Sunday, December 25, 2016

The Bayou Swamp Tour @ Lake Martin 8/2011

de la Houssaye's Louisiana Swamp Tours August 2011

de la Houssaye's Swamp Tours April 17, 2011

Atchafalaya Houseboat

The Honey Island Swamp on the Pearl River in Louisiana

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Louisiana's Newest: Swamp Tours of Acadiana 337 342 3867

1209 Rookery Road, Breaux Bridge, La. 70517 

                                             A Louisiana swamp native: The Wood Duck

Below you can see that in our small boats we go with limited seating and travel where the big tourist trap boats cannot go... this is what we call our road in the swamp.

Lush dense emerald green foliage and wild men and wildlife like no where else in the world...

For photographers, bird watchers...


       and families wanting to offer thier children an education and entertainment in one package.

                                             It is summer time and the weather is fine...

                           call Ashley @ 337 342 3867 for reservations and more information

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Swamp Tours of Acadiana 337 342 3867

                                           1209 Rookery Rd. Breaux Bridge, La. 70517

Below is a link to a Trip Advisor site that has 4 five star reviews of my swamp tours in it.

Notice when you go there that the review at the top was posted by someone who admited never doing my tour but advised not coming to me because they claimed I was rude on the phone and was 'yelling' at them. Oh my word people, don't you just love dealing with the public!

                                               I am Marcus de la Houssaye, and ...

I am not shy about anything, especially criticism, because the only person I am better than is the old me! And if you got a problem with me, I want to hear about it!

All that being said I am sharing that link so you can read the 4 five star honest reviews of my services which I have provided for over 30 years. Trip Advisor: reviews you can trust? I am not sure about all that, but you be the judge...

Now bear in mind, I have contacted Tripadvisor on many occasions over the last 5 or 6 yrs to correct the mistaken address 12 miles from the boat landing where I launch my tours. I live in Carencro, but I do not do my tours there and my private home address is not, nor has it ever been for the 10 years I have lived there, the business address for de la Houssaye's Swamp Tours!

What is interesting about Tripadvisor reviews is that after no bad reviews, but getting 4 five star reviews in a row in the beginning of my experience with these "internet review things", I started getting a whole bunch of what appeared to be crazy redneck tourists giving me terrible reviews.

Now first of all I do not market my tours to crazy redneck tourists who watch too much so-called reality TV! And secondly, I love rednecks and I know what I am dealing with, and like my Cajun friends I am very selective of who I will agree to be with in a boat for 2 hours!

Often, I am educating and entertaining children...

                                         You can smile, because we all been there before...

Nothing personal, and it is not a judgement as much as it is a reality: I have always marketed my very personal, unique personalized Louisiana swamp tour business to "special guests" which were primarily decent people, who were young at heart nature lovers like me,



and scientific naturalists,

seeking detours away from the typical, often overloaded, tourist traps.

                                    My boat has always been small I was the man driving it!

                 You will not get employees driving the boat for me, I am the owner and boat driver at de la Houssaye's Swamp Tours, and I often go out with only 2 people at a time.

I am helpful as that is a southern tradition, I am courteous, as a good business man should be, and I am me, and not shy about my honest opinions. If this sounds like someone you would like to show you around Cajun Country, give me a call @ 337 298 2630. I do swamp tours, night tours and Cajun country land tours.

If you can't get me on the phone you call Ashley @ 337 342 3867 as she is now making reservations for Swamp Tours of Acadiana @ Lake Martin Landing where we share the same space to launch our tours at 1209 Rookery Rd. Breaux Bridge, La. 70517

             This photo was taken from land of the full moon setting at Lake Martin Landing 5am

          Like me, Swamp Tours of Acadiana is in a small boat with personalized services                         designed to get up close and personal with the swamp and all it's inhabitants.

You can follow the link below and read those honest 5 star reviews you can trust from back in 2010 and 2011 which is topped off by one bad review titled "Rude!" My very professional response to that review is pasted below for your reading pleasure.

