The Black River Crocodile Tour

Time to Explore

Jamaica is such a beautiful country,  and Negril, as I have said before, has amazing beaches with crystal blue water.  We would have been just fine staying at Beaches all inclusive resort, because it had everything that we needed.  I always want to see everything a country has to offer when visiting it, and the Negril side of Jamaica was no exception.

Island Routes:  The Excursion Experts:

My family and I decided to visit the Island Routes desk that was located at our Beaches resort.   The  woman who talked to us helped us look at all of our excursion options, and she helped us find a great tour that gave us the most bang for the buck.   We have five children, so believe me,  we needed a tour that wouldn’t break the bank, but also would provide all of us with an enjoyable experience.

Comfortable and Safe

Island Routes only uses licensed and insured companies to  provide its excursons,  so we always felt totally safe  and comfortable in our air conditioned van, as we drove to Jamaica’s south coast toward our Black River croc adventure.

Our kids in the back of the van ready to start our tour

We drove for about an hour, until we reached the town of Black River, located where the Black River flows into the Caribbean Sea.   The Black river is Jamaica’s longest river and is a fantastic place to see many types of animals, such as Egrets, Cranes, and of course crocodiles.  In fact, the Black River is the main crocodile area in all of Jamaica.   The river got its name because of its dark color which is caused from the tannins that stain the water, not from pollution.  In fact I did not see any signs of pollution anywhere in Jamaica.

The Crocodile Hunter

Our tour began at the mouth of the black river where it flows into the Caribbean Sea.   I think we had the best tour guide that was available, because he was entertaining, and as you will read, and see,  did some extra things that we were told the other tour guides won’t do, because it is too dangerous!   We were now all on the boat heading up the Black River in search of Crocodiles.    Our guide did point out some Egrets  and some baby crocs that we saw while we were still getting started.

Egrets are one of the common birds found along the Black River in Jamaica

An Egret standing on the edge of the dock.

Blue Crane on Black River in Jamaica

Blue Crane

Baby crocodile in the reeds of the Black River in Jamaica

Looking For Crocs!

Well the baby crocodile was cute,  but we didn’t go on this tour to see a baby crocodile,  we were looking for big crocodiles!   Our guide took us up river quite a distance until we reached a split in the river.   The area to the left was the part of the river that flowed down from the mountains,  and the water to the right, was where the Crocodiles tended to congregate.    It wasn’t long before we saw a large Crocodile lying in the sun on the river bank.   We slowed boat and came to a complete stop.  What happened next was so unbelievable!

WOW!   Patricia the friendly Crocodile!  (if you have food)

I want to remind everyone, that we were in the wild.  We were not at any crocodile farm, or zoo,  we were right in the middle of the Black River.  All of a suddden, this crocodile, our guide called “Patricia”  started swimming toward the boat.  While it was swimming,  our guide put his hand in the water and was calling the crocodile, saying “come, come, come, while splashing the water with his hand.     When she came close to the boat, he put some chicken skin in the water and the croc suddenly lunged for the food with a huge splash!   Then he let us pet the crocodile as she came right next to the boat.

Crocodile coming to our boat on the Black River in Jamaica

Patricia swimming out to our boat

Our guide petting Patricia (don’t try this at home)

People on the boat petting Patricia

Good view of how large Patricia really was

Our guide left Patricia and showed us a couple other regulars, and called them over to the boat, but told us that we could not get that close to the others, because they had a tendency to jump at the boat, or any hands and arms that were hanging off the boat.  YIKES!    Here is a video of another croc that he called over to the boat.

A Great Lunch

It was a great time to interact with the crocodiles in their own environment.  When we arrived back at the dock,  we were greeted with an authentic Jamaican lunch!   We all enjoyed it very much and they had a very nice eating area there that was comfortable.  The tour was a great deal,  as we got to go on the croc adventure, have lunch provided, and then it was off to the Y.S Falls!

Black River Tour provides lunch as well.

Great Lunch at the eating area after our croc adventure

In my next post,  I will  talk about our wonderful trip to the Y.S Falls!
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