A Kayak Tour of Ometepe


One day of rest was enough! Yesterday Lyna and I wanted to get out and see more of the wildlife of the Ometepe Islands. We biked our way to the town(?) of Mérida to meet up with the people at Caballito’s Mar Kayaks for a kayak tour of Ometepe.

Overview of the Day

It was not an easy bike ride or kayak but wow was it worth it. Perfect weather – sun and some wind, and tons of wildlife! I am not an experienced kayaker, so it took me a little while to get the hang of it. For most people, including Lyna, it isn’t hard. The bike ride was also mainly difficult because of the potholed roads and worn bicycles. This isn’t the Alps or anything folks!

Here is a partial list of what we saw: a caiman, turtles, blue herons, monkeys, ospreys, sleeping bats, egrets, ibises, tiger herons, magpie jays, and parakeets. There were more but I can’t remember them!

About the Kayak Tour of Ometepe

The kayak tour took about 3 hours and we paddled from the lake into this beautiful river where we were able to get up close with the birds and other creatures. Once we were in the river, which was very calm and fairly narrow, we went really slowly so we could watch the animals and try to get photos. I did my best! Here are the photos of what we saw on our kayaks.

Ometepe Kayaking
Beginning of Kayak Tour
Egret Ometepe
Egret Ometepe
Birds Ometepe
Birds Flying Ometepe
Ometepe Volcano
Volcano View Ometepe

post-tour adventures

After the kayak tour, and a late lunch, it was back on the bikes for the rocky ride to the rental place. We then managed to catch a ride on the last chicken bus of the day – it costs 75 cents for the two of us!

bus Ometepe
A public bus on Ometepe
Ometepe bus
Inside the Ometepe chicken bus

What a great day! If you like nature and wildlife, I recommend doing a kayak tour of Ometepe, Nicaragua.

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Author: Mel

Living aboard a sailboat, scuba diver, cat parent, cyclist, blogger, love the water and exploring new places.

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