The easiest and quickest way to get to Little Corn Island is by plane from Managua to Big Corn Island and then a Water Taxi from Big Corn Island to Little Corn Island.
Remember there’s NO ATM on Little Corn Island and most of the structures here don’t accept credit card (10% fee extra fee is a minimum in that case). So before coming to paradise, make sure you bring enough cash!
- Step 1: Flight from Managua to Big Corn Island
The flight takes only over 1 hour. Sometimes there is a brief stop in Bluefields, which adds 15 min. Don’t sleep during the flight, the view is spectacular!
There is only one airline company that offers this trip: La Costena. You can book online or call them at +505-263-2142. Make sure you keep the confirmation number to check in at the airport. In high season (from December to April) you must book 2 or 3 days in advance to avoid disappointment.
Boat option: Getting to Corn Islands by land and sea is possible but it takes between 1 and 3 days. You’ll have to jump on one of the 2 cargo ships that bring the necessary supplies once a week. Although it’s cheaper than a flight, it’s a long trip that can be exhausting. The schedule often changes, the information is hard to get and rarely reliable and the traveling material is extremely basic. We do not recommend this option if you’re staying only a few nights or if you regularly experience seasickness.
- Step 2: Water Taxi (called Panga) from Big Corn Island to Little Corn Island
From the airport, take a cab to go to the port (5 min – 1$/person). There, you can buy your ticket for the Panga (5-6$/person each way). You can’t buy your ticket in advance but don’t worry they don’t leave anyone behind. The trip takes about 30-45 min depending on the sea condition. There is a dry room for the large luggage but carry on bags might get wet during the ride, so bring a waterproof/plastic bag to protect your gear.
The Panga schedule is connected with the flights, so don’t worry you won’t miss the flight if the Panga leaves a bit late.
From Big Corn Island To Little Corn Island
- Morning departure: 10:00am / Arrival: 10:30-10:45am (from the morning flight)
- Afternoon departure: 4:30pm / Arrival 5:00-5:15pm (from the afternoon flight)
From Little Corn to Big Corn Island
- Morning departure: 6:30am / Arrival: 7:00-7:15am (for the morning flight)
- Afternoon departure: 1:30pm / Arrival: 2:00-2:15pm (for the afternoon flight)
- Step 3: Walk to the hotel
Leaving the wharf, take a left. When you reach the school, turn right. When it starts going up, you’ll see our sign on the left hand side. The last 8 minutes of your journey! Usually someone will be at the dock to pick you up and help you with your luggage. We already pay this person for the service but tips are appreciated.