Dos Tiburones Dive Shop

Big Corn Island Diving with Dos Tiburones Dive Shop

In Activities, Diving & Snorkeling, Nicaragua by Sheena18 Comments

Dos Tiburones is not just a dive shop, it’s a way of life! With a cafe, bar & walk-in snorkeling right from the dock, find out why it has something to offer every diver, snorkeler & traveller to Big Corn Island, Nicaragua!

Manager Tonya runs a tight ship over at Dos Tiburones Dive Shop – she has a fantastic crew in & out of the water, who quickly make us here at DIY Travel HQ feel like part of the family.

Dos Tiburones is the newest dive centre on Big Corn Island (established in 2014) so all their equipment is top quality & well-maintained.

Their dive boat is made of custom-fitted fibreglass.

Dos Tiburones Dive Shop

Introducing the new dive centre on Big Corn Island, Dos Tiburones!

Dos Tiburones are affiliated with both PADI & SSI, as well as being the only SSI-accredited dive centre in Nicaragua.

They are located on the north shore of Big Corn Island, in the neighbourhood of Sally Peachy.

It’s a long but scenic coastal walk from the ferry pier, though you can take a taxi to anywhere on the island for C$20.

Either way, find out why a visit to Dos Tiburones Dive Shop is definitely worth the trip on one of the most beautiful destinations in Nicaragua!

Dos Tiburones dive shop

Dive on Big Corn Island with Dos Tiburones!

Dive Trips Available with Dos Tiburones Dive Shop

Dos Tiburones offers dive trips to all the sites around Big Corn Island, many of which are just a short distance away from the dive shop.

Diving on Big Corn Island involves an entire reef system with ship wrecks & rich sea life in turquoise Caribbean seas. The water is around 27 degrees year-round, with consistently good visibility.

Diving with Dos Tiburones

Interesting coral formations around Big Corn Island

The #1 diving destination is Blowing Rock, a giant formation of volcanic rock & coral. It’s located 12kms from Big Corn so the conditions are optimal for marine life. Nurse sharks, spotted reef sharks, southern sting rays & eagle rays are commonly spotted, along with barracuda, turtles, eels, lobsters & crabs.

We dived at Long Reef, which is a shallow drift dive, perfect for beginners. The highlight was a friendly nurse shark along with some gregorian fans & soft coral. Sean was a great dive master – the ocean had a bit of swell so he made it easier for us by hugging the inside of the reef rather than swimming on the top.

Diver on Big Corn

Our fantastic Dos Tiburones dive master Sean!

Dos Tiburones also offers night dives, which includes the use of dive lights & tank markers.

If you’re short on time, the Little Corn Day Trip is a great option. It includes 2 dives in the morning, before disembarking on Little Corn, where you have to rest of the day to explore the island. It’s a very small place & an afternoon is enough to give you a good taste of what the island has to offer, before retuning back to Big Corn at around 4:00pm.

Big Corn Island dive sites

All the dive sites around Big Corn – Dos Tiburones is situated in the north of the island

Diving with Dos Tiburones Dive Shop

Diving trips with Dos Tiburones head out everyday at 8:00am & 10:00am in the morning and 1:00pm & 3:00pm in the afternoon, giving you the opportunity to dive 4 times a day.

Most dive sites are situated close-by, so service intervals are usually spent back at the dive shop – this is convenient as you can test the waters with a 1 tank dive & go from there.

Dos Tiburones dive boat

Gearing up to dive on Big Corn Island

Some of the sites are dependent on weather conditions, especially Blowing Rock. But if you have specific sites in mind, let the staff at Dos Tiburones Dive Shop know & they’ll do their best to get you there.

The dive masters & instructors are all PADI and/or SSI certified. We dived with Sean who was professional, patient & an excellent photographer! He took photos for us with his GoPro, which was an unexpected surprise – after our dive, we left our email address with him & within a few days, we received a link with all the photos to download!

Diving Selfie

This is my very own GoPro underwater selfie!

