About Crocodile Adventure
Crocodiles, cenotes and whale sharks - This exclusive trip will take you on a very exciting adventure in Mexico. Close encounters with the fascinating saltwater crocodile, mystical cenotes and close ups with dozens of whale sharks during peak season in Mexico.
Unique Croc encounters- Just a few years ago our partners in Xcalak found this unique place called Chinchorro Banks. Today it is one of few places in the world where you can free dive and photograph saltwater crocodiles, American crocodile (Crocodylus acutus), the only crocodile species other than the saltwater crocodile (Crocodylus porosus) to commonly live and thrive in salt water. The advantage of the lagoon in Chinchorro is that it is shallow (max 2 metres) and has good visibility. It is most likely that the average size of the crocodiles that you will encounter at Chinchorro will be about 3 metres long. This crocodile adventure has become extremely popular and to safeguard the crocs, it is restricted to seven persons per session at Chinchorro. For this reason, we only have six spaces plus our expedition leader for this group trip.
Cenote Magic - Underneath the Yucatan Peninsula’s seemingly solid limestone foundation, is an entire network of caves that, for the most part, have been immersed beneath the surface for thousands of years. A cenote is a cave that has had the roof collapse in where there is merely a window left to the world above. Through these windows, beyond the thick jungle vegetation, you can see the underground rivers flowing through the maze that makes up the Yucatan Peninsula. You will have the opportunity to dive in these cenotes. The cenote dives we will do will be recreational without a need for special cave or cavern diving certificate or equipment. We will focus on photogenic and scenic cenote openings with spectacular ambient light.
Massive aggregation of whale sharks - Along the Eastern shoreline of Mexico you find the Yucatan Peninsula. In the waters off of Isla Mujeres, close to Yucatan, you find one of the best places in the world to swim with whale sharks. During the summertime a lot of whale sharks gather in this area to feed on fish eggs, providing a fantastic opportunity for you to experience a close encounter with the largest fish on earth. There are a lot of whale sharks in the area, often more than one hundred, the majority of which have an approximate length of about five to six metres.
Magnus Lundgren has more than 20 years of experience guiding expeditions around the world, as well as an educator in underwater photography, giving his expeditions an extra flair. Participants on this exclusive Mexico Expedition are bound to develop their skills just by listening to him. “My goal has always been to coach participants at their ambition level so that advice and tips can lead to results there and then.
UW-photo workshop - During this adventure you will have the chance to take spectacular photographs of crocodiles in their natural environment, marine life around Chinchorro reef complex, spectacular sunlit cenote environments and big whale sharks close up. In short it will be pretty busy. Magnus will have three very informative and inspiring presentations during the trips first few evenings:
Presentation 1 - Using natural light (getting ready for the cenote shoot)
Learn more about shooting in natural light with wide lenses and how to use a model in a big dramatic scene.
Presentation 2 - Crocodile photography
Learn how to shoot close focus wide angle (CFWA) and the basics about split (50/50) images to get ready for the American crocodile shoot.
Presentation 3 - Shooting big action while snorkling
How to get the best whale shark images while snorkling and a presentation in vital snorkling techniques.
Questions about the workshop? Your photo pro Magnus Lundgren will give briefings during the trip, as well as give photography feedback to those that would like to have it. In plenty of time prior to the trips departure, you will be sent an email giving tips about what is good to have with you on this adventure. At that time, you will also have time to ask specific questions to Magnus regarding photography in preparation of the trip: firstname.lastname@example.org.