This page has a lot of information and general things you should know when traveling to Corn islands, Nicaragua.
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Dive Little Corn accepts both cash and credit card (VISA and Master Card only). There are no banks or ATM’s on Little Corn Island and only some of the more established businesses such as Casa Iguana, Delphines Hotel and Little Corn Beach & Bungalow will accept VISA and Master Card (none of which offer “cash back” services).
It is best to bring enough currency for your entire trip. The island readily accepts U.S. dollars as long as they are not torn or have excessive pen markings. If you run out of money while on Little Corn the nearest cash point is on Big Corn Island at Ban pro about 5 minutes walk from the wharf, the ATM machine there is not often stocked with enough cash so it is best to go inside to the bank to draw cash. You will need to provide your passport for identification (and also foot wear!!!!).
Dive Little Corn does accept travelers checks (with a valid passport) and personal checks at no extra charge.
Cordobas or dollars are both accepted, though larger bills such as $50’s and $100’s are hard to use. Look after your US Dollar bills! For reasons we cannot fathom the islands do not accept dollar bills with even a small rip). The current exchange rate is around 22.3 Cordobas to $1.00.
To enter Nicaragua every visitor must have a passport that is valid for at least the next six months. Most visitors do not require a visa but will need to pay a fee of $10 at the airport. Non-US citizens traveling through America make sure you have filled out your online visa waiver.
There are no major health problems in this part of Nicaragua. As in other tropical areas, on rare occasion, there have been malaria-carrying mosquitoes (generally in the summer months). This strain of malaria is successfully dealt with by Chloroquine. Many seasoned travelers take a malaria preventative whenever traveling in the tropics.
Many people also ask us about sand flies. We can get them now and again, usually at dawn or dusk and especially if the wind is still, but it is nothing compared to the sand flies problem in the Bay Islands. See your doctor or local health authority if you have any concerns. A recent tetanus shot is not a bad idea!
Nicaragua only has two seasons, wet and dry. The rainy season is from around mid-May to late November and the dry season is around December to May. September and October usually have the most beautiful dry weather and calm flat seas, even though it is the wet season. Average temperature is around 32 degrees Celsius (90 degrees Fahrenheit) during the day and drops to around 26 degrees Celsius (78 degrees Fahrenheit) at night. Casual light clothes and sandals are the best attire for the island and a thin raincoat is a good idea especially for the rainy season. Keep in mind you will be on a tiny island in the Caribbean. Weather here can be quite unpredictable and you might experience the occasional squall or front during the dry season.
¬ See Accu Weather for an up-to-date forecast
The island currently operates on 110V. On Little Corn the town power is available widely on the western coast and most recently has expanded to some areas of the eastern coast. Electricity provided by the town generator is available generally between 2pm and 5am. Dive Little Corn has a generator which provides power during the day.
The water on the island is pumped from the town well and is good for drinking. However, if you generally have a sensitive stomach, you might want to stick with bottled water-though we discourage it due to the waste (a waste of plastic and even worse the carbon foot print of transporting what is usually bottled tap water)! Most people bring a bottle or buy a bottle then refill it at the dive shop or at their hotel. We also have a free extra filtered water supply.
Little Corn Island is safe! There is a permanent police service on the island and most businesses and hotels have private watchmen. As with any part of the world you should take normal precautions such as making sure you lock the doors and close the windows of your accommodation when leaving, carry a flashlight at night and try not to walk home alone late at night.
The recommendations for flying after diving is to wait 12 hours for a single dive and 18 hours for multiple dives. If you are flying back to Managua or Bluefields on the morning flight your last dive will need to be the 11:30am dive or if you are flying on the afternoon flight then are you are fine to dive the 2:30pm dive the day before you fly.Please take this into account when booking your flights and diving!
There is a full time clinic on Little Corn with a doctor and nurse. This clinic is closed during public holidays, Saturday afternoons and Sundays (except for emergencies). If you are planning to take a PADI course you will be required to fill out a medical form. It is essential that you show up early to the dive shop to take care of this paperwork before you dive as you might be required to go to the doctor at the clinic to get clearance. Don’t worry visiting the doctor is free! If you can have your medical done by a doctor before you arrive this will help to save time.