The Magical Island of Ometepe

The Magical Island of Ometepe

The Magical Island of Ometepe Formed by two volcanoes that rise up in the middle of Lake Nicaragua and are connected by a small strip of, Ometepe is both a mystical and magical place.  I was excited to have the opportunity to experience its volcanoes, nature, lakes, and its wild terrain.  Ometepe is accessible by ferry or plane.  The most popular way to get there is from the ferry from the town of Rivas.  There are also occasional ferries to/from Granada and San Carlos, but last time I checked those…

Little Corn Island – My Slice of Paradise

Little Corn Island – My Slice of Paradise

Little Corn Island – My Slice of Paradise When I was doing the only planning for my 2 weeks in Nicaragua by reading through some of my favorite travel blogs,  I knew Little Corn Island was a must-visit place.  From reading Adventurous Kate’s post about Little Corn- “Rocking Out on Little Corn Island“, it sounded like it fit my criteria for island life-good diving, great weather, some nice beaches, sparse tourism infrastructure, and a unique island vibe and culture associated with it.. Since I only had 2 weeks to enjoy…

Scuba Diving on Koh Tao

Scuba Diving on Koh Tao

Scuba Diving on Koh Tao When I was mapping out my plans for Thailand, I knew that I wanted to get certified for scuba diving on Koh Tao, in the Gulf of Thailand.  While a smaller island, especially considered to Koh Samui and Koh Phangnan, Koh Tao has a plethora of PADI and SSI dive shops, all with very affordable prices, almost half of what you’ll pay to get certified in most Western countries.  Scuba diving was always something that intrigued me, so it seemed like a good of time…

Koh Nang Yuan

Koh Nang Yuan

Koh Nang Yuan is a set of 3 tiny islands connected by a shallow sand bar.  The island has no permanent residents, and has only a few bungalows that can be rented out for an expensive price by Thai standards (but hey, remember you’re staying on an uninhabited island).  For those not staying in the bungalows, the island is only open from 9-5pm, adding a small incentive to stay there to enjoy some peace and quiet for those with deeper wallets. A mere 5 minute longtail boat ride from Koh…