastic and kind and provided a lot of very interesting information about burials and the different cemeteries and pre-and post Katrina. It was... read more

Jennifer L. Avatar
Jennifer L.
5 star rating
4/18/2022 - Yelp

Super fun your! The tour took about 2 hours and was super fun. We got to see a lot of the swamp landscape and some wildlife. Honestly, I was happy to be able to see a few alligators. I wasn't sure if we were going to see any at this time of the year. They swam up to the boat... read more

David P. Avatar
David P.
5 star rating
4/15/2022 - Yelp

Our trip to the Oak Alley and Laura Plantations was a fun and effortless day, thanks to our knowledgeable and patient driver Rene. We would recommend this "double" stop tour to get the experience of two very different plantations. Thanks for a special day on our vacation!

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Jennifer G.
5 star rating
4/14/2022 - Yelp

We've gone on multiple tours with Cajun Encounters and all have exceed expectations! Derek has been our tour guide twice for the city tour and he's been so great! Highly recommend the swamp and city tours.

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Aydenne L.
5 star rating
4/14/2022 - Yelp

Absolutely amazing company!!! Our tour guide Capt. Everett for our swamp tour was funny, well informed about the local area and wild life, and was one of the most engaging tour guides I have had the pleasure of being guided by!! An amazing experience in the Louisiana swamp!!! Another tour we took as a family was the plantation tour with... read more

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Mel M.
5 star rating
4/13/2022 - Yelp

Amazing tour! Our tour guide Luca not only told us every interesting fact about the wildlife in the swamps but also shared his life stories, stories about hurricane Katrina and its impact on people's lives. His love for New Orleans was infectious! This tour was a great conclusion to our New Orleans trip.

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Colette P.
5 star rating
4/11/2022 - Yelp

Malika was great! Very knowledgeable and very nice. She made the trip so much fun for everyone. I highly recommend this tour.

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Stillwater M.
5 star rating
4/11/2022 - Yelp

Boat tour was amazing! Gators come very close to the boat, beautiful scenery with lots of birds and other wildlife. Our boat Captain Patrick was so informative and kept us entertained! If you are in the New Orleans area this is a must see!

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Jacqueline P.
5 star rating
4/10/2022 - Yelp

Our bus driver Steve very friendly and gave us a lot of information-history of New Orleans. Our boat driver Desi was amazing as well. I love this tour! Very beautiful. I would do it again.

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Kent H.
5 star rating
4/09/2022 - Yelp

On a recent trip to New Orleans I scheduled a tour of the Laura and Oak Alley Plantations through Cajun Encounters. The company was very professional and the driver was personable, entertaining and informative. I recommend this tour company and plan to use them again on future visits to the area.

Diane B. Avatar
Diane B.
5 star rating
4/07/2022 - Yelp

We had a great tour of the swamp and bayou with Captain Jessop! Traveled through moss covered trees spotting alligators along the way. We also saw a raccoon, egrets, blue heron, a wild boar (that came right up to the boat) and turtles. Capt. Jessop was very knowledgeable and we learned alot about the area, the wildlife and the swamp.... read more

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Joan K.
5 star rating
4/04/2022 - Yelp

Capt Walker did an amazing job showing us the swamp. What a great way to spend time. It's so beautiful. Must see

Also Duane "the rock" was our super fun driver who was full of history and very sweet.

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Dan J.
5 star rating
4/02/2022 - Yelp

Great tour. We did the city tour and Steve was awesome, not a bad driver, lol. The tour hit most spots that i would have seen otherwise.
Steve was very familiar with the area and was able to point out many sites along the route that arent on any map..
This tour is very easy for older people....
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John H.
5 star rating
4/01/2022 - Yelp

Amazing swamp tour today with Capt Sonny... alligators, snakes, raccoons, wild boar (Kevin!..).

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