From San Jorge, take a boat to either of two ports on Ometepe: Moyogalpa (50-minute drive from the Selvista farm) or San José (35-minute drive from the Selvista farm). The crossing takes about 1 hour and 15 minutes.
A “ferry” is large and fits several vehicles; a “lancha” is a smaller, passengers-only boat. Passengers buy tickets upon arrival at the port for around C$40-50 per person.
Most ferries and lanchas connect with public buses on Ometepe. See the Bus Schedule.
You can contact a recommended driver to arrange taxi transport from either port direct to the guesthouse property, in a sturdy 4WD vehicle that can ascend the rocky Selvista farm driveway. See the Activities Directory.
San Jorge to Ometepe
|Departure Time||Boat||Destination||Bus Connection to Balgüe?|
|7:00am||Ferry Che Guevara||Moyogalpa||Yes (transfer buses in El Quino, arrive in Balgüe 10:30am)|
|9:00am||Lancha Karen María||Moyogalpa||Yes (direct bus, arrive in Balgüe 12:15pm)|
|9:30am||Ferry Rey de Cocibolca||San José||–|
|11:00am||Lancha Estrella del Sur||Moyogalpa||–|
|12:00pm||Ferry I*||Moyogalpa||Yes (transfer buses in El Quino, arrive in Balgüe 2:30pm)|
|12:30pm||Lancha Santa Martha||Moyogalpa||–|
|1:30pm||Lancha Karen María**||Moyogalpa||–|
|2:00pm||Lancha Mozorola||San José||–|
|2:30pm||Ferry III||Moyogalpa||Yes (direct bus, arrive in Balgüe 5:30pm)|
|3:30pm||Lancha Estrella del Sur**||Moyogalpa||–|
|4:00pm||Ferry Che Guevara||Moyogalpa||–|
|5:00pm||Lancha Santa Martha**||Moyogalpa||–|
|5:00pm||Ferry Rey de Cocibolca||San José||Yes (transfer buses in El Quino, arrive in Balgüe 7:30pm)|
Ometepe to San Jorge
|Departure Time||Boat||Leaves From||Bus Connection from Balgüe?|
|5:30am||Lancha Karen María||Moyogalpa||–|
|5:40am||Lancha Mozorola||San José||–|
|6:30am||Lancha Santa Martha||Moyogalpa||–|
|7:00am||Lancha Estrella del Sur||Moyogalpa||Yes (leave Balgüe 5:30am, direct bus)|
|7:30am||Ferry Rey de Cocibolca||San José||Yes (leave Balgüe 6:00am, transfer buses in El Quino)|
|9:00am||Ferry III||Moyogalpa||Yes (leave Balgüe 7:15am, transfer buses in El Quino)|
|10:00am||Ferry I*||Moyogalpa||Yes (leave Balgüe 8:00am, transfer buses in El Quino)|
|11:00am||Ferry Che Guevara||Moyogalpa||–|
|11:30am||Lancha Karen María**||Moyogalpa||–|
|1:00pm||Lancha Estrella del Sur**||Moyogalpa||Yes (leave Balgüe 11:30am, transfer buses in El Quino)|
|3:00pm||Lancha Santa Martha**||Moyogalpa||Yes (leave Balgüe 1:30pm, direct bus)|
|3:00pm||Ferry Rey de Cocibolca||San José||Yes (leave Balgüe 1:30pm, direct bus with 20 min wait in San José)|
|4:00pm||Ferry III||Moyogalpa||Yes (leave Balgüe 2:15pm, transfer buses in El Quino)|
|5:30pm||Ferry Che Guevara||Moyogalpa||–|
*Ferry I does not run on Sundays
**Lanchas do not run on Sunday afternoons
Delays for windy/rough lake conditions may occur from December to April.
Irregular ferry schedules are likely on national holidays:
Jan. 1 • Th-Fri of Semana Santa • July 19 • Sep. 14-15 • Dec. 24-25 • Dec. 31
Ferry Company Contact Info
Milton Arcia (Ferry I & Ferry III):
- Moyogalpa office: 8966-4983 (Movistar) / 2569-4284 (Claro)
- San Jorge office: 8966-4981 (Movistar)
- 2569-4101 (Claro)
- 8894-1819 (Movistar)
Rey de Cocibolca:
- 8691-3669 (Claro)
- 8380-7351 (Movistar)
If you are bringing a car on the ferry, reserve your spot ahead of time! Recommended several days in advance. Call the specific ferry company and give them your name and vehicle size (coche pequeño, camioneta, etc). Spanish only. We at Selvista Guesthouses are happy to take care of this for you.
Vehicle cost is around C$500, pay upon arrival. You must arrive at least 30 minutes before departure.
Motorcycles are only allowed on ferries (not lanchas) and do not need a reservation.
Ferry between Granada-Ometepe-San Carlos
There used to be a large ferry that crossed the lake twice per week, running between Granada - Altagracia (on Ometepe) - San Carlos. However, this ferry stopped running in late 2015 due to unusually low lake water levels. As of March 2017, this ferry is still out of operation. Any updates will be posted here.
Last updated: March 2017