Saltwater Crocs, Whale Sharks, & Cenotes, oh my!
This August spend 9 days exploring the secret side of Mexico’s Mayan Riviera with Team Ninja!
**ONLY 3 SPACES LEFT!** Our exclusive Ninja Mayan Summer Expedition features the best of the Mayan Riviera. And we aren’t talking resort littered streets or packed out tourist beaches. We’re heading off the beaten track in search of gigantic whale sharks, sacred Mayan cenotes, remote reef diving in Xcalak Mexico & the infamous Banco Chinchorro, but best of all, getting up close & personal with crocodiles. We’ve handled all of the logistics involved with the trip so you can enjoy a stress free expedition through one of the most diverse areas for diving one can possibly visit. Join us August 10-18, 2018 for an adventure deeper into the Mayan Riviera than most ever see.
Diving in Xcalak Mexico
We’ll spend 2 days diving stunning reefs amongst massive schools of Tarpon in Xcalak, a remote but beautiful fishing village near the Belizan border. Xcalak’s marine park is home to an incredible variety of life and many of the pristine reefs there feature gorgeous coral formations and spectacular sun-lit swim throughs to explore. If we’re lucky we may even spot one of Xcalak’s resident manatee population.
Diving in Banco Chinchorro
Nestled off the Eastern Coast of Xcalak Mexico just North of Belize, Banco Chinchorro is the largest reef atoll on this side of the world. Beneath crystal clear Caribbean waters lie gorgeous, untouched reefs. The atoll itself is essentially uninhabited (except for a small military installation and a couple fishing huts), so we can enjoy some truly off-the-grid diving. We’ll spend the night sleeping in fishing huts on right on the water.
Swimming with Saltwater Crocodiles
You’d never expect to find crocodiles off of an atoll in the middle of the ocean, but Banco Chinchorro has a thriving population of them and we have the incredibly unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to swim with these beautiful misunderstood creatures. You can expect up close encounters with these living dinosaurs. We’ll spend 2 days in the water with them before heading back to our base camp in Xcalak.
Diving Sacred Mayan Cenotes
After leaving Xcalak, we’ll begin our journey back north and spend a day diving in the sacred Mayan cenotes. Cenotes are freshwater caverns scattered throughout the Mayan Riviera. These unique places feature breathtaking formations and laser-like light beams streaming into crystal clear water from the jungle above. Diving the cenotes is a rare opportunity to explore what lies under the jungle.
Swimming with Whale Sharks
We’ve saved something big for last — whale sharks. For the grand finale of our trip, we’ll swim with the biggest fish in the world off the coast of Isla Contoy. We have chartered a private boat to take us to where these gentle giants migrate to feed on plankton during the summer months. We’ll be able to get incredibly close to them and watch them as they feed. Last year there were over 100 whale sharks in the area when we went!
We have extremely limited space available on this trip with only 6 total spaces available. Be sure to secure your spot ASAP so that you don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity! Click here to sign up now or contact us at [email protected] or +1-973-619-9007 to reserve your space today.
Trip price: $2895.00 USD
How’s it work?
We’ve set up all the logistics so all you need to do is show up in Playa del Carmen on August 10th and we handle the rest. We’ll meet at the HM Hotel and have an introduction briefing in the evening. The next morning we’ll head down tom Xcalak, get checked in and get all our equipment setup and enjoy a day of relaxing in the hammocks next to the sea before the action kicks off. The next morning we’ll head out for 2 dives in Xcalak Marine Park. The following morning we’ll load up the boats and make our way out to Chinchorro. Once we arrive we’ll go for a dive on one of Chinchorro’s untouched reefs. Then after that it’s time for crocs! We’ll spend the rest of the day swimming with the crocs before having dinner under the stars. The next morning another dive on Chinchorro’s reefs and more croc action! At the end of the day we’ll make our way back to Xcalak. The following morning we’ll do a couple more dives in Xcalak and then get ready to head back north for cenote diving the following day. Then the following day we head out to swim with whale sharks! We’ll spend our last night in Cancun and depart the next day after breakfast or if you like you can add on extra days of diving or more whale sharks.
The trip price includes all the above mentioned diving and water activities, accommodation for the length of the trip on a shared double occupancy basis (9 nights), all transfers except initial transfer to Playa del Carmen from the airport on the first day, breakfast and lunch included all days (we leave dinner off so you are free to venture to check out some of the delicious local spots), all meals while in Chinchorro, generator rental for Chinchorro to charge camera batteries and other appliances, expedition closing dinner the last night, all marine park fees, entrance fees, port fees, tanks and weights.
What’s not included?
Nitrox, equipment rentals, drinks, dinners (except for while in Chinchorro and our closing dinner), initial airport transfer to Playa del Carmen on August 10th, personal expenses, and crew gratuities. But give us a shout if you’d like to add anything and we can help sort it out for you.
Expedition Quick Facts:
Location: Riviera Maya, Mexico
Start: August 10, 2018
Disembark: August 18, 2018
Duration: 9 Days, 8 nights
Departing from: HM Hotel, Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Nearest Airport: Cancun Intl. Airport (CUN)
Trip Cost: $2895
Min Deposit to Reserve: $750