When the Mombacho Volcano erupted thousands of years ago, it threw huge rocks into Lake Nicaragua. As a result of this violent eruption 365 islets were formed in front of Granada. The islets differ in size between a hundred square meters and over one hundred hectares. The islets serve different purposes. There is a community of about 1200 people living on the islets. Most of the people living here are fishermen. Other islets accommodate hotels, bars, and restaurants or luxurious houses mostly owned by foreigners, who only stay for a few days of the year. There are islets containing spider, howler and white face monkeys plus uninhabited islets with only some palm trees growing on it. This was a $20 tour lasting approx four hours with a stop off at one of the islets bars where you could have a relaxing drink or go swimming in the lake. It was a beautiful day with a funny episode when one of the monkeys boarded the boat unexpectedly and wouldn’t leave. It was particularly funny when another tour boat pulled in front of our boat trying to spot the monkeys not realising there was one behind them !!!