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For $155,000 a week, explore the Australian coast in ridiculous luxury

A new fit-out has brought one of the Asia-Pacific region’s most distinctive expedition-style motor yachts, ĀKIKŌ, up to a super-luxurious standard for charter cruising the Australian west coast and the South Pacific.

Originally manufactured by New Zealand’s Alloy Yachts in 2007 and launched as VVS1, the 34-metre yacht has been refitted by McMullen and Wing of New Zealand and dubbed ĀKIKŌ, a Maori word that means “at a great distance from home”. The yacht won four premium prizes at the World Superyacht Awards after its launch in 2008.

AKIKO - profile at anchor

The luxurious interior fitout completed this year includes an extensive artwork collection comprising numerous themed paintings and sculptures. It has five cabins including a Master on the bridge deck, a VIP cabin on the main deck, a double, and two twins with bunk beds.

Akiko-1853

ĀKIKŌ also carries a twin-jet 10.5-metre tender, plus two 5.5-metre Barra boats that are used on Kimberley cruises. It also has two three-person waverunners, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards and surfboards, plus fishing, scuba and snorkelling gear. Crew on board include qualified dive masters and master fishermen.

Akiko-1923

The yacht is skippered by Australian Ben Gillard, who has helmed charter yachts and superyachts for decades, including his most recent position on the 147-foot Intermarine LADY M. ĀKIKŌ will be based in Perth and plans have been made to cruise the Kimberleys from May until August; the Coral Coast in September; Perth, Abrolhos and Montebello Islands from October to December; and South-East Asia and the South Pacific during 2018.

AKIKO - Main Salon Lounge Library

Booking agent Ocean Alliance is taking bookings at a rate of $US115,000 (about $A154,800) per week. (oceanalliance.com.au)

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