Salinas | Ecuador

The Spondylus Expedition - Ecuador Tour

Our coastal exploration journey begins in Manta, a bustling port city renowned for its vibrant fishing industry and global export of tuna. Upon arrival, guests will be greeted and transferred to Manta's port authority (TPM), where they will embark on the luxurious M/Y Kontiki Wayra. After check-in and a refreshing welcome drink, guests will have the opportunity to meet the crew, tour the yacht's facilities, and settle into their staterooms. Throughout the expedition, guests will have the chance to explore pristine marine environments, immerse themselves in local cultures, indulge in delicious cuisine, and relax with sunset parties and spa treatments. From snorkeling expeditions to encounters with humpback whales, each day will be filled with new experiences and unforgettable memories. The journey concludes with a farewell in Manta, where guests will be transferred to either the airport or their chosen hotel.

4 Day Ecuador Itinerary

Day 1: Manta - Islote Pedernales

Our exploration of coastal Ecuador commences in Manta, a pivotal port city in the country and a key tourism hub in Manabí. This coastal town is globally recognized for its thriving fishing industry, particularly for its prized export, tuna, which reaches markets worldwide.

Upon arrival, our shuttle will transport you to Manta's port authority (TPM), where we'll embark on the M/Y Kontiki Wayra for check-in and a refreshing welcome drink. Our concierge will acquaint you with our crew members, provide a tour of the yacht's facilities, and allocate the staterooms that will serve as your home for the next four days.

In the evening, we'll gather for a welcome dinner hosted by our talented executive chef onboard.

As night falls, we'll set sail for Islote Pedernales.

Day 2: Islote Pedernales - Isla de la Plata

We kick off day 2 at Islote Pedernales, a small islet near Puerto Cayo known for its calm waters and pristine landscapes. Following breakfast onboard, we'll head out in one of our tenders to explore the islet's surroundings on a snorkeling expedition, offering a unique chance to uncover the underwater marvels of the area. From June to October, this spot also provides a special opportunity to observe humpback whales up close.

Around noon, we'll return to the yacht for some leisure time, whether it's enjoying ocean activities, relaxing in the hot tub, soaking up the sun in the Chill Parlour, or indulging in spa treatments.

After lunch, you'll have free time for a private beach experience, engaging in various marine activities like snorkeling, paddleboarding, kayaking, or swimming at our beach club, complete with an oceanic pool, water slide, SeaBobs, and green golf, among other amenities.

We'll reconvene on the yacht for dinner before setting sail for Isla de la Plata.

Day 3: Isla de la Plata - Manta

Following breakfast, the day's activities kick off with a wet landing on Isla de la Plata, situated within Machalilla National Park. This island boasts stunning natural wonders, and a stroll along its trails will lead us to nesting grounds of Blue Footed Boobies, Masked Boobies, and Frigatebirds.

After our terrestrial exploration, we'll return to the yacht for lunch.

In the afternoon, we'll embark on a guided snorkeling expedition to explore the marine ecosystem surrounding the island. Here, we'll encounter a diverse array of marine life, including giant stingrays, whale sharks, and turtles.

During the mating season from June to October, we may have the chance to observe humpback whales from a distance as they migrate to warmer waters for mating and birthing. Scuba diving can be arranged upon request at the time of booking.

As the afternoon unfolds, we'll indulge in a sunset party featuring the freshest seafood from the region and the signature cocktails.

The day concludes as we set sail for Manta.

Day 4: Manta

We will bid farewell in the early morning, as your transfer to Manta's Port Authority (TPM) will be ready and waiting.

After check-out, you will be transferred to either Manta's airport or the hotel of your preference.

This marks the conclusion of our services.

4 Day Ecuador Itinerary Includes

  • Accommodation in the luxury stateroom of your choice with 2 twin beds or 1 king bed dressed with sustainably sourced cotton.
  • All meals and snacks prepared fresh daily by our onboard chefs with local organic produce using a balanced mix of traditional and modern techniques. Menu variations are available upon request.
  • All in land gastronomic experiences beautifully set up by our crew in unique natural locations, following the traditional cuisine of the destination.
  • All soft beverages, an assortment of wine, beer and other spirits, classic and signature cocktails, freshly ground local coffee and organic teas.
  • Unlimited WiFi onboard, air conditioning, a/v entertainment and automated lighting, shades and audio systems in each stateroom.
  • All land and sea expeditions led by our two expert naturalist guides, daily briefings about the excursions, tips and other valuable information.
  • Transfers and access to all natural reserves, beaches and protected areas.
  • All gear for water activities: wetsuits, kayaks, SUPs, snorkeling equipment.
  • All facilities on board: Jacuzzi, fitness center, sunbeds, and beach towels.
  • Kontiki shuttle from hotel to port of Manta for check in and boarding.

4 Day Ecuador Itinerary Does not Include

  • International airfare to Quito (UIO) or Guayaquil (GYE).
  • Internal transfer from Quito or Guayaquil to the port of Manta.
  • Hotel accommodation the night before the expedition in Manta, Quito or Guayaquil. However, we can assist with information, selection and reservation of 5 star properties.
  • Fine wine and spirits, available on demand at a cost.
  • Pre and Post experiences/stays are not included, but we can gladly assist with information, selection and reservation at partner properties in Ecuador, including Galapagos and neighboring countries.
  • Gratuities to crew and guides.

4 Day Ecuador Itinerary Highlights

  • Participate in marine activities at the beach club, such as snorkeling, paddleboarding, and kayaking.
  • Possibly observe humpback whales during their mating season.
  • Enjoy leisure time onboard, including ocean activities, relaxation in the hot tub, and spa treatments.
  • Engage in snorkeling to discover underwater marvels, potentially spotting humpback whales from June to October.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast Served Daily
  • 3 Dinners
  • 4 Lunches
Salinas | Ecuador
Islas de Plata | Ecuador
Parque Nacional Machalilla
The Spondylus Expedition
4 Days
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