Nortada stands alone among Galapagos liveaboards since it accommodates only 8 divers on scuba diving charters around the best sites of the Galapagos, including the islands of Wolf and Darwin. This means you are assured of a very personalized service.
Although a small, fiberglass boat at a length of 85 ft (26m) and a beam of 18ft (5.5m), it was purpose-built for diving and there remains a spacious and airy atmosphere on board. Guests can enjoy the air-conditioned saloon and dining area on the main deck, as well as a shaded area at the stern of the main deck and the upper deck. There is audio and video entertainment, as well as board games (dominoes, chess and cards), and internet.
With 8 crew attending to 8 guests, you can be sure of small dive groups (2 guides and 2 tenders with 4 guests each when the boat is full) and plenty of personalized service. Diving facilities include 2 hot water showers and 1 toilet on the dive deck, 12 and 15 liter tanks and nitrox, as well as rebreather and technical diving support. Safety features include Nautilus lost diver devices, dive alerts and SMBs.
The 4 cabins with twin beds and 1 upper bunk are all on the lower deck and all are ensuite, so it is possible to take 12 guests on a whole boat private charter, albeit at a tight squeeze. So if you have a group of 8 to 12 divers you can charter this sleek and modern Galapagos liveaboard (for the price of 8 divers), or join a few other scuba enthusiasts on a trip of a lifetime, diving in paradise aboard Nortada.
Notes: Child policy: Children from 15 years old are welcome as long as meet the minimum requirements for diving and when accompanied by an experienced diving parent.
Dive experience: Required - advanced open water and a minimum of 50 logged dives.
Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, hot drinks, juices, land tours, dives, experienced English-speaking dive / naturalist guide(s) (max. 7 divers per DM), tanks, weights and weightbelts, safety marker device, personal diver locator and alert, all taxes.
Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment incl. dive computer (7 nights US$ 300), diving insurance, Galapagos National Park entrance fee US$ 100. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash only - USD).
Optional extras: Return transfers to/from airport (US$ 50 one way), alcoholic drinks, soft drinks (sodas),15 liter tank rental (US$ 100 per week), nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers, (US$ 150 per week), torch (US$ 50 per week), camera rental. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there: The Nortada liveaboard departs from Puerto Ayora on Friday afternoon; boarding at 12:30 pm. Guests fly into Ecuador and take a connecting flight, through Guayaquil or Quito, to Baltra in the Galapagos islands. Guayaquil is recommended with cheaper prices and better-timed connections. You will need to overnight in Guayaquil or Quito before flying on to the Galapagos. To ensure easy flight connections, a 2 night stop-over is recommended. Recommended flights to arrive in time for boarding are LATAM LA1415 or Avianca AV1632.
The last dive of the trip will be at around 11 am on the last full day. Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving. Disembarkation is 8 am on the final day. On the return leg to the mainland you will probably need to overnight in Guayaquil or Quito since most international flights depart too early to make the connection possible. The flight from the islands arrives in Guayaquil (and then Quito) in the afternoon.
For more information see our Galapagos travel information section.
Non-diver rate: 10%.
Single supplement (if you do not want to share accommodation): This is optional - single travelers may choose to share a cabin or pay a supplement of 100% of the published price for their own cabin.
Dive clubs and group discounts: See whole boat charter section below.
Whole boat charter rate (per night): Pay for 8 guests and 4 additional persons can join the cruise free of charge (total 12 guests).
Add-on package: For most visitors, this is a once-in-a-lifetime destination, and the land creatures and environments, are just as impressive as those underwater. You can extend your time in this nature-lovers paradise by adding a 3, 4 or 7 night non-diving wildlife liveaboard safari. These are nature tours around some of the finest locations in the Galapagos with naturalist guides, literature and presentations. Don't just leave after a week of scuba diving, get the full picture of the incredible Galapagos islands!
2 motorized dinghies - Dive platform and kit up area with toilet and 2 hot water showers - Camera table, charging stations and separate rinse tank - Rebreather and trimix compatibility - Main deck air-conditioned saloon with TV, video player, movie library and games - Main deck air conditioned restaurant and bar - Upper deck and shaded area with sunbeds and chairs - Water dispenser
Dining is an important aspect of the Nortada Galapagos experience and starts with a pre-breakfast before dive number 1. Breakfast, lunch and dinner follow, all with waitress service. Snacks are also served, both morning and afternoon, to ensure you are never hungry. There is a mixture of international, Italian and local cuisine.
Italian, international and local main meal dishes.
Air-conditioned restaurant buffet service on main deck.
Pre-breakfast, breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks are provided.
Coffee, tea, drinking water are all provided free of charge.
Beer and wine are available for purchase.
The catering service begins with lunch on the first day of the charter.
All dietary requirements can be catered for - please send advanced notice.
Cuisine examples: Filet mignon with mushroom sauce, vegetarian lasagna, brownies with chocolate syrup ...