The Corn Islands

Trip Start Aug 07, 2009
Trip End Jul 14, 2010

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Flag of Nicaragua  , Corn Islands,
Friday, January 1, 2010

Five of us decided to take an all day boat trip to Little Corn Island the following day. When we got up we saw how windy it was, and really didn't think that we would be going but when we got to the boat, they said yes despite the swells. Very wary, we got in and set off in the panga, but were concerned about the high swells of the sea… are we mad to go out? No problem, we were told so with the promise that the seas would be better on the island, we continued…. And went through a few rain showers (you understand that pangas do not have a roof) and thankfully, when we got to Little Corn, the seas were more sheltered but still the first snorkeling site was rough.

It was hard to snorkel through the swell and we did get tired very quickly. They took us to a lovely, almost deserted beach for a break and walk, and we had a snorkel off the beach here too, as it was much calmer! Then off to lunch at the beach side bar, and finally to a last stop in the more inhabited part of the island. We wanted to go snorkeling again, as the seas had really calmed, but then were told that they didn’t have enough petrol to go to the site! We were not really impressed by the company, and I don’t recommend Nautilus to anyone. Luckily, all of us that went were very experienced snorkellers or the novices would have been scared by the currents.We ended the day by having dinner at the nice hotel (and yes had to take numerous taxis back and forth from our hotel).

The last day on Corn Island, was spent hiring a golf cart. Renee, Tony and I took off around the island for 2 hours… it was great, and the best bit was driving off road! We met some really interesting local people, got invited to a house (but didn’t have time to go) and saw a tomb being prepared at a cemetery (surely we knew local people we were asked). The last couple of hours were spent swimming at the hotel’s beach. The flight from Big Corn to Managua was an hour and then it was a 1 hour coach trip to Grenada.
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