Ferry Schedule Notice

as of August 2018

Ferries are currently running at about 80% of the regular schedule. A few crossings are cancelled indefinitely, and others are cancelled sporadically. But most are crossing on schedule.

The most common way to get to Ometepe is by ferry. Ferries to Ometepe depart from the town of San Jorge. Most ferries travel to the main port town of Moyogalpa (60 minutes), but there are a few crossings per day to the town of San José del Sur (80 minutes). If you are coming to Hospedaje Soma, be sure to catch a ferry to Moyogalpa. The car ferries are the most comfortable and are especially recommended for people who are prone to seasickness. The Santa Martha is the oldest of the vessels and is quite topsy-turvy, so we recommend avoiding her if possible.

Ferries run every day of the year, but there are reduced crossings on Sundays and holidays. An asterix (*) indicates a ferry that runs on Sundays and holidays. For various other reasons, occasional crossings may be cancelled. If that is the case, just take the next available boat. Ticket prices listed below are in córdoba. Children 5 and under travel for free.

There are many helpers at the port who will point you in the right direction to the ticket counters for ferries to Ometepe. Reservations are not needed for foot passengers. Once you have your ticket, proceed to your ferry. You will need to fill out a manifest list with your name and passport number before boarding.

Hospedaje Soma is located 450 meters from the stairs below the church. It takes most people 10-15 minutes to walk from the dock to Soma.

Another option for getting here from the ferry is to take a tuk-tuk (moto-taxi). There are usually a number of tuk-tuk drivers who meet each ferry. The cost to get to Soma should be 50 córdoba.

For larger groups, there are also car taxis that meet the ferries. The usual cost for a car taxi is $5 USD.

San Jorge to Moyogalpa

Type of vesselVessel nameTimeCost
car ferryChe Guevara *7:0050
car ferryOmetepe 3 *7:4550
car ferryOmetepe 18:3050
car ferryCacique Nicarao *9:0050
car ferryOmetepe 3 *10:3050
boat (lancha)Señora del Lago11:0045
car ferryOmetepe 112:0050
boat (lancha)Santa Martha12:3035
car ferryCacique Nicarao13:3050
car ferryOmetepe 3 *14:3050
boat (lancha)Señora del Lago15:3045
car ferryChe Guevara *16:0050
car ferryOmetepe 116:3050
boat (lancha)Santa Martha17:0035
car ferryOmetepe 3 *17:4550

Moyogalpa to San Jorge

Type of vesselName of vesselTimeCost
car ferryCacique Nicarao5:3050
car ferryOmetepe 3 *6:0050
boat (lancha)Santa Martha6:3035
car ferryOmetepe 16:4550
boat (lancha)Señora del Lago7:0045
car ferryOmetepe 3 *9:0050
car ferryOmetepe 110:0050
car ferryChe Guevara *11:0050
car ferryCacique Nicarao *11:3050
car ferryOmetepe 3 *12:3050
boat (lancha)Señora del Lago13:0045
car ferryOmetepe 114:0050
boat (lancha)Santa Martha15:0035
car ferryOmetepe 3 *16:0050
car ferryChe Guevara *17:3050

If you are bringing a car to Ometepe, it is recommended that you make a reservation to ensure your car gets on the ferry. You must be at the port at least 45 minutes in advance of your booking time or risk losing your reservation. In slow season you can usually just show up at the port and catch the next available ferry. The cost for a vehicle is around $20 each way. If you can’t get a reservation, there is secure parking at the ferry terminal in San Jorge where you can leave your car for the duration of your stay on Ometepe for about $3 per day.

Reservations for the Che Guevara: 8894-1819
Reservations for Ometepe 1 and Ometepe 3: Phone or WhatsApp: 8966-4983
Reservations for Cacique Nicarao: 8544-4756 or 5708-4297

Note: In previous years there was ferry service from Granada to Ometepe. However, as of 2016, this service has been cancelled indefinitely. The only ferries right now are via San Jorge.