The M/V Nortada, a recent addition to the Galapagos liveaboard fleet, offers an exceptional diving experience. With accommodations for up to eight divers, it provides an 8-day itinerary exploring renowned sites like Wolf and Darwin Islands. Special features include re-breather and technical support, photo/video-oriented trips, and citizen science programs. The vessel boasts four air-conditioned cabins, each with private facilities, safety features, and storage options. Its scuba platform, sundeck, and inflatable tenders ensure comfort and convenience. Divers are equipped with state-of-the-art gear, and the 1:1 crew-to-guest ratio ensures personalized service. With its skilled crew and top-notch amenities, Nortada stands out as one of the premier diving ships in the Galapagos. Ready for an extraordinary diving safari? Let's dive in!

Highlights

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

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Galapagos Nortada Itineraries

Baltra Island: Airport // Santa Cruz Island: Puerto Ayora – Check-out Dive

AM: In the morning, you will fly from Quito or Guayaquil (on the Ecuadorian mainland) to Baltra Island, which is in the heart of the Galapagos archipelago and the main point of entrance to this natural paradise. Upon your arrival at the airport, you will need to pay the national park entry fee ($100 USD), which goes to protecting both the Galapagos National Park and Marine Reserve. A member of the ship's crew will then welcome you and accompany you to your diving yacht: the M/Y Nortada.

PM: We will stop for lunch in Santa Cruz Island's charming port town of Puerto Ayora, which – with more than 20,000 inhabitants – is the most populous human settlement in the Galapagos Islands. It also has the best-developed infrastructure in the archipelago – with schools, hotels, restaurants, stores and clubs – and is the best place to communicate with the outside world via a number of Internet cafés and telephone offices. Later in the afternoon, this lunch stop in Puerto Ayora will be followed by a check-out dive.

AM: This morning we will head to Isabel Island’s Carrion Point, which is close to the eastern mouth of Itabaca Channel, between Baltra Island and Santa Cruz Island. You will see some almost ever-present creatures such as sea lions, Creole fish and Blue-striped sea slugs. You will also have a good chance of seeing mobula rays cruising by – sometimes in small schools. Whitetip reef sharks are also commonly sighted here. And, if you are lucky, you might see some Galapagos sharks and hammerheads sharks.

PM: We will later take dives off Baltra Island and Cousin’s Rock. Formed by volcanic tuff, the dive sites in these areas are characterized by their eroded surfaces covered by soft corals and gorgonians. Highlights include nudibranchs, frogfish, seahorses, sea lions, eagle rays and schooling fish.

AM: Today will be spent off Wolf Island, which is located in the north-west of the Galapagos archipelago. Known as “The Meca of sharks,” Wolf Island usually offers divers the chance to swim alongside several species of sharks, dolphins, turtles, eagle rays and colorful schools of fishes. Wolf also provides an opportunity to explore the erosion of underwater caverns and tunnels. Although 40 meters deep, anchoring there is a great place to observe Galapagos red-lipped batfish and it is a popular site for night diving. Meals are scheduled around diving, usually with one dive before breakfast and one dive after lunch.

PM:

AM: Today we will spend a full day of diving off Darwin Island, which is considered as one of the world’s best places to dive. Divers are usually able to see several species of sharks, dolphins, turtles, eagle rays and colorful schools of fishes. Schooling hammerhead 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.

PM:

AM: We will return to Wolf Island for another full day of diving. Up to 4 dives during the day at Punta Shark Bay, El Derrumbe, Islote La Ventana and La Banana.

PM:

AM: This morning’s dives will be at Cape Douglas, located west of Fernandina Island, northwest of La Cumbre Volcano and Isabela Island, and north of Cape Hammond. It has an altitude of 58 meters and an average depth of 100m (328, 1 feet). It is a dive site that usually has good visibility. There you can see Galapagos penguins, marine iguanas, cormorants, sea lions, seahorses, turtles, red-lipped vampire fish, pig sharks, and occasionally hammerhead sharks, as well as barracudas and clownfish.

