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Toquilla & Spondylus expeditions 2020/2021 rates

8 days and 7 nights - price per person

Double occupancy

Single occupancy

Private charter

Regulare fare

Grand opening*

Veranda luxury staterooms

USD 8855

USD 7980

Panoramic luxury staterooms

USD 8585

USD 7630

Interior Luxury staterooms

USD 8050

USD 7245

*Grand Opening rates available for bookings through August 31st, 2021

Regulare fare

Grand opening*

Veranda luxury staterooms

USD 14160

USD 12775

Panoramic luxury staterooms

USD 13800

USD 12425

Interior Luxury staterooms

USD 13360

USD 12040

*Grand Opening rates available for bookings through August 31st, 2021

Private charter (max. ocupancy 18 people)

USD 152.800.00/week

Toquilla and Spondylus fare details

Included in your rate

  • Accommodation in the luxury stateroom of your choice with 2 twin beds or 1 king bed dressed with 100% organic 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. Vegan menu is available upon request.
  • All in land gastronomic experiences beautifully set up by our crew in unique natural locations and carefully prepared by our executive chef.
  • All soft beverages, an assortment of wine, beer and other spirits, classic and signature cocktails, freshly ground local coffee and organic teas.
  • Unlimited Wi-Fi 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 or Guayaquil for check in and boarding.

Not included in your rate

  • International airfare to Quito (UIO) or Guayaquil (GYE).
  • Internal transfer from Quito to the port of Manta or Guayaquil.
  • 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.

Traveling to Ecuador

Traveling to Ecuador is simple with multiple international flights arriving to either Quito or Guayaquil. We recommend our guests to arrive 24 – 48 hours prior to expedition departure in order to anticipate to any flight delay or cancellation that may affect your check in with us.

Our expeditions depart every Sunday at 16:00 from either Manta or Guayaquil depending on your chosen itinerary.

If departing from Manta, we suggest to book an international flight to Quito. From Quito there is a short 40-minute flight to Manta in either Avianca or Lan Ecuador. We will gladly assist you in booking the domestic flight from Quito to Manta if needed.

The Kontiki shuttle is available to pick you up from your hotel and take you to the port for timely check in. It is not possible to embark the yachts before check in time on Sunday at 16:00.

Check out is on Sunday at 9:00.

Booking Policy

Payment Terms

Individual Bookings

We require a deposit of USD 650.00 per person for double occupancy and USD 1,200.00 for single occupancy at the time of booking. The balance must be paid in full 60 days prior to departure.

Group Bookings (3+ Cabins)

We require a deposit of USD 650.00 per person for double occupancy and USD 1,200.00 for single occupancy at the time of booking. The balance must be paid in full 90 days prior to departure.

Charter booking

We require a first deposit of USD 15,000.00 at the time of booking. A second deposit of USD 20,000.00 270 days prior to departure, and final payment is due in full 180 days prior to departure.

Cancellation Policy

Individual Bookings

Cancellations received up to 90 days prior to departure will be refunded in full except for a USD 300.00 service charge per person for double occupancy and USD 500.00 for single occupancy.
89 – 60 days prior to departure, 100% of the deposit will be forfeited.
Less than 60 days prior to departure, 100% of the booking will be forfeited.

Group Bookings (3+ cabins)

Cancellations received up to 120 days prior to departure will receive a full refund except for a USD 300.00 service charge per person for double occupancy and USD 500.00 for single occupancy. 119 – 90 days prior to departure, 100% of the deposit will be forfeited.
Less than 90 days prior to departure, 100% of the booking will be forfeited.

Private Charters

Cancellations received up to 360 days prior to departure will be refunded in full except for 50% of the first deposit.
359 – 270 days prior to departure, 100% of the first deposit will be forfeited.
269 – 180 days, 100% of the first deposit and 50% of the second deposit will be forfeited.
179 - 120 days, 100% of the first and second deposits will be forfeited.
Less than 120 days, 100% of the booking will be forfeited.

Christmas and New Year’s Eve Holidays

Payment Terms:

Individual Bookings

We require a deposit of USD 1,200.00 per person for double occupancy and USD 2,200.00 for single occupancy at the time of booking. The balance must be paid in full 120 days prior to departure.

Group Bookings (3+ cabins)

We require a deposit of USD 1,200.00 per person for double occupancy and USD 2,200.00 for single occupancy at the time of booking. The balance must be paid in full 150 days prior to departure.

Charter Bookings

We require a first deposit of USD 30,000.00 at the time of booking. A second deposit of USD 40,000.00 270 days prior to departure, and final payment is due in full 270 days prior to departure.

Cancellation Policy:

Individual Bookings

Cancellations received up to 150 days prior to departure will be refunded in full except for 50% of the deposit. 149 – 120 days prior to departure, 100% of the deposit will be forfeited. Less than 120 days prior to departure, 100% of the booking will be forfeited.

Group Bookings (3+ Cabins)

Cancellations received up to 180 days prior to departure will receive a full refund except for 50% of the deposit. 179 – 150 days prior to departure, 100% of the deposit will be forfeited. Less than 150 days prior to departure, 100% of the booking will be forfeited.

Private Charters

Cancellations received up to 360 days prior to departure will be refunded in full except for 50% of the first deposit.
359 – 270 days prior to departure, 100% of the first deposit will be forfeited.
269 – 240 days, 100% of the first deposit and 50% of the second deposit will be forfeited.
239 - 180 days, 100% of the first and second deposits will be forfeited.
Less than 180 days, 100% of the booking will be forfeited.

