Ferry Information

Getting from the port to Hospedaje Soma

Hospedaje Soma is a 10-15 minute walk from the port in Moyogalpa, located about 250 m down the road from the Sports Complex (currently under construction). Our location is correct on both Maps.me and Google Maps if you need help with directions.

If you’d prefer to skip the walk, catch a tuk-tuk (moto-taxi) at the port to Hospedaje Soma. The normal cost for the ride is 50 córdoba.

For larger groups, car taxis are usually available at the port as well. The cost for a car taxi should be $5 USD.

General Ferry Information

Ferries to Ometepe leave from the port town of San Jorge, near Rivas. The crossings to Moyogalpa take roughly 60 minutes.

There are two types of ferries: car ferries and boats (lanchas). 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.

The San Jorge Port Authority charges a $1.00USD “tourist tax” which you pay to enter the port area. Keep your receipt as you may be asked to show it when entering the docking area. Helpers will point you to the correct ticket counter to purchase your ferry ticket.

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.

Due to complaints of over-charging by tourist touts in San Jorge, we recommend waiting until you get to Ometepe to arrange for tours and rentals to ensure you are not paying too much for the service.

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 Nicarao *13:3050
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 Nicarao *5:3050
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

Ferries to San José del Sur

There are two ports on Ometepe–one in Moyogalpa (the above schedule) and one in San José del Sur.  If you are coming to Hospedaje Soma, take a ferry to Moyogalpa, as San José del Sur is a 20-minute drive away.
If you wish to travel to San José del Sur, ferries leave San Jorge at 9:30 and 17:00 and lanchas (wooden boats) depart at 10:00 and 16:30. From San José del Sur to San Jorge, car ferries depart at 7:30 and 15:20 and the lancha runs at 5:40 and 13:00.

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 to Ometepe leave from San Jorge.

Bringing a Car to Ometepe

If you are bringing a car to Ometepe, it is recommended that you make a reservation. All reservations are taken by phone (Spanish only!) and no deposit is needed. If you are staying at Hospedaje Soma, we can make your reservation for you. Ferry Reservation Request Form.If you are staying at another hotel, contact them to assist you in making your reservation.

When bringing a vehicle, 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 is around $15 each way, depending on the size of your vehicle. (Plus passenger tickets). If you can’t get a reservation, there is 24-hour 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 $5 per day.

Phone Numbers for Car Reservations

Reservations for the Che Guevara: 8894-1819
Reservations for the Ometepe 1 and Ometepe 3: 8966-4983 or 2569-4284
Reservations for the Cacique Nicarao: 8544-4756 or 5708-4297

Reservations for the Rey de Colcibolca (out of San Jose del Sur–not Moyogalpa!): 8691-3669.

Please remember which ferry you have your reservation for and make sure to take that ferry. Port workers will sometimes try to put tourist cars on different ferries, especially if you are early. But please wait for your reserved ferry.

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