An Airboat Swamp Tour vs. a Traditional Swamp Boat Tour

Traditional Enclosed Boat Swamp Tours

Atchafalaya Basin Landing Airboat Swamp Tours has added a new, custom, one-of-a-kind traditional swamp tour boat to our fleet! We are excited to announce that we have something for everyone now, and we will be expanding our operations to include fully tailored charters and excursions on the new boat. Whether you just want to join a public tour group or create your own adventure in the swamps, we have you covered!

Atchafalaya Basin Traditional Boat Swamp Tour

Our newest vessel was born out of our desire to serve more guests, in more ways, year round. Our captains and our incredible Basin Landing team have spent the last few months completely remodeling a bigger traditional swamp boat that meets all of the demands our customers have been asking for. This 24 person tour boat has floor to ceiling retractable windows, comfortable bench seating, a restroom and vanity, a Bluetooth sound system, and a patio to soak it all in.

While restrictions have previously prevented us from being able to tour north of I-10 in airboats, we are now able to take guests to this beautiful area of the basin in the new tour boat. In addition to our 2PM weekly $39 tours that will be open to the public 7 days a week (6 person minimum, by reservation), we will also be offering after hours private chartered trips for groups. These excursions will include evening tours where you can be your own DJ and party with your closest friends out on the gorgeous Atchafalaya swamp. These trips can be customized to include food and beverages, and we can accommodate two or three hour tours when the entire boat is chartered.

Our new traditional boat has twin 60 horsepower outboard motors, cypress floors and ceilings, life vests for every seat, and screen doors. It’s perfect for corporate gatherings, birthday parties, bachelor/bachelorette parties, engagement parties, field trips, Sunday Funday with your friends, and so much more!

Atchafalaya Basin Airboat Swamp Tours

For those who want to get a little closer to the action, it’s truly just the beginning of airboat weather, and our family could not be more excited to take your family on an airboat tour out into the ancient cypress woods of the Atchafalaya for a deeper look at the natural beauty of this region. Famous worldwide for our diverse ecosystem, centuries old forests, incredible wildlife and beautiful scenery, the basin is a place we are so proud to call home. Our fleet of five 500+ hp boats is the largest in the Basin area, and we are rated the #1 Henderson swamp tour on Trip Advisor, Facebook, Yelp and Google Reviews.  

Our airboat swamp tours are approximately 1.5 hours each, and they run 7 days a week (by reservation), starting at $49 person. For more information, visit our website at basinlanding.com/airboat-swamp-tours

For questions or to book your tour, call us at 337.228.7880.   

Return of the Alligators

After a stubbornly cold winter, spring has arrived in the swamps of South Louisiana. The Atchafalaya Basin is slowly waking up and coming back to life, and that includes everyone’s favorite swamp creature, the American Alligator. Captains Tucker and Nick have spotted their big brown friends on recent tours, and we expect to start hearing the eerie sounds of mating calls and seeing more gators on tours.

Fun Facts About Gators

The American Alligator (alligator mississippiensis) is the largest reptile found in North America. They have evolved over millennia to become advanced and intelligent hunters, and have even been observed to lure birds using sticks and leaves on their heads to trick them into nesting there. According to Wikipedia, alligators live in all of the Southeastern U.S. states, but Florida and Louisiana have the most, with gator populations over a million in each state.

Unlike mammals, who tend to stop growing at the end of puberty, alligators continue to grow over their entire life span. They also replace their own teeth when they fall out. Gators can go through 2000 teeth in their lifetimes. The largest gator ever recorded was found in Alabama in 2014, and measured 15 feet and 9 inches.

One of the most interesting things about alligators is that temperature is a factor in determining what sex the gator will be. If eggs are incubated at temperatures over 93 degrees, the gators will all be male. If they are incubated at 86 degrees, they will be females. Weather patterns that are a mix of these temperatures will create a brood of mixed sexes.

Female Gators  

Female gators are notoriously protective mamas. According to Wired magazine, “Female alligators build nests made of vegetation, sticks, leaves, and mud near a body of water. As the vegetation decays, it heats up and keeps the eggs warm. She stays near the nest throughout the 65-day incubation period, protecting it from intruders. When the eggs are ready to hatch, the young alligators make high-pitched noises from inside their eggs. This causes their mother to start digging them out of the nest and carrying her babies down to the water in her jaws. She may protect her young for up to a year.” (Source) Captain Tucker has stories about female alligators becoming aggressive when protecting their young.

The Past and Future of Alligators

Alligators were once on the endangered species list (National Geographic). Years of overfishing and collecting hides created an unsustainable drop in populations, forcing them onto the endangered list in 1967. In a span of only twenty years, better practices brought the gator back up to a healthy population, even resulting in a one to two month hunting season each year to keep populations from becoming overcrowded and starving each other to death.

While we never can truly predict Mother Nature, March is typically the time of year where you will begin seeing alligators on most of our 1.5 hour swamp tours. Our airboats can travel deep into the heart of the cypress woodlands and get you close to the action. Book a tour today by calling 337.228.7880.