Nicaragua has some of the most well-preserved and secluded dive spots in the world. You can swim with eels, sharks, rays, groupers, and African pompano along the 12 km stretch of reef in the Caribbean Sea. Hit Little Corn’s best dive, Blowing Rock, or the alternatively popular and closer to shore White Holes.
For the more adventurous shark seekers, Shark Hole is a network of tunnels and swim-throughs beneath the reef, home to black tip, bull, and reef sharks. For those looking to mix it up, there is also freshwater diving in the volcanic crater lakes of Apoyo and Xiloá. This is typically for more experienced divers as there is ongoing biological research, but if you are able to go you might just be able to catch a glimpse of one of the 10+ undescribed fish species there.
Water temperatures in Nicaragua stay pleasantly warm in the low to mid 80s F (high 20s C) year round, with a visibility of 15-21 m.
Find local PADI dive shops and explore the top dive sites with our map.
The major airlines serving Nicaragua's airport in Managua include United, American, and Delta. Smaller airlines connecting to the United States and other Central American countries include Copa, Taca, and Spirit airlines. Once in Nicaragua, getting around is as easy as catching a cab or taking a bus.