19.09.2009 - 22.09.2009 90 °F
Corn Island Miles traveled 100.
Sara had previously made on visit to Corn Island, but I had never been there. Wendy and Janitza also decided that they would make the trip with us. We were all very excited. The adventure began with the transportation. There was initially to be a ferry to Corn Island that must be caught from Bluff( on the coast) on Friday which would necessitate a Thursday boat trip to Bluff. Later we heard that the ferry might come to Bluefields on Friday. Finally, it turned out that the boat came to Bluefields on Friday, completely filled with cargo, left Friday without passengers, and was to return Sunday for passengers.
Since our time was short and the boat still appeared unreliable we decided to take the radical step of flying there and back. The flight is only 18 minutes and would leave us with three days to enjoy Corn Island. On landing in Corn Island we took a taxi to our hotel to check in and began to explore. We went to the Fisherman’s Cave for breakfast. Outside the patio was the shore of Brig Bay. The view was beautiful and there were two small artificial pools that held a variety of colorful and enormous fish. Especially impressive was the giant, silver, six foot barracuda. We also found a shop that offered snorkel trips with a glass bottom boat for non-snorkelers to observe the coral as well. After breakfast, we hit the beach for the first time by our hotel. Neither Wendy or Janitza could swim, so we had mini-swimming lessons to try to see if they would be able/want to snorkel. After wearing ourselves out in the delightful water we rinsed off and went in search of pizza. Along the way we arranged for a 9:30 glass bottom excursion to two wrecks and the nearest reef.
At the Nautilus restaurant we found pizza on offer as well as Carribean Curry excited our curiousity. The Hawaiian pizza that came had a crust tough as nails. It actually made our jaws tired chewing it. The Caribbean Curry on the other hand was excellent. We finished up our dining experience with a game of Clue on the veranda of the Nautilus. Mike made the final correct accusation (Mr. Green, Lead Pipe, in the kitchen) and won the game. Outside of our rooms we enjoyed a beautiful sea breeze before going to bed.
The next day after breakfast we headed out to meet up with our guide. His name was Eduardo, and he helped get Janitza, Sara, and I equipped. We watched sea grass, and small bunches of coral through the bottom of the boat in the swirling blue water. Upon reaching the nearby reef, Eduardo led sara and I over the side. We were struck by the deep blue of the water and the huge mounds of coral jutting from the sea floor. Various schools of multi-colored fish darted around us. After a little urging, and watching through the glass of the boat, Janitza decided that she wanted to give snorkeling a try.
We put on her fins and adjusted her mask and overboard she went. Eduardo and I held her hands as we guided her around the reef and above the wildly darting sea life. Wendy watched us from above and studied the coral from the safe- and semi dry perch on the boat. Some of the coral growths were the size of houses. We moved to a nearby area where there were two wrecks. One was a modern era wreck, and the other was a Spanish Galleon from the 15th century. The modern era boat showed its metal ribs with its 30 feet long anchor nearly reaching from the sea floor to the surface. Various sea plants nestled in and around all of this area for protection and gave shelter to a myriad of sea animals.
The next day we took a speedboat ride over to Little Corn Island. On little Corn Island, there were no roads and no cars. Most of the island was covered with palm trees and jungle growth. Beautiful beaches ringed the island. We visited a few of the beaches and spent a little time looking for sea life near the shore with little success. Finally, it was time for us to catch the speedboat back for our last night at the Beach View Inn. Early the next morning we were at the airport to fly back to Bluefields. Janitza went home with pocketfuls of souvenirs from the beach for decorating!