Café & Bar at Dos Tiburones Dive Shop

Dos Tiburones Dive Shop also hosts a café & bar, with a book exchange & regular Open Mic nights. Here’s a sample of their menu, many dishes of which are vegetarian or vegan:

Breakfast:

  • Banana Nutella Crepes: C$220 / $7.50
  • Coconut French Toast: C$220 / $7.50
  • Homemade Donuts: C$245 / $8.30

Lunch:

  • Plantain Tacos: C$220 / $7.50
  • Veggie Burger: C$250 / $8.50
  • Fish Fritters: C$325 / $11.00
Big Corn Island restaurant

Enjoy breakfast or lunch at the Dos Tiburones cafe

And if you’re a coffee lover, you’re in for a treat – Dos Tiburones is also the only place on Big Corn Island with a state of the art expresso machine! Enjoy a french press, cappuccino, café latte or any other concoction that takes your fancy!

The bar serves cocktails & beer, including “Cerveza Erdmann’s”, Nicaragua’s first German craft beer! Smoothies, snacks & cakes are also available.

Bar on Big Corn Island

Relax with a drink at the Dos Tiburones bar

You can choose to sit inside, on the patio overlooking the ocean or on wooden tables & chairs on the grassy area on the beachfront.

Dos Tiburones is a fantastic place to hang out, for divers & non-divers alike!

Dos Tiburones beach

Relax in front of ocean views at Dos Tiburones Dive Shop

Tours & Rentals at Dos Tiburones Dive Shop

Dos Tiburones can offer something for everyone visiting Big Corn Island, even if you’re not a diver.

Boat snorkeling trips are available, where you visit 2-3 different sites around the island – ask about the Spanish Galleon shipwreck… You can even take a paddleboard out with you!

There’s also great snorkeling right in front of their dive shop – a snorkel mask & fins can be rented for $10.00 a day.

Diving prices Dos Tiburones

Great prices at Dos Tiburones Dive Shop – enquire about other rentals & tours

If you prefer to stick to land, Dos Tiburones can arrange many other rentals & activities:

  • Horseback riding on the beach
  • Guided historical tours of Big Corn Island
  • Charter fishing trips
  • Private boat to Little Corn Island
  • Trips to the Pearl Cays
  • Motorcycle rentals
  • Golf cart rentals
Pelican Beach Little Corn Island

Take a day trip or hire a private boat to visit the beaches on Little Corn Island

How to Get to Big Corn Island

The easy way to get to Big Corn Island is to fly from Managua.

The hard way is to take the bus from Managua to El Rama, then a panga boat to Bluefields & finally a ferry to Big Corn Island.

Note that the ferry from Bluefields to Big Corn Island only runs once a week – it departs Bluefields on Wednesday morning at 9:00am & takes 6-7 hours.

The return ferry from Big Corn Island to Bluefields also runs once a week – it departs Big Corn on Thursday morning at 9:00am.

Ferries/pangas between Big Corn & Little Corn islands run twice a day (once in the morning & once in the afternoon), weather permitting.

More information on schedules & times will be coming soon.

Panga Little Corn Island

Take the panga boat between Big Corn Island & Little Corn Island

In a Nutshell

Address: Sally Peachy, Big Corn Island, Nicaragua

Prices: Single dives $35.00, 4 dive package $120.00

Contact (manager Tonya):

  • Phone:         +011 (505) 2575 5167 or +011 (505) 8546 0526
  • Email:           info@divecornisland.com
  • Website:      Dos Tiburones Dive Shop

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Dos Tiburones is not just a dive shop, it's a way of life! Manager Tonya runs a tight ship over at Dos Tiburones Dive Shop – she has a fantastic crew in & out of the water, who quickly make you feel like part of the family. Most dive sites are situated close-by, try to make it out to Blowing Rock, the #1 site. With a cafe, bar & walk-in snorkeling right from the dock, find out why it has something to offer every diver, snorkeler & traveller to Big Corn Island, Nicaragua!

 

 

*** The Final Word: Check out Dos Tiburones Dive Shop for professional, friendly & hassle-free diving at great prices on Big Corn Island! *** 

Do you dive? What do you look for in a dive centre?

* We enjoyed complimentary dives at Dos Tiburones Dive Shop – thank you to Tonya for hosting us. We only recommend great value diving & activities that we would choose to do regardless! As always, all opinions are our own.

