According to our tour guide Bayou means River. It was quite an adventure in the Bayou. Very Indiana Jones. The mangrove looks very mystical. This dilapidated shack was once used for crocodile watching.
If you plan on going on a swamp tour, this should be the one you go on! Mr Denny's swamp tour is the ONLY swamp tour you can take that doesnt use a motorized boat. He builds these huge canoes and the tour is much more eco friendly that way. Experiencing the swamp at slower pace is way better, and after seeing the damage that the motor boats are doing to the environment, you'll be glad you weren't a part of that. I heard of other tours where the guide was feeding marshmallows to the alligators...WHAT??!? Don't they know how BAD that is for animals? Anyway, I found Mr Denny's flyer at one of the tourist centers. Don't settle for any other tour, this guys was very knowledgable and a great guide!
Avoid the city and plantation tours offered by the swamp tours. The swamp tour was great, but their drivers do terrible city and plantation tours.
Our friends went on a Dixie city tour and said it was great. Our city tour guide was a major dissapointment.
See the natural beauty of the swamps and wildlife while learning history of the area. You will take a two-hour tour of the bayou, in a small flat boat. See the moss-covered swamp, alligators and other wildlife (such as bald eagle), trapper’s camps, etc…Average price is $42.00 per person. Your tour guide will pick you up at your hotel, in a small van, in the morning (around 8am or 10:30am) or afternoon (around 1:15pm or 3:30pm, but not in the winter).
Even though i was thoroughly hungover following a heavy night (and morning) on Bourbon Street, the swamp tour was awesome. It was great to be cruising along the Louisiana bayou taking in the wildlife including HUGE dragonflies and of course, bad boy alligators.
Check this out - a great experience.
SWAMP TOUR: A great experience! We learned SO much about alligators it was amazing!
Very peaceful cruising along the swamp...seeing the different alligators...
Holding a live baby alligator, Elvis, was AWESOME!
Took us out to Westwego, for a 1 1/2 hour boat tour of the swamp. Our Cajun boat Cpt / tour guide Mike, was the best. Many younger alligators on the prowl in the bayous, mostly from 4 to 7 feet. Larger ones are more reclusive and much farther back in the bayou. The shorties are lured to the boat with marshmallow's, so as to get a decent picture. Saw a couple different kinds of birds, a raccoon, and a snake devouring a small catfish. Lots of trees with Spanish moss hanging off them. Very relaxing, with interesting commentary from our charming Cajun guide.
$38 a head for the trip.
The tour gives you an opportunity to be on a real airboat and lets you see the bayou up close. Hey, there's aligators too! The land we were on belonged to our guide's family so we were lucky enough to get a first rate tour of the swamps. You get to see a real gator hunting cabin and some gators up close! I have to say this was the highlight of my trip!
I've never seen anything like it! It's beautiful and eerie and filled with some really scary creatures!! We were there in march and the alligators were really slow moving(coming out of hibernation, they told us). But it was also like a game, trying to spot the gators and water moccasins(which we were not too happy to be looking for!) and turtles. The bayou's were incredible, spanish moss hanging everywhere, and sooooo green!! Coming from the prairies and the desert, its a welcome site!!
Going on a swamp tour gives you a chance to see some of the wildlife in the swamp and learn about what life is like to the people who live there year-round. On our tour (which is in a boat, no hip-waders needed) we passed by an old cemetery (above ground, of course), got to see a bunch of alligators (got to hold a baby one, too), and got to ride through some beautiful bayous. Everyone on the tour got a sticker to wear, Ours said 'gator bait' as you can see, most were 'honorary cajuns', and there were even a couple of 'gator wrestlers' on the boat. I think we were gator bait because we got in for free. Victoria Inn and Gardens paid for our swamp tour as part of our package. For pics of the wildlife we saw, see my travelogue!
At some point in your stay, make sure you take a Bayou Tour. A 'bayou' is the Cajun term for a narrow waterway in the Mississippi Delta. Here you may see alligators, snappin' turtles, water moccasins (a poisonous indigenous snake), or any of innumerable species of birds. Don't attempt to rent a boat and tour them alone, however! (See travelogue for more pics.
Photo: A view from one of the bayou boats.
Take a swamp tour from travel agencies or from Your hotel
Swamp tours are organized with bus transportations from Your hotel, just ask from lobby or nearest travel agency. You can drive by rental car to swamp as well. Just find the perfect program for You: educational nature trip (as in Honey Island), adventure trip, night trip, farm trip (with touching an alligator), etc.
Better to take this type of tour in the cooler months if possible. I grew up prowling the swamps around New Orleans, and the heat- humidity makes it feel like it is 110deg. in the shade. (heat index) Kind of like being broiled or boiled alive. The swamp tours are great, but I would not go in the summer if I had an option.
New Orleans is surrounded by water ways and swamps. A swamp tour is a must do thing, there are many and Bluecat Canoe has a page here on VT about swamp tours. There are many animals and sights to see close up and for real, not a phoney Disney ride.
Okay, so it's got a little bit of the cheese factor going for it, but I think the Swap Tours are fun. And I love alligators. The tours are a little off the beaten path - they launch from outside the city limits. But if you've never had the chance to experience one I would recommend you do. Our guide was great and well informed on the Louisiana swamps. It's essentially an "alligator hunt". Our guide took us deep into the swamps in search of alligators in their natural habitat. It was a great way to get "up close and personal" to these amazing reptiles. But you also get to experience a little bit of the swamp culture and life. It's also really pretty out there. Bring your camera. Probably the highlight of our trip was meeting Elvis. Our tour operator had a pet baby alligator named Elvis that we got to hold. It was really cool.