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Manchac Swamp Mystic Wildlife Kayak Tour

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Explore the bayous and byways of southern Louisiana, just outside of New Orleans!

If you are searching for a gorgeous, natural and picturesque Kayak Swamp Tour – This Tour is For You! Paddle through dense cypress forest, expansive wetlands, and an array of wildlife on a tour that is ideal for beginners and adventure seekers alike!

Kayak tours are fully guided and last between 2 to 2.5 hours. The duration of the full tour will be up to 3 hours, with a 45 min drive from New Orleans.
  • Explore Louisiana swamps on a small-group guide kayak tour
  • Maurepas Swamp is located in less than an hour’s drive from New Orleans
  • Available transport for an easy, stress-free way to visit the bayou
  • Spot swamp wildlife while paddling through a cypress forest
What to Expect
Depending on transport option selected, meet at the launch location or get picked up at a central New Orleans meeting point for the drive outside the city. After a safety briefing and basic paddling instructions, climb aboard a tandem kayak and launch into the swamp with a guide and small group of no more than eight (single kayaks are available for odd-number groups). Feel a world away from Bourbon Street as you paddle on the calm waters that wind through the moss-draped cypress forests of the Maurepas and Manchac swamps. During your ride on the water, learn about the wetland ecosystem and keep an eye out for native Louisiana wildlife including owls, turtles, and the famous American alligator.
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Departure Point
NOLA Cantina, 437 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Guide
  • All necessary gear and equipment
  • Paddle lesson
  • Entry/Admission - Kayak Swamp Tours
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Bring swimsuit or light, layered synthetic clothing, windbreaker/fleece if cooler, change of clothes, towel, hat, sunglasses, sunglasses retainer, waterproof camera, and water
  • Minimum age is 6 years
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This kayak tour was a lot of fun and informative. I liked the small group as there was only one other couple with us. Keenan was an excellent guide. Highly recommend. Not your normal touristy tour

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Will was a great guide. After days of walking about the city it was a blast to get out and catch up on arm day. Really wanted to see a bit of swamp away from motors! Will had a ton of info about whats going...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Lance W
Newy O, General Manager at Kayak Swamp Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

TAKE THE PLUNGE!... I like that. Thanks for coming out and taking the time to leave a review Lance! Appreciate ya!

Reviewed 3 days ago

Our experience with NOLA Kayak Tours was great from beginning to end, including the very helpful young man who answered questions for me and booked our tour. Our guide, Maggie, was super friendly and informative, including giving us tips on places to go for jazz...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Tripmeiers
Newy O, General Manager at Kayak Swamp Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Wow! (blushing) Thanks for the high praise. We seriously love what we do and really appreciate the support! Hope to have you back again soon!

Reviewed 3 days ago

Olive gave us a great tour of the swamp, it's a really fascinating and unique ecosystem. If you're into nature at all and haven't been a swamp its definitely worth the trip. We got to see some small alligators, egrets, a barred owl, and the...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank conktyom
Newy O, General Manager at Kayak Swamp Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Sounds like a good time! Such a treat seeing those barred owls amongst the spanish moss!

Reviewed 3 days ago

The trip was super relaxing, beautiful, and tons of fun. Our guide, Olive, was great - super friendly and took the time to explain the ecosystem and the threats to the bayou. We didn’t see much wildlife, but that is what it is. Most importantly,...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Nathanial A
Newy O, General Manager at Kayak Swamp Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Shame on those who DO feed the wildlife. Thanks for choosing our little outfit for your adventure, and hope to have you back again soon!

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20 August 2019|
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Response from Misstida2002 | Reviewed this property |
There was a gentleman in our group who paddled by himself. The group stays together but is able to paddle along there own speed. You will be fine. Don’t really need a partner, but paddling can get a little tiring at times.
16 May 2019|
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Response from Jennifer P | Reviewed this property |
We did it last week - there were dragonflies but, happily, no other bugs!
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