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Honey Island Swamp Private Tour with Transport from New Orleans

New Orleans, United States

From $960.00 per group (up to 14)

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icon4 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


Let a wetland ecologist guide you through the Honey Island Swamp during this private tour from New Orleans. Listen to engaging commentary about the city as you make your way to the West Pearl River. Then, climb aboard a shaded flat-bottom boat, equipped for up to 14 passengers, to get a close look at one of the country's wildest swamps. This private tour offers flexibility and personalized attention from your guide.
  • Private tour of Honey Island Swamp from New Orleans
  • Led by a wetland ecologist guide
  • Tour via flat-bottom boat offering plenty of shade
  • Private tour ensures personalized attention
  • Six to 14 passengers
  • Multiple departure times offered
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off in New Orleans
Private tour with just your group of 6 to 14 people
Professional guide
Live commentary on board
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Tour picks up from all New Orleans hotels. Please advise hotel at time of booking and reconfirm with tour operator once you have booked.

Begin your private tour with convenient pickup at your hotel in New Orleans, where you board a comfortable tour vehicle for the drive to Slidell's West Pearl River. 

Once there, board a 14-passenger, flat-bottom boat, equipped with an ample sun shade. Take a guided tour of Honey Island Swamp, nearly 70,000 acres (28,327 hectares) of protected wildlife preserve. Your wetland ecologist guide points out all of the native flora and fauna in what is considered one of America's wildest swamps. You can expect to lay eyes on animals such as nutria, alligators, feral hogs, totters, bald eagles, and osprey. 

Pass through a Cajun fishing village, where locals catch crawfish, buffalo fish, alligator gar, and other native species. 

This private tour ensures undivided attention from your guide and a flexible timetable; you can focus on areas of interest and spend as much or as little time as you like in different spots. 

At the conclusion of your tour, transfer back to New Orleans for drop-off.
Pass By:  
Lake Pontchartrain
Your private tour begins with pickup from your New Orleans hotel, and includes a narrated scenic tour as you drive along Lake Pontchartrain and the countryside to the swamp.
Stop At:  
Dr. Wagner's Honey Island Swamp Tours
Start your tour with private hotel pickup in the French Quarter or downtown New Orleans. Your driver provides insightful commentary on the city and shares firsthand experiences of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath during the 45- to 60-minute drive to the West Pearl River in Slidell. Upon arrival, hop aboard the 14-passenger US Coast Guard–approved vessel, which provides plenty of shade from the Louisiana sun. You and your party will embark on an interactive 2-hour boat tour of Honey Island Swamp, which boasts nearly 70,000 acres (28,327 hectares) of protected wildlife preserve. This private tour for family and friends allows you to spend as much time in one area as your group desires. See the lovely sight of moss hanging from the gnarled cypress trees and take in the sweet smell of wild azaleas. Listen to your captain’s swamp tales of pirates, Bigfoot sightings and prehistoric creatures, and keep your eyes peeled for alligators, herons, egrets, deer, feral hogs, nutria, raccoons, otters, turtles and frogs along the riverbanks and lurking in the murky waters below. Also be on the lookout for bald eagles, owls, osprey and other water fowl soaring through the sky. Passing through a Cajun village where local fisherman reside, you may observe them catching bluegill, sunfish, largemouth bass, alligator gar, flathead catfish, freshwater drum and buffalo fish in addition to thousands of pounds of crawfish caught in these waters each season. During your journey back up river, learn more about the wetland ecology from live narration on board. Afterward, you’re transferred back to your hotel in New Orleans.
Duration: 4 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Please enter hotel information in "special requirements" section upon booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • A minimum of 6 people per booking is required
  • A maximum of 14 people per booking
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Honey Island Swamp Tours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the maximum group size during Honey Island Swamp Private Tour with Transport from New Orleans?
This activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers.

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Traveler Tips

  • "Worth the price and guaranteed to be a blast for all." See review


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Incredible Tour!
Rachel S
, Aug 2019
We were lucky to be able to book a private tour and it was the most incredible, personalized tour I have had. We wanted to enjoy the swamp ecosystem, but the kids wants to see animals, including alligators! This tour did not disappoint. We had a blast, learned a lot and all felt that it was the best tour we have ever taken. So worth the money and the time. Especially appreciated the pick up by Gene who was so knowledgeable about the area (lived in New Orleans 77 years) that before the official tour even started I felt like I had another tour of the City proper. Matt was our captain and he was knowledgeable and worked very hard to make sure that we saw what we wanted to see... it was truly the highlight of our vacation. I can't say enough. Worth the price and guaranteed to be a blast for all.
We loved this tour. Steve was full...
, Jul 2017
We loved this tour. Steve was full of information about the wildlife and plants. Something that we had never done before and definitely was worth the private tour. Five stars for this we had a fantastic time.
Captain Hunter made this trip so...
Thomas G
, Oct 2016
Captain Hunter made this trip so worth while! If you want close up and personal with the swamps of Honey Island go on this trip! Don't miss it you will not be disappointed!

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