The twin volcanoes on Lake Nicaragua should be on every visitor's list of things to do in Nicaragua. The islands are situated midway between Nicaragua and Costa Rica. Visitors to the islands can explore the volcanoes; hike though rain forests or bargain with local coffee farmers who use the fertile Volcanic slopes to grow the fragrant beans. The birds and wildlife on the islands will delight nature lovers, while sports enthusiasts can take part in kayaking and fishing tours around the island. For those who brave the hike up the 3,300-foot (1,500m) summit of one of the volcanoes, the views are unsurpassed. Visitors should set aside a few days to explore the numerous natural attractions the islands have to offer.
Transport: Visitors can take a boat to the islands for US$3 from San Jorge just outside of Rivas. Ferries depart for the islands from San Carlos and Granada. The ferries cost between US$1.50 and US$2.50, however they do not leave every day. The ferry ride takes 6-12 hours depending on point of departure.