Islets of Granada
Islets of Granada
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chiefbluehawk
Onalaska, WI178 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We had set this up through our hotel. The cost was very inexpensive. There are 365 islands that were created from an explosion from a volcano. I see there are some negative comments. We had nice views, we also got to go on two of the islands. One we ate at a restaurant, another one we got the see some different flowers that we have never seen before. There are some birds, but you won't see much wildlife. There are two monkey islands, If you are going to one...one bag of mangos will suffice. We ended up giving our bags away as the monkeys weren't that hungry. I listed this a "very good" that may depend on what you are looking for. We wanted a nice boat ride and eat on an island. We got that experience and saw some extras.
Written 12 March 2024
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Blair B
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
Overall the islands are interesting. Largely they are populated by wealthy people and oppulent homes.
One, not very big, island is currently occupied by three brown spider monkeys. A tourist draw, for sure. But, when you dive into it, I'm not sure how trip advisor says it meets animal welfare guidelines. Brown spider monkeys are endangered. They often live in large groups. They travel large distances for food, primarily fruit.
So, essentially and eccentric wealthy person bought the island, said it was too small for his fancy house, bought another and decided to strand three (not the original ones apparently) monkeys on the island without a fruit bearing tree.
Are they fun to see, yeah. Is it a depressing and cruel story and life for these living creatures absolutely.
Written 9 December 2023
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Patti S
Minneapolis, MN4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
We toured the Islets via Kayak. Our tour guide - Lorenzo from Abdalah Tours - was knowledgeable and friendly. He made sure that our expectations were being met.
Written 4 April 2023
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Michele L
Langley, Canada19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
So much beauty to explore - birds, floral, mango trees, the spider monkeys, the "rich" houses on the islets - a very worthwhile tour!
Written 27 February 2023
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LolaGo1
Washington DC, DC6,519 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Solo
The same driver for the white carriage with 2 horses became my guide to the Isletas. It was kind of special because there were no other passengers with me. The tour was for 1 hour, fee is $30.00.

He represented that there are 365 islands in the area. He explained the story of the lake, the wealthy residents of the big houses around it , the small fortress, etc. He even volunteered to take my photos.

Highly recomended to visit this attraction!
Written 4 December 2022
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Chris D
Carlisle, UK27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Spent two hours cruising round the islands, great views and an interesting insight into island life on Lake Nicaragua.
Written 11 November 2022
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Rowan H
Cairns, Australia1,380 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Friends
The Islets (Islands) of Granada were formed by a massive eruption from the adjacent volcano Mombacho around 20000 years ago. Featuring ‘a island for every day of the year’ (365) this place serves as a popular half day trip from Granada and can be experienced either via a boat tour or kayaks. Over time the islands have become well vegetated and now serve as home to around 1500 inhabitants - from fisherman to Nicaragua’s elite.

Most hostels offer a boat tour ($15USD) or kayaking tour ($20USD) including transfers from the hostel. A lot of hawkers also offer this tour from the town centre with variable quotes.

We spent 90 Córdoba and got a cab down to the Cocibolca marina as a group of three. We were able to negotiate a one hour private boat for three for 30 USD. There were so many providers available at the marina its easily to negotiate, particularly in the low season of October. We thought about kayaking but were quoted a higher price of 20USD. I also don’t think you would be able to cover a lot of the islands via kayak. Following our tour we walked back via the waterfront/malecon.

The tour was nice. We were afforded the opportunity to stop at a fortress (Additional 30 Córdoba entry). We turned around at Monkey Island (A island inhabited by three spider monkeys). For a cost of 1USD you are provided the option to feed them with fruit gained from the marina. Just be careful that they dont bite you, as evidenced from the previous tripadvisor reviewer.

Overall its a nice way to spend a few hours.
Written 15 October 2022
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Erik García Conchal Beach
Playa Conchal, Costa Rica113 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Couples
We went on an hour tour to see the bunglows on
water and to feed the couple of monkeys on an island . One of the monkeys attack my wife and bite her . We had to go to the hospital and have stayed in Nicaragua for 3 weeks to complete the vaccine shots . Avoid monkey island
Written 11 September 2022
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bucketlisttravellers
Sydney, Australia3,783 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021
Las Isletas, or The Islets in English, are a unique feature of Nicaragua’s largest lake, Lake Nicaragua. These are a series of 365 small islands which formed 20 thousand years ago as the result of a volcanic eruption from nearby Mombacho Volcano.
Private boat tours of Las Isletas take you around the many small islands that have formed in Lake Nicaragua. Tours generally include:
• The old fort – where you can disembark to explore the fort and enjoy the views
• Passing by the many islands, where you can see mansions owned by billionaires and past presidents
• Monkey Island – if you’re lucky a monkey may hop on the boat. For a more interactive experience, consider bringing some fruit to feed the monkeys
• Restaurant – there are some nice restaurants on the lake that sell food and drinks. We visited Restaurante Correviento, which also has a pool you can swim in. This is a nice place to relax for a couple of hours and enjoy the view
Las Isletas boat tours generally go from between 1-4 hours, depending on how much of the islands you want to see. We did a 3 hour tour, which included a stop at the restaurant. We thought this was a good amount of time to enjoy the lake and relax in this beautiful area. You should expect to pay around $40 US Dollars to hire a boat with a driver and guide for one hour. That price should include transport to the boat as well as back to your hotel after the tour.
Written 27 September 2021
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Tiffany
Managua, Nicaragua71 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Family
The Islets of Granada in Granada, Nicaragua is a must see!

Our 7 year old son absolutely loved the tour around the Islets. We saw monkeys and so many birds during the tour. The tour guide was a local Spanish speaker and he would narrate throughout the entire tour. He was extremely friendly and personable.

There's so much to see: the locals who live on the Islets, private islands, wildlife, restaurants, and so much more. Make sure to bring some fruits with you if you can, so you can hand it to the monkeys! Tips are voluntary for most tours, but they are much appreciated. A recommendation, talk to people for the best price for a tour. We paid $35 for 3 people; the $35 included private car service to and from our hotel as well as the tour. That pans out to a little over $10 a person which isn't all that bad. We were recommended from a English speaking guide in the "Central Parque". Some guides will charge you extremely expensive prices, so shop around.
Written 19 September 2020
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