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Address: The Office Bar & Grill, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye 00000, Belize
Phone Number: +501 623-7920
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Join ACES's Expert Croc Team on an evening, educational, crocodile...

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. All proceeds go to crocodile rescues, research, and education in Belize.

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Looking for crocs in the lagoon off San Pedro

As we glided slowly along, our guide, Chris, and his assistant, Mike, shone their spotlights back and forth across the lagoons, looking for the reflection of the croc eyes. We saw... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

As we glided slowly along, our guide, Chris, and his assistant, Mike, shone their spotlights back and forth across the lagoons, looking for the reflection of the croc eyes. We saw several reflections but the crocs kept disappearing. After a couple of hours I thought we were not going to see one up close, but then they spotted one and... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our family of 4 did this outing one evening in December. Chris, the guide, was terrific and entertaining, even though we barely saw a couple of crocodiles and didn't get any in the boat. We also saw some birds and some interesting views of the island, suh as failed real estate developments. We learned quite a bit about conservation and... More 

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GIveaCroc, Employee at ACES / American Crocodile Education Sanctuary, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to do us a review. I always feel disappointed myself when we aren't able to catch any, but I am glad to hear that even with no capture you don't regret doing the tour. We always try our best to catch one or two for our tagging purposes, but some nights that... More 

Kansas
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We took the tour with our children thinking we would be seeing and tagging crocodiles as well as learning more about them. We booked it through our resort, but were not told that Dec/Jan is mating season and the crocs are NO WHERE to be found. We toured at night and saw nothing. Our guide jumped in the water after... More 

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GIveaCroc, Employee at ACES / American Crocodile Education Sanctuary, responded to this review

I'm sorry you guys had such a bad time. But I thank you for the honesty of your review and the stars for trying. I did feel bad that we'd had such a slow night with no sightings. While there's no guarantee of catching a croc every night we go out, it is a rarity for us to not see... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016 via mobile

This is a fun tour where you're searching for crocs in San Pedro while getting a great education about crocs and their environment. We didn't manage to get a wild croc in the boat but were still able to handle Tiny Tim. Our kids love adventure and love being around animals-- this tour was great for our family.

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GIveaCroc, Employee at ACES / American Crocodile Education Sanctuary, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review!! I'm so glad to hear that even without us catching a wild croc you still had a great time. That means to us that we're doing our job with our education right. It's just swings and roundabouts with catching these critters, some nights we do, some we don't. But it really does mean... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

We went out on Dec 28 with our family of four and another couple that booked for that night and had a fantastic time with Chris and Mike. Their knowledge of crocodiles was impressive and what they do for the crocodiles is amazing. They spotted a bunch of them, which I thought was just fine, but then they actually caught... More 

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GIveaCroc, Employee at ACES / American Crocodile Education Sanctuary, responded to this review

Yes I remember that croc, you could feel it as soon as you held him. His belly just didn't have that muscular feel to it that it's supposed to have, and was really quite soft with the skin a little loose. So that really was a bonus trip for us. Not only did we get to catch a croc and... More 

Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015

Everything about the trip was fun...even when it started to rain! Not only be as it educational, but the guides (Mike and Chris) were very entertaining.

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GIveaCroc, Employee at ACES / American Crocodile Education Sanctuary, responded to this review

What a relief to hear that even the rain didn't dampen your spirits! Thankfully its not a cold rain here most the time and can be quite refreshing, and can even help sometimes as the crocs do love themselves a little rain!! Thank you for coming Pamela, and thanks so much for the review. Regards Chris Summers More 

Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015

We had a great time on our crocodile tour with ACES. Unfortunately Chris and Mike were not able to actually catch any crocodiles on the night of our tour, but that just means we will have to do it again! We have been told that most nights they do catch crocodiles and that a night like ours is very rare.... More 

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GIveaCroc, Employee at ACES / American Crocodile Education Sanctuary, responded to this review

Thank you so much!! I really appreciate this review and your upbeat attitude about not catching anything. It's always a shame when we aren't able to catch one. Our success rate is higher than not, but still, whenever we don't mange to get a croc on a trip we're always a little disappointed in ourselves. But I'm happy to know... More 

Arlington, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2015

My boyfriend and I had a great time with (the very handsome) "Crocodile Chris." We departed from the dock at night and were able to see Chris and Mike capture a female crocodile who was being attacked by another larger female croc. Chris and Mike safely bandaged her and places her in the boat where we could safely pet her... More 

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

Well you are just too kind :) That was a good night, it's rare we catch a croc that big on the trips as the bigger ones are harder to get without traps, but it was kind of a rough night too. We had quite the fight out there in the water and I always worry when a croc has... More 

Acton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

We went out in a small boat to tag a crocodile. The guide was an amazing wealth of information and was passionate about the crocodiles. We didn't find one but ended up releasing a small one back into the wild. Even just the boat ride was great- we went through the mangroves in the dark. I would recommend this to... More 

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

Thank you Anne for the fantastic review. I really appreciate this review because it shows one of our tougher nights. Some nights just go like that, the crocs are hard to find and even harder to catch. The fact that you still had a great time makes me really happy, we take great pride in our extensive knowledge of crocodiles,... More 

San Pedro, Belize
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

What an awesome adventure for us all! We can't wait to do it again....Chris taught us so much about crocodiles during our night tour. We never expected to be watching him move about the lagoon and thru the mangroves competing with the croc while we watched safely from the boat with Dani and Mike! How thrilling! It was definitely a... More 

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

No thank you!! It's always nice to know your work is appreciated, and I'm so glad that it seems you really took some information away from the education. While we love to be able to physically show people these incredible animals, the education is really the important thing to understanding their beauty and importance. We hope you guys get to... More 

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