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Hermes

A contemporary mega-catamaran offering unprecedented luxury and transformational nature experiences.

Overview

Set sail on a groundbreaking adventure like no other as Hermes Mega Catamaran makes its debut in the pristine waters of the Galapagos Islands in April 2025. This magnificent vessel promises to offer an unparalleled experience meticulously designed to redefine the very essence of luxury travel in one of the world’s most extraordinary natural sanctuaries.

Life On Board

The Hermes Mega Catamaran is the result of its visionary owner’s 30th-anniversary celebrations as a Galapagos cruise operator, aiming to offer something truly extraordinary and unprecedented in the islands. From the moment you step aboard, you’ll be enveloped in opulence and impeccable service (in fact, even before you get on board you’ll have access to Galapagos’ airport VIP area). With an almost 1:1 crew member to passenger ratio, you’ll be pampered like never before. A dedicated 24/7 butler is at your beck and call, ensuring your every need is met. There’s even a full-service spa on board for you to unwind in, complete with a hammam and massage service, to rejuvenate after your daily adventures.

Experience the intimacy of a small expedition vessel while reveling in the comfort and spaciousness typically associated with larger cruise ships, as this cavernous catamaran, labeled as “Galapagos’ largest small-cruise vessel”, boasts a wealth of both indoor and outdoor spaces. Whether you’re unwinding in the main bar, listening to your expert naturalist’s presentations in the luxurious lounge with flat-screen TVs, exploring the library, or enjoying a rejuvenating session in the full-service spa, every corner of the vessel exudes elegance and invites you to connect with your fellow adventurers. The sundeck, with its al-fresco dining area and bar, outdoor Jacuzzi, and front facing observation zone, offers breathtaking views and the perfect ambiance for relaxation, whilst the boarding area and aperitif lounge to the rear of the boat on the main and upper decks respectively offer equally inviting seating areas and scenic views.

Hermes features 12 spacious, convertible, state-of-the-art suites distributed across two of her three decks, all providing the perfect sanctuary to unwind after a day of exploration. These suites, including 10 double and 2 single options, all come with private bathroom with your very own Jacuzzi, air conditioning, walk-in closet, well-stocked minibar, floor-to-ceiling windows, and a private balcony. Solo travelers will delight in the dedicated single cabins, while families can opt for interconnectable suites to enhance their experience.

As you explore this astonishing archipelago, you’ll also indulge in an equally inspirational culinary voyage, savoring the fusion of Ecuadorian and international cuisine on a signature menu meticulously crafted your Ecuadorian chef. You can even enhance your gastronomic knowledge by participating in cooking and cocktail lessons, where you’ll master the art of creating local dishes and signature cocktails with your own hands.

Transformative Excursions

Your journey aboard Hermes is not just about luxury; it’s a transformative nature experience. Immerse yourself in the Galapagos’ evolutionary wonders, exploring its unique landscapes, observing rare species, and swimming alongside inquisitive wildlife. With just ten guests per guide, you will benefit from one of the best guide-to-guest ratios available in the islands for an even more intimate and enriching experience off the ship. Your experienced naturalist guides will passionately impart their extensive knowledge during hikes and thrilling water-based activities, including panga rides, snorkeling, kayaking, and stand-up paddleboarding.

A luxury cruise aboard the Hermes Mega Catamaran is perfect for those discerning travelers seeking immersive adventure amid impeccable service, world-class cuisine, and unparalleled comfort, in one of the most extraordinary natural sanctuaries on Earth. But choosing a Hermes Galapagos cruise isn’t just a selfish indulgence, it’s also a commitment to conservation as proceeds from your voyage help support wildlife preservation in Galapagos through the operator’s Endemic Reforestation Program on Santa Cruz Island.

Itineraries & Prices

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4-Day C
4-Day D
5-Day A
5-Day B

4 Day - Southern Islands

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Embarkation

AM: Catch an early flight to San Cristóbal Island. In the afternoon, visit Tijeretas, a great viewpoint and our first wildlife encounter. Learn about the origins of the Galapagos at the Interpretation Center.

PM: Learn about the history of the Galápagos Islands from the very beginning of their volcanic origins through to today’s conservation efforts. Tour the Human History exhibit to learn about the islands’ discovery and colonization, and discover the natural history and variety of flora and fauna that make the Galápagos so fascinating.

