Isletas de Granada is a group of small islands located in Lake Nicaragua, near Granada. These islands were formed thousands of years ago by the eruption of the nearby Mombacho volcano, resulting in a total of 365 small islands scattered across the area. The most enjoyable way to explore this beautiful place is through the Isletas de Granada kayak tour. Thanks to the fertile volcanic soil, Isletas de Granada has developed into a stunning natural area. The waters are filled with floating greenery and blooming water lilies, creating a fairy-tale-like scene. The melody of the “Indische Waterlelies” song from Efteling played in my head throughout the entire tour.
The Unique Nature of Isletas de Granada
The beautiful Isletas de Granada have a unique charm, and each island looks different. They vary in size, from small uninhabited islets to larger ones with luxury houses and even small communities. Some islands are privately owned, while others are home to local fishermen and farmers.
The natural surroundings in the area are lush and green, hosting a rich ecosystem where you can encounter a variety of wildlife. Many bird species call this place home, including herons, kingfishers, and cormorants. You might even spot the motmot with its turquoise “eyebrows,” which happens to be the national bird of Nicaragua. During your kayak tour, you may also see monkeys, turtles, and other wild animals. Lake Nicaragua is the only lake in the world where freshwater sharks exist, although they are not commonly encountered. During my kayak tour, I even witnessed cows swimming from one island to another to graze, a truly unique sight.
What Does the Kayak Tour at Isletas de Granada Look Like?
The day begins early, as you’ll be picked up from your accommodation at 6:00 AM, and it’s a 15-minute drive to the starting point of the kayak tour. In the early morning, you have a better chance of spotting wildlife, and the weather is still cool. The initial part of the journey takes you across the lake, away from the mainland. Soon, you’ll paddle through a true jungle where the water is covered in floating plants. During the kayak tour, the guide will provide you with plenty of information about Isletas de Granada, and there’s a good chance the guide will spot many birds and other animals.
After a while, you’ll paddle through a inhabited section of Islatas de Granada. You’ll pass by private islands with houses on them, each one more luxurious than the last. It’s fascinating to hear from the guide about the types of people who live on these islands and what life is like here. There are even restaurants and a school for the locals who reside here.
Next, it’s time for a well-deserved break. You’ll dock at an island where you can visit the historic San Pablo Fort, dating back to the 18th century and offering a glimpse into Nicaragua’s colonial past. Take a rest while sipping on a coconut and enjoy the view. After the break, it’s just a short paddle back to Granada.
What Should You Bring for Kayaking?
When kayaking at Isletas de Granada, it’s advisable not to bring too much with you. There isn’t much space in the kayak, reducing the risk of losing anything. Here’s a small packing list with the essential items to bring:
- Ample water
- A hat or cap to protect against the sun
- A dry bag
- Some cash for snacks and a tip for the guide
Where Can You Book the Kayak Tour?
This delightful and relaxing activity lasts for 2.5 hours and can be booked here. If your travel plans change, you can cancel for free up to 24 hours in advance. The minimum number of people required for booking is two. Enjoy your time at Isletas de Granada!