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Malvinas Cays

Department: RAAN

Municipality: Puerto Cabezas (view on map)

Type: Cays and islands



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The Malvina Keys are located 3 kilometers from the Krukira Community, in Caribbean waters. When you leave the Krukralí Lagoon, the short voyage begins first on a small river pipe and then onto open water, reaching sandy grounds fringed in crystalline waters with no vegetation on it: this is the most important of they Keys and where all touristic visits are held. It is also considered one of the greatest attractions in Krukira due to its location and its completely pristine state. In fact, the "keys" are the river delta sandbanks.

During the trip to the Keys you may encounter fishermen performing their craft on their Cayucos, (traditional canoes made ​​from dry wood of rubber trees). Furthermore, you will be able to take a closer look at the mangroves, which have interlocking roots of various shapes.

In this small island, visitors have the opportunity to enjoy nature at its best, observe the binding between fresh and salt water, enjoy a unique summer landscape thanks to the mangroves seen in the distance and witness the flight of gulls or pelicans. Also the site presents the conditions for camping, campfires, diving and having quiet moments to tell stories of the area.

It is advisable to travel with a local guide to perform these activities. You also need to wear sunscreen, water, insect repellent, medicines, comfortable clothing that will protect you from sun exposure.

Getting There

From Krukralí Lagoon, located in the Community of Krukira, take a boat to the Malvinas Keys. The distance is 3 km and the travel time is half an hour, tops. It is also possible to travel by boat from the Tuapi community. There is no public transportation available to get to the keys so the trip should be arranged by asking this service to the residents of the community. A contact for this purpose can either be the Native Women's Association of the Atlantic Coast (AMICA) or Tours Guiparic tour operator.