This hill bears its name thanks to the frigate birds as “Tijeretas” is how people locally call them. Here we will enjoy a great view of beautiful landscapes at the foot of a frigate bird nesting colony.

Hermes - Southern Islands
Location
San Cristobal
Day
1 / 4

Gardner Bay & Punta Suárez

AM: Visit Gardner Bay's magnificent white sandy beach, home to sea lions and sea birds. Be sure to explore the beautiful turquoise water and its incredible sea life. Spot young sea lions and large schools of surprisingly big tropical fish, including yellow-tailed surgeonfish, king angelfish, and bump-head parrot fish.

Head to Tortuga Rock and Gardner Bay for a spectacular snorkeling experience. Spot playful young sea lions and large schools of tropical fish, including yellow-tailed surgeonfish, king angelfish, and bump-head parrot fish. Look for white-tipped reef sharks napping on the bottom.

PM: Visit Punta Suárez, one of the most rich wildlife landing sites in the Galápagos. Be greeted by surfing young sea lions on arrival. Head to the trail to find many species of nesting sea birds, and, if lucky, see the waved albatross. Follow the path up to a cliff for great views over the ocean, and watch sea birds gliding in the wind.

Hermes - Southern Islands
Location
Española
Day
2 / 4

Cormorant Point & Post Office Bay

AM: Floreana Island Visit Punta Cormorant, the only landing site on Floreana Island, and discover two amazingly different beaches: one with green sand, colored by olivine crystals, and another with white sand particles known as 'Flour Beach'. 

Spend the afternoon observing flamingos and other shore birds feeding in the lagoon. Spot penguins and marine iguanas at the water’s edge, and explore the lava tubes with the Galápagos CEO.

Jump on in and get up close and personal with the playful sea lion colony that resides in the waters off this tiny island. Keep an eye out for sea turtles, rays, and colorful fish swimming by. There can be currents in this area, this activity should be done by strong swimmers only.

PM: Visit Post Office Bay and learn about its unique history. In the late 18th century, English whaling vessels placed a barrel here to be used as a post office. Today, the box is used mainly by tourists, who may drop off and pick up unstamped letters to be carried to far destinations. Continue the tradition – leave a letter and take one to deliver (be sure it makes it to the correct location).

Hermes - Southern Islands
Location
Floreana
Day
3 / 4

Disembarkation

AM: Visit Fausto Llerena Breeding Center a great place to observe many species of tortoises and land iguanas in captivity. Brought back from the brink of extinction, see the famous Galápagos tortoise up close – a corral houses adult tortoises, and a nursery cares for the young until around age three when their shells have hardened.

This area also houses the Charles Darwin Research Station, a scientific organization initiated in 1964, which works to preserve the Galápagos' ecosystem through the conservation efforts of scientists, researchers, and volunteers. While the offices themselves are not open to visitors, the research station provides a study location for international scientists and environmental education for the local community.

Disembark in Puerto Ayora and fly back to the mainland from Baltra airport.

Hermes - Southern Islands
Location
Santa Cruz
Day
4 / 4
1 / 4

4 Day - Northern Islands

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Embarkation

AM: Transfer to the boat to meet the guide and get on board. In the afternoon enjoy the highlands, visit a tortoise ranch, and see some of the amazing volcanic formations on Santa Cruz.

PM: Visit the highlands of Santa Cruz and see the Galápagos giant tortoise in its natural surroundings. Explore the area and its incredible underground lava tunnels – some are more than 1km long! Wander along the volcanic tubes and watch for the (mainly) nocturnal barn owls that sometimes roost here.

Hermes - Northern Islands
Location
Santa Cruz
Day
1 / 4

Dragon Hill & Chinese Hat

AM: Visit Cerro Dragón (Dragon Hill) for some prime birdwatching. Take a short walk from the beach to a hypersaline (saltier than the ocean) lagoon frequented by pink flamingos, common stilts, pintail ducks, and other species of birds. Pass through a Scalesia tree forest; endemic to the area, there are only 400 specimens of Scalesia trees left in the world.

PM: Explore Chinese Hat’s beautiful landscape and spectacular white-coral sand beach followed by snorkeling with sea lions and penguins and swimming opportunities in the cove. Snorkel right from the white-coral sand beach and come face to face with playful sea lions and large schools of tropical fish. Keep an eye out for marine iguanas and penguins too!

