Little Corn - Activities

Our bags are packed and we're ready for some adventure! Per our custom, and to help us ensure that we make the most of our visit to Little Corn, Anna and I trawled the internet in search of tips for things to do. Here's what we found:

Yoga

Yoga courses abound all throughout Nicaragua, and Little Corn Island is no exception. Many of the island's accommodations offer free morning and afternoon yoga sessions. If your does not, try asking if you can join in at another place for free and, if not, what the costs are to join in. Yemaya offers a yoga retreat package and two beautiful outdoor decks on which to practice. There's also the Firefly Studio at Little Corn Beach and Bungalow (LCBB) that offers two yoga classes daily and is open to all island visitors and residents.

Massage

Yemaya Island Hideaway & Spa

Yemaya offers a selection massage and aromatherapy options at varying prices. Anna and I enjoyed a 1-hour massage with coconut oil for US$60 per person.

Firefly Yoga and Massage Studio

Swedish and Rolfing style massage by appointment. Contact Firefly Studio at info@littlecornbb.com or call LCBB at +505 8 333 0956.

Karma Shack

The Karma Shack, at Carlito's Place, offers Swedish massage, foot reflexology and facial acupressure treatments.

Snorkelling

Anna and I are not certified divers, as as temping as it is to get certified while in Nica, we've opted to enjoy Little Corn's aquatic majesty the simple way: with a mask and snorkel. Looking over both Google's satellite imagery and available online resources, the best areas for snorkelling on Little Corn are the eastern and northern beaches.

Most of Little Corn's accommodations have equipment to rent. The island's various dive shops offers guided snorkelling tours—a good way to learn something about the reef and the fish.

In terms of equipment, Anna and I decided to buy our own mask and snorkel to ensure we had clean, new equipment that fits properly. Snorkels and masks aren't terribly expensive, so depending on the number of days one plans to be in the water (and factoring for the cost of rentals at between US$5 - US$15 per day) investing in your own equipment can end up being a pretty good deal.

Diving

Diving enthusiasts have a small selection of outfits to help guide your under-sea explorations. The two main spots are those situated close to the dock: Dive Little Corn and Dolphin Dive.

Scott Nichols.

Dive Little Corn

Located south of the dock, Dive Little Corn is a 5-star dive shop (this rating acknowledges that the dive shop excels in all of PADI's environmental, safety and certification standards). The shop offers PADI courses up through assistant instructor and has certified several local dive masters. It was also the first shop in the country to offer three dives daily. Their featured trip is to Blowing Rock. They also sponsor beach clean-up days. Kayaks,
snorkelling trips and gear also available.

Close to Little Corn Island there are impressive underwater caves. These caves are not particularly large so there is no special expertise needed to swim around and observe these spectacular structures.

Visa and MasterCard accepted.

Dolphin Dive

Dolphin Dive is the Island's second-largest dive centre. Operated from Hotel Delfines (south of both the dock as well as 'Dive Little Corn'), Dolphin Dive offers PADI courses up through dive master. Prices are as follows:

  • 'Discover Scuba Dive' (half-day introduction) = US$65
  • PADI Open Water - 4 day full dive certification = US$305
  • PADI Advanced Open Water - 2 days = US$250
  • Open Water / Advanced Open Water combo = US$500
  • Rescue = US$230
  • Divemaster = US$850

[Insider Tip: Guests of LCBB get a 5% discount on all prices listed above.]

Dolphin Dive employs locals, and profits remain on the island.

Fishing

Fishing on Little Corn is casual: no licenses are required and you can fly fish from on shore. When fishing off-shore, rods must be in PVC rod holders while trolling ballyhoo baits from an open 20 ft panga. Near the island coast (about 5 miles out and closer), anglers chase after kingfish, sailfish, amberjacks, barracuda, African pompano, snapper, mackerel, mahi mahi (dorado), sailfish, jack fish and tuna. The mahi mahi and yellow tail are rumoured to average around 30 pounds, and the sailfish is said to be a more common catch than one would expect. On-shore fly fishers seem to enjoy chasing Bonefish, Tarpon or Permit (and catching all three is called a "Grand Slam").

For those looking for insider tips about the best spots to cast, you can either search out a local guide or otherwise charter a tour. Anna and my internet research suggests the people to ask for local tips are Captain Elvis (nicknamed "Dopey" ) and Captain Alfonso. Elvis and Alfonso take anglers out for ca. US$45 per person for 2-4 anglers for a 3-hour trip. Costs including tackle, bait and fuel. Elvis' number is +505 8-836-6068; Alfonso's is +505-8-4342520. If you don't have access to a phone (or you can't get a signal), both Elvis and Alfonso can usually be reached by asking around Little Corn Beach and Bungalow or by asking at Ms. Bridget's restaurant by the dock (Ms. Bridget is married to "Dopey"). You can also ask for them around the village.

For those wishing to book a tour, the two best-known outfits are Fly Fishing Little Corn and Little Corn Fishing Charters.

Fly Fishing Little Corn

Fly Fishing Little Corn offers a full service fly fishing charter, including 'big game' off-shore excursions. They provide both gear (a selection of rods, reels, and lines) as well as local expertise. A guy named Brandon offers lessons in fly fishing and casting. Prices start at $50/person.

Little Corn Fishing Charters

Little Corn Fishing Charters has been organising fishing excursions for beginner and experienced fishermen for over 10 years (Chris has over 25 years experience). Deep-water expeditions are 3 hours. Sport fishing tours are run from "Grendel," an open 26-foot center console super panga equipped with GPS, VHS, down rigger and high-speed planer. Costs are ca. $50/person for 3 hours; min. 2 people; $10/person thereafter; 2 trips daily.

No reservations required. Visa and MasterCard accepted.

Little Corn Fishing Charters

Kite Surfing

While our intial Internet research suggested that one cannot rent kiting and windsurfing equipment anywhere in Nicaragua, Anna and I discovered a 'Kite School' next to LCBB during our visit offers tuition and equipment for rent. This seems to be a relatively recent development—spurred, perhaps, by the good press from Kitesurf Magazine. The Kitesurfing instructor, Nacho, operates the outfit from the north end of Cocal beach on the east side of the island. Nacho can be contacted at +505 8498 5381. An individual 2-day course is US$270. The intro course (1 hour) is US$50. Prices for equipment rental varies according to the duration of the lessons.

Iguana Beach is also known to be a good windsurfing and kite surfing beach, and Casa Iguana offers to safely store equipment (though they don't provide monitoring or rescue service).

We didn't investigate too much (there was no one at the school when we passed it), but it doesn't seem that there's much support for wind surfers.

Horseback Riding

One can explore Little Corn's lush interior on horseback. The most renown guided tours are organized by Farm Peace & Love. Casa Iguana will also help to organize horses on request.

Dance & Party

Little Corn is a small island, but it's not without a party. There are two local dance clubs: Happy Hut & Eagle Bar. Biggest parties are Saturday nights.

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