Pelorus holidays are not for the faint of heart


As the sun rises you are collected by helicopter and whizzed to a remote lagoon for a private kayaking expedition, before a gourmet alfresco lunch on the ice. As you indulge, ice-climbing equipment