Little Corn Island is a great place to Scuba Dive!
POSSIBLE NEW “UNDESCRIBED” FISH DISCOVERED ON LITTLE CORN ISLAND BARRIER REEF
Be you a beginner or expert the cost of diving or learning to dive is incredibly LOW on Little Corn Island. The island is sheltered by an extensive reef system that protects both the island and many different types of flora and fauna. The reef is a healthy cornucopia of fish and mammals both big and small, common and rare. Other added bonuses are the minimal currents and bathtub water temperatures.
Reef Environmental Education Foundation* (REEF) is an international marine conservation organization that implements hands-on programs to involve local communities in conservation-focused activities brought a whole team of “citizen scientists” to Little Corn Island in the August of 2019.
The team took advantage of the comfortable cabins and grounds of Little Corn Island Beach and Bungalow and enjoyed numerous meals and tasty libations at the Turned Turtle Restaurant. Based on feedback we are happy to say, everyone had an enjoyable time.
The Good news
But there is even better news. Conservation Coordinator Ellie Place (REEF) reported their experience below.
“At the end of the August, ten REEF citizen scientists traveled to Little Corn Island, a tiny, remote stretch of land in the Caribbean, located about 75 miles northeast of mainland Nicaragua. This goal of this Field Survey Trip was to collect and report data about the fish populations in this infrequently dived and visited area. There is very little data available about the marine life inhabiting Little Corn Island, and our volunteer divers were excited to find many interesting species, color variations and range extensions in the area.”
“One particularly exciting find was the Moth Blenny (Ekemblemaria nigra), which had previously only been reported from the Caribbean coast of Central and South America. Volunteers also photographed a potentially undescribed Goby, likely a member of the Elacatinus genus. This species is similar to the Yellowprow Goby (Elacatinus xanthiprora), with minor differences in appearance and behavior that the trained citizen scientists were able to recognize as a result of their participation with REEF’s Volunteer Fish Survey Project. The group was also delighted to find multiple Golden Hamlets (Hypoplectrus gummigutta) on several of their dives!”
How to Visit Little Corn Island
Be sure to come to see this incredible island reef and it’s inhabitants. Not only can you scuba dive the reef but there is also convenient and inexpensive snorkeler access.
Getting here is easy
Fly from Miami or Houston to Managua in about 3 hours. Take another 1 hour local flight, add on a 30 minute boat ride and you will be in for an adventure of a lifetime.
Staying here is inexpensive
Come enjoy a stay of 5 nights or more with us, mention this email and receive a 15% discount** on your ocean view cabin.
*Learn more about REEF or volunteer at: https://www.reef.org
**Not available with any other discount offer or for reservations made prior to November 1, 2019. Discount available for new reservations through August 29 2020 reservations.