My wife suprised me for my 70th bday with a trip and this is one of the side trips she planned for us…We had a great time; our guide was extremly informative about the area, the wildlife and the flora…He fed the gators, played with the spiders and generally keep us entertained and informed…I would do it again!!!!
This was our first trip to NOLA and we definitely wanted to do an airboat tour of a swamp. Reading ahead we knew we shouldn’t expect to see alligators because it was January (technically our tour was 2/1/17) and they were still in hibernation. But since we didnt know when we’d ever get back to Louisiana we were determined to go. Boy did we get lucky! We took the small boat tour (just 6 of us) and Captain Dan gave us a great ride. Fun and fast in open water, slow and full of stuff to see in and out of the small waterways. We actually got to see quite a few alligators! Mostly small ones but there was one huge one and even Captain Dan was surprised to see it. Some would get curious and creep up on the boat to check us out….We saw a couple turtles too. Captain Dan was great–very informative and personable. We learned quite a lot about the swamps, their history and their inhabitants. We are so glad we took this tour. Special thanks to Captain Dan for answering my never ending questions….and love to #althealligator!
Some deets: Our hotel concierge called and booked this for us the day prior to our tour. We didn’t know the first thing about this particular airboat company, we just went blindly on the hotel’s recommendation (The Ritz NOLA). They picked us up and dropped us back at our hotel. Overall excellent experience and would do it again if we ever get back to NOLA.
My husband and I took the Airboat Adventures tour while in NOLA. It was a great tour! We chose to go on the small airboat that seats 8. It was comfortable, in great condition and we were not packed in like sardines. The cost was reasonable, with transportation directly from our hotel in an air conditioned, very well kept mini-bus. The drive was about 30 minutes but a nice way to see some sights. The tour stele was about 1.5hrs. Perfect length of time. With our fantastic guide, Ti Earl, we saw many alligators, turtles, deer and the beautiful foliage of the bayou. No bugs! Our guide was an excellent driver, we always felt safe. He was able to share much of his local knowledge. It was like going on an airboat ride with a friend. He knew the area so well. A great afternoon, well spent!
Decided to do an airboat tour on Friday January 27, 2016. We booked the tour the day before at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans from the concierge. All was arranged including transportation. The bus arrived to pick us up the next morning. The bus ride was approximately 45 minutes. We were on a larger air boat with approximately 20 people on board. This is were the fun began. Our guide Jay, was the best. He is passionate about his work and the area he lives in. He was able to answer all of the questions asked and was also a character!!!! As this was a cold day, we did not see much wildlife, however we did manage to spot two small gators!!! Still a great day!! I would recommend this tour to anyone!!!!!
Earl was super!! Gave us the best tour. We saw the princesses and the frog. Ur girls from Massachusetts will come back and ask for earl. #earlisthebesttourguide
We were scheduled to go on the Airboat Swamp tour on Friday Jan 20th. Because of a police incident we were unable to get to Lafitte – bridge was closed and traffic backed up for hours. I thought we’d lose the cost of the tour as it certainly wasn’t Airboat Adventures or Viator’s (ticket company) fault. But without even having to make a call we were advised by email that the reimbursement was being processed. Received the funds back yesterday. Very much appreciated!
We spent 2 hours on the small airboat. Well worth the money. It was january so not a lot of gators but we did see 4. Guide was great. Knew his information and explained how the Bayou system works. Well spent morning.
At the suggestion of the concierge, Alan at Chateau LeMoyne, he booked us a tour of the swamp with Airboat Adventures and we couldn’t have had more fun ! The bus picked us up promptly and the driver was very nice and had a great sense of humour. We arrived at the swamp within a half hour after being picked up at the hotel, paid for our tour and were called to board Airport #17. Our guide, George was really passionate and enthusiastic about his job, the company he works for, and the alligators, and it came through in his delivery of information to us. He highly recommended the use of the noise-reducing headphones as the airboat was super loud. George was very respectful of the environment that we were gliding through, and sometimes it was near breakneck speed and other times at a slower, more peaceful pace. He shared his knowledge of all-things-alligator and it was really fascinating. George brought Slater the Gator along with him, so once we were stopped and tied off at the bank of the swamp, he explained everything about the 2 foot gater that he had with him. George let everyone hold Slater if they wanted, and take pictures. And the whole time, George was very deferential in his treatment of Slater. We were fortunate enough to see a wild alligator sunning itself on the bank of the swamp, and we also saw a Nutria rat swimming (that is one nasty looking varmint). The tour was almost 2 hours in length, the weather was perfect, and it was very reasonably priced. If you’re lucky enough to have George as your tour guide, you won’t be disappointed !! Well done, George and Slater !!
My husband and I took this tour while on our honeymoon (and first time) in New Orleans. We LOVED this tour. Captain Richie was an awesome tour guide-we could have listen to him talk for hours-he was very knowledgeable. The airboat ride and exploring the bayou was worth the trip itself, all the animals (we saw quite a few gators, turtles and birds) were extra perks. So far the highlight of an extraordinary trip to Louisiana.
Today we were on Tour Boat #9…I think our tour guide was Riff…maybe Raiff! He said he was born and raised in New Orleans and I believed it!
We saw more than 5 gators….fish….amazing birds….bald eagles included….turtles ….I even saw a cow!! The only thing missing was a snake!
Very informaive, relaxed and we didn’t feel rushed! if you can swing the extra expense the small airboat is the way to go!
Great Swamp Experience!!