Whether this is your first time traveling to the Lake Area, you’re a regular visitor, or you’ve lived in Southwest Louisiana your whole life, it’s always easier to let someone else do the driving.

William Daigle owns and operates SWLA Tours. With his comfortable 14-passenger seat tour van, complete with party lights, sound, and entertainment screens, he offers several tour options for both visitors and locals.

William Daigle, SWLA Tours

On the 5-hour Cajun Outback Tour, guests experience nature up close – alligators, birds, turtles, nutria – along the Creole Nature Trail All-American Road, with stops at the Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuge, the jetties along the Calcasieu Ship Channel, Holly Beach, and the Cameron Courthouse. It’s a perfect excursion for bird watchers, photographers, and nature lovers of all ages.


Sit back and relax on SWLA Tours’ 90 minute Sunset/Lake Charles after Dark Tour. You’ll take in the sights of downtown Lake Charles, the historic Charpentier District, and the Civic Center/Lakefront area. On all his tours, Daigle regales his guests with historical facts, tidbits, and tales of Southwest Louisiana.

Charpentier district

Some tours are seasonal, such as his Haunted Louisiana Tour in October and the Christmas Lights Tour in December. Daigle is also offering some new tours for spring.

Beginning around the end of February, enjoy SWLA Tours’ Hot and Spicy Tour, a trip which includes Avery Island Tabasco Plantation, Jungle Gardens, Historic Downtown New Iberia, Bayou Rum Distillery, and the Gator Chateau. This tour will be offered twice a month - once during a weekday and once on a Saturday.

bayou rum: credit @louisianacookin

SWLA Tours’ also provides customized chauffeured transportation for events such as Mardi Gras balls, proms, weddings, office parties, and bachelor/bachelorette parties.

For more information, see his website, www.swlatours.com or call 337-415-9007.

For more guided tour options, click here. Southwest Louisiana also offers many hunting and fishing guides.