Diving Nortada Yacht ( Capacity: 8 passengers) itinerary-8-days-7-nights-2

Diving Nortada Yacht ( Capacity: 8 passengers) itinerary-8-days-7-nights-2

Originally built in France by Guy Couach, Nortada is a fully rebuilt fiberglass vessel serving as a dive live-aboard in the Galapagos Islands. Nortada offers 7 and 14 night itineraries to Wolf and Darwin for 8 guests.

Nortada is not a luxury vessel. Price and service are comparable to other mid-range 16 people live-aboard vessels in Galapagos. However, Nortada’s eight guest arrangement leverages encounters with marine wild life and enhances diver supervision. This renders in a safer, more personalized dive experience: a signature product unavailable from any other boat.

All full FIT departures are run with two dive masters diving from two tenders. This renders in better dives and more chances to see even the most elusive marine wildlife. An increased supervision ratio also makes diving safer by accommodating different levels of experience, air consumption and interests.

Nortada constitutes a great option for running charters in small groups; allows retailers to fill departures easily and enables travel agencies to offer selected guaranteed FIT departures all year round.

Nortada also supports specialized activities such as rebreather and technical diving, private super yacht expeditions, enhanced privacy needs and other interest oriented departures.

Highlights / Highlighted species

Nortada offers the ability to do at least 20 dives per week. It features the world-famous Wolf and Darwin, plus the exciting addition of the top three dive sites in the north-west region of the archipelago. Isabela and Fernandina dive sites are where Flightless Cormorants, Galapagos Penguins, Marine Iguanas and several other endemic species, along with Manta Rays, Mola-Mola and different types of Baleen Whales, are usually sighted.

Itinerary

Friday: Baltra Airport, Santa Cruz Island: Highlands / PM Santa Cruz Island: Check dive in Puerto Ayora

Saturday: AM Baltra Island: Baltra N/E or Punta Carrion (SC) / PM Santiago area: Cousin Rock (SC)

Sunday: AM Wolf Island: Shark Bay, Landslide (SC) / PM Wolf Island: La Ventana Islet, La Banana (SC)

Monday: AM Darwin Island: Darwin´s Arch, El Arenal (SC) / PM Darwin Island: Darwin´s Arch, El Arenal (SC)

Tuesday: AM Wolf Island: Shark Bay, Landslide (SC) / PM Wolf Island: La Ventana Islet, La Banana (SC)

Wednesday: AM West Isabela Area: Vicente Roca Point (SC,SN,PR) / PM West Isabela Area: Cape Douglas (SC)

Thursday: AM East Isabela Area: Cape Marshall, Manta Ray City (SC) or Roca Blanca (SC)

Friday: AM Santa Cruz Island: Charles Darwin Research Station (CA) / Baltra Airport

SC: Scuba Diving

SN: Snorkeling

PR: Panga Ride

CA: Walking – Land visit

Baltra Airport / Santa Cruz Area

If flying in on the day of arrival, transfer to the boat and meet the crew. Lunch onboard. Check dive. The objective of the check dive is to sort out weight requirements and test equipment. A welcome cocktail and dinner will be served on board. Nortada will depart at midnight with destination Punta Carrión.

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.

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

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.

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.

Vicente Roca Point / Cape Douglas

One or two dives are done in Punta Vicente Roca followed by a short transit of about 90 minutes to Cape Douglas 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.

Cape Marshall & Manta Ray City or Roca Blanca

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.

Charles Darwin Research Station Fausto Llerena Breeding (Santa Cruz Island) / Baltra Airport

Breakfast and check out from Nortada followed by a land visit to Fausto Llerena Breeding Center and Charles Darwin Research Station and transfer to the airport (if flight matches with ours). The breeding center land visit will provide with an opportunity to learn about the breeding programs for giant tortoises and land iguanas. Private transfer to the airport can be arranged for an additional fee.

Important notes:

  • Itineraries and programme are subject to change without previous notice due mainly to readjustment of the National Park policies and regulations, weather conditions, seasonal changes or safety reasons.
  • Night diving allowed in selected locations only
  • All rentals and Nitrox are subject to a 12% IVA (VAT) tax
  • All payments on board cash only

Panama Season: Charter $36760.00 / Per person $ 4595.00
Humboldt Season: Charter $44760.00 / Per person $ 5595.00

**Rates per week

**Panama season for departures starting January 1st to May 31st.

**Humboldt season for departures starting June 1st to December 31st.

**15 day itineraries available based on a 2 week charter rate plus a $1500.00 itinerary change surcharge

**Christmas and New Year holidays have an additional surcharge

The rate includes:

  • Airline tickets to/from Galapagos $498.00 **subject to change
  • Galapagos National Park admission fee ($100 per person, subject to changes without previous notice)**
  • Transit Control Card for Galapagos ($20 per person, subject to changes without previous notice)**
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Transfers IN / OUT (one way) $40.00
  • Roundtrip Airfare to / from Galapagos
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • $100 Galapagos National Park fee
  • $20 Transit Control Card
  • Travel / medical insurance
  • Tips
  • Personal Expenses

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