Snorkeling with American Crocodiles in Chinchorro Mexico Private Charter with Gregory Sweeney Photography
American Crocodiles Adventure
Xcalak and Chinchorro Atoll (south of Cancun), Mexico
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.
|Where:||Xcalak and Chinchorro Atoll (Transfer from Cancun)|
|Participants:||Limited to 6|
|Encounters:||3 days at the remote Chinchorro Atoll with crocodiles plus 2 days reef diving at Xcalak. Scuba and snorkeling.|
July 2 - 8 2017
Trip Fee Includes:
- 2 Days scuba diving (2 tank dives) in Xcalak in the Reef National Marine Park
- 3 days snorkel with crocodiles at Banco Chinchorro Biosphere Reserve
- 3 nights accommodation in Xcalak
- 3 nights accommodation in Chinchorro in rustic/ basic fishing huts
- Morning dives at Banco Chinchorro Biosphere Reserve to gather invasive lionfish
- Tanks, weights, dive master, guide at Chinchorro
- All meals while at Chinchorro Atoll
- Breakfast while in Xcalak
- Transfers to/from Cancun Airport ( or other location TBD)
Does not Include
- Airfare to Cancun, Mexico (CUN)
- Transportation to group meeting area (if necessary)
- Dinner, drinks, and other food durring transfers and at Xcalak
- Dive gear rental
- Gratuity for the boat crew
- $300 Single Room Supplement
Guests should arrange to fly into Cancun airport (CUN)on July 2th in the morning (or on July 1st) anticipating a late morning meet and transfer to south
On the 8th we wil transfer back to Cancun (drop off point to be determined later) with an arrival in the early afternoon. Guests who are staying to do whale sharks will be able to transfer to Isla Mujeres that afternoon.
|July 2||Meet up in Cancun – Transfer to Xcalak – Hotel night 1|
|July 3||Two dives in Xcalak Reef National Park – private boat Hotel night 2|
|July 4||Transfer by boat to Chinchorro Day 1 Crocodile Encounter at Fishing Huts|
|July 5||Day 2 Crocodile Encounter - morning dives for lion fish – night 2 at Fishing Huts|
|July 6||Day 3 Crocodile Encounter - morning dives for lion fish – back to Xcalak in evening|
|July 7||Reef diving in Xcalak, Xcalak hotel 3|
|July 8||Transfer back to Cancun area|
The Banco Chinchorro Biosphere Reserve is the largest stand – alone reef in the Northern hemisphere and one of the healthiest. Currently only 1,928 hectares of the 144k hectares are zoned for diving and fewer than one thousand divers get to see these remote and unspoiled dive sites per year. It teems with fish and other sea life, and contains more than 100 shipwrecks as well s the largest and purest population of American crocodiles found in the Americas. Our outfitters and guides in Xcalak was the first operator to organize croc encounters in Chinchorro and remains the only dive operator with an official concession. They are committed to sustainable tourism and conservation.
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)
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.
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 – before and after the Chinchorro portion.