By Nortada, Feb 13 2015 11:48AM

Puerto Ayora, Feb 10, 2015

Starting February 20, Galapagos liveaboard vessel Nortada is set to start operating regular liveaboard departures in the Galapagos Islands. Nortada’s Galapagos National Park operations permit for year 2015 was issued on Feb 9th. Permit duration is of 15 years, renewed annually. The liveaboard vessel will have regular 7 and 14 night departures with itineraries to Wolf and Darwin for 8 guests.

Dive operations are run by Tip Top Diving (, a premiere PADI Dive & Training Facility in the Galapagos Islands. According to Mahauad (owner of Tip Top Diving), “the small group setting of Nortada creates a very special environment to our customers. In addition to the benefits of running private charters in a very familiar environment, Nortada offers unique benefits such as full rebreather and technical diving support and photo – video or other interest oriented departures.”

According to Mahauad, “Nortada will operate with two dive masters, diving off two tenders with 4 guests each, a feature that will make diving much safer, more enjoyable and tailored to the customers’ needs. All other Galapagos liveaboard vessels operate with one dive master for 8 people, we will have one every four, he said.

This Divemaster to diver ratio is an industry first. In addition, Nortada carries 5 crew members on board (not including the dive masters) a ratio that matches that of luxury liveaboards worldwide. However, the objective is not to provide a luxurious option but rather to maximize diving, dive safety and the ability to provide interest (or need) tailored Galapagos diving live aboard experiences.

Nortada will be running charters and regular guaranteed FIT departures all year round. Dive itinerary visits world famous Wolf and Darwin Islands, these are Galapagos crown jewels and the places where you can consistently see hundreds of schooling hammerhead sharks cruising overhead while packs of Galapagos sharks wonder very close... and all the sudden a bus sized whale shark appears out of the blue.

Nortada also visits Cape Marshall, Manta ray city and Puerto Coca places that allow encounters with giant manta rays and other pelagics. Dives at Roca Redonda, Cousin Rock, Pinzon and Punta Carrion offer a varied environment to play with sea lions, observe the elusive red lipped batfish, schools of eagle rays, etc.

In addition the dive itinerary, there are also land visits to Bartolome Island, Seymour or Plazas Islands and the Charles Darwin Research station. These are prime land visit spots. In selected 15 day departures, Nortada also offers dives at Cape Douglas, Punta Vicente Rocafuerte and Marchena Island.

For more information on availability, FIT departures and charters contact us via email.

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