Nortada Diving Cruise
Diving Motor Yacht
Originally built in France by Guy Couach, Nortada is a fully rebuilt fiberglass vessel serving as a dive live-aboard in the Galapagos Islands. Nortada offers 7 and 14 night itineraries to Wolf and Darwin for 8 guests.
Nortada is not a luxury vessel. Price and service are comparable to other mid-range 16 people liveaboard vessels in Galapagos. However, Nortada’s eight guest arrangement leverages encounters with marine wild life and enhances diver supervision. This renders in a safer, more personalized
dive experience: a signature product unavailable from any other boat.
All full FIT departures are run with two dive masters diving from two tenders. This renders in better dives and more chances to see even the most elusive marine wildlife. An increased supervision ratio also makes diving safer by accommodating different levels of experience, air
consumption and interests.
Nortada constitutes a great option for running charters in small groups; allows retailers to fill departures easily and enables travel agencies to offer selected guaranteed FIT departures all year round.
Nortada also supports specialized activities such as rebreather and technical diving, private super yacht expeditions, enhanced privacy needs and other interest oriented departures.
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Nortada Cruise Information
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8 days – 7 nights
|Day 1||Meeting at Puerto Ayora & Check dive in Puerto Ayora|
|Day 2||Baltra N/E & Punta Carrion (SC)|
|Day 3||Shark Bay / Landslide (SC) & La Ventana Islet / La Banana (SC)|
|Day 4||Darwin’s Arch / El Arenal (SC) PM: Darwin’s Arch / El Arenal (SC)|
|Day 5||Shark Bay / Landslide (SC) & La Ventana Islet / La Banana (SC)|
|Day 6||Pta. Vicente Roca (SC/SN/PR) & Cape Douglas (SC)|
|Day 7||Cape Marshall / Manta Ray City (SC) or Roca Blanca (SC)|
|Day 8||Charles Darwin Research Station (CA) PM: Departure|
|Day 1: Meeting at Puerto Ayora to check the dive|
Meeting point at Puerto Ayora passenger’s pier at 12:30. Lunch onboard. Check dive. The objective of the check dive is to sort out weight…
…requirements and test equipment. A welcome cocktail and dinner will be served on board. Nortada will depart at midnight with destination Punta Carrión.
|Day 2: Baltra N/E & Punta Carrion (SC)|
Usually starting at 6 am, one morning dive is done at Punta Carrión or the north-eastern portion of Baltra Island. First dive is followed by…Read More
…breakfast while Nortada refuels in Baltra. After refueling.
Punta Carrión and Baltra N/E are considered “warm up” dives where dive procedures and equipment are tested and enforced or adapted. Depending on the conditions, encounters with white-tip reef sharks, Mola-Mola, seahorses and several types of reef fish are possible.
|Day 3: Shark Bay / Landslide (SC) & La Ventana Islet / La Banana (SC)|
Up to 4 dives during the day at Punta Shark Bay, El Derrumbe, Islote La Ventana y La Banana.Wolf Island is located at North West of the Archipelago…Read More
…Up to 4 dives are done on this day. Wolf is known as “The Meca of sharks”. Divers are usually able to swim alongside several species of sharks, dolphins, turtles, eagle rays and colorful schools of fishes. Wolf also offers an opportunity to explore the erosion underwater caverns and tunnels. Although 40 meter deep,the Anchorage is a great place to watch the Galapagos red-lipped batfish and a popular site for night diving. Meals are scheduled around diving, usually with one dive before breakfast and one dive after lunch. The better part of the night is spent in the anchorage and transit to Darwin starts in the early AM of day 4.
|Day 4: Darwin’s Arch / El Arenal (SC) & Darwin’s Arch / El Arenal (SC)|
Up to 4 dives during the day; it is located at North West of the Archipelago. Up to 4 dives are done on this day. Darwin is considered as one of the…Read More
…best places to dive over the world. Divers are usually able to see several species of sharks, dolphins, turtles, eagle rays and colorful schools of fishes. Schooling hammer head sharks and whale sharks are the highlights of dives at Darwin’s Arch. Meals are scheduled around diving, usually with one dive before breakfast and one dive after lunch. Transit back to Wolf and dinner. Navigation is roughly 20 nautical miles / 2 hours.
|Day 5: Shark Bay / Landslide (SC) & La Ventana Islet / La Banana (SC)|
Up to 4 dives during the day at Punta Shark Bay, El Derrumbe, Islote La Ventana y La Banana. Up to 4 dives are done on this day. Navigation to…Read More
… Cape Douglas will be 100 nautical miles and can be rough at times.
|Day 6: Pta. Vicente Roca (SC/SN/PR) & Cape Douglas (SC)|
One or two dives are done in Punta Vicente Roca followed by a short transit of about 90 minutes to Cape Douglas for one or two dives. Up to 4 dives…Read More
…are done on this day. Isabela and Fernandina dive sites are where Flightless Cormorants, Galapagos Penguins, Marine Iguanas and several other endemic species can be seen consistently. The highlight in Cape Douglas are the marine iguanas feeding underwater but red lipped batfish, horn sharks, and Mola-Mola plus different types of Baleen Whales, are usually sighted during this day.
|Day 7: Cape Marshall / Manta Ray City (SC) or Roca Blanca (SC)|
Located in the northeast coast of Isabela, these volcanic walls are sparsely covered with black coral bushes. During January to May, divers usually…Read More
…enjoy encounters with Giant Mantas; schools of fish, including the endemic black-stripped Salema, white-tip reef sharks, Galapagos sharks, and some hammerheads. Up to 4 dives are done on this day.
|Day 8: Charles Darwin Research Station (CA) & Departure|
Breakfast and check out from Nortada followed by a land visit to Fausto Llerena Breeding Center and Charles Darwin Research Station…Read More
Passengers transfer to the airport by their own. The breeding center land visit will provide with an opportunity to learn about the breeding programs for giant tortoises and land iguanas.
- Country of origin: France
- Boat location: Galapagos Isl.
- Flag: Ecuador
- Boat Name: Nortada
- Decks: 3
- No. of passengers: 8+
- No. of cabins: 4
- En-suite: 4
- Length: 25.9 m / 84.5 ft
- Draft: 1.52 m / 5 ft
- Beam: 5.48 m / 18 ft
- Cruise Speed: 10 knots
- Hull: Fiberglass
- Power: 100 / 220 volt
- Courses: All
- Air Conditioned: Yes
- Rebreathers: Yes
- Nitrox: Yes
My favorite diving destinations in the world
It is my third time doing this Galapagos cruise, and the islands still remain as my favorite diving destinations in the world. Couple this with the friendliness of the Nortada crew and you have yourself the perfect Cruise you could ever wish for.
This Cruise’s dives were breathtaking. There were so many animals under water and I came extremely close to them. At this point, I can say I saw just about everything I have been dreaming of.
Swimming along the whale sharks
The main highlight of the Nortada cruise was definitely swimming along the Whale sharks. The dives were all remarkable, and we saw lots of animals and fishes
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