Cabins & Layout

The beautiful 26m Nortada liveaboard was completely renovated in 2014 and is ready to welcome small charter groups.

The Nortada dive boat operates in the majestic Galapagos Islands since February 2015. Rolf Wittmer Turismo, which is a well-established company in the cruise and naturalist excursion industries, owns and operates the Nortada. The onboard team has great knowledge of the Galapagos Islands and will surely meet your finest expectations.

The Nortada is a charter, sometimes individually booked, Galapagos liveaboard which is comfortably hosting small groups. While the maximum diving guest number is usually 8, it is possible to extend that number to 12. There are 4 brand new cabins that can accommodate 2 to 3 people. Each has two lower beds and 1 upper berth. There is a private bathroom in every room as well as air-conditioning, lockers and personal storage space.

The indoor social areas consist of an air-conditioned lounge and dining room. Outdoor, you can enjoy the sun deck or the main deck, by the bridge. The best is yet to come: the dive platform!

nortada galapagos liveaboard layout

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Scuba Diving onboard Nortada Liveaboard

Fitted with everything a Scuba diver could ask for, the dive platform insures plenty of space for everyone to gear up and work on their camera. You will find lots of bench space, showers, camera stations and rinse tanks. Once your camera is set and your gear checked, you can sit on one of two inflatable tenders and get to the best of underwater action!

While the Nortada live aboard caters to smaller groups than other boats in the region, it’s has the same level of service. Indeed, two dive masters are joining each trip as well as a complete boat crew formed of the captain, two sailors, a cook, a mechanic and one naturalist guide.

Itinerary of this Galapagos Liveaboard

The Nortada offers two itineraries, one is 8 days and the second one is 15 days. There is a proposed route on every trip, in includes the world-renownedWolf & Darwin as well as many other great dive spots. Having small groups, either of many individuals or of a charter booking, it allows a comprehensive and flexible approach regarding the route.

The typical itinerary of the Nortada includes: Cousins Rock, Wolf, Darwin, Cape Douglas, Punta Vicente Roca, Cape Marshall, Manta Ray City and Charles Darwin research station.

nortada galapagos liveaboard itinerary

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Price & Schedule of the Nortada for 2016

There are trips happening through the year and you may request your dates to charter the boat with a group of your own.

Price includes all meals, dive master service, weights, belts, accommodation and tanks.

  • Recently renovated
  • Small Groups
  • Individual and charter booking
  • Personal service
  • Comprehensive schedule
  • Air conditioning
Rates 2016 – Nortada
7 nights – 2016 $4483
14 nights On request

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Recommended Requirements

It is advised to be an Advanced diver or to have equivalent experience. Indeed, the Galapagos can mean a lot of medium to strong currents, reduced visibility and colder waters. The requirements recommended by the Galapagos Sky are that you have : 50-100 logged dives, ability to enter small boats in choppy seas, ability to enter the water by back roll, ability to remove gear underwater, etc. Furthermore, you need to have experience and be comfortable with diving in currents and your buoyancy needs to be at point.

For more details on itinerary and requirements, please visit the Nortada Site.

Testimonials & Reviews

Hi! We took a 7 nights trip on the Nortada to go diving around the Galapagos Islands. We, a couple in their 30’s, are advanced divers with about 100 dives each. Diving with the Nortada was great, it’s our first liveaboard experience and we will sure try this formula again. The crew was amazing, very caring and leading us through informative briefings. I assume you know about the diving it self, let me just say that it is just like everybody says: extraordinary! We felt the El nino impact (summer 2016) but still we’ve got plenty of friends in the water. The set up on the boat it great, everything is neat and we particularly fell for the family-like ambiance on-board. We’ve had so much fun and were lucky to get well along with every fellow divers. Also, for those it may concern, I am vegetarian and I’ve had no issues at all. The food was simply amazing, and diverse enough.


Mathilde & Gab

The Nortada to the Galapagos Islands

Our trip couldn’t have been better. The crew was genuinely nice and the dive team was brilliant. Seems like they always knew which sites we were better on… we saw so many many marine life! That being said, we missed on THE big one… but everybody else was there from sea lions to turtles and of course, uncountable sharks, including Galapagos and hammerheads. Plus, we greatly enjoy our stay on the boat, as well as the land excursion! The Nortada is a smaller liveaboard and it was great to feel like an extended family sharing a passion leading to great moments. Loved it and would recommend 100%! That’s a once in a lifetime voyage!


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