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Honey Island Swamp Tour with Pickup from New Orleans provided by Dr. Wagner's Honey Island Swamp Tours

Honey Island Swamp Tour with Pickup from New Orleans

Honey Island Swamp Tour with Pickup from New Orleans
4.5
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R 799,13
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About
Spot gators, egrets, turtles, and other Louisiana wildlife on a boat tour of the Honey Island Swamp. Cruise through a mossy cypress forest while a wetland ecologist shares insight into this protected nature reserve and local Cajun fishing life. No need to rent a car to explore the bayou, as pickup and drop-off from your New Orleans downtown or French Quarter hotel is included.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Highlights
  • Explore a typical Louisiana swamp on a boat tour from New Orleans
  • A wetlands ecologist guide shares info on the protected nature reserve
  • Great chance to see wildlife, such as alligators, turtles, and river otters
  • Transport from New Orleans' downtown or French Quarter provided
What to expect
  • After convenient pickup at your downtown or French Quarter hotel, leave the bustle of New Orleans behind and travel to the launch point on the West Pearl River, near the shores of Lake Pontchartrain. Board a covered swamp boat that provides protection from the hot Louisiana sun or from the rain on stormy days, and make your way into the protected waters of the Honey Island Swamp. Glide beneath hanging moss and cypress trees, as a wetlands ecologist guide shares info about this unique ecosystem, plus local legends of pirates, Bigfoot, and prehistoric creatures. Look out for swamp critters, such as otters, egrets, nutria, turtles, and alligators, during the cruise. You also learn about Louisiana's important fishing industry and pass through a typical Cajun fishing village.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Explore a typical Louisiana swamp on a boat tour from New Orleans
  • A wetlands ecologist guide shares info on the protected nature reserve
  • Great chance to see wildlife, such as alligators, turtles, and river otters
  • Transport from New Orleans' downtown or French Quarter provided
What to expect
  • After convenient pickup at your downtown or French Quarter hotel, leave the bustle of New Orleans behind and travel to the launch point on the West Pearl River, near the shores of Lake Pontchartrain. Board a covered swamp boat that provides protection from the hot Louisiana sun or from the rain on stormy days, and make your way into the protected waters of the Honey Island Swamp. Glide beneath hanging moss and cypress trees, as a wetlands ecologist guide shares info about this unique ecosystem, plus local legends of pirates, Bigfoot, and prehistoric creatures. Look out for swamp critters, such as otters, egrets, nutria, turtles, and alligators, during the cruise. You also learn about Louisiana's important fishing industry and pass through a typical Cajun fishing village.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 27459P3
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
  • Live commentary on board
  • Professional local guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Round-trip shared transfer
  • Entry/Admission - Dr. Wagner's Honey Island Swamp Tours
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
Duration
4h
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • Only picks up from French Quarter Hotels. Please reconfirm pickup with local operator after booking.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • PLEASE PROVIDE THE HOTEL NAME AND ADDRESS IN THE “SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS.” RESERVATIONS WITHOUT HOTEL NAME AND ADDRESS CANNOT BE CONFIRMED
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travellers can participate
  • No heaith restrictions, all can enjoy experence.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 22 travellers
Inclusions
  • Live commentary on board
  • Professional local guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Round-trip shared transfer
  • Entry/Admission - Dr. Wagner's Honey Island Swamp Tours
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • Only picks up from French Quarter Hotels. Please reconfirm pickup with local operator after booking.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
4h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • PLEASE PROVIDE THE HOTEL NAME AND ADDRESS IN THE “SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS.” RESERVATIONS WITHOUT HOTEL NAME AND ADDRESS CANNOT BE CONFIRMED
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travellers can participate
  • No heaith restrictions, all can enjoy experence.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 22 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
Itinerary
  • You'll get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • Pass by
    Lake Pontchartrain
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    Dr. Wagner's Honey Island Swamp Tours
    Stop: 4 hours - Admission included
    Enjoy this Louisiana Swamp experience — a unique outdoor adventure that is safe, organized, fun, and educational. After a New Orleans French Quarter hotel pickup, travel to the starting location on the West Pearl River, in Slidell, Louisiana. Venture into the gift shop overlooking the Tupelo and Cypress swamp and check in for the tour. Be sure to take a look out of the back window to see if any backyard guests are lurking in the murky waters below. Don’t forget to use the restrooms before embarking on this 2-hour tour throughout nearly 70,000 acres of the Honey Island Swamp, a permanently protected wildlife preserve. While walking down the dock, embrace the excitement of seeing the moss hanging from the gnarled cypress trees and the sweet smell of wild azaleas in the air. There's an undeniable eagerness to explore. Listen intently to the captain’s tales of pirates, Bigfoot, and prehistoric creatures roaming the region while entering the primitive beauty of the Honey Island Swamp. Keep an eye out for alligators, herons, egrets, deer, feral hogs, nutria, raccoons, otters, turtles, and frogs — an abundance of wildlife along the banks and the in the murky waters. Or look up and out for bald eagles, owls, osprey, and other water fowl soaring through the skies. They could be visible one second and gone the next. Those touring Honey Island can easily see why Louisiana is known as the Fisherman’s Paradise. Passing through the Cajun village, where local fisherman reside, see them catching bluegill, redear sunfish, largemouth bass, and warmth. Thousands of pounds of crawfish are caught in these waters every season as well. All the tour boats are inspected and approved by the US Coast Guard. These small, custom-built, flat-bottom boats transport approximately 20-24 individuals each. They are operated by experienced local guides who interact with the guests and make the trip both enjoyable and exciting. With the journey back up the river, the captain leads the way to the original departure location. A New Orleans hotel drop-off closes the tour. Note: this tour only offers pick up and drop off from the French Quarter.
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4.5
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shanellejw
1 contribution
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The tour was a great experience. Everyone at the tour site was very nice and welcoming. The tour guide we had was very knowledgeable and super nice!
Written 18 July 2021
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Tiffany L
36 contributions
Take the tour, it’s worth it!
5/5!

