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Nortada Diving Yacht

$5050 $4545 per person

The 26m Nortada Diving Yacht  presents a different kind of Galapagos dive Liveaboard experience. With only 4 cabins on board and catering to a maximum of 12 guests, the Nortada offers divers a more intimate and personal experience. Each of the 4 cabins is air-conditioned with an en-suite bathroom, and has lockers and drawers for personal belongings. Relaxation areas include the air-conditioned lounge and dining area with entertainment system and open-air seating area and sun deck.

Scuba Diving from the Nortada Diving Yacht  means small groups using the two 3m inflatable tenders to get closer to the action and to the best dive sites in The Galapagos Archipelago. The comprehensive itinerary allows divers at least 18 dives per week, and features world famous dive sites Wolf and Darwin, plus the exciting addition of the top three dive sites in the north-west region of the archipelago. Guests can hope to see Flightless Cormorants, Galapagos Penguins, Marine Iguanas and several other endemic species, along with Manta Rays, Mola-Mola and different types of Baleen Whales. Nitrox is available for an additional cost, as is rebreather support and technical diving. For added safety all divers are provided with a Nautilus Lifeline bi-directional VHF/DSC marine radio with GPS, dive alert and DSMB.

Rate includes: all transfers in Galapagos Islands, meals on board, scuba diving equipment, and more.

Itinerary: 8 days | Departure: Sep. 25. 2020 | Cruise Type: First Class


Max Number of Adults Allowed 8
Discount Price 36,360 per charter
8 Days 7 Nights
  • Departure
    Galapagos Islands
  • Departure Time
    1200 PM
  • Return Time
    900 AM
  • Dress Code
    Casual
  • Included
    Nortada Diving Yacht
    Naturalist Dive Master
    Weights & Weightbelts
    Briefings & lectures
    Excursions to the islands
    Accommodation
    Full board
  • Not Included
    Government Taxes
    Tips
    Galapagos Airfare
    Departure Taxes
    National Park Entry Fees
    Alcoholic Drinks
    Naturalist Guide
1
FRIDAY
Meet at Tip Top Diving at 12:30 pm in Puerto Ayora. If flying in on the day of arrival a transfer to the dive centre 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.
2
SATURDAY
Usually starting at 6 am, one morning dive is done at Punta Carrión or the north-eastern portion of Baltra Island. The first dive is followed by breakfast while Nortada refuels in Baltra. After refuelling two-hour navigation will take you to Cousin Rock for one or two dives. The 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, seahorses 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.
3
SUNDAY
Usually starting at 6 am, one morning dive is done at Punta Carrión or the north-eastern portion of Baltra Island. The first dive is followed by breakfast while Nortada refuels in Baltra. After refuelling two-hour navigation will take you to Cousin Rock for one or two dives. The 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, seahorses 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.
4
MONDAY
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 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 colourful 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. Transit back to Wolf and dinner. Navigation is roughly 20 nautical miles / 2 hours.
5
TUESDAY
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.
6
WEDNESDAY
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.
7
THURSDAY
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.
8
FRIDAY
Breakfast and check out from Nortada followed by a land visit to Fausto Llerena Breeding Center and Charles Darwin Research Station. The breeding centre 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. Marine Life: Mola Mola, Hammerhead Sharks, Red Lipped Batfish, white-tip reef sharks, seahorses, nudibranchs, frogfish, sea lions, eagle rays, dolphins, turtles, whale sharks, Galapagos Penguins, marine iguanas, baleen whales, giant mantas, Galapagos sharks.

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