Many people love snorkeling because it’s such a relaxing sport. You float on top of the water, the gentle waves lifting you and up and down slowly as you look at the fish and coral below. It’s not exactly what you would call an adrenaline-packed sport. Sure, you could always try your hand at cage diving with sharks, but that’s what all of the adrenaline junkies are doing. Don’t you want to do something a little more unique? If so, it doesn’t get any more exciting than snorkeling with crocodiles!
All you have to do is head down to Mexico and book a trip with Yucatan Dive Trek in Banco Chinchorro.
Look, it’s important to realize up front that diving with crocodiles in open water is not the safest activity you could be engaging in. Crocs are wild animals, which means they’re unpredictable. They also have really big teeth and one of the strongest bite pressures per square inch on the planet.
The good news is that when you book with Yucatan Dive Trek, you’ll be in the water with an experienced handler, although they won’t actually be “handling” the animals. They don’t actually touch the animals—they’re just there to fend off any over-curious animals with a stick in case they want to get a little too close to the snorkelers.
The crocs in Banco Chinchorro are American Saltwater crocodiles, which happen to be among the largest species in the world. In fact, the males of the species can reach up to twenty feet in length! The good news is that the American croc usually doesn’t attack big prey, like humans. They prefer fish and birds. That doesn’t mean that it’s not dangerous, though. All crocodilians are dangerous to humans, but this particular species isn’t as vicious as some of the others around the world.
The draw is more than just the adrenaline rush, though. It’s a unique chance to swim with a prehistoric animal—a dinosaur, practically. That’s definitely not something you get on your average trip to Mexico.
Check out Yucatan Dive Trek for more information on booking your own crocodile encounter.