The M/V Nortada is one of the latest additions to the liveaboard fleet in the Galapagos archipelago, and it’s quickly raking up positive reviews. Built in France by naval builder Guy Couach, Nortada was completely rebuilt and refitted as a private liveaboard charter boat for small groups of up to eight (8) divers.   The ship offers an 8-day/7-night Galapagos diving itinerary that includes the world-famous Wolf and Darwin island diving sites. In addition to up to 20 dives, this voyage includes a total of three (3) land visits and Galapagos trekking excursions. Some of the specialized features offered by the Nortada include a full re-breather and technical support, photo and video-oriented departures, citizen science programs maintained in partnership with leading research institutions, and private celebrity expeditions. On occasion, there are fun departures of groups of friends and families. Whatever the reason, it’s definitely an exceptional choice when looking to charter a diving cruise in Galapagos.   Nortada offers four lower-deck fully air-conditioned cabins, each with two single lower berths, private bathrooms, safety deposit boxes, lockers and drawers. The boat also features an extended occupancy option for up to 10 people (the additional guests can be accommodated in the four full-size upper berths available in every one of the four cabins). The scuba platform has ample benches, outside showers, camera tables and re-breather rinsing facilities. On the upper deck, the sundeck is next to the flybridge, while two 15-foot inflatable tenders with 25HP outboard engines take fully equipped divers to and from the dive site. Public areas consist of a main deck with a bridge, the galley, an air-conditioned dining room, and a lounge.   For an optimal experience, all divers are provided with a Nautilus Lifeline bi-directional VHF/DSC marine radio with GPS, dive alert, and DSMB. The 20 Nitrox compatible aluminum 80 cu. ft./12-liter cylinders are filled by one of the twin Nuvair LP/HP Compressors. Two Nuvair nitrox analyzers are available onboard, as are redundant re-breathers available upon request, oxygen-clean Haskell Sport Boosters, one Tri Hunter 3000 gas mixing stick for Trimix blending, several nitrox compatible 40 cu. ft. / 6-liter aluminum stage cylinders, several 19 cu. ft. / 2-liter steel re-breather cylinders with various valves, and one Analytical Industries Trimix Analyzer.   The crew to guest ratio is 1:1! This ensures the most personalized service possible. With all this, there’s no wonder the Nortada is a top pick among the best diving ships in the Galapagos Islands. The 8-member crew consists of the captain, a multilingual guide, engineer, international cook, and two sailors on all full departures, and one PADI dive instructor who assists as the dive leader. As for the yacht itself, despite its rather young age, it possesses some of the most skilled and knowledgeable professions in the region.   Already feel like taking a deep plunge into the alluring underwater sea world? Then let’s talk! We’re not inviting you to a conventional scuba tour, but to a diving safari in the Galapagos Islands!




Punta Carrion, Cousins Rock Island, Wolf, Darwin, Cape Douglas, Punta Vicente Roca, Cape Marshall

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Boat specifications

Technical Specifications:

  • Decks: 3
  • No. of passengers: 8 to 10
  • No. of cabins: 4
  • En-suite: 4
  • Ship Length: 25.9 m / 84.5 ft.
  • Draft: 1.52 m / 5 ft.
  • Cruise Speed: 10 knots
  • Hull: Fiberglass
  • Areas and accommodation:
  • Upper deck: Emergency helm, sun deck
  • Main Deck: Bridge, Galley, Air Conditioned Dining Room and Lounge. Dive platform with ample benches, outside showers, camera tables and re-breather rinsing facilities.
  • Lower Deck: (4) fully air conditioned cabins with two single lower berths and one single upper berth. Each cabin has: private bathroom, lockers and drawers.
  • Crew: The crew to guest ratio is 1:1, which ensures the most personalized service possible. The 8-member crew consists of the captain, a multilingual guide, engineer, international cook, two sailors on all full departures, and one PADI dive instructor who assists as the dive leader.
  • Main Mechanic Features: Twin CUMMINS 6CTA8.3-M 255 HP main engines. Twin 40 KW John Deere/Onan (M) electric generators. Water Separator, Marine Sanitation Device sewage treatment system, Reverse Osmosis desalination system.
  • Safety and Communications equipment on board: 24 mile range Furuno Navnet Radar/Chart Plotter, Furuno-FCV620 Eco sounder, GPS, Furuno NX300 Navtex, Furuno HF-MF/DSC Radio, VHF/DSC Icom radios, ACR Epirb, ACR Sart, ACR VHF bi directional rescue radio, Ritchie Magnetic Compass, hydraulic helm, barometer, clock, thermometer, helm indicator, searchlight, horn, fire & smoke detector system. (2) DSB inflatable life rafts for 16 passengers each, (16) life jackets, 17 feet Nautica Inflatable boat with 50 HP four stroke outboard engine for 10 divers. All safety equipment complies with International Coast Guard regulations.


  • Nortada offers four (4) fully air-conditioned lower-deck cabins, each with two single lower berths, private baths (toilet, hot shower, washbasin and vanity), safety box, lockers and drawers. (The boat also features an extended occupancy option of up to 12 people. The additional guests can be accommodated in the four full size upper Pullman-style berths available in each of the four cabins. The extended occupancy option makes her a very flexible ship for small groups.)


  • Public areas: The yacht features wide sun-decks, galley, a bar, an air-conditioned dining room and a lounge. The scuba diving platform has ample benches, outside showers, camera tables and re-breather rinsing facilities. In the upper deck a sun deck is next to the fly bridge. Nautilus Lifelines, dive alerts and SMBs are provided.
  • Re-breathers: Yes
  • Nitrox: Yes
  • Trimix: Yes
  • Technical Diving: Yes

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star rating  Enriquecedora!  - Hace 5 años hicimos Galápagos y fue un espectáculo! Ahora en diciembre Repetimos con Surtrek. Hemos visitado Quito y Amazonia, solo tengo palabras de agradecimiento a todos y cada uno de los chicos que nos han acompañado en esta Aventura porque no son unas vacaciones es una aventura de las que te llevas para siempre y la comodidad de ir siempre asesorado por los mejores no tiene precio.
No solo por el trato la paciencia y el cariño con el que te tratan sino por la capacidad de organización y experiencia que tienen la verdad que repetiría 1 y 1000 veces. Gracias y nos veremos pronto para mas Aventuras juntos!

avatar thumb Tourist403187
March 10, 2023

star rating  Gran viaje, excelente servicio  - Los tours que nos recomendaron y que hicimos fueron muy buenos. Muy buena atencion y servicio.

También quiero mencionar que uno de nuestros vuelos se atrasó y ellos movieron mar y tierra para que no se perdiera el vuelo. Se terminó cambiando el vuelo gracias a ellos y hasta en el aeropuerto de galápagos ya sabían de nuestro caso. Muy agradecidos con Surtrek.

avatar thumb jagg1987
February 14, 2023

star rating  Maravillosa visita a Ecuador y Galápagos  - Hemos estado dos semanas viajando por Ecuador y Galápagos con la empresa Surtrek y realmente estamos muy contentos con el trabajo de esta empresa. Todo, todo ha sido perfecto, los guias en diferentes ciudades han sido muy amables y competentes, se nota que aman su trabajo y lo más importante, transmiten su amor por su país.

Ha sido un placer conoceros!! Volveremos!!

avatar thumb Rosa M
September 1, 2022

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