Our small groups and custom built boat make this a completely unique swamp experience. We are the only tour in the area that doesn’t feed the alligators!
- Duration: 9 hours
- Capacity: Minimum of 2 guests | Call if less than 48 hours notice
- Where to meet: Pick-up & drop-off in New Orleans
- Person (Min: 2)
About the Paddle & Plantation Tour
On this all-day tour we usually kayak in the morning, work up an appetite for a big Cajun lunch, and visit the Whitney Plantation in the afternoon.
We kayak in a small group (up to 6 guests + guide) in a beautiful and uncrowded section of a federally protected Maurepas Wildlife Management Area. Quietly paddle under Spanish moss-draped cypress trees, while looking for birds, gators, turtles, deer, and other wildlife. It’s perfect for wildlife lovers and photographers alike!
For lunch we visit one of our favorite local Cajun restaurants (note that lunch is not included in the tour price).
After lunch, we visit the Whitney Plantation, which aims to give visitors a realistic look at life in the pre-Civil War South. While the restored antebellum mansion is beautiful and grand, the walking tour tells the story of this part of American history through the eyes of the enslaved. It’s an educational and moving experience not to be missed.
- Guided 2-2.5 hour kayak tour in the scenic Maurepas Swamp.
- Paddle lesson and all necessary gear. We also have small dry bags available for storing phones and valuables while paddling.
- 90-minute audio walking tour of Whitney Plantation (We hope they’ll resume guided tours when the risk of COVID-19 has subsided).
- Local driver who provides attentive service and expert insights throughout the day.
- Convenient personal pick-up/drop-off and transportation to and from activities.
*Note that lunch is not included in the trip price. Guests typically spend $15-$25 including tips.
What You’ll See and Do
Starting with an 8:00 a.m. pickup, this is a full day of activities. The times mentioned below are approximate and while we tend to start the day off with kayaking, there are times where we may choose to reverse the itinerary. Expect to be back in New Orleans between 5:00 and 6:00 p.m.
Our local naturalist guide takes you on a two-hour paddle tour of the Maurepas Swamp, one of the most scenic and secluded swamps in Southern Louisiana. Its towering cypress trees draped with Spanish moss provide shelter for turtles, snakes, alligators, the great blue heron, and countless other creatures, including the largest woodpecker in North America.
Approximate drive times: 30-60 minutes from New Orleans (depends on where we put in); 30 minutes to or from where we stop for lunch.
Our driver typically takes you to B&C Seafood near Whitney Plantation, which offers amazing gumbo and specialties made with locally caught seafood. Snack on alligator bites, frog legs, or chow down on a soft-shell crab po’ boy.
This down-home Cajun joint is owned by local entrepreneur Tommy Breaux. You can tell it’s the real deal because of all the local regulars. The prices are very reasonable, and the seafood is caught locally and processed on-site. There is no middleman – this is as fresh as it gets! Everything at B&C is homemade, even the bread. Be sure to check out the gators and historic memorabilia on the walls and pictures from Tommy’s fishing and hunting expeditions. (B&C Seafood is closed on Sundays, so we tend to visit the restaurant at Oak Alley Plantation down the road on our Sunday tours. Read their menu here.)
Approximate drive times: 30 minutes to or from kayaking; 5 minutes to or from the Whitney Plantation.
This stretch of the Mississippi River is known as the German Coast and is rich with history and culture. The area is home to many beautiful properties, including the Whitney Plantation. Originally founded in 1752, the Whitney Plantation opened as a museum in 2014, following 16 years and $8 million worth of renovations. It is the only museum in America dedicated to telling the story of the African slave trade and what life was like for the people who worked on these plantations. The grounds are gorgeous like most antebellum plantations, but it’s an important educational experience for anyone interested in the history of Louisiana and slavery in America. (*If you would prefer a different style of plantation tour we also offer visits to nearby Laura Plantation and Oak Alley Plantation.)
Approximate drive times: 40 minutes to or from New Orleans.
What Makes This An Ecotour?
We are one of the few swamp tours in Louisiana that doesn’t feed alligators. We are a 100% carbon neutral ecotour company, and we believe in respecting the environment and trying to mitigate the threats that face this valuable region of wetlands.