Have an adventure and visit where few have gone before! The endangered American crocodile is found in the remote and pristine Chinchorro Atoll.
Chinchorro Atoll (Banco Chinchorro Biosphere Reserve) is the best place in the world to get close to American crocodiles. This is a safe encounter with guides who have done years of experimentation and careful planning to make this safe.
In addition to three days of crocodile encounters, we will also have the opportunity to enjoy some diving on excellent reefs in the shallows and some deep walls covered in healthy sponges and large stands of black coral. Sometimes manatees are spotted on these reefs.
This trip can be paired with our Whale Shark snorkel - we may also arrange optional special activities in Cancun for our crocodile guests
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Photographers get in the water two at a time with a guide nearby as safety
The crocodiles come into the area in the afternoons and interaction happens in the shallow seagrass beds
On the Chinchorro Banks, we stay in utilitarian fishing shacks over the water on stilts: 36 nautical miles across from Xcalak. (2 -4 hours boat ride). We bring a generator with us so we can charge camera gear and have a little light. We bring all the food and water we will need. There will be 3 sessions with the crocs and the morning dives on the reef. We stay 2 nights at the fishing huts, sleeping in hammocks at night.
We sleep in hammocks at the remote fish huts for two nights
A view of our remote fish hut at the Chinchorro Atoll
Each morning we do dives to hunt lionfish. There is a duo purpose in this – to help eliminate the invasive lionfish population and to get food to attract the crocs.
We dive the beautiful reefs at Chinchorro to enjoy them and gather invasive lionfish to feed to the crocs
The Banco Chinchorro Biosphere has pristine reefs and is a protected marine reserve
The diving at Xcalak before and after your expedition to Chinchorro is reef diving at its best. A favourite dive is to the daytime resting place for dozens of tarpon. The reefs are full of colorful sponges, soft corals, fish, and we even saw manatees.
A manatee makes an appearance during our dive
My favorite div at Xcalak had tarpons sleeping in a pack. They were not even fazed by our cameras
While in Xcalak we stay at a beachside resort, home to XTC dive center - our hosts for diving and the croc adventure
You will have an adventure in a place few people are allowed to go
The fishermans’ hunts have no wifi, cell phone, or mobile service. It is a remote shack surrounded by 700 American crocodiles and a few fishermen.
Guests sleep in hammocks and food that is packed out with us is prepared and cooked by our boat captains.
All fishing huts are shared and we sleep in hammocks. A single room is available while we stay in Xcalak at a different hotel: this will be at the guest's own expense and arrangement
Our photo safaris are for photographers and non photographers who want to get up close to large marine life. All of our trips are to destinations proven to be reliable for great encounters. Gregory Sweeney is on hand to help guests with camera gear and techniques before and during the trips. We have been hosting underwater trips for over 15 years.