Nortada Liveaboard, Galapagos


The 26m Nortada liveaboard presents a different kind of Galapagos dive liveaboard experience. With only 4 cabins on board and catering to a maximum of 12 guests, the Nortada offers divers a more intimate and personal experience. Each of the 4 cabins is air-conditioned with an en-suite bathroom, and has lockers and drawers for personal belongings. Relaxation areas include the air-conditioned lounge and dining area with entertainment system and open-air seating area and sun deck.

Diving from the Nortada means small groups using the two 3m inflatable tenders to get closer to the action and to the best dive sites. The comprehensive itinerary allows divers at least 18 dives per week, and features world famous dive sites Wolf and Darwin, plus the exciting addition of the top three dive sites in the north-west region of the archipelago. Guests can hope to see Flightless Cormorants, Galapagos Penguins, Marine Iguanas and several other endemic species, along with Manta Rays, Mola-Mola and different types of Baleen Whales. Nitrox is available for an additional cost, as is rebreather support and technical diving. For added safety all divers are provided with a Nautilus Lifeline bi-directional VHF/DSC marine radio with GPS, dive alert and DSMB.

The Nortada is available for individual bookings and full charter. Call us or reserve online today to start your amazing Galapagos dive adventure.

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Included: VAT, Drinking Water, Tea & Coffee, Full-Board Meal Plan (All meals), Snacks, Diving Package, Land Excursions, Naturalist Guide.

Required Extras: National Park Fees, Visas and Fees.

Optional Extras: Chamber Fees (35 USD), Gratuities, Airport Transfer (45 USD), Local Flights, Alcoholic Beverages, Soft drinks, Nitrox, Nitrox Course (210 USD), Rental Gear.

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Boat features

  • Shaded diving deck
  • Camera Station
  • Audio & video entertainment
  • Air Conditioned saloon
  • Aircon Cabins
  • Sun Deck
  • Indoor Saloon
  • Photography Station
  • Separate rinse for u/w camera
  • Custom built for diving
  • Charging stations
  • En-Suite bathrooms

Food & Drinks

  • Western Food
  • Local Food
  • Vegetarian Options
  • Beer available

If you have any specific dietary requirements whilst on-board your cruise, you can add this to your special requests on step 2 of the booking form. We advise limiting these requests to religious beliefs or food allergies.


  • DIN Adaptors
  • Rebreather Support
  • Dive deck
  • Tenders for diving

The crew speaks English and Spanish.

Gear Rental

There is diving gear available on this boat. Please provide your rental needs on the booking form. See below for further details on inclusions and pricing. Show prices.

Drawings & Vessel Layouts

Nortada Deck Plan floorplan


Boat Specifications

  • Year built 2008
  • Year renovated 2014
  • Length 85 feet
  • Deck area 3 decks
  • Beam 18 feet
  • Cruising speed 10 knots
  • Engines Twin CUMMINS 6CTA8.3-M 255 HP main engines
  • Max guests 10
  • Number of cabins 5
  • Number of bathrooms 5
  • Tenders 2 15 feet Nautica Inflatable boats with 25 HP four stroke outboard engines

Boat Navigation and Safety

  • Radar
  • Depth Sounder
  • GPS
  • Radio VHF/DSC/SSB
  • E.P.I.R.B. Distress System
  • Emergency Rafts
  • Life Vests
  • Fire Alarm & Fire Extinguishers
  • Oxygen
  • First Aid Kits
  • Satellite & mobile phones
  • Bilge pump alarm
  • Search light
  • Engine room CCTV
  • Crew trained in first aid
  • Emergency flares

Nortada Reviews

  • 8.3 Very good
  • 17 Verified Reviews
  1. Vessel
  2. Crew
  3. Food
  4. Diving
  5. Value
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Patick W
  • United States United States
Diving in the Galapagos you will see hundreds of hammerheads, marine iguanas and schools of many different types of fish.

Seeing schools of hammerhead sharks at Darwin and Wolf Island Swimming with marine iguanas and seeing them eat green algae underwater at Fernandino Island Swimming with Galapagos sea lions and how playful they were. Seeing flightless cormorants dive for fish. Seeing Mola-Mola. The food and juices on board were great. The boat was very clean and the staff were friendly. The dingy rides around the smaller islands that allowed us to observe endemic birds was really cool.

