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LUXURY GALAPAGOS CRUISE

ULTRA LUXURY CRUISE AROUND THE GALAPAGOS ARCHIPELAGO

WELCOME TO HERMES MEGA CATAMARAN
Galapagos’ First Ultra-Luxury Cruise


Hermes Mega Catamaran is the first Ultra-Luxury Cruise to sail in the Galapagos Islands. With a guest capacity capped at 20 guests, Hermes provides an unrivalled experience through exclusivity, high-end amenities and a crew to guest ratio of almost 1 to 1.  

All of our Suites feature their own private balcony and private jacuzzi overlooking the ocean. Enjoy from our premium beverage menu complimentary during your stay. Relax after a day of discovery on the islands with the pampering of our butler service or from purification in our Hammam with views to stunning Galapagos’ landscapes.

Expedition Hermes Mega Catamaran was specially designed to explore the Galapagos Islands and offer you a close encounter with nature, and our itineraries include at least two archipelago highlights per route. In this manner, you visit the most remote sites on the Enchanted Islands and observe species making these the best places for wildlife on Earth.

On land, two experienced naturalist guides escort small groups, up to 10 guests, during the excursions. You have a closer interaction with them, and they have time to give you a more in-depth explanation to your questions. You can find walking sticks in your suite in case you need them for this activity.

Hermes is also fully equipped to offer you memorable moments in the water. We have wetsuits and snorkeling equipment available in all sizes to jump in the water and play with the unique marine wildlife of the Galapagos. You also have kayaks and SUPs available for a different experience in one of the most pristine waters in the planet. Otherwise, you can observe marvellous sea turtles, playful sea lions, or any other marine species from our glass-bottom boat if you prefer to avoid the water.

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CRUISE THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

The Galapagos Islands are a bucket list destination for everyone and a must for nature lovers and birdwatchers, and they are an ideal destination for couples, families, solo travelers, and multigen groups…for everyone. Hermes Mega Catamaran’s flexible itineraries enable you to explore this amazing destination according to your time availability. Two 4-day and two 5-day itineraries are perfect routes if you can stay in the archipelago for a short time. You can combine them into longer experiences from 7 up to 15 days for a more comprehensive experience in Enchanted Islands.

Due to its geographical distribution and natural evolution, emblematic species of the archipelago inhabit only specific, more remote sites, considered highlights of the archipelago. Hermes Mega Catamaran’s itineraries take you to all these highlights and enable you to observe species that make the Galapagos such a unique destination. We have distributed these sites among our base routes to guarantee you explore some of them even if you take a 4-day cruise.

With a wide variety of vessels to choose from, we are sure to find the perfect Galapagos Cruise for you! Contact us HERE.

Marine Iguanas - Galapagos Islands

EXPERIENCES & DISCOVERY

Hermes Mega Catamaran is the perfect complement for your land excursions and snorkeling sessions, as it offers great observation areas, informational material, and interesting videos to deepen your knowledge about the Galapagos Islands, and all the sciences available on them.


Hermes’ boarding platform is a comfortable space to sit and observe marine wildlife from the boat. The observation deck in the front part of the sun deck is the ideal spot to fall in love and take pictures of the stunning Galapagos landscapes or to look for birds flying over the boat. Of course, you can also stay in your suite and enjoy the wonderful view available from both, the balcony and the jacuzzi, in them.


Hermes’ library has the latest scientific books where you can contrast our guides’ information or solve any doubt that came to your mind during the hikes or in the water. It will be a quiet area to read and concentrate on this topic or on any book of your preference.


Our two social lounges are equipped with large flat-screen TVs where you can learn more about the Galapagos Islands with the videos available for you. Our guides can recommend you the video that works best to solve your doubts about a topic.

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Hermes Mega Catamaran’s experience goes beyond a traditional Galapagos cruise. We want this to be a transformational journey and cuisine has an important role in our experiences. Consequently, a renowned Ecuadorian Chef designed a signature menu that you can only have aboard Hermes. It fuses traditional Ecuadorian food, local flavors and ingredients and global inspiration. You will taste these delicious recipes not only for breakfast, lunch, dinner, but also during on the snacks after every excursion.

