Nearly a year ago now, Anderson Cooper dove into a dark cave to swim with crocodiles. He had nothing more than a camera and a rod for protection (and his scuba gear, of course). Most people thought he was mad. It wasn’t for preservation or the betterment of the species. One could say it was for ratings (probably at least somewhat true), and others may say it’s to promote awareness.
Many divers and even some swimmers have had a close encounter with a shark, but it’s rare that someone would get up close and personal with a croc.
And truthfully, crocodiles are amazing creatures. They are among the closest thing we have to dinosaurs that walk the earth today. These large aquatic reptiles are actually quite shy. They don’t want to be seen by people, and they go to great lengths to maintain their privacy. At least, that is true for the American crocodile. Nile and Australian crocs are known to be a little more aggressive.
If, like Anderson Cooper, you’d like to dive with crocodiles, you can. Here are a few places that offer crocodile diving excursions.
Here you can get up close and personal with a crocodile or two while maintaining relative safety. But before you book your flight, there are a few things you should know. These are Nile Crocodiles, which are known to be highly aggressive, and they view humans as prey. At Cango Ranch, you’ll dive in a cage that was specifically designed to withstand the immense power of this crocodile’s jaws. This dive is not for the faint of heart.
This Australian dive spot features some of the largest saltwater crocodiles on the planet. This is a controlled dive in an aquarium setting, but it is nonetheless an experience of a lifetime. Each dive includes a 15-minute session in a clear enclosure with one of these massive reptiles. While in the tube, croc handlers will feed the crocs, so you can get an up close and personal view of these prehistoric-looking creatures.
Solo Diving With Crocs
This is the most dangerous and is definitely not recommended, especially for those who have never worked with crocodiles, but there are locations where you could don your scuba gear and hop into the water with some crocs. Botswana’s Okavango Delta is a popular spot, but do keep in mind that these are Nile Crocodiles and the are very dangerous.