Recommended for
Diving at Darwin and Wolf Islands with schools of hammerhead sharks. The food on board was spectacular. At each of the islands after diving, they took us on the dingy to see the edemic birds.
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • John G
  • United States United States
Good value for the money

Albino Mola mola, several manta rays, swimming with sea lions.

Recommended for
Small group size, food and staff flexibility
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Benjamin S
  • United States United States

Amazing diving around the Galapagos. Great crew, very friendly and helpful.

Recommended for
Dive Guides, Crew, Dive Sites
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Anita J
  • United States United States
I cannot imagine another dive experience coming close to this Galapagos experience!

Schools of hammerheads, swimming with dolphins, playing with sea lions, seeing sunfish, increasing skills as dive conditions were sometimes rough, night diving In caves entered thru lava tunnels

Recommended for
The amazing dives, the remoteness of our dive sites (no one else around), the dive masters’ knowledge of the diving conditions and the marine life.
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Fernando B
  • Brazil Brazil
Amazing dives

Dive schedule, only 8 people, Manta Rays, Hammerhead Shark, Whale Sharks.

Recommended for
Dive schedule, only 8 people, departure on Puert Ayora
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Annette D
  • France France
one of my best

all has been very great !!!!! Galápagos are still the best destination for diving in the world for me ( third time here ! ) !!!!

Recommended for
small group (8 guests on board ),very nice&comfortable liveaboard, huge hug to all the crew !
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Anette S
  • Norway Norway
Amazing Galapagos

Diving in Galapagos was amazing. The boat Nortada hoses only 8 divers and thats PERFECT. You dive in small groups and gets close to the marine life. There where huge schools of hammerheads, sunfish(mola mola), sealions,, eagle reys,turtles and so on... Its a small boat, but if there are big waves on the sea i don't think it would make any different if you are on a bit bigger boat. The crew was super friendly and the food was good. I will highly recommend this trip and this boat!

Recommended for
Few divers, best dive spots, fantastic marine life
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Russia Russia
Outstanding diving

It was breath-take-away diving! So many big marine creatures under water and on so close distance! I saw almost everything that i was dreaming of)))!!! It seems that there are no analouges in the world to this diving spot! Yes, the water can be quite cold sometimes (mostly 20-24°C, but in one place only 16°, so prepare at least 7mm costume), visibility is not perfect sometimes, really strong current, and some plans in schedule can be changed because of the weather and waves, but you for sure forget about all these little things when you see what is under water))) So diving is amazing, really. Hummer head sharkds just above your head, a lot of other sharks, includind whale shark, astonishing plays of sia lions in front of cameras, dolphins, manta rays, eagle rays, turtules, iguanas, pinguins - unforgettable impressions))) The only pity - there were no land excurcions on the way (some ships do that, but not this one), but panga ride is possible so you can see a lot of birds and wonderful landscapes! If to speak about Nortada particulary - cozy nice boat, only 8 divers, so not crowded, 2 guides (usually one is swimming in front of group, the second is swimming in the end). Team of Nortada is very nice and friendly, helps a lot in every step, very clean on board, good food (gracias chef Pedro). Rented equipment (Cressi TM) was a bit used but funcioned without any problems. About guides - both are very experienced, especially the main one, he loves a lot his profession and ocean, can see who is more or less experienced diver, will help a lot (if it is needed) during preparation for diving and during diving itself. But. Its the only but. In my opinion it is not professional and correct the way of behaivour with single women on board. Probably it is LA temperament)) but anyway while you are at work all relations should be only about work, no personal stuff. After trip - whatever, but not during. Clients are guests, clients are not the way of solving personal problems. Anyway i should say thank you to all nortada team! Diving was outstanding!

Recommended for
Hummerhead sharks, sea lions, birds
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Ulrike W
  • Austria Austria
it was a great trip

Moonfish, many hammer sharks, marine iguanas

Recommended for
the crew, dive spots, many big fish to see
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Markus J
  • Finland Finland
Very good experience

Hundreds of Hammerheads at Wolf, Mola-Mola's, a Killer whale, Mantas, Marina Iguanas, Penguins, Dolphins, School of Silky sharks under our boat at Darwin, Sealions, Golden Rays, Pirate Cave at Wolf.