Hermes - Northern Islands
Location
Santiago
Day
2 / 4

El Barranco & Darwin Bay

AM: El Barranco or Prince Phillips’s Steps as otherwise known, was named after a visit by the British Monarch in 1964. El Barranco's steep 81-foot stairway leads up to a high cliff face that opens out onto the plateau surrounding Darwin Bay.

Here an amazing view can be appreciated. Once at the top of the stairway, we will meet Nazca boobies, red-footed boobies, mockingbirds, and finches along the way to a palo santo trail. It will also be possible to see wedge-rumped storm petrels swarm and short-eared owls.

PM: Darwin Bay was formed by the collapse of the flooded caldera of Tower Island, another name used for Genovesa. After landing at a small sand and coral beach, it is easy to realize why this island is a bird-lover paradise. Among the bird species found here, the most common are swallow-tailed and lava gulls, mockingbirds, yellow-crowned night herons, lava herons, Galapagos doves, and yellow warblers. We will continue on a short and flat trail to encounter red-footed booby and great frigatebird nests.

We will visit a tidal lagoon where sea lions swim playfully ending our path on a cliff with magnificent views of this remote part of the Galapagos. 

Hermes - Northern Islands
Location
Genovesa
Day
3 / 4

Disembarkation

AM: Take a morning panga ride and look for marine life in Black Turtle Cove. Explore the mangroves by panga to find rich marine wildlife between the fresh and salt waters. Keep an eye out for manta rays and sea turtles in this tranquil ecosystem. Whitetip reef sharks can also be seen gliding by.

Disembark at Baltra and fly back to Ecuador's mainland.

Hermes - Northern Islands
Location
Santa Cruz
Day
4 / 4
1 / 4

5 Day - Western Islands

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Embarkation

AM: Flight to Baltra Island. You will be met by our guide and transferred to Hermes. We will then sail to Bachas Beach where our first exploration of the Galapagos begins. Bachas is a great introduction to the Galapagos. Here you can relax and swim on its crystalline waters. This site also gives visitors the opportunity to see frigate birds, blue-footed boobies, and sea lions. 

PM: Head to Bachas Beach where the sand is made of decomposed coral, making it soft and white, and a favorite site for nesting sea turtles. Spot abundant Sally Lightfoot crabs on the lava rocks along the water's edge -- these crabs will eat anything they can get their claws on! Trek to see a wide range of wildlife, including flamingos, hermit crabs, black-necked stilts, and sea lions. 

Hermes - Central & Northern Islands
Location
Santa Cruz
Day
1 / 5

Tagus Cove & Urbina Bay

AM: Tagus Cove is located on the Northwestern coast of Isabela. It is a historical site visited by Charles Darwin in 1835, where graffiti has been carved into the rock walls by visitors over the past centuries. This spot has been frequented by whalers and pirates since the 1800s that used the area as anchorage. The name of the site dates back to 1814 when it was visited by a British ship, The Tagus, which had anchored there in search of giant tortoises to be used as food supplies on the boat. 

Here, we will admire a variety of seabirds, such as blue-footed booby, brown noddy, terns, flightless cormorant, and Galapagos penguins depending on the season. Occasionally you might see woodpecker finches, the Galapagos hawk, the yellow warbler, or a large-billed flycatcher. 

After a dry landing, we can climb up the trail to visit Darwin's Lake. The lake is located on the slopes of Darwin Volcano and is, surprisingly, a saltwater lake above sea level. Our naturalist guide will tell you what are the different scientific theories for this occurrence. Meanwhile, in our snorkeling, there are chances to see sharks, turtles, and sea stars. You may also see various different types of colorful fish. 

PM: Urbina Bay is a fascinating visitor site that came to be as the shallow sea bottom uplifted in 1954 showing a large coral reef sticking up above sea level. Because of this, Urbina Bay is one of the newest features in the Galapagos. This visitor site is located at west of Isabela and provides spectacular views of the Alcedo volcano. The long trail starts on the beach where a wet landing is made. In this location, you will likely see wild Galapagos Giant Tortoises and Galapagos Land Iguanas. As the trail circles back towards the shoreline, you'll come across colonies of the unique Galapagos Flightless Cormorant which lost its ability to fly. This is also a great spot for snorkeling, as you can come close to a Galapagos Penguin Colony and see Galapagos Marine Iguanas feeding underwater.