Covid-19 Booking Flexibility:

All bookings confirmed until December 31st 2020, can be re-scheduled for any chosen date during 2021 without additional fees.

Payment options include MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Paypal, Flywire, and Bank Transfers.

Family, Themed and Short Expeditions

Family expeditions

Families or groups with children may choose a designated expedition tailor made for family entertainment. Family expeditions are available during summertime and other major holidays and will feature age-appropriated activities to make sure that our youngest guests have fun while exploring new locations.

Themed expeditions

Whether you find inspiration in authentic gastronomy, wellness, fitness or yoga, photography, extreme sports or exploring unique natural treasures you can indulge your special interest in unique coastal locations on a themed expedition with Kontiki.

Culinary Expeditions

Ornithological Expeditions

Diving Expeditions

Wellness Expeditions

Kitesurfing Expeditions

Bespoke Expeditions

Short Expeditions

Time is valuable and scarce in the current fast-paced global environment. We have specially designed shorter expeditions for travelers with limited time who still want to indulge in a luxury sea expedition aboard our private yachts. Short expeditions are available every week upon request.

Please feel free to contact us for additional information about Family, Themed and Short Expeditions at the time of booking.

Useful information

Gratuities

You will quickly discover that the warm smiles and greetings from our staff extend well beyond the chilled glass of champagne that welcomes you aboard. A service charge is not included in the fare as it is optional and should be based merely on your perception of our crew performance at the end of the expedition. As a guideline we suggest that each passenger leaves between US$ 300.00 – US$350.00 per week, which is the international standard for Luxury Expeditions. Gratuities may be paid in cash or charged to your credit card and will be distributed among our crew and guides.

Land Expeditions

The Yachts will sail along the coast and will anchor close to the shore. Expeditions to land sites will start with a zodiac ride that may result in wet or dry landing. Wet landing involves stepping into water (ankle to knee high) and walking to shore; dry landings involve stepping directly into land. Our expert guides will lead all zodiac rides and will assist you during either type of landing.

A detailed brief of the expeditions is provided ahead of time to inform about the location, topography of the land (most of the trails are easy or moderate), weather and appropriate clothing.

Land transfers will be necessary to reach some sites. Company owned vehicles are used for transportation to ensure comfort, safety and timely departures. There are usually two guided visits per day allowing for enough time to discover and connect with local culture and with nature. Water activities such as kayaking, snorkeling, SUPs and swimming are also available in most coastal expeditions.

Water Activities

We are well equipped to help you enjoy multiple opportunities for water activities available during our expedition.
Snorkeling equipment (masks, fins and snorkels) and 3 mm wetsuits are available in various sizes free of charge in a first come first served basis. Wetsuits are not often necessary as average water temperature off the coast of Ecuador ranges from 24C (76F) to 26C (80F).

If you are a frequent snorkeler, you can plan ahead and bring your own equipment for a perfect fit and comfort.
Six tandem clear kayaks and four stand up paddleboards are also available for coastal exploration and fun.

Itinerary Conditions

Kontiki Expeditions reserves the right at its sole option and discretion and that of the Captain of the vessel without liability for damages or refund of any kind to deviate from the vessel’s advertised or ordinary itinerary for any reason including mechanical failure. Kontiki will not be held responsible for any refund whatsoever for changes to the printed or scheduled itinerary.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Family Accommodations: We count with 4 interconnected rooms for families with children. Our expeditions are family friendly, but we strongly suggest children to be 6 years or older at the time of the departure.
  • On Board Purchases: Any on board purchases from the gift shop, restaurant, or spa can be charged to your tab and paid at the end of the expedition in cash or credit card.
  • Special Requests: Special arrangements for birthdays, anniversaries, or any other celebration are available upon request. Please inquire with our customer experience team at the time of booking and at least 30 days prior to departure.
  • Drinking Water: Bottled water is complimentary on board and available in your stateroom and throughout the yacht. Drinking tap water is not possible.
  • Smoking Policy: Smoking is prohibited in all indoor areas of the yacht. There is an outdoor designated area for smoking.
  • Power outlets and electricity: Standard 120V and standard frequency of 60Hz. Power outlets are type A and B, similar to the ones used in the U.S. European plugs will need an adapter.
  • Luggage: Although rooms have plenty of space, please be prepared to bring a small to mid size suitcase on board.
  • Currency: Ecuador has adopted the US Dollar as official currency
  • Language: Official language is Spanish, but most of the staff, the concierge, guides and the captains speak fluent Spanish and English.
  • TimeZone: Ecuador is in the GMT -5 time zone, same as US Eastern Time. However, we have no daylight savings.
  • Medical Facilities:All yachts are equipped with first aid kits for basic medical issues. In case of any medical emergencies, the yachts are close to mainland and count with permanent direct communications with all emergency lines.
  • Motion Sicknes:There might be moderate movement of the yacht during navigation. Most passengers will not feel anything, but we strongly recommend that you bring motion sickness medication if you are prone to seasickness.
  • Physical Limitations:Our expeditions require a reasonable level of health and fitness from our passengers. Most excursions take a few hours of moderate unassisted hiking at a relaxed pace in warm weather. Getting on and off the zodiacs also call for a certain balance. If you are unsure about any of the visits, please check with one of the guides before disembarking the yacht. Also, please inform our customer experience team of any physical limitation or health condition that may require special attention at the time of booking.
  • Connectivity and Entertainment:Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the vessels in multiple devices. A complete entertainment guide is available in each stateroom with smart UHD TVs, music players with Bluetooth technology, and fully automated a/c, shades and lighting.