PM: This afternoon we will dive in an area at the “mouth” of the head of the seahorse that forms the northern part of Isabela Island is Punta Vicente Roca, an interesting rock formation. Here, the remnants of an ancient volcano form two turquoise coves, with a bay that’s well-protected from the ocean swells. The upwelling of currents of cool water in this part of the Galapagos gives rise to an abundance of marine life, which is why Punta Vicente Roca is such a great area for diving.

AM: Cabo (Cape) Marshall is located on the northeast side of Isabela Island. Depth can be over 40 meters (130+ feet) and visibility varies from 6-21 meters (20-70 feet) depending on the time of the year. Current is moderate to heavy and always a drift dive along the coast. Surge can be moderate in the shallows but imperceptible in general. Cape Marshall is a wall dive and a good place for observing Giant Manta rays, mobulas and pelagic fish.

PM: Lunch and additional dives will take place at Puerto Coca and Ciudad de las Mantas (“Manta Ray City”).

AM: This morning we will head for one of the most visited spots in the islands. Located on Santa Cruz Island, the Charles Darwin Research Station is primarily an international scientific research station situated on the outskirts of Puerto Ayora. You will be taken to its visitor center to learn about the geology, climate, natural history and the conservation of the Galapagos Islands. However, the highlight of your visit here will undoubtedly be the research facility’s Fausto Llerena Tortoise Breeding Center, which breeds giant tortoises. These enormous and slow-moving reptiles can live up to 150 years and weigh between 250 and 300 kg. Approaching them in their humid and forested spaces is always an inspiring adventure. For decades, the Fausto Center was home to “Lonesome George,” who finally died in 2012 as the last of his particular species. The tortoises you will see here are accustomed to humans, so it’s an excellent spot for visitors to take photographs with them. Remember that looking at the animals is allowed, but touching is not; and it’s absolutely forbidden to jump over the walls or open the pen doors at any time. Concluding this amazing experience in the Galapagos Islands, you will be transferred to the Baltra Island airport for your return flight to the Ecuadorian mainland. Enjoy your last look back at the “enchanted islands,” a unique paradise with inspiring natural wonders.

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Price per person

Jan 1 - May 31

USD$ 5050

June 1 - Dec 31

USD$ 6150

Included in the price

  • A cruise aboard the M/Y Nortada
  • Double cabin accommodations, with private facilities.
  • All the meals indicated in the itinerary
  • All diving and land excursions where allowed
  • Use of air-filled cylinders
  • Use of weights and belts
  • Dive boat and transport to and from dive sites
  • Safety equipment

Not included in the price

  • Flights to and from the Galapagos Islands
  • Entrance fee to the Galapagos National Park ($100)
  • Transit Control Card ($20)
  • Neoprene suits
  • Diving equipment
  • Nitrox recharges
  • Individual cabin supplement
  • Bottled soft drinks, alcoholic beverages and extras
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips for the crew
  • Medical and travel insurance (highly recommended)

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.

Accommodations:

  • 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.)

Facilities:

  • 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

Deck plans

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Trip Advisor Reviews

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.

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February 14, 2023

star rating  Viaje, agencia y equipo excelente!  - Acabamos de hacer un viaje a Ecuador con Surtrek, hemos visitado Quito y Galápagos, el trato y la organización han sido excelente. Desde el trabajo de planificación del viaje con Karla, hasta el acompañamiento del conductor Cristian, y los guías David y Rachel en las actividades. Todo el equipo ha sido muy profesional y atento a nuestras necesidades. los recomiendo totalmente.

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Todo resultó impecable
La organización, los guías, los hoteles y todos los servicios contratados
Destaco la amabilidad, y predisposición de Rachel, nuestra guía de gran parte de la estadía en Quito. Y los guías en las islas, Peter, Carlos Lopez y otros cuyo nombre no recuerdo
También al chofer, Darwin, ayudándo para que obtengamos buenas fotos
Recomiendo la agencia por la cordialidad y profesionalismo.

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August 7, 2023

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