New Orleans Plantation Tour and Kayak Swamp Tour Combo is a rich cultural and ecological experience! Learn the history and importance of this unique ecosystem on an intermediate paddle through Manchac Swamp.
- Duration: ~2 hours on the water (If you want a longer tour, try our Shell Bank 1/2 Day)
- Start Times: (Changes Seasonally, See Book Now button for current times)9 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 2 p.m., and 4:30 p.m. Find out what time of day is best for you to visit the swamp
The Manchac Swamp Kayak Tour is a Wildlife & Eco Tour near New Orleans
A picturesque swamp kayak tour of peaceful proportion. If you are searching for a gorgeous, natural, and picturesque kayak swamp tour – this is your tour!
- Dense Cypress forest and expansive wetlands
- An array of wildlife surrounding you as you paddle
- Calm waters ideal for beginners and adventure seekers alike
- Great for bachelorette parties
- Transportation provided from the French Quarter for $20, meeting one hour and 20 minutes prior to tour time!
- Private residence and hotel pick-up available for private tours
Spring in Louisiana gives birth to variety. As the weather starts to get warmer, alligators and other reptiles begin to emerge from their slumber, leaves come back to the trees, and a variety of regional wildflowers bring color to the swampy landscape. The temperatures generally hover from 70-80 degrees in the middle of the day. This is our busiest season, so be sure to book in advance if you have a specific time of day in mind for your tour. Springtime in the south is wonderful and the perfect time to check out our extended ½ day bayou adventure, which includes ~4 hours on the water and a scenic picnic lunch from the kayak. Another great way to beat the heat is joining our Honey Island extended tour in which we float 6 miles down the beautiful Pearl River, stopping frequently for sand bar swimming, snacks and rope swings!
If you are looking to see reptiles… Summer is the season. The warm air and water temperatures lure our scaly friends out of hiding and into the bayous where we can get a good look. Unless you’re a heat freak or are looking for a heavy tan, we recommend with morning or late afternoon tours during the months of June-August. 9am tours are the crowd favorite through the summer. Another great way to beat the heat is joining our Honey Island extended tour in which we float 6 miles down the beautiful Pearl River, stopping frequently for sand bar swimming, snacks and rope swings!
Autumn in Louisiana weather wise is the equivalent of a perfect summer day in the Northern US… 75-90 degrees, lowered humidity, and gentle breeze from the Gulf. We consider late September through November to be optimal conditions for kayaking in the bayou. Water and air temperatures remain warm enough to sustain alligator and turtle activity and the waning daylight hours make for great golden hour and sunset opportunities on our 4:30 tour through the Manchac. Towards the end of the season, wintering birds such as bald eagles and barred owls begin to nest among the cypress and water tupelos. For the early risers and adventures, Autumn is the perfect setting for our extended half day bayou tour as well as the combination kayak and plantation tour.
Winter is a very fickle season in Louisiana. Temperatures range from 40-85 degrees. It can be sunny, windy, rainy and has even produced a light snow a few times over the last 10 years. During this season, the reptile activity greatly diminishes as cold blooded animals find safety to wait out most of the winter. However, we do see a spike in migratory and larger wintering birds alike such as egrets, woodpeckers, owls, and even white ibis. On the warmer end of the spectrum (70 degrees and up) there is still always a possibility for gators and turtles to be seen lining logs and banks along the bayous… we actually have seen an alligator on Christmas day 2 years in a row! Another benefit to winter paddling is the decrease in invasive Water Hyacinth cover…a weed that often congests waterways during warmer times, dies off and allows us access to deeper, less travelled bayous and swamps. If the temperature sits above 60 degrees, the conditions become perfect for our extended ½ day Shell Bank Bayou excursion.
So, now that you are ready for your New Orleans swamp tour, you need to know what essentials to bring! We recommend that to feel prepared, you bring:
- Sunscreen – kayaks do not offer any protection from the sun, so it is important that you wear sunscreen. We will be out on the water for at least an hour and a half. Don’t forget to apply to the tops of your legs, as we use sit-on-top kayaks.
- Bug Repellent – while the mosquitoes are not typically a problem on our swamp tours, they can appear during dusk for 1/2 hour, but otherwise, our other tour times they don’t bug us.
- Cash – cash is most definitely an essential for your swamp tour. It allows you to tip your tour guides.
- Camera – bring your camera or phone camera so that you can capture the beauty of the swamp and its creatures. We sell waterproof cases for your photo if you need or want them.
- Comfortable Clothing – Dress for the weather and wear light layered breathable, synthetic clothing/swimsuits during the warm months and a warm thermal cover in the winter for your swamp tour. Sandals or athletic shoes you don’t mind getting wet or dirty.
- Questions – Our tour guides love answering questions from guests. If you have a question, they will have an answer.
It all depends on what your desire is. . If you want to see the swamp at the prettiest time of day, we recommend the 9:45 AM tour or the early evening tour. The early morning and evening light has warmer tones than midday. Also, these times don’t have the harsh, full sun or full shade contrast of midday, so it’s much better for photography.
Wintertime and early spring can bring temps from 30 degrees (rare) to 75 degrees, with an average high temp of about 64 degrees, so our winter and spring airboat tours can be quite pleasant indeed. If it’s sunny and the temperatures reach into the high 60’s, alligators will come out on logs to sun.
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