Hermes - Central & Northern Islands
Location
Isabela
Day
2 / 5

Espinoza & Vicente Roca Point

AM: Espinosa Point on Fernandina Island is one of the most pristine islands in the world, with none of man’s introduced species to date. From here we can see the island of Isabela across the Bolívar Channel, an area that boasts some of the highest diversity of endemic sea fauna in the Galapagos. Fernandina is the youngest of the Galapagos Islands and a visitor favorite. When landing, check out the tidal pools where there is an abundance of sea life, including small fish and mollusks. If we are lucky, a sea turtle or ray may be trapped in the pools. A little further ahead we will pass through some marine iguana burrows and sea lion colonies. The trail continues to where several flightless cormorants have their nests. This remarkable bird is only found in the western Galapagos, and experts estimate that there may only be a few hundred individuals in total. 

PM: Vicente Roca Point has great deep-water snorkeling at one of the richest marine havens on Earth (Bolivar Channel). Vicente Roca Point is renowned for its Galápagos green turtles, which are very numerous on the bay. Although the spot is known for its high concentration of green turtles, sharks, and rays can also be observed when underwater visibility is good. We take a dinghy ride along the coast to observe a great diversity of sea and coastal birds; 

Nazca and blue-footed boobies, noddies, brown pelicans, penguins, flightless cormorants. The upwelling of coldwater currents in this part of the Galapagos gives rise to an abundance of marine life. Our snorkeling will take us along the cliffs and offer the chance to explore two shallow underwater caves with rich marine wildlife.

Hermes - Central & Northern Islands
Location
Fernandina - Isabela
Day
3 / 5

Puerto Egas & Buccaner Cove

AM: Morning excursion to Puerto Egas to see the salt crater as well as a dark sand beach and tidal pools. Explore the spectacular shoreline of Puerto Egas, also known as James Bay. Spot a great number of shore birds and reptiles – the beach area is home to a plethora of wildlife. Grab a snorkel and jump into the water right off the beach to explore Puerto Egas' interesting underwater world. Keep your eyes peeled for rays, turtles, and reef sharks while snorkeling. After, visit the large tidal pool area – marine iguanas and Sally Lightfoot crabs are everywhere. 

PM: Continue to Playa Espumilla, one of the most idyllic beaches in the Galápagos Islands, which boasts thick mangroves and flamingo and sea turtle nesting sites. Head to Buccaneer Cove to witness the towering cliff wall rock formations.  Jump into the panga and cruise alongside high cliffs and rock formations on this visit to Buccaneer Cove, which was a favorite hideout for pirates looking to stock up their boats with food and water. Spot sea lions relaxing on the beach and sea birds nesting in the cove – there’s lots to see at this site. 

Hermes - Central & Northern Islands
Location
Santiago
Day
4 / 5

Disembarkation

AM: Visit North Seymour for guided walks to observe birds and wildlife, including vast sea lion colonies. Have an amazing wildlife experience visiting North Seymour Island – this island is teeming with life! Follow trails to see all the action (you may need to give way to a passing sea lion or marine iguana while walking). See blue-footed booby nests where mating pairs perform their courtship dance. Head to a rocky shore to see flocks of pelicans having lunch in a dive bomb-feeding frenzy, then turn inland to a large nesting site of magnificent frigate birds. These huge, dark acrobats have two-metre (6.5 ft) wingspans, and males, with their puffed-up scarlet throat sacks, sit precariously perched in low bushes to watch over their equally large chicks. Top off the excursion with a snorkel among sea lions and rays.

Disembark at Baltra for a flight back to Ecuador's mainland. 

Hermes - Central & Northern Islands
Location
Santa Cruz
Day
5 / 5
1 / 5

5 Day - Eastern Islands

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Embarkation

AM: Transfer to the boat to meet the guide and get on board. In the afternoon, enjoy the highlands. Visit a tortoise ranch and see some of the amazing volcanic formations in Santa Cruz. 

PM: Visit the highlands of Santa Cruz and see the Galápagos giant tortoise in its natural surroundings. Explore the area and its incredible underground lava tunnels – some are more than 1km (.6 mi) long! Wander along the volcanic tubes and watch for the (mainly) nocturnal barn owls that sometimes roost here. 