I have no idea who this is, but it sounds like the reviewer called a wrong number and assumed it was me who yelled at them. Or considering the rave reviews written by my guests, this appears to be someone who wants to hurt me. And all I can assume is; who would want to hurt me but, a competitor. Come on this person did not even do my tour. Just look at all the kind things said of me by people who DID my tours..

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Friday, April 29, 2016

Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival Swamp Tours 337 342 3867

Please call Ashley for reservations at 337 342 3867

sunrise and sunset tours are available...

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Lafayette Louisiana Swamp Tours and Festival International 2016

You can call Ashley for reservations at 337 342 3867 from 8am-8pm central standard time.

We can do custom tours starting as early as 6am for bird watchers and photographers... and the sunset tour starts around 6 pm, unless we are doing a night tour, and that could start as late as 8 or 9 pm.

Please bear in mind that custom tours are best booked in advance, but call and ask, we aim to please.

Hi, I am Marcus de la Houssaye, and I have been doing the small flat bottomed boat Louisiana Swamp Tours near Lafayette, Louisiana for over 30 yrs.

We are @ the landing 7 days a week even during Festivals International 2016

A tiller handle powered outboard motor on a flat-bottomed aluminum
boat as you can see below is what we call: a Cajun Crawfish Skiff. 

Our boats are small enough to get off the beaten path 

and large enough to be safe with up to six or ten passengers 

and are outfitted with comfortable swivel seats.

Below is a photo of a Wood Duck taken at Lake Martin      

If you are looking for an alternative to the big boat tours, we are here for your comfort and interests

Flowers are everywhere in Louisiana in the month of April...



Considering how complicated it gets during festival weeks you can call Ashley at 337 342 3867 for reservations.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

@ Lake Martin, Louisiana Swamp Tours Come In Many Varieties

OK, it is springtime in south Louisiana and everybody wants to come to Lafayette, eat, dance, and then get out and see the birds and alligators from the comfort and privacy of a small 6 passenger flat-bottom boat... yup, we got ya right here!

                                                                      photo copyrighted and courtesy of Claude Nall

We are set up at the landing 7 days a week. ready to do your small boat swamp tour.

If it is just a couple looking for a private photo safari....

or  pleasant getaway for an hour or two...

we do sunrise and sunset, by reservation only,

and no group is too big or too small....

We could even start your tour at sunset and it end as a night tour.

We will take you where the big tourist trap boats cannot go...

If you you seeking a safe adventure into the wilderness wetlands of south Louisiana, we are here to make it happen.


                        Native guides with decades of experience and knowledge to share with you...

and even if you didn't do a swamp tour, consider the sunset photo above was shot from land at Lake Martin Landing(notice the grass lower left)

We offer a wide range of services from the small 5 to 10 passenger boats all the way up to 25 passenger variety, and we can get several together at the same time to handle busloads for church and school groups 

                                                          photo copyrighted and courtesy of Claude Nall

You can make a reservation by calling Bryce at 337 322 2669

or the landline and leave a message @ 337 342 3867

                                                  photo copyrighted and courtesy of Claude Nall

                                                below is a stroll down memory lane...

 Here are a couple of photos of me from back in the 1990's

Opps, the ones below is from the 1980's...

photo above and below copyrighted and courtesy of Marc Garanger

all that being said, I been swampy before swamp people was cool!

My daughter Christina circa 1999 doing a photo shoot for magazine @ Lake Martin

                                                    photo copyrighted and courtesy of Philip Gould

I am Marcus de la Houssaye and I am mostly booked solid for the next few months, meanwhile, Bryce is filling in for me in a 6 passenger flat bottomed boat, 7 days a week at Lake Martin Landing. So I am not available on short order, but if you need specialized guide services for future location scouting, tracking, photo and bird watching, I can be reached by cell phone @ 337 298 2630. Give me a call and lets see if we can fit you in.