Final Day of Dive training.....

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Little Corn Island, Nicaragua: The sidewalk streets of Little Corn Island.

Today I wind up my dive training with a few more confined water skills to finish and do the open water dives.  The open water dives should be just about as fun as regular dives except for a few minutes of skill checking.  I have to be at the dive shop at 8AM again so I go for the quick and tasty breakfast at the Casa Iguana Kitchen again.

I get to the dive shop and I go right into the water to do the 200 yard swim and the 10 minute float. Not too bad just a little monotonous.  Then there are a few other shallow water skills to do like the 50 foot swim underwater without a mask and a buoyancy control test to see if you can keep on an even keel under water.  With those out of the way we get in the boat and go out for our open water dive.

Little Corn Island, Nicaragua: The restuarant, Comedor Casona.
  There area just two of us trainees today so it should be a fun dive.  The first Dive is a 40 foot dive at Jake's Place.  The dive is a coral garden formation to explore.  The coolest fish we see are some spadefish they are big Angelfish.  The visibility is not so bad at 40 feet even with all the turbulent wind and water we have been having the last week or so.  We run back to the dive shop before the second dive and grab some tacos for lunch at a restaurant on the sidewalk near the dive shop.  They are the standard fried Nicaraguan style that area so good.  Back in the boat we head out for the second dive at Buoy which turns out to be a nice rock garden formation with lots of places to explore.
Little Corn Island, Nicaragua: A tienda in town.
  Once again not all that many interesting fish to view but enough to make it interesting and it is great being under the water looking at all the underwater world.

Back at the dive shop I get signed off on my dive certification and I am finished with the course.  The online training saved me a lot of time on my vacation.  Better to be sitting at home in front of my computer doing the training than having me sit in a classroom in a beautiful place such as this. 

There is a note from Julie at the dive shop telling me she is waiting for me for a late lunch at Comedor Casona.  I head over there and find that she has been waiting there for a little while but content to be relaxing in such a setting.  Julie has already ordered for us and that is good because we can forgo the long waiting time to be served a meal, which is always typical on the island.

Little Corn Island, Nicaragua: A sunset on Little Corn Island.
  We got conch fried in garlic and grilled conch.  Both are nicely prepared and are very good with the accompanying Lizano salsa which is a standard condiment at any Central American table.  The owner and his wife are very friendly again and it is nice to be served a meal with such pride.

We head back to the cabin to relax a bit and then prepare for a dinner out at a restaurant in town.  We head over to the west shore of the island for dinner and make it just in time to enjoy a little bit of the sunset.  We also go to a place to check up on our e-mail.  Los Delphines hotel charges $1 for 5 minutes which is not too bad for here.  We have dinner at Habana Libre, a Cuban style restaurant, (see review below) which we have heard so much about.  Everyone has raved about how good it is and that you should definately get the Pork.  I have ordered the pork and Julie gets yellowtail (snapper).  They come out looking very nice but really the pork is a little dry and Julie has trouble with all the bones in her WHOLE fish so therefore we are not all that impressed with our meal at the "famous" Habana Libre.   The setting was nice and it was nice to try another place but we were a little disappointed in the place.

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