The final frontier for water enthusiasts!
At XTC, we can provide an experience like no other- the chance to swim with the American Crocodiles of the remote Banco Chinchorro Biosphere Reserve.
Banco Chinchorro is the largest coral reef atoll in the northern hemisphere.
With no permanent settlements and very limited access, it is among the last few truly unspoiled, natural wonders remaining.
In and around Cayo Centro, the largest island of three that are on the atoll, lives one of the largest known populations of American Crocodiles. Over 400 individuals have been identified by biologists.
Due to their interaction with the small group of seasonal fishermen in the reserve, they have become accustomed to venturing out of the mangroves to clear, shallow water where we can facilitate some truly close encounters with large, and often multiple, crocodiles.
Being in the water with these big crocs is an absolute dream for photographers, videographers and nature lovers. With multiple spotters watching from above, an experienced guide at your side and a 4+ meter croc just inches from your lens, the photo opportunities are many and the results are astounding!
We are currently taking only small groups of no more than seven experienced divers on a very limited basis. Ensuring we don’t alter their behavioral and feeding habits, the number of trips we run each year is limited. We work together with outfitters and groups who specialize in, and seek out, big animal encounters.
These trips are highly supervised with safety being of the utmost concern. For our guests and our crocs…