Guided Boat Tour: Honey Island Swamp Encounter

Guided Boat Tour: Honey Island Swamp Encounter

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      New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
      2 Hours
      Moderate
      From (USD)
      $ 29
      • Honey Island Swamp: Considered to be one of the most pristine swampland habitats remaining in the United States, this marshland’s 70,000 acres house an array of protected wildlife such as wild boars, water snakes, eagles, owls, and bears. Plus, if you are really lucky, you might even spot an Ivory-billed woodpecker, who is rumored to be extinct but sightings have been reported!
      • Narrated boat tour: Hop aboard an eco-friendly, 22-passenger water craft and cruise down the murky Louisiana Bayou. You’ll get the chance to get up close and personal with a variety of flora and fauna, and view an authentic Cajun village that is only accessible by boat!
      • Expert guides: Who better to guide you than generations-long New Orleanians? Listen to insightful commentary about the area’s past, present, and future, from highly-knowledgeable locals, as they point out the swamp’s hidden wildlife. 
      • Mysteries and legends: For centuries, the Honey Island Swamp has been filled with them! Hear all about the pirates, robbers and murderers who used the swamp as their hideout. Plus, you might even see the “Honey Island Swamp Monster,” a mythical creature rumored to live in the swamp since 1963. 
      • Bring the little ones: Tour is suitable for children of all ages, and children 3 and under are free and don't require a reservation.
       

      Meeting point

      Please make your way to 55345 Highway 90 EastSlidell, LA 70461 to begin your adventure.

      Helpful hints

      As in many cities, keep your wallet or purse secured and leave the bling behind.

      Getting around

      You must be able to enter/exit the boat without assistance. Must be able to walk approx. 0.25 miles.

      Activity type

      Boat Tour, Scenic, Family Friendly, Wilderness/Wildlife

      Transportation used

      22-pax Swamp boat.

      Tour ID

      TR-NAM-USA-NEWO-EN-2002

      Tour Participation Requirements

      Activity Level

      This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.

      Age restrictions

      Suitable for all ages.

      In the Louisiana Bayou, there are many different areas of marshland, blends of forest and lake that create a habitat for some of the world’s most interesting creatures. But few of the swamps in the country, let alone state, can compare to Honey Island.

      It’s considered by scientists and travelers alike to be one of the most pristine, undisturbed swamplands in the United States. Pictures of the gnarly trees, lush shrubs and tranquil flowers that dot the brush are beautiful enough, but passing through the rural backcountry on an open-air boating adventure is an experience in its own class.

      Part of that is due to the abundance of animals that call this place home. You might come across one of the bayou’s more recognizable residents, the American alligator – Louisiana has more gators than any other state in the country. But there are also wild birds, turtles, bears, raccoon, foxes and more. Most of them attempt to blend in with their surroundings for survival, but your seasoned guides are trained to spot even the most camouflaged critters.

      The bayou teems with as much history as it does wildlife. Thanks to its winding waters and lack of solid roads and law enforcement presence, in the 19th century swampland like Honey Island was a hideout for vicious pirates, hunters, and smugglers. Today, this region is one of the last undisturbed patches of swampland left in the U.S., the perfect setting for an unforgettable cruise through the most authentic part of Louisiana.   

      Cajun BigFoot

      The Loch Ness in Scotland and the Himalaya region of Asia aren’t the only places with legendary monsters. The Honey Island Swamp Monster was first seen in 1963 by amateur wildlife photographer Harlan Ford. It wasn’t until 1974 that Ford and a friend publicly discussed the sighting, presenting oversized footprints and a dismembered boar to the media as evidence. Though proof of his existence is scant, the bi-pedal creature remains a fixture in local culture and has been the subject of documentaries on networks like Discovery and Animal Planet.

      Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.

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