Ferry Notices

Crossings of the Ometepe 1 ferry tend to be canceled with some regularity. If your travel plans require being somewhere at a specific time, we recommend taking one of the other ferries.

The only ferries to Ometepe leave from the port town of San Jorge, near Rivas. The crossings to Moyogalpa take roughly 60 minutes and the crossings to San José del Sur take about 80 minutes.  If you are coming to Hospedaje Soma, take a ferry to Moyogalpa, as San José del Sur is about a 20 minute drive from us.
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.

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 a 10-15 minute walk from the port in Moyogalpa.

Tuk-tuks (moto-taxis) also meet every ferry and provide transport to Soma for 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

Car ferries travel from San Jorge to San José del Sur at 9:30 and 17:00 and lanchas run at 10:00 and 16:30. Going the other way, car ferries depart at 7:30 and 15:20 and the lancha runs at 5:40 and 13:00.

If you are bringing a car to Ometepe, it is recommended that you make a reservation. All reservations are taken by phone and no deposit is needed.

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: 8966-4983 or 2569-4284
Reservations for Cacique Nicarao: 8544-4756 or 5708-4297
Reservations for the Rey de Colcibolca (San Jose del Sur–not Moyogalpa!): 8691-3669

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.