The award for Most Remote Location The Jessetters Have Visited goes to….Little Corn Island, Nicaragua!!! How remote is Little Corn Island you may ask? It was not even on Google Maps until a couple of years ago and we had to take 4 planes and a boat just to get there. You may also ask why the hell go to such a remote spot? The answer to that is quite simple: to scuba dive with freaking HAMMERHEAD SHARKS! More on that to come though.
Just a quick info session on Little Corn Island:
- The island is about 40 miles off the Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua
- Little Corn Island makes up half of the Corn Islands – the other half, of course, being Big Corn Island
- The island is roughly one mile in diameter
- There are no cars or roads on the island, and very few bikes
- The island only has electricity for half the day. A couple places have generators though so you can check in for a flight or grab a cold Nicaraguan beer.
Now on to our trip rundown… After flying from Chicago to Florida to Managua we ended up sleeping in the airport due to irregular schedules to the islands. We eventually caught a flight (on the most busted up plane ever. Seriously not even painted!) from Managua to Blue Fields, Nicaragua, and then another flight to Big Corn Island.
Quick side note #1 – Blue Fields looked very beautiful from the plane and I wouldn’t mind exploring there one day.
Anyways, we arrived in Big Corn and had some time to kill before our boat trip to Little Corn. We ended hiring a local driver to give us a tour of the island. It was an awesome way to see the island and only took about an hour.
Quick side note #2 – It’s not worth spending too much time on Big Corn because Little Corn is a much nicer island overall.
We eventually made it to Little Corn Island about a half-day before our bags. They did come eventually and they said this happens all the time. So make sure to pack a day bag! Upon arrival, what we discovered was an amazing location filled with an extremely friendly community of people, great food (albeit a bit pricier than expected), cheap beer, friendly dogs, happy kids, and really good scuba diving.
What you won’t find on the island: crazy amounts of tourists, five star resorts (or even two star resorts), or finely manicured beaches. In my opinion, this is the great allure of the island though. It can be nice to venture off the typical “tourist trail” from time to time, and experience a location that feels “untouched” because that is becoming pretty rare nowadays.
All in all, Little Corn Island is the most random place we have been, but I highly recommend it for anyone in search for a true adventure. And yes, we really did dive with hammerhead sharks. It was a surreal experience to say the least. The water was very choppy and murky, and the elusive hammerheads would dart in and out of our vision. You kind of got the feeling you were being hunted, but it was one of the coolest things the Jessetters have ever done.