Our tour guide was wonderfully entertaining!
I believe his name was Renee! We were able to see the alligators (main point in going).
Written 26 May 2021
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drwhoneyislandswamp
Thanks Paul
Written 10 August 2021
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Randall p
Southlake, TX1 contribution
Fantastic tour
Loved this tour! Captain Kyle was a perfect blend of humor and knowledge. This is a beautiful ecosystem-not to be missed.
Written 18 May 2021
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drwhoneyislandswamp
We appreciate you Thanks Paul
Written 10 August 2021
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Amanda P
4 contributions
Amazing
Apr 2021 • Couples
Chris was a great guide! Very knowledgeable and funny! Made the whole experience so much fun! 2 gators, 3 raccoons and birds galore! So worth it!
Written 18 April 2021
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drwhoneyislandswamp
Thanks for the kind words Paul
Written 1 May 2021
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foody3
3 contributions
Highly recommended Awesome tour!
Feb 2021
Awesome tour with boat Captain "Sonny" who was very knowledgeable about the area and habitat of the area! Has been guiding these tours for quite some time and grew up around the area and knows the History around the island. We really enjoyed his anecdotes and Humor and he was very engaging with all of the Passengers! Highly recommend this tour and hopefully you get "Sonny" as your tour guide! Shout out to Rene' the bus driver who shared a lot of information about what we were passing along the drive to Slidell and gave a lot of the History of events during the Hurricane Katrina.
Thanks for the memories!
Written 1 March 2021
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drwhoneyislandswamp
Thank you so much for coming out and enjoying the beautiful honey island swamp . We are happy you enjoyed your self .
Written 4 March 2021
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Sean G
1 contribution
Swamp Tour
Mar 2020
Great trip and great guide. The trip was very fun and informative. We saw alligators, snakes, raccoons and a wild bore up close. The guide fed him marshmallows and she was literally beside the boat, very cool.
Written 11 March 2020
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drwhoneyislandswamp
Thanks for coming
Written 15 July 2020
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Trophy-Rider
Bow, NH6 contributions
How’s Bayou?
Feb 2020 • Friends
Captain Ron was a great swamp guide! Great knowledge and area lore.
Connie, our transporter, was a very colorful person.
She was prompt on the pickup made sure we were all comfortable in the van before the trips out and back.
Her information of the many landmarks and area history on our ride to the venue made the ride very enjoyable.
Written 2 March 2020
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trinhsharon
San Jose, CA3 contributions
Really cool experience!
Feb 2020
Our pickup was a bit confusing at first since there was no information on where and what time the pickup would be, so I had to message them for that, but they were very quick to respond and we got everything answered the day of. As for the actual tour day, we got picked up in a white van with a few others. The ride was about an hour long to the swamp, but our driver was great in telling us the historical background and stories of New Orleans on our way there, which I thought was really cool. She was a very sweet lady and a pretty good driver as well, so no issues on our way to the swamp. We checked-in, waited for our boat, then we were off. Our swamp tour guide was this older man with a mustache (I forget his name, I'm sorry!) and he was awesome—great speaker and a jokester too! I wouldn't want to spoil the tour, but there were really cool stories he told. We also saw a bunch of animals—baby raccoons, a white raccoon, a boar, turtles, birds, and luckily, a baby gator too! On our way back, we got the chance to go in the gift shop and then after, we just hopped back into the van with the driver we had. On our way back, she did say she wouldn't be talking as much and would let us relax and check out our pictures and stuff, but she did continue with some historical facts here and there, which I still loved. Overall, a super awesome experience!

