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.


The boat started operations as a scuba diving live-aboard vessel for private charters in the Galapagos Islands in February 2015.


Nortada is operated by the Owner, a local fisherman with a business licence to run dive tours in the Galapagos National Park..

Nortada offers four lower deck, fully air conditioned cabins with two single lower berths, private heads, 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 berths available in every one of the four cabins.


Public areas consist of a main deck with bridge, galley, air conditioned dining room and lounge.


The scuba diving platform has ample benches, outside showers, camera tables and rebreather rinsing facilities.  In the upper deck a sun deck is next to the fly bridge.


Two 15 foot inflatable tenders with  25HP outboard engines takes fully equipped divers to and from the dive site.  All divers are provided with a Nautilus Lifeline bi-directional VHF/DSC marine radio with GPS,  dive alert and DSMB.




A complete toolkit and a selection of solid lead weights and trim soft pouches are available for all divers.


20 Nitrox compatible aluminum 80 cu ft / 12 liter cylinders are filled by one of the twin Nuvair LP/HP Compressors. Two Nuvair nitrox analyzers are available on board.


For technical and rebreather diving, redundant oxygen clean Haskell Sport Boosters, one Tri Hunter 3000 Gas mixing stick for Trimix blending,  several nitrox compatible 40 cu ft / 6 liter aluminum stage cylinders and  several 19 cu ft / 2 liter steel  rebreather cylinders with various valves and one Analytical Industries Trimix Analyzer are available upon request.


Crew consists of one Captain, one Mechanic, one Cook, two Sailors and one Naturalist Guide.


Nortada is an 8 guest live-aboard. We have regular guaranteed 7 and 14 night departures and work with individual travelers, agencies and wholesalers regularly.


Even with an 8 guest capacity, Nortada is priced within the existing market range of the existing 16 guest vessels. Our value proposition is to maximize diving by providing more dives, the most comprehensive dive itinerary, the ability to dive from smaller groups and tailored services for different experience levels and interests.




Photographer only departures, rebreather oriented live-aboards, technical diving friendly itineraries, exploration expeditions,  mega-yacht support, citizen science and world class film expeditions welcome.


Length: 85 feet / 25.9 metres

Beam: 18 feet / 5.4 metres

Draft: 5 feet / 1.5 metres

Cruising Speed: 12 knots