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.
Nortada was bought by Rolf Wittmer Turismo in 2008 and went through a full refurbishment in Guayaquil, Ecuador until June 2014.
The boat started operations as a scuba diving live-aboard vessel for private charters in the Galapagos Islands in February 2015.
Capacity: 8 to 12 Passengers
Cabins: 4 lower deck cabins with two single lower berths and one single upper berth.
Features: Private bathroom (toilet, shower, washbasin and vanity), Locker and drawers, Air conditioned.
Technical Features and Specifications
Length: 85 feet
Beam: 18 feet
Draft: 5 feet
Guest Accommodation: Lower Deck: 4 cabins with two single lower berths and one single upper berth.
Upper Deck: Fly bridge, sun decks
Main Deck: Bridge, Galley, Air Conditioned Dining Room and Lounge. Dive platform with ample benches, outside showers, camera tables and rebreather rinsing facilities.
Crew: 8 members: Captain, Multilingual guide, Engineer, International cook, Barman & waitress, Two sailors, In all full departures, one PADI Dive Instructor as assisting dive leader.
Mechanic Equipment: 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.
FRIDAY – DAY 1: ARRIVAL AND CHECK DIVE 11h30 am arrival to Baltra Airport (airport code GPS) to meet the guide. Transfer to the Baltra dock and fuel terminal. Board and meet the crew. Lunch and check dive at Punta Carrion. Dinner on board and overnight transit to Cape Marshall (roughly 70 nautical miles / 7 hours).
SATURDAY – DAY 2: CAPE MARSHALL AND SURROUNDINGS
Usually starting at 6 am, 2 morning dives are done at Cape Marshall and Ciudad de las Mantas. Northeast coast of Isabela, volcanic walls are sparsely covered with black coral bushes. 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 species of rays, eels and large groupers can be seen. Lunch and a third dive at Puerto Coca. Transit to Wolf Island (roughly 90 nautical miles / 9 hours). Dinner and free time on board.
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. 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. (Roughly 20 nautical miles / 2 hours).
MONDAY – DAY 4: DARWIN ISLAND Up to 4 dives during the day; it is located at North West of the Archipelago. This 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. Meals are scheduled around diving, usually with one dive before breakfast and one dive after lunch followed by departure to Bartolome. (Navigation is roughly 130 nautical miles and can last up to 15 hours depending on current conditions).
WEDNESDAY – DAY 6: BARTOLOME / COUSINS Up to 3 dives in the morning. AM: First dive in Bartolome Punta followed by two dives at Cousin’s Rock. Formed by volcanic tuff the 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. PM: Dry landing. Land visit to the summit, a 100+ m view point from where many of the central islands can be seen. The summit offers an opportunity to watch the Bartolome Pinnacle, a very common sight of Galapagos in books and post cards. The afternoon trip to the summit is complemented by a Panga ride to look for penguins and snorkeling. Diner and transit to Pinzon Island. (Roughly 25 nautical miles / 2.5 hours).
THURSDAY – DAY 7: PINZON AND PUERTO AYORA AM: Up to 2 dives in Dumb Islet. Also known as Duncan, Pinzon is a recently open to the public Island located Northwest side of Santa Cruz Island. Marine life like sea turtles, eels, eagle rays, black stripped Salemas and sea lions are common. Dumb islet is also a common placed to encounter pods of dolphins and Giant Mantas from January to May. Gear rinsing / hanging and lunch while on transit to Puerto Ayora (roughly 30 nautical miles / 3 hours). PM: Dry landing. Land visit to Fausto Llerena Breeding Center and Charles Darwin Research Station. Opportunity to watch breeding programs for giant tortoises and land iguanas. Early AM transit to South Plaza / Seymour (Roughly 25 nautical miles / 2.5 hours).
FRIDAY – DAY 8: SOUTH PLAZA / SEYMOUR Usually a 6 am landing Nortada visits South Plaza or North Seymour (Islands alternate weekly). South Plaza, dry landing is characterized for having a healthy colony of Sea Lions, swallow tailed gulls, land iguanas and tropical birds. North Seymour, dry landing, also offers a Sea Lion colony plus marine iguanas, blue footed boobies, Frigate birds and other sea birds. Transit to Baltra (roughly 1.5 hours). Check-in and flight back.
2018 Price: Yacht Nortada
|Humboldt Season||Charter||Per Person|
|Per week $||$ 44.760,00||$ 5.595,00|
|Panama Season||Charter||Per Person|
|Per week $||$ 36.760,00||$ 4.595,00|
Panama season for departures starting January 1st to May 31st. Humboldt season for departures starting June 1st to December 31st.Humboldt and Panama seasons itinerary for Wolf – Darwin islands
Note: The itinerary is subject to change without previous notice due to weather conditions, operational matters, National Park Authority advisories or the captain’s decision for passenger’s safety and security. Likewise, the Galapagos Park Entry and the immigration card fees, the cruise fuel surcharge and airfares are subject to change without prior notification. Furthermore, it should be noted that supplements can be imposed by suppliers post-booking.