The culinary experience aboard Hermes goes beyond your palate, as you actually learn how to prepare tasty Ecuadorian dishes. Our chef teaches you the ingredients needed and the process you must follow in order to prepare these ancestral dishes.

Hermes offers several spaces where you can enjoy this exquisite cuisine. A spacious dining room, located on the upper deck, offers you stunning views of the Galapagos while you eat. The sun deck has an amazing al-fresco dining area equipped with a barbeque grill.

Ceviche


below are some of the initiatives that we are going to implement aboard our new luxury vessel:
Food Waste Reduction: High-end cruises in Galapagos offer buffet meals, but Via Natura will offer served-dish gastronomic experiences for all meals aboard Hermes Mega Catamaran. This measure enables us to attain one main goal: reduce food waste aboard by approximately 30%. This will in turn help us better protect marine life in the Galapagos. This simple decision has a large impact on our cruise CO2 footprint.

Water Treatment Plants: Hermes will have its own water treatment plants where all dark and gray waters will be treated in our purification plants prior to discharge them in open seas according to international maritime conventions.

Local Community Support: In contrast with the majority of the Galapagos cruise fleet, Via Natura will continue to source the majority of our food supplies from local stores and from the local community as we have been doing for the past 18 years. In this manner, we keep contributing to the local economy and its development. Furthermore, we are going to hire all qualified naturalist guides from the local community, helping dynamize the economy. Finally, we will continue our visits to locally owned Coffee Farms in the highlands of Santa Cruz Island so that our guests can understand how this crop became the economic support for the islanders when they first arrived in the islands.

Preserve and promote Ecuadorian Culture: Some travelers are not aware that the Galapagos Islands belong to Ecuador, and they miss the chance to discover our beautiful country and its culture. We want Hermes Mega Catamaran’s guests to learn about our culture and gastronomy. To that end, we are going to partner with a renowned Ecuadorian Chef to offer a menu combining local and international cuisine. In addition, we are going to offer travelers the opportunity to discover our culture with their own hands through our cooking experiences aboard. We expect to spark curiosity about Ecuador in this manner and hope travelers will come back and explore Ecuador in the future. Our partners, Kontiki, and the complete Ecuadorian tourism industry and society will benefit from this.

Single-Use Plastic Reduction: We are doing everything possible to eliminate the use of single-use plastic aboard Hermes Mega Catamaran. We are going to provide reusable water bottles to all guests aboard our vessel (for free) and they will be able to refill in our water dispenser stations. They can keep them after the cruise and use them throughout their visit in Ecuador. In this manner, we do not only contribute to the reduction of plastic use in the Galapagos Islands but also to any other destination our guests travel to after the cruise.

Environmentally friendly amenities: We are looking for a luxury brand of amenities that can provide us with environmentally friendly products. Some luxury suppliers use a lot of plastic bags and packaging that is not necessary. We want to find a partner who aligns with our vision and can work with us using dispensers that avoid waste. In addition, we are going to require them to supply us with colorless biodegradable products as these have less impact on the environment.

Endemic Scalescia Reforestation Program: Via Natura is developing its very own reforestation program in Puerto Ayora. Our company acquired 9 hectares of private land adjacent to National Park territory some years ago for this endeavour. All bookings aboard Hermes Mega Catamaran will contribute to the development of this program. Indeed, we want guests to witness their contribution to the environment through this project as well. Consequently, we are going to include a visit to the project for guests interested in planting their own tree or just visiting the project. We decided to plant Scalescia, an endemic and unique tree of the archipelago, due to its importance for Galapagos’ environment: creating a thick canopy that shades the lower forest levels from heat, light, and heavy rainfall, protecting the soil from erosion. Scalesia forests provide shelter to the famous Galapagos Tortoise, the Galapagos Dove and the Darwin Finches

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Sally Lightfoot Crab - Galapagos Island Hopping Tour

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