Photography by Ocean Alliance
Ocean Alliance are excited to present the renewed 34 metre Alloy Yacht, ĀKIKŌ, for ultimate expedition experiences.
Following their acquisition, the new owners completed an extensive refit period with McMullen and Wing in New Zealand. The name ĀKIKŌ reflects her country of origin and means “at a distance from home”, which is the traditional Maori translation.
The attention to detail reflected in the yacht’s interior including her extensive artwork collection makes ĀKIKŌ an exceptional vessel. The colourful paintings and sculptures provide a well-though-out theme throughout the yacht, plunging guests into a warm welcoming atmosphere.
The yacht also comprises five cabins, inclusive of a master on bridge deck, VIP on main deck, two twins with bunk beds, and one double.
An expedition style motor yacht with a futuristic profile, ĀKIKŌ is versatile enough to enter small bays, anchor behind coral atolls or take her guests game fishing over submarine reefs. Her luxurious design won four prizes at the World Superyacht Awards after her launch in 2008.
ĀKIKŌ is based in Perth, Western Australia, and will be travelling the West Coast of Australia until the end of 2017.
In 2018, she is planning to cruise South-East Asia and the South Pacific, including Fiji.
Australian Captain Ben Gillard joined ĀKIKŌ in Perth, having run charter yachts in popular international charter destinations. Beginning his career on the Great Barrier Reef, Captain Ben transitioned to superyachts in the late ’90s. He changed directions in 2007 joining the Australian Infantry for several years, before returning to yachts. His recent position was on the popular 147 foot Intermarine Lady M.