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7 Reasons To Consider a 

Small-Yacht Cruise This Year

Kontiki Expeditions invites you to embark on an exclusive voyage along the captivating Ecuadorian coast, accommodating just 18 passengers for an  intimate and safe experience.

In a world where uncertainty looms large, there's an exhilarating opportunity to explore untouched horizons aboard a yacht. Kontiki Expeditions beckons adventurers to embark on a journey along the enchanting Ecuadorian coast, promising a culturally immersive experience and an unparalleled voyage. With just nine staterooms and visits to secluded coastal ports, the emphasis is on intimacy and discovery.

Kontiki Expeditions represents a pioneering approach to luxury ocean travel, prioritizing conscientious exploration and holistic immersion. Our small luxury yacht, accommodating up to 18 passengers, navigates the Ecuadorian and Costa Rican coastlines, unveiling the countries´ diverse avian life, wildlife, lush flora, indigenous cuisine, and vibrant cultural heritage. Guided by principles of sustainability and community engagement, each voyage is an opportunity to give back while forging unforgettable memories.

Why You Should Book A Small-Yacht Kontiki Expedition?




Kontiki Expeditions offers a small-ship, luxurious experience with no fear of crowds either on-board or during water or land activities.



Kontiki Expeditions gracefully anchors at rarely explored ports along the stunning coastlines of Manabí and Costa Rica, inviting travelers into the heart of local communities. Here, visitors are greeted with profound cultural exchanges, tantalizing gastronomic delights, and breathtaking displays of flora and fauna.

Moreover, Kontiki ventures to remote islands and inland sanctuaries, beyond the reach of larger vessels, where a tapestry of indigenous life thrives. Encounter the iconic blue-footed boobies, the resonant calls of howler monkeys, the elusive cuzumbos, graceful silver rays gliding through azure waters, and the vibrant flutter of hummingbirds amidst lush landscapes. Each encounter is a testament to the untouched wonders awaiting discovery.




The privileged group size allows for extensive interpersonal connection small local communities with hands-on experiences and observations of lifestyles, handicrafts, cuisine and traditions.



The yacht’s small size and small passenger size ensure personalized attention, in-depth experiences and the opportunity to enhace any interest during the vogaye be it water activities, wellness, land activities or education. 




Health precautions are paramount on a small yacht. With its nearly 1:1 staff to guest ratio, attention to detail is maintained at all times. Health precautions prior to boarding, on ship, and on land are strictly maintained. The Safe Travels accreditation by WTTC (World Travel & Tourism Council) has been achieved for all sailings.



Sustainability is more important than ever given the effects of over tourism. With a small yacht expedition, protocols for environmental protection are carefully maintained and giving back to the communities visited is a priority.




A small yacht is perfect for a multigenerational, multi-family, or private getaway. The yacht can also be booked as a charter for a private escape with bespoke activities easily arranged.

“We have the luxury of delving deeply into the areas we visit,” notes Carlos Nunez, CEO and founder of Kontiki Expeditions. “Guests, more than ever, are looking for smaller environments on board and on land, with fewer people and less exposure to risk,” he continued. “We are proud to offer our luxurious yacht and crew to create an experience that is meaningful, exciting and safe and one that will create new, shareable memories.”

The first Kontiki Expeditions introduce two eight-day itineraries, that will transport 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, and are 128-feet long, are able to visit smaller harbors allowing for experiences in heretofore-unvisited areas.

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 distinctive Kontiki experience. Guests can expect to see the country’s beloved blue-footed boobies along with sea lions and howler monkeys… without the crowds. Gastronomic experiences featuring local chocolate, seafood, and produce will be enjoyed both onboard and on land.

The yachts are a testament to luxury with a sundeck, a gourmet salon, two outdoor lounges, bar, Jacuzzi, and a gym and fitness area. Guest and crew health and safety are priorities and sanitization and wellness protocols are summarized on Kontiki’s website.


The Expeditions


Kontiki Expeditions are pioneers in conscious luxury travel, offering immersive and sustainable small-yacht expeditions. Sailing the untouristed Ecuadorian coast, the nine-stateroom Kontiki yachts introduce a maximum of 18 guests to the richesse of the land and sea.

Multi-stop itineraries feature hiking, snorkeling, meetings with locals, in-depth cultural explorations, wellness activities and gastronomy.

Kontiki travelers experience the area’s flora, fauna and animals including indigenous blue-footed boobies and howler monkeys, all in a protected environment where sustainability and uncrowded venues are paramount. Kontiki prides itself in giving back to the communities visited with resources and education.

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