May 12 thru May 19th
I caught the lancha early that morning for the 30 minute boat ride. After we arrived at the pier we were met by dive instructors and hostel owners trying to get our business. I walked 10 minutes to the other side of the island to find a room at the hostels on the ¨breezy¨ side of the island. I was very fortunate to get the last room at Elsa´s. No one was leaving the island because of the bus strike. The room had a double bed with private bathroom for $20 which did not make me extremely happy but luckily I was able to get a $10 single room with shared bath the next day.
There are only 700 residents on the island. All restaurant and hostel menus consist of chicken, fish and shrimp. The prices range from $6 to $10 which is kinda high for Nicaragua. Since there are only limited groceries available and there is no permanent electricity, you must eat what the sea gives you. The chickens run wild in the jungle.
The diving was great and lying on a beautiful Caribbean beach with only 6 to 8 other people on the entire beach is pretty close to perfect. Many people come for only a few days and stay 3 weeks. That is why the airline doesn't require you to give a return date. You just call up and make a reservation when you want to fly back to Managua.