Best of Ometepe Kayaking

Some of the best kayaking in Nicaragua is found on the island of Ometepe.  Many of the hotels along the beaches of Ometepe offer kayak rentals to guests.  Guests are then free to go about patrolling the island.

Best of Ometepe Kayaking

One of the best kayak rides is along the Istian River, located along the isthmus between the two volcanoes Concepcion and Maderas.  Kayaking the Istian River feels like you are going through a beautiful water jungle.  Kayakers will see all kinds of wildlife including turtles, a variety of birds, monkeys and caimans.  Don’t worry, though, caimans are smaller than crocodiles and do not attack humans.  You can put your mind at ease from the beginning and enjoy the ride through the tranquil waters of the Istian River.

There are different places from which you can start your kayaking tour.  There is even one that takes several hours because you first have to paddle through a few kilometers in a lake before even getting to the mouth of the river.  This one is a little more strenuous but kayakers get to see some much wildlife and adventure on this tour.  Just make sure to bring enough water and snacks to hold you until you get back.  You can also take a short kayak ride to the Monkey Islands close by where you can find many monkeys living on the islands.  It is best not to get too close to the monkeys because they may choose to jump onto the kayak, which could create problems!  Enjoy watching the monkeys from a safe distance.

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