Hermes - Central & Eastern Islands
Location
Santa Cruz
Day
1 / 5

Rabida Island & Bartolome

AM: Arrive at a red sand beach at Rábida to explore its trails. A short trail leads to a saltwater lagoon; another trail goes past the lagoon to the interior, where the revered palo santo trees grow. (When burned, the branches of this tree give off a pleasing aroma and ward off mosquitoes.) Head back to the beach to see prehistoric-looking pelicans nesting among low-lying bushes – it's a rare treat to watch parent pelicans return with gullets full of fish for the squawking youngsters.

Take a panga ride from the beach to a cliff wall that drops off into the water to find one of the best deep-water snorkeling spots in the islands.

PM: In the afternoon, hike to Bartolomé's summit for a stronger perspective of the islands' not-too-distant volcanic origins, and enjoy a panoramic view – it’s one of the best among the islands! See other Galápagos Islands in the distance and Pinnacle Rock, the island’s famous towering landmark.

Hermes - Central & Eastern Islands
Location
Santiago
Day
2 / 5

South Plaza & Santa Fe

AM: Visit South Plaza, one of the smallest islands in the Galápagos, which has one of the largest populations of land iguanas. Walk along a path through a cactus forest and view a combination of dry and coastal vegetation on this lively island, home to a wide range of fauna, including incredible birdlife. Spot red-billed tropicbirds and indigenous swallow-tailed gulls resting on the cliffs, and sea lions playing in the waters. 

PM: Lace up your hiking boats to explore the island's flora and fauna. Trek toward the cliffs along the island's northern shore to see a forest of giant prickly pear cacti (Opuntia). See endemic land iguanas lounging in their favorite forest, and feasting on Opuntia pads and fruit.

Location
Santa Fe
Day
3 / 5

Pitt Point & Cerro Brujo

AM: Enjoy amazing wildlife watching and interesting geological formations on this fascinating expedition. Arrive at a quiet cove on the eastern tip of San Cristóbal to explore Punta Pitt. Made up of volcanic tuff substrate, it's the only site in the Galápagos where it's possible to see three species of boobies and two species of frigatebirds. Snorkel around Punta Pitt Island and spot schools of fish swimming below. On the shore admire the nesting birds and sunbathing sea lions.

PM: Visit Cerro Brujo to explore its coastline, and look for wildlife on the beach, in the water, and in the air. Learn about the human and natural history of the area from the Galápagos CEO. Take a refreshing dip in the turquoise water, and head out on a short walk to a freshwater lagoon – a great place to see flamingos.

Hermes - Central & Eastern Islands
Location
San Cristobal
Day
4 / 5

Disembarkation

AM: In the morning, visit Isla Lobos and be greeted by sea lions frolicking in the waves. Explore this tiny island by foot and boat for some great wildlife encounters. Take a panga ride to view the sea and shore birds nesting and feeding. Spot a small colony of blue-footed boobies as well as two species of sea lions.

After this last visit, transfer to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno airport.

Hermes - Central & Eastern Islands
Location
San Cristobal
Day
5 / 5
1 / 5

Accommodations

Social Areas

Main Entrance
Dining Hall
Boarding Area
Aperitif Lounge
Top Deck
Sun Deck
Pool
Main Salon
Library
Evolution Spa

Suites & Cabins

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12 Cabins

Suite

Guests
1-2
Size
20 - 35 m²/215-377 ft²
Beds
King/Twin

Hermes' 12 extensive suites are split equally over the Main and Upper Decks, with the slightly smaller single suites found towards the front of the Main Deck. They are all illuminated by huge floor-to-ceiling windows allowing natural light to flow in—even in the bathroom with shower and Jacuzzi!—and feature convertible twin/king beds, a walk-in closet, a complimentary mini bar, and a gorgeous private balcony to enjoy the Enchanted Islands' scenery in unprecedented style. Laundry and butler service is included for your extra convenience.

Technical Information

Deck Plan

Features

  • Connecting cabins
  • Cabins with balconies
  • Air conditioning
  • Deck shower
  • Pool / Jacuzzi
  • Massage room
  • Lecture room
  • WIFI available
  • Children's playroom
  • Spa
  • Souvenir shop
  • Hot showers

Equipment

  • Snorkeling gear
  • Wetsuits
  • Stand up paddleboard
  • Kayaks / Canoes
  • Water canteen/bottle
  • Binoculars
  • Dry Bags/Plastic bags to protect cameras
** Use of certain equipment at additional cost, ask for details
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