SIDE NOTE: Bring a jacket!! There were areas where we would sped through to pass empty parts of the swamp, and let's just say, it goes REAL fast. My hair was a huge mess at the end LOL. So definitely bring something warm to protect yourself from the wind during those moments and maybe tie your hair up if you have long hair too!
Written 1 March 2020
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HarmonyK
11 contributions
Fun tour
Jan 2020
Our tour was scheduled for Sunday but rain was forecast so we asked to change it to Saturday. They were very accommodating. They had room on the boat but had to find a driver to get us to the dock. They found one right away and Mr. Miller came right on time. The tour was fun and informative. Too cold for alligators but we saw birds, raccoons and some huge boars.
Written 31 January 2020
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Gyrfalc
Prospect Heights, IL30 contributions
Nice tour, poor ride to the site
Jan 2020
We arranged for the pickup in New Orleans with the tour to follow. It took a bit more than an hour to get to the location, so the ride to and from became more than half the trip. Our driver was rude and aggressive. He is a local and experienced the flooding from Katrina personally. The tour itself was actually pretty good. We saw quite a few interesting animals, including some large wild sows and raccoons, a nutria and a small alligator. They feed the pigs and coons, so they come right up to the boats for some really good pictures. Captain Matt was very good, although we did get wet. I would suggest sitting near the back of the boat for 2 reasons. First it is easier to hear, and second, when it is raining, you will stay dryer. My rating is an average of a 4 for the tour itself and a 0 for the ride to and from.

After we left the city, our driver, Eugene, talked about what had happened as a result of Katrina for much of the drive out. I asked several questions, which he seemed to take offense at. After the third one, he was aggressive and rude enough to stop me from asking anything else. The first was about what kinds of raptors are in the area, after seeing some in the trees beside the highway. He did not know the answer. Instead of just saying that, he blustered through trying to give me something. I would have preferred him to tell me he really did not know. I got my information from Google, contradicting some of what he said.

The second question was, "Did you evacuate? How long were you away?" This was a subject he did not want to discuss. It seemed to bother him. In this case he said, "I do not like talking about that." This answer was reasonable, although he probably should not talk about the Katrina at all if he does not like to discuss his own experience.

The third question I asked while we were passing through Slidell. It has grown significantly after the devastation, and he was pointing out that it is higher than other areas. I asked if the reason for its growth was because people were wanting to be further from the water risk. He asked wouldn’t I choose to live further away; several times. The way he asked was aggressive, demeaning, and made it seem like he was angry with me.

We did not want to have to ride back with him. We did not want to listen to him on the way back. The one story he told about pelicans would probably have been funny, if I had been willing to listen to him. I would not choose to use this company again, since there would be some risk of having to interact with someone who very clearly should not be in a role where he interacts with people.
Written 4 January 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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bethdevgray
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Fun in the swamp
Devin was a great guide and we saw lots of wildlife. The weather was beautiful and we will be back. We have done
garyaber1966
garyaber1966
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Absolutely Awesome Swamp Tour
Based on our family experience I can’t recommend this activity highly enough! It was simply awesome. Our tour guide
SavageRodman24
SavageRodman24
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Fun for the whole family
Captain Hunter was extremely knowledgeable of the area and kept us entertained. We were able to see at least 8 diff
raysP3005TB
raysP3005TB
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You Must go on this tour
Great tour. We saw everything they said we would on their website. The best thing we have done this whole down here
Jessica E
Jessica E
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Amazing experience
My husband and I took our three kids (ages 9,7,&4) on the mid day trip. This was our first visit to the swamp and i
615kristinen
615kristinen
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Fun for teenagers!
Fun for the whole family! Captain Hunter was great…lots of interesting information and jokes to keep us laughing.
Freedom61366761066
Freedom61366761066
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Fun Swamp Tour
Sonny, our guide, was entertaining, informative and engaging with our grandsons. I do have a suggestion for your ad
nessa_4120
nessa_4120
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HONEY ISLAND SWAMP TOUR
My family really enjoyed this tour. We had a 12 year old and 8 year old and both had a blast. We saw 11 gators,
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Guide58638616784
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Highly recommended
Saw many wildlife animals. Hunter new lots of information, kept it very interesting, never a dull moment on this t
227heathern
227heathern
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Matt the best tour guide!
Matt our tour guide was awesome! He had the gators and the raccoons come close to the boat and we got great pics!
Rxtravel1986
Rxtravel1986
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Fun trip through the swamp!
Fun and informative trip down the river and through the swamp with Captain Chris. He grew up in the area and is ver
ashleyGSmith
ashleyGSmith
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So fun
We learned so much! Saw so many amazing things! Great time overall, and I would love to do it again! Thanks Captain
Fla4grits
Fla4grits
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Enjoyable River Trip
Very enjoyable trip down the river. Abundance of gators and raccoons. The guide was knowledgeable about the wildlif
Passport66822985671
Passport66822985671
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Great for All Ages
So much fun! Captain Hunter was amazing. Super nice and educational. Highly recommend. One of our favorite expe
juliewF5558DX
juliewF5558DX
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Perfect!
Was just awesome! Captain Hunter was so knowledgeable. He would turn around and get us better views of the animal
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