Scuba Diving Nicaragua
Diving Nicaragua articles, reviews, and reports from Undercurrent
Diving Nicaragua Overview
Nicaragua's major diving attraction is Little Corn Island, about 50 miles out into the Caribbean. The remote, rustic island has been described as "what the Caribbean was 30 years ago: no cars, no telephones, no radios, and no TVs, just sun, sand, beach, and plenty of stars." The island has a barrier reef, but no walls, so diving is generally no deeper than 60 feet. Local dive operators may demand advanced certification for deeper dives. Undercurrent subscribers report that fish and coral are varied but not abundant. Eagle rays are common at many sites, and hammerheads are also occasionally spotted. One reader expressed the opinion that Little Corn was "a good choice for inexperienced or rusty divers. Hard core divers will get bored after 3 or 4 days." The island also offers deep-sea and fly fishing, hiking along beaches and forest trails, ocean kayaking, horseback riding, and a laid-back atmosphere.
Nicaragua Seasonal Dive Planner
Rainy season runs from mid-May to late November and the dry season is from December to May. However, September and October usually have the driest weather and flattest seas, even though it is the wet season. Average temperature is around 90ºF during the day and 72ºF at night. Winter winds create choppy seas which may prevent the dive pangas from getting to some sites. Visibility can range from 20 to 80 feet, depending on conditions. Water temperatures are in the low to mid-80s year round.
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Editor's Book Picks for Scuba Diving Nicaragua
The books below are my favorites about diving in this part of the
world All books are available at a significant discount from Amazon.com;
just follow the links. -- BD
Reef Life: A Must Have Guide to Tropical Marine Life
by Brandon Cole and Scott Michael
What? Another fish ID book when you thought Paul Humanns and Ned Deloachs were enough? Yes indeed, and while I rarely say this, Reef Life: A Guide to Tropical Marine Life is a must-have for the library of every traveling diver. And if you only want one ID book, this is it.
Click here to order through Undercurrent and you’ll get Amazon’s best price -- and our profits will go to save coral reefs.
Travel Edition of Reef Fish Identification: Caribbean, Bahamas,
by Paul Humann and Ned DeLoach
Today's airline weight restrictions not only limit the amount of dive gear
and cameras you can pack for overseas trips, but also those valuable
prized marine life identification books. And with spotty Internet access
overseas, it's not like you can look a critter of or fish up easily
online. For the divers who still want a book in their hands post-dive to
look up the fishes they encounter, Paul Humann and Ned DeLoach are
offering "Travel Edition of Reef Fish Identification: Caribbean, Bahamas,
South Florida." It's lightweight enough to thrown in your carry-on but
rugged enough to withstand frequent saltwater washings on board.
Click here to buy it at Amazon via our website -- our profits go to save the reefs.
The Reef Set: Reef Fish, Reef Creature and Reef Coral (3 Volumes):
Paul Humann ID Books
by Paul Humann, Ned Deloach
The three set fish, creature and coral ID books by Paul Humann are the unparalleled sources for information on Caribbean sea life and identification. Paul and his partner Ned Deloach recently released updated and expanded editions of each, with scores of new critters, even better photos, and information unavailable anywhere else. Why, the Reef Fish Identification book, at more than 500 pages, is 20 percent larger than the previous volume, which came out in 1994. Whenever I travel to the Caribbean, I tote all three books and spend my down hours figuring out what I saw and where to look to find rare creatures. Paul's splendid Reef Creature book (420 pages), covers sponges, nudibranchs, octopus, crustaceans, Christmas tree worms and plenty more. His Reef Coral ID book (276 pages) helps you identify all the hard and soft corals, spawning, and even the growth on top of corals, as well as algae and other plant life. Beginners may want to ID only fish, but I'd recommend that all three books be part of every diver's library. And, if you have an old set, by all means replace it. You'll be delighted at the additions and improvements. Each book normally retails for $40, but are discounted when you order here. And the boxed 3-volume set is available now at a bigger discount, up to 30%. You'll get the best prices Amazon.com has to offer, speedy delivery, and the knowledge that a large hunk of our profit will go to preserve coral reefs.
* Reef Fish Identification: Florida Caribbean Bahamas,
* Reef Creature Identification: Florida Caribbean Bahamas, and
* Reef Coral Identification: Florida Caribbean Bahamas
* The Boxed Set of all three (you can save up to 30%)
You might find some other books of interest in our Editor's
Book Picks section.