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ACES / American Crocodile Education Sanctuary

Address: No 5 Conch Shell Street | PO Box 183, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye 00000, Belize
Phone Number: +501 626-0200
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Ranked #17 of 78 Activities in San Pedro
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Owner description: Join ACES's Expert Croc Team on an evening, educational, crocodile eye-shine aboard the "Swamp...
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Owner description: Join ACES's Expert Croc Team on an evening, educational, crocodile eye-shine aboard the "Swamp Thing." Search for predatory crocodiles to capture, tag, & re-release to help ACES Biologists collect scientific data on Belize's wild & threatened American crocodiles. (ACES is permitted by the Belize Forest Department.) Your expedition takes you through mangrove islands & into the starlit night while searching for Isla Bonita's extraordinary, nocturnal wildlife and the infamous saltwater crocodiles in their natural habitat. Departing from "The Office Bar & Grill" at 6:30 pm, this extraordinary 2-3 hour expedition is only $50USD per person. Children 6 and under are 1/2 price. All proceeds go to crocodile rescues, research, and education in Belize.

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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

We signed up for this tour because it sounded unique... and it was! We were picked up at 6:30 p.m. at The Office bar and pub (a bit tricky to find, since there doesn't seem to be addresses in San Pedro!). But we were able to walk there from the water taxi dock in less than 10 minutes. Our guide... More 

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CrocsBelize, employee at ACES / American Crocodile Education Sanctuary, responded to this review

Hi Samantha, first off, thanks so much for taking the time to write us a review. I'm glad you guys had a good time. Secondly... $65USD!!!??? What hotel were you staying at? As it seems a safe assumption that you booked through them. Our price is $50USD per person, included in that price is 15% commission for any booking operators... More 

piedmont california
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94 reviews 94 reviews
6 attraction reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

You go out with ten people and a staff member from the organization and go in a motor boat in the dark for 2 hours looking for crocodiles. They find them with a light beam on their eyes. He found one crocodile 18 inches long and shows him to us all and measured him and discussed crocodiles. There was no... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

This was our first experience looking for crocs in the wild and boy was it wild!!!! Fabulous excursion! The crew was very informative and not afraid to jump into the lagoon to give us the true experience. Yes! Our captain caught a croc and pulled him aboard. The rest of the excursion was just as exciting. We saw thousands of... More 

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CrocsBelize, employee at ACES / American Crocodile Education Sanctuary, responded to this review

Hi Michelle, thanks for the great review!!! I wouldn't say "not afraid" to jump in the lagoon..... just don't have much choice!! lol! Oh I love the bioluminescence!!!!!!! It so beautiful, I never tire of it!! Some nights it's so strong it lights the whole lagoon floor as we cruise by.... love it!!!! Thanks again for the review and the... More 

Calgary, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

This was brilliant. The night that we went unfortunately was the only night we got rain yet we still had an amazing time. The guys are extremely informative and it is great for all ages.

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CrocsBelize, employee at ACES / American Crocodile Education Sanctuary, responded to this review

I'm glad you guys still had a good time despite the rain! It's been strange the last few years, the rainy seasons starts a little later, and seems to go on a little longer. Thanks so much for the taking the time to do us this lovely review, it's greatly appreciated, as is your taking oart in the excursion. Regards... More 

San Pedro, Belize
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Absolutely great fun for a night time adventure. Meet up for a boat ride into the small channels in the mangroves at the back of the island, shine a torch around and you see the reflection of the crocs looking back at you. The boat wizzes off to the location where one of the staff will jump in and catch... More 

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CrocsBelize, employee at ACES / American Crocodile Education Sanctuary, responded to this review

Yup, that's pretty much the long and short of it!! I'm glad you guys had a fun time. Thanks very much for doing us a review Andy. Pleae look us up again if you come back. Regards Chris Summers More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

I think I might have been the only one out of the four (before we went out on our tour) that was excited to go out at night looking for eyes of crocs and hoping to see one. I know by the end of a very educational, fun, interesting tour to see some American Crocodiles with great tour guides we... More 

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CrocsBelize, employee at ACES / American Crocodile Education Sanctuary, responded to this review

That's what I love to hear!!!!! I know sometimes there's a few in a group that might have some reservations about doing a croc tour, maybe they just think it's not their thing... or we're just going to drive around and look and get them to come close by baiting them... But when you start talking about the biology of... More 

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014 via mobile

We had so much fun with Chris on our tour! At first I was worried it was taking awhile to find a croc, but then we found one! a HUGE one, 8'8" male and since he was a new find we got to name him! Bucky Badger. We also got to see 2 smaller crocs, and hold them. We all... More 

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CrocsBelize, employee at ACES / American Crocodile Education Sanctuary, responded to this review

That was a great night!!! That was a pretty good sized croc!! Much bigger than the crocs we usually catch on these trips... but hey... any data from any croc is good data!! And he was brand spanking new too which makes it even better for us!!! Im sorry we couldn't catch anything the next night for the other half... More 

Cartagena, Bolivar, Colombia
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33 reviews 33 reviews
7 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

I didn't realize our captain was going to jump right in to the dark lagoon water & catch crocs for us on this tour, but he did. You learn a lot about crocodiles (& crazy croc handlers! :) plus have the chance to hold one. Highly recommended!

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CrocsBelize, employee at ACES / American Crocodile Education Sanctuary, responded to this review

Yeah... that comes as quite the surprise to some people... every now and then I have people yelling to come back to the boat... it came as quite a shock to them! But, that's the easiest way to catch them, and catching them is important for our studies and population surveys. We love to hear that people have had a... More 

San Rafael, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Their boat was in the shop the week we were there but they came to our hotel with a baby croc and did a presentation to us about them. We got to hold them. Very cool. Next time I def hope we can go out on the boat at night with them.

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Cherie C, employee at ACES / American Crocodile Education Sanctuary, responded to this review

It's a shame the boat was out of the water during your trip, but we still wanted to get the education out there to people who were really interested such as yourself. But, the boat is all fixed now and running lovely, so please look us up again if you come back. Thanks for doing the review Regards Chris Summers More 

Hamilton, Texas
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

We had the wonderful opportunity to go with Chris and Mike last night on the croc watch. We have been coming to the island since 2009 and this was "hands down" the best experience we have had. These gentlemen were so knowledgable and educated us on about the crocs and were so "hands on" in letting us get into the... More 

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Cherie C, employee at ACES / American Crocodile Education Sanctuary, responded to this review

Best island experience?? I won't argue with that!! :) Sounds like you had a blast!! Thanks for coming, and we'll see you again in December. Regards Chris Summers More 

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