Nortada

Built in France by Naval Builder Guy Couach, Nortada is a completely rebuilt and refit private live-aboard charter boat for small groups of up to 8 divers.
 

Technical Information

  • Length: 85 feet
  • Beam: 18 feet
  • Draft: 5 feet
  • Cruising speed: 12 knots

Safety & Communications System:

  • (2) 24 mile range Furuno Navnet Radar/Chart Plotter
  • (2) Furuno-FCV620 Eco sounder, GPS, Furuno NX300 Navtex, Furuno SC-Satellite Fluxgate compass, Furuno HF-MF/DSC Radio
  • (2) VHF/DSC Standard radios, ACR Epirb, Sart
  • (2) ACR VHF bi directional rescue radios, Ritchie Magnetic Compass, hydraulic helm, barometer, clock, thermometer, helm indicator, searchlight, horn, fire & smoke detector system
  • (2) You Lung inflatable life rafts for 25 passengers each one
  • (50) life jackets
  • Twin 19 feet Nautica Inflatable boats with 25 HP four stroke outboard motors for 16 passengers each one.

All safety equipment complies with International Coast Guard regulations.

Mechanic Equipmment:

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, (2) 15 feet Nautica Inflatable boats with 25 HP four stroke outboard engines. All safety equipment complies with International Coast Guard regulations.

Dive Equipment and Facilities:

Gas Filling: Twin Nuvair HP compressors; Nitrox / Trimix LP system features compressor, membrane and Helium intake. In select departures: redundant Oxygen Clean Haskell Sport Boosters, portable Tri Hunter 3000 Gas mixing stick.
Cylinders: 30 aluminum 80 cu ft / 12 liter cylinders, 15 for air and 15 for Nitrox; 15 aluminum 100 cu ft / 15 liter cylinders. All cylinders fitted with XS Scuba PRO DIN Insert valves. In select departures: 10 nitrox compatible 40 cu ft / 6 liter aluminum bailout cylinders rigged as stage / sidemount. 20 steel 19 cu ft / 2 liter rebreather cylinders fitted with various valves.
Gas Analysis: 02 Nuvair Nitrox analyzers. In select departures: 01 Analytical Industries Trimix Analyzer.
Diver safety: 08 Nautilus Lifeline bi-directional VHF/DSC marine radio with GPS; 08 Dive Alerts; 08 Reef hooks; 08 DSMB’s. Miscellaneous: Complete toolkit and a selection of solid lead weights and trim soft pouches.

*** Consult the baggage policy for fligths from/to Galapagos.

Capacity:

8 passengers

Cabins:

4 lower deck cabins with two single lower berths and one single upper berth

  • Private bathroom (toilet, shower, washbasin and vanity)
  • Locker and drawers
  • Safety box
  • Air conditioned

Guest Accommodation:

Lower Deck:

  • 4 cabins with two single lower berths

Upper Deck:

  • Fly bridge, sun deck

Social Areas (main deck):

  • Bridge
  • Galley
  • Air Conditioned
  • Dining Room and Lounge
  • Dive platform with ample benches
  • Outside showers
  • Camera tables
  • Rebreather rinsing facilities

Crew:

8 members:

  • Captain
  • Multilingual guide
  • Engineer
  • International cook
  • Two sailors
  • In all full departures, one PADI Dive Instructor as assisting dive leader

Deck Plan

Include

  • *12l / 80cft air cylinder, weights and weightbelt
  • *All dives and land visits where allowed
  • International and Ecuadorian food
  • Water, juices
  • Coffee & Herbal tea
  • Personalized service

Itinerary

7 Night/8 Days

NORTADA NEW ITINERARYFriday, Day 1: ARRIVAL, CHECK DIVE AND TIME IN TOWN
Meet at Passenger Pier at 12h30 in Puerto Ayora to go to the highlands of Santa Cruz and see the giant tortoises. If flying in on the day of arrival a transfer to the pier can be arranged for an additional fee. Diver registration and equipment selection (if needed) are done at the dive center. Transfer to the boat and board to meet the crew. Lunch on board and check dive at Academy Bay.
The objective of the check dive is to sort out weight requirements and test equipment.
After the check dive there will be time for ATM visits, souvenir shopping and sightseeing of the local town. A welcome cocktail and dinner will be served on board. Nortada will depart at midnight with destination Punta Carrión.
Saturday, Day 2: PUNTA CARRIÓN / BALTRA / COUSIN ROCK
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 breakfast while Nortada refuels in Baltra. After refueling two hour navigation will take you to Cousin Rock for one or two dives. Number of dives depends on the day’s schedule.
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, sea horses and several types of reef fish are possible.
Cousin Rock is one of the most popular dive sites in the central islands. The islet is formed by volcanic tuff. Cousins and other dive sites in the area are characterized for their eroded surfaces covered by soft corals and gorgonians. Highlights include nudibranchs, frogfish, seahorses, sea lions, eagle rays and schooling fish.
Sunday, Day 3: WOLF ISLAND
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. 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.
Monday, Day 4: DARWIN ISLAND
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 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..
Tuesday, Day 5: WOLF ISLAND
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 Cape Douglas will be 100 nautical miles and can be rough at times.
Wednesday, Day 6: CAPE DOUGLAS / PUNTA VICENTE ROCA
One or two dives are done in Cape Douglas followed by a short transit of about 90 minutes to Punta Vicente Roca for one or two dives. Up to 4 dives 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.
Thursday, Day 7: CAPE MARSHALL / PUERTO COCA AND MANTA RAY CITY
Located in the northeast coast of Isabela, these volcanic walls are sparsely covered with black coral bushes. During January to May, divers usually 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.
Friday, Day 8: PUERTO AYORA / TRANSFER OUT
Breakfast and check out from Nortada followed by a land visit to Fausto Llerena Breeding Center and Charles Darwin Research Station.
The breeding center land visit will provide with an opportunity to learn about the breeding programs for giant tortoises and land iguanas. If required, a transfer to the airport with a visit to the tortoises in the wild can be arranged for an additional fee.

THESE ITINERARIES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT A PREVIOUS NOTICE, DUE OPERATIONAL REASONS, WEATHER CONDITIONS OR BY THE AUTHORITIES OF THE GALAPAGOS NATIONAL PARK.