Nortada Liveaboard, Galapagos

from US$ 523 / day
8.510 "Very good"   12 Verified Reviews
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    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 20 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, Accommodation, Tanks, Weights, Belts, Dive master services, All meals

    Excluded: Airfare to Galapagos, Transfers ($45 each way), Full Equipment Rental ($275), National Park Entry Fee ($100), Migratory Control Card ($ 20), Alcoholic Beverages and Sodas, Tips & Gratuities (All rentals are subject to a 12% IVA (VAT) )

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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 specific diet requests 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. The liveaboard serves great food and you will be hungry after a full day of diving!


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

    The crew speaks English and Spanish.

    Gear Rental

    There is diving gear available to rent on this boat. Please provide your rental needs on the booking form.
    You will need to pay for the rental gear on board of the boat. Show prices

    Rental Gear Prices

    • Full Equipment:US$300 per week (incl. computer)
    • 15L tanks:US$100 per week
    • Wetsuit:US$80 per week
    • Regulator:US$80 per week
    • BCD:US$80 per week
    • Dive Computer:US$80 per week
    • Snorkel equipment:US$50 per week
    • U/W photo camera rental:US$175 per week

    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

    Very good (out of 10)
    Average score from 12 Verified Review(s) Only people who have booked through and joined the liveaboard can write a review.
    Fernando B
    Very good
    Amazing dives Galapagos 7 Nights, Galapagos in June

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

    Recommended for

    Dive schedule, only 8 people, departure on Puert Ayora

    Annette D
    one of my best Galapagos 7 Nights, Galapagos in May

    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 !

    george V
    duiken in een fantastisch omgeving Galapagos 7 Nights, Galapagos in October

    hammerheads, whale sharks, mola mola,manta rays and a perfect group.

    Recommended for

    de duikgroep, het gebied Wolf en Darwin, onderwater leven

    Anette S
    Amazing Galapagos Galapagos 7 Nights, Galapagos in October

    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

    aleksandra R
    Very good
    Outstanding diving Galapagos 7 Nights, Galapagos in January

    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

    Ulrike W
    it was a great trip Galapagos 7 Nights, Galapagos in February

    Moonfish, many hammer sharks, marine iguanas

    Recommended for

    the crew, dive spots, many big fish to see

    Patick W
    United States
    Diving in the Galapagos you will see hundreds of hammerheads, marine iguanas and schools of many different types of fish. Galapagos 7 Nights, Galapagos in February

    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.

    John G
    United States
    Good value for the money Galapagos 7 Nights, Galapagos in February

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

    Recommended for

    Small group size, food and staff flexibility

    Markus J
    Very good
    Very good experience Galapagos 7 Nights, Galapagos in March

    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

    Miguel L
    Very good
    Great trip, excellent guide Galapagos 7 Nights, Galapagos in March

    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

    Eveline J
    Very good
    Impressive diving in Galapagos on a nice small boat Galapagos 7 Nights, Galapagos in March

    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

    Melanie H
    New Zealand
    Very good
    Wow. Just wow. Galapagos 7 Nights, Galapagos in April

    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!

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