Kontiki Expeditions has announced its new association with Small Luxury Hotels of the World, becoming the collection’s first water-based member. Kontiki Expeditions first yacht, M/Y Kontiki Wayra, is set to launch May 2021 and plans to offer sustainable stays off the coast of Ecuador. Guests can choose between two sea expeditions, which provide an immersion into the local cultures, traditions, natural surroundings and cuisine of each port.

M/Y Kontiki Wayra will be introduced with two eight-day itineraries, transporting guests to untouristed areas in Ecuador to explore and celebrate the indigenous cultures within a context of wellness. Kontiki’s luxury boutique yachts, which have only nine staterooms each (accommodating a maximum of 18 guests), are 128-feet long, allowing them to visit smaller harbors for experiences in heretofore-unvisited areas. Itineraries include hiking, snorkeling, meetings with locals, in-depth cultural explorations, wellness activities and gastronomy.

The programs are led by 10 crew members and two local experts committed to sustainability and conscious travel. Onboard, wellness professionals, naturalist guides and a local chef add to the Kontiki experience. Guests can expect to see the country’s popular blue-footed boobies, along with sea lions and howler monkeys “without any of the crowds.” Gastronomic experiences include local chocolate, seafood and produce, to be enjoyed both onboard and on land.

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The yachts will have a sundeck, a gourmet salon, two outdoor lounges, bar, Jacuzzi and a gym and fitness area.

Among the health and safety protocols are: Mandatory temperature screening and pre-boarding health declarations for all guests; self-service dining or snack stations will not be available; common public areas will be sanitized multiple times daily, and more.

Pricing includes all activities, meals, transfers to and from ports, park entrance fees, guided expeditions and more. Solo traveler rate and private charter rates are also available.

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