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MY Nortada

MY Nortada is a custom-built steel-hulled yacht that offers ultimate dive safari adventures to the world-famous dive sites of the Galapagos and the surrounding cluster of islands. The boat was constructed in the year 1986 and has been sailing in the waters of different regions. The small-sized liveaboard offers ultimate dive cruise adventures to the iconic sites like the Darwin Island, Cape Douglas, and Wolf Island. You will witness the great biodiversity of marine life. While diving to these sites, you will have an opportunity to explore the horn sharks, silky sharks, large whale sharks, manta rays, mola-mola, marine iguanas and much more.

A proper review of
MY Nortada Liveaboard

The Overall Review

We spent 7.8 hours reading reviews from experts and divers about MY Nortada Liveaboard.
In summary, this is what divers think:

The Nortada liveaboard, Galapagos
MY Nortada Liveaboard
Fantastic Liveaboard

5 reasons to dive

  • Several divers reported that the Nortada was the most private diving experience that they had with only cabins on board.
  • Many people were happy with their rooms as it was always organised and neat.
  • Several divers commended the diving instructor saying he kept them safe and relaxed while showing them all the marine life.
  • The food that the chef prepared was full of variety and you never went hungry at any particular time.
  • Some divers said that the briefings were excellent alongside the safety indications.

2 reasons NOT to dive

  • A couple of people noted that they departed at 2 am on the 2nd day and on the eight day you have to leave the boat at 8 am, making the cruise a 6 day venture and not 8 as indicated.
  • Some divers said that the small nature of the boat made the waves rock it more and in so doing made them seasick.

Key facts

Year (re)built: 2013
Max divers 8
Internet No
Nitrox No
Rental equip. Yes ($)
Camera station Yes
Min. logged dives No minimum
Aircon Yes


The avarage price for diving with this liveaboard is
per day.

We've calculated this price based on a 7 day stay.
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The passion behind this guide is run by passionate scuba geeks - and our liveaboard guides are no exception.

    Boby Taylor

    Liveaboard Director

    Boby has been diving and guiding on liveaboards since 2005, and love it

    Ron Simon

    Dive instructor/Liveaboard director

    Ron has been a Cruise Director on 10+ Liveaboards throughout the world and has a keen understanding...

    Torben Lonne

    PADI Instructor

    Torben is the Editor of Divein and a true water lover. 


  • Small and compact liveaboard with complete facilities
  • Available for charter
  • Ideal for a small group of friends or family
  • Spacious to welcome 8 travelers in 4 cozy staterooms
  • Cabins have en-suite bathrooms, air-conditioning, storage spaces, reading lights, and complimentary toiletries
  • Daily housekeeping and room service
  • 3 wholesome full board meals are served in buffet style
  • Explore the beauty of Wolf and Darwin Islands
  • Plenty of land excursions where you can visit the Fausta Llerena Breeding Center (built to save the giant tortoise population)
  • Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station
  • An abundance of marine life including a variety of sharks

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Description and details

Diving on the MY Nortada in Galapagos

MY Nortada – explore the biodiverse marine life in an intimate dive cruise

The 28 meters (approx. 85 feet) compact liveaboard has everything that a large sailing vessel needs. Nortada was renovated in 2014 and has been going through enhancements every now and then to ensure that the guests onboard enjoy every bit of the vacation with safety and comfort. The stylish liveaboard has a talented crew of 5 members, which are multilingual (English and Spanish) so that there is an effective mode of communication with the travelers. Diving with the splendid yacht, you will have an opportunity to be face-to-face with a large number of underwater species. These marine species include hammerheads, eagle and manta rays, turtles, dolphins, seals, marine iguanas, whales, and a variety of fish species.

Boat Interior – intimate facilities for a small group of people

Nortada is a small boat with luxurious features. The interior reflects a traditional yet comfortable look, which makes you feel like home. It offers personalized services due to the short number of people onboard. Spacious to welcome 8 divers in 4 cozy cabins, these cabins are located on the lower deck and have all the eminent facilities. Nortada facilitates its guests with en-suite washrooms, air-conditioning with a remote to adjust the temperature of the cabin, mirror, writing desk with chair, reading lights and cabinets with drawers to keep the belongings. It is indeed a perfect option for those who seek an intimate charter with a close circle of friends or family.

Deck Area – facilities for divers and non-divers

The dive deck of Nortada liveaboard is spacious and well-equipped. Divers can prepare themselves before going on the marine adventure. There are several tanks lined-up in a well-organized way. Dive guides are always at your service and keep an eagle-eye on every diver to protect them from dangers and difficulties. After getting tired from the action-packed dives, divers can relax on the large sundeck, which has an open-air seating area with sun loungers, deck chairs, and mattresses. It is nice for enjoying both the bright sunny views and to gaze at the starling sky with the fresh sea breeze.

Food and Entertainment

There is a variety of free in-house entertainment activities in the indoor air-conditioned lounge of Nortada. It is commodious, cozy and comfortable with plenty of cushioned sofas, a flat screen TV, DVDs, and large picture windows from where you can enjoy the beautiful views. Besides these entertainment facilities, you may enjoy mouthwatering healthy meals prepared freshly by the expert chef. The meals are served in a buffet in the dining area or at the open-air dining place. The visitors on a special dietary plan or medication are also catered on prior request. Snacks, tea, espresso and a variety of beverages are served all day to make sure no diver stays hungry.

When to go

Nortada offers cruises to the exotic dive sites with intimate facilities. It depends on your choice completely, which season to choose for planning your dive safari vacation. If you are a shark lover, then June to November are the ideal months to book the cruise.

Boat features
  • Shaded diving deck
  • Camera Station
  • Audio & video entertainment
  • Air Conditioned saloon
  • Aircon Cabins
  • Sun Deck
  • Indoor Saloon
  • Photography Station
  • Separate rinse for u/w camera
  • Custom built for diving
  • Charging stations
  • En-Suite bathrooms

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