Recommended for
Huge variety of underwater life, very good food, good diveguides
  • 8.0 Very good
  • miguel L
  • Argentina Argentina
Great trip, excellent guide

It was an excellent trip. It´s the best to be only 8 divers. Great guide, excellent crew, very good food. Unfortunately Nitrox was not avaiable. I would suggest to improuve the first test dive, and dive in some spot outside the Puerto Ayora bay. Overall it was great

Recommended for
Big fish, dive spots, few divers
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Eveline J
  • Netherlands Netherlands
Impressive diving in Galapagos on a nice small boat

Wolf and Darwin are very impressive, both under and above the water, but the other dive spots are equally impressive. The itinerary allows to see a great diversity of the underwater life in Galapagos. It is a pity that the first and last day of the week do NOT include any dives. The first day mentions a dive, but this is only jumping in the water in the harbour to check weights. We were back in the harbour on the day before the end of the trip. They promise at least 20 dives, but this means: exactly 20 dives. The dive instructor was not very attentive. He did not check if divers could follow and never checked if we were ok. In two dives, the group fell apart (low visibility in these areas). If you are not totally comfortable in the water, that could be a disadvantage. However, this was a freelancer, so this may vary from instructor to instructor. Despite these points of improvement, the boat and the crew and the itinerary are a big advantage of Nortada and we would definately recommend this boat.

Recommended for
dives, small group, itinerary
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Melanie H
  • New Zealand New Zealand
Wow. Just wow.

I did 19 dives in five days! It was fantastic. I saw mola molas up close, if I reached my arm out I would’ve touched it! There were hammerhead sharks everywhere. At Landslide, there were schools of them being cleaned by angel fish! I also saw marine iguanas feeding, horxbille turtles being cleaned and feeding, hornshark baby sleeping, white tip sharks up close, silky sharks and Galapagos sharks up close, huge parrot fish, manta rays right in front of me, schools of golden cow rays, did I mention the mantas being powerful and beautiful and maybe a metre from me as they aren’t scared of divers? Oh right and I swam with dolphins and saw them on our safety stop, I played with sea lions, they copy you! Mola molas were plentiful and a new favourite. They again came so close and there were so many! That’s not to mention the barracudas and the soldier fish, the shrimps and the lobsters.... every moment caused me to do an underwater jiggle of excitement. Note, it does get cold and there are currents. At times, we just planted ourselves to rocks and watched the blue. I was in a 5ml and I was fine but there were others on the boat in 7mls and were cold. A lot of the current dives were negative entry so confidence with that is ideal as we did loose a couple of divers on the descent on our first negative entry dive. Note, due to the tides and the nutrient rich water, the vis isn’t as high as I’d have expected but due to fishing laws etc they don’t scare and come so close. Eye contact with hammerheads and molas says it all right? The guide also took a go pro and gave me his footage. I’m fond of living the dive for the moment and not through a camera so it’s nice to have that. I thought that I may see a hammerhead or two, I had no idea that in five days, I would see so much. It’s a completely different vibe to coral reefs so you can’t really compare the two. The Galapagos is expensive, too much for my liking but this trip was good value and they give you your five a day! Be sure to tip the crew members individually as they share all the tips out. They appreciated the thank you letters we attempted to write in Spanish and the individual tips. I don’t want to go home.

Recommended for
Every dive site had its own vibe and marine life. Look into the blue and keep breathing, there’s so much to see! The crew were super friendly despite not speaking English and were great!
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Alexandra T
  • France France
Unforgettable diving week

The highlight of the trip was of course swimming along the whale shark! The dives were all fantastics and we saw so many fishes and animals. The ambiance on the boat with the other divers and crew was very nice

Recommended for
- Our dive guide Simon Velez ; The dives ; the dedication of the crew
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Michael W
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Great diving shame about lack of nitox

Whale shark and hammerheads at Darwin were amazing but other dives would have a fantastic variety from penguins and playful sea lions to the strange mola

Recommended for
great diving, Pedro the chef
Origin: US