¡Hammerheads and Dolphins! Little Corn Island

Trip Start Mar 20, 2008
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Trip End May 17, 2008


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Thursday, May 1, 2008

Holy Shit!  Where do I start?

I arrived a couple days ago, and after deciding on one of two dive shops, but before notifying the dive shop in which I choose to dive with, I heard a diver from the other shop talking about how they saw some Hammerhead sharks, which isnīt all that common.  I subsequently marched right on down to the dive shop I chose, and told them to show me some Hammerheads.  We went to the site where they were, and luckily, there they were!  We saw two, one about 6ft and the other 8ft.  They actually were not too big.  The pictures are of the 6 footer.  It was fun, and they swam with us for about 10-15 minutes.  The other group were just learning to dive.  Talk about a great certification dive, although they were a little nervous.  The sharks were not aggressive at all, and it was just an amazing experience.  I felt as though my trip to little corn was a complete success, and that nothing could match it.

But then today, we were doing a regular dive.  Little Corn doesnīt have as nice of corals as the Bay Islands in Honduras, but there definitely bigger animals.  This is likely a result of the fact that the are not as many locals fishing the sharks and bigger fish (Utila has no sharks).  There were a lot barracudas.  Then, my dive master started to get really excited and started hauling ass to the open blue.  She had heard the dolphins, and the three of us and about 25-30 dolphins met up.  The dolphins were very curious, and came up the check us out.  This is unusual.  While dolphins like to swim with boats, they tend to leave once the boat stops before you can jump in.  We swam with them for about 5 minutes, and you could totally hear them speaking.  This was the first time ever that my dive master swam with dolphins.  Super amazing. 

The two dives I have done here have been a complete success.  I was only planning on doing two dives, but with the luck Iīve had, I will do another dive later today.  I will likely leave tomorrow, but I might stay an extra day.  The limiting factor is that the island isnīt cheap.  The island is really small, and food and supplies are difficult to get.  Right now, there are probably about 30 or so travelers, most of whom I already know.  And most of the few restaurants they have cater to the travelers.  Food is about twice as expensive as on the mainland.  As always, no one ever has change.

Since I have been here, I have been hanging out with a Dutch couple that has been really fun.  We sat next to each other on the ferry ride from Big Corn Island.  It wouldnīt do me an justice to try to spell their names.  They will leave tomorrow, and the tentative plan is to head out on the same flight back to Managua with them.

I have one of two options to decide on by today.  I will either head to Costa Rica to meet up with my friend Llyas whom I know from when I studied during the summer in Costa Rica.  Heīs going because his girlfriend is Tica (Costa Rican), and he will arrive in CR tomorrow.  Or I will hang out on the island of Ometepe on Lake Nicaragua.  I donīt like Costa Rica because itīs expensive with a bunch of lame Americans, and I would have to travel for a day each way to get there from Nicaragua.  But then again, itīd be fun to see Llyas, and to visit the town I hung out in when I was there studying.  Ometepe is supposed to be cheap, and really laid back.  But after Little Corn, Iīm burned out on laid back...if that can be true.

Time for a $6 lunch to get ready for a pleasant afternoon dive.
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bcell
bcell on

Motherfucker!!!
I hate you!!!!

kimtay
kimtay on

WOW
Wow Greg I am soooooo jealous!!! Swimming with dolphins when they come up to you in the wild - not on a 'dolphin tour' like they do in FLA - is a genuine once in a lifetime experience. And hearing them speak must've been too incredible. It reminds me of when I swam with juvenile sea lions in mexico, although would've been so much better if I could've stayed underwater as a diver! Love, Kim

ronzo1000
ronzo1000 on

Wow #2
Another wow! Some great photos to remember a great experience. dad

Adam Clarke on

Awesome..... I just came across a new website which gives information on visiting Little Corn, good advice
www.littlecornisland.net

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