Visited in December 2016

 

Comments

  1. Awesome! I have become a big fan of scuba diving after I did my first dive in the coral reefs of Lakshadweep. The corn island looks like an interesting destination for divers with so many diving sites spread all around it.

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      I didn’t realize India has such nice islands & water (based on Google pictures). Sheena wasn’t wowed by India, but I would like to spend some time there to form my own opinion. I just need to convince her to go back. 🙂

      There are a lot of sites around Big Corn Island, but the best from everyone we talked to is Blowing Rock. It sounds like it is worth the add-on cost to get there!

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      Dos Tiburones is a textbook example of how a dive shop should be run! We actually learned that they offer a non-expiring free day of diving to people who return to Big Corn Island too! We might just have to take advantage of that one winter.

  2. Sounds like a great dive experience. I was not yet dive certified when I went to Nicaragua but have been thinking of going back to explore more of the country. I am now adding Corn Island to the list of destinations especially since I have my dive certificate now.

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      The Corn Islands are great for that remote island feeling. Little Corn has a more relaxed vibe with no vehicles & better food, but Big Corn has better beaches & is closer to the dive sites. Both are worth exploring. We didn’t get to visit Blowing Rock, but that is apparently the pick-of-the-bunch dive site.

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      That’s crazy since you are from the Philippines! I’m guessing you have at least tried snorkeling. Dos Tiburones has a trip that takes you to two sunken ships & a reef. You can also rent equipment there & just walk right in. It is shallow & home to rays just meters from the dive shop!

  3. The underwater selfie looks so cute. I am not much into diving, but still the way you have explained the details has trigged in an interest in me. Hope I am able to get my self trained in the future 🙂

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      The beauty of diving is that you can always learn anywhere that diving is offered. Dos Tiburones offers the Open Water course for $330, which is on par around the world. They use a pool on Big Corn for the intro dives, & a lot of sites are nearby for easy access once you master the basics. My advice is to get your certification when you plan on doing multiple dives in a short amount of time. It helps you really feel comfortable & internalize all the learning.

      I learned in Thailand & then didn’t do it again for over a year so I had to take a refresher. Now I’m comfortable with a lot, but not all, of the things that may go wrong. It took doing 15+ dives in the Philippines to get there.

  4. I’ve yet to try scuba diving but would love to do it with Dos Tiburones crew. I like the fact that they can make you feel like a family because that comfortable feeling assures you fully enjoy any trip.

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      When learning to dive or taking any subsequent course I always say the most important factor is your instructor. If you don’t feel comfortable with them you aren’t going to enjoy it & be open to asking questions to further your knowledge. You would be in good hands at Dos Tiuburones & their equipment is top notch too!

  5. To see the underwater world is high on my bucket list. Just not sure if diving or snorkeling I can go for, because I am a very bad swimmer and very short on breathe. You tempted me again. What other options are available to experience the underwater world here?

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      Well, they currently don’t have submarines or glass bottom boats so you will have to stick with snorkeling or diving. Neither of us are very good at swimming either. Luckily, you can breath regularly when diving & the air in the mask keeps you floating when snorkeling. You could also always wear a life jacket to keep you afloat. Without a snorkel I probably couldn’t last 5 minutes, but with one I can go for more than an hour with no problem.

  6. I dont dive but it is on my list! This looks like one of those place where I go and intend on staying maybe a week and then I accidently stay for months hahah woops! When I head to Nicaragua I will have to go to Corn Islands and stay here!

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      That’s what happens for a lot of people that visit the Corn Islands! If you take the ferry then you have at least a week before you return. Otherwise, your flight might lock you in. 🙁

  7. The closest thing I’ve done to diving is helmet diving in Boracay and I sort of enjoyed it. Sort of because the pressure made me very dizzy. I’m also kind afraid to go diving because of sharks (yes, I’ve watched too much jaws when I was a kid).

    I like the vibe of Dos Tiburones based on your photos though. It’s lovely that staying there is convenient because they have many things to offer, diving being one of them.

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      Helmet diving looks sooooooo cool. That’s how I picture the old school suits, but now without the body portion. Did you feel like an astronaut? Sharks are generally harmless unless humans have started feeding them for personal gain. Then they associate humans & boats with food.

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