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ACES / American Crocodile Education Sanctuary

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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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Amazing........A must do in San Pedro!

Chris was our delightful Captain, and he out on a wonderful tour. While cruising through the lagoon side of the island searching for crocodiles at night, you get an entertaining... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 9, 2016
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2016 via mobile

Chris was our delightful Captain, and he out on a wonderful tour. While cruising through the lagoon side of the island searching for crocodiles at night, you get an entertaining and very educational insight about the animals, the area, and the threats they face. Once an Croc is spotted, Chris gets in the water and attempts to catch it. Once... More 

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Peculiar, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2016

Ok. Crocodile hunters? Sounds like a circus act, right? NOT!! This outing was the real deal. Chris, our educator and guide, was great at keeping us involved in this entire experience. Our small group searched, spotted and watched the croc while Chris skillfully entered the water, tracked it down, caught it, and brought it back to the boat (mouth taped... More 

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London, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2016

We went out on Christmas Eve and had the tour to ourselves, it was fantastic! We learned a tonne about crocs and their impact on the area. There was a lot of history that ACES has been through as well and it was very cool to learn about the journey that brought them to where they are today. Our handsome... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2016

This is a great activity for anyone who has appreciation and interest in the wildlife of Belize. The salt water Croc is truly an amazing animal. This is perhaps a once in a lifetime chance for someone to not only see one in the wild, but actually participate in the conservation effort. My wife and I are avid divers and... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016

My sister, my brother and myself went on this adventure this week! We had fun. We only saw a small croc (18 inches) but we all got to hold him. It was a great boat ride in the night and i would totally do this again!

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

Every night is different. Some nights we see and catch crocs on the larger side, some nights we only see the little critters, and while the larger the croc, the more exciting and pulse raising it can be, the plus side of the little tiny crocs they are just so darn cute!!! Thank you so much for coming and for... More 

Excelsior, Minnesota, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2016

We took this tour a few years ago on a visit to Ambergris and enjoyed it. The kids wanted to go again. We (Chris actually) caught crocs on both nights. It is cool to see the island at night from a small outboard boat that only holds about 8 people. Chris does a good job making the tour educational, informative,... More 

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

It's OK, you can say "we", it's a team effort catching the crocs :) I love seeing the lagoon side at night, and I love being able to show people a side most don't get to see. It's really beautiful out there under the stars, specially on dark dark nights when you can see the glowing bioluminescense under the water.... More 

Maumelle, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2016

Chris and Mike were fantastic guides on the roughly 2-hour crocodile cruise. The tour takes you through the lagoon and among the mangroves. Chris jumped into the darkness, waded into the thick mangroves, and came out with a young croc, which he brought on board. Mike explained much about crocs to us. Luckily, questions were welcome, as our 15-year old... More 

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

Questions are always welcome on board the Swamp Thing!! Otherwise you're just listening to me drone on and on for 2 hours and no one wants that!! I'm glad you guys found us entertaining... sometimes I wonder lol. Thank you very much for coming and for taking the time to do this lovely review. Regards Chris Summers More 

North Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2016

We went early enough to have dinner and a drink at the office bar and Grill. We've been here at Ambergris Caye for over a week now - best quesadilla I've had so far! And we will be going back before we leave for the boneless chicken wings! Wow! Chris, our crocodile guide came and visited us at our table... More 

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

Oooh I remember this night!! What a night!! I don't think I've had so much fun NOT catching any crocs!! I was so annoyed that first one slipped thorugh my fingers!! Been trying to get him for so long and now he won't let me get anywhere near him again!! That's it.... I had my chance and missed!! Oh well....... More 

Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2016

When I first heard about the opportunity to go on a tour with Belize's "Crocodile Hunter," I originally objected--no croc killing for me. But after learning that we would simply be capturing the crocs and tagging them, I signed up! We went on a nighttime crocodile "hunting" and were educated and entertained throughout the 2-hour tour. We spotted several crocodiles... More 

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

Now that did make me chuckle.... yeah.... no croc killing for me either lol. Anyone can kill a croc, but catching one alive and unharmed.... now that's different. That takes an understanding of your animal, you have to try and surprise him, outsmart him, and as I'm sure you learned, they're very intelligent creatures that outsmart us more often than... More 

Savannah, Georgia, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2016

OK. It is dark and you leave the pier in an open Carolina Skiff and cruise into the mangroves. Soon Chris (the guide) and Mike (the mate) start shining lights into the mangroves looking for the orange reflection on croc eyes. When seen Mike casually jumps overboard and slowly mucks through the mud and waist-high water to attempt to catch... More 

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

Now that was an awesome night! Man that first croc was a hard one to catch!! It's not often that both me and Mike are both in the water at the same time, specially for not such a long time but that croc wouldn't sit still, he was all over the place!! This is a fantastic review and I can't... More 

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