Xcalak and Banco Chinchorro, Mexico
July 15 - 20, 2018
(6 day trip / 4 days snorkeling and diving)
- 4 of 6 SPOTS -
Day 1 - We pick you up at the Cancun International Airport (between 10-11 am) and take a 5 hour private van ride to the sleeply little resort town of Xcalak. We check into the hotel, prep gear and the rest of the evening is yours to relax.
Day 2 - We pack our gear for a 2 night stay at the Fisherman’s hut (8AM). We take a 2 hour boat ride to Banco Chinchorro Island Marine Reserve. Once we are there, we will do a one tank dive to find crocodile bait (we hunt lion fish as part of the lion fish eradication program for Banco Chinchorro) We begin chumming for crocs. Once they arrive we spend the day swimming with them. Finish our night with dinner while we watch the sunset.
Day 3 - We will do a one tank dive in the early morning. The rest of our day will be spent swimming with crocs. After we are done, we will visit the ranger station to photograph more crocodiles and the giant iguanas on the island. We will spend the night here (last night in Chinchorro), watch the sunset, eat dinner and relax.
Day 4 - Wake up in the morning for a one tank dive at Chinchorro. We chum for crocs and swim with them until it is time to depart for Xcalak. normally around 1PM.
Day 5- We will do a one tank dive in the morning, clean up and depart for Playa del Carmen at 12 noon. Once there we will check into our hotel for the final night of our adventure. Playa del Carmen is a resort town with a lot of places to enjoy your final evening in Mexico.
Day 6 - A taxi will return you to Cancun in the morning for your journey home, (9 AM departure time). Return flights need to be made after 1PM
We will be traveling to Xcalak and Banco Chinchorro Island, Mexico for an Off the beaten path expedition in search of crocodiles. Banco Chinchorro is a protected marine reserve and boasts the largest aggregation of American crocodiles in the world. These encounters are unique opportunities to experience these animals up close and personal. We will spend 3 days snorkeling with the crocodiles. This trip however, is planned as a 4 day expedition, ( Just in case we lose a day to weather / bad seas.).
HOW THE CROCODILE DIVING STARTED
The area we go to is a Marine reserve, so the only people who live here are fishermen (who were living on this island before it became a reserve, so they were allowed to stay). Most of them live in houses on the water. At the end of the day when they returned home, after a day of catching fish, they would clean their catches and throw the carcasses into the water. The crocodiles that live on the island, soon learned they could get a free meal if they would hang out under these houses. These stilt houses are where we stay when we visit Banco Chinchorro. It is a camping style living in a very picturesque setting. The conditions here were the perfect place to set up a crocodile diving site.
SAFETY IS EVERYTHING
Crocodile diving is all about rules. Our job is to provide you with the opportunities to get upclose and personal with these dinosaurs, while keeping you safe. So we will always have a safety diver in the water with you, making sure you and the animals are ok. As well as scouts up on deck, watching for any new crocodiles that may be approaching while we are in the water. Crocodile diving is unique, and we want you to enjoy every second of your experience, bringing home the images and memories you have always dreamed of.
While we are in Xcalak, we will be staying in a hotel, but for the crocodile portion of the trip, we will be spending two nights in the cabins on the water (sleeping in hammocks, - they also have two cots in case, hammocks are not your thing.). This is a camping style setting, we bring everything we need with us from Xcalak, including an amazing chef. The evenings here are quiet, with a beautiful breeze and a great view of the sunsets and sunrises. The reason we stay in Chinchorro, is do the long runs to get here (two - three hour crossings), as well as maximizing our time with the crocodiles. Some days they show up early to play, other days, it takes a while before they arrive.
LAST DAY OF DIVING
Our final day will be spent doing a two tank dive (morning dives) on the reefs off Xcalak. Our first dive will be at, 'La Poza.' The dive site is a giant trench with lots of current, where a huge school of ( 3 -7 feet long ) tarpon hang out. Our second dive will be spent seeking out the elusive mermaids. Manatees seasonally migrate through the area. They are much harder to find, but if we find one, it will be a great way to end an amazing adventure.
YOUR NEXT MOVE
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CROCODILE DIVING EXPEDITION GALLERY
If your ready to book your trip, please send us an email at Marti@sharkdivermag.com, or call us at (956) 279-8119