As our 21-seater plane left the Nicaraguan mainland and headed out over the Caribbean to the Corn Islands, the beauty of the water and reefs below finally took our mind off the size of the plane. And as the sand-ringed islands approached, we knew we'd come to a very special place.
Before we set out on our trip, we quizzed anyone we knew who had been to Latin America about highlights they'd recommend. A friend in Hong Kong was adamant that we should visit the Corn Islands, and even though the flight made a dent in our budget, the recommendation was too good to ignore.
After flying through a small storm, and being slightly freaked by the proximity of the pilot (we could have tapped him on the shoulder he was so close), arriving on Big Corn was a relief. We went straight to the harbour and took a boat on to Little Corn, the more untouched and (surprise, surprise) smaller of the two.
Little Corn really was everything we hoped for, and we spent a great week diving and relaxing. We stayed a a small eco-lodge (Casa Iguana - US$25 for an economy cabin) where the staff were friendly and the family-style dinners delicious. The island (which would take about and hour or two to walk around) had a few little restaurants and shops, fabulous beaches, warm clear waters, and cool breezes. We dived every day with Dive Little Corn, a professional and friendly outfit. The coral is fantastic, quite untouched as the dive industry here is minimal (only two dive shops on Little Corn). As with elsewhere in the Caribbean, not an abundance of fish, but certainly enough of everything to hold our interest. In six dives we saw nurse sharks, reef sharks, puffer fish, pipe fish, moray eels, etc.
After about three months on the road, this week in paradise was a really welcome pit-stop, and we recharged our batteries for the next part of our trip in Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama.
If you haven´t already seen them, check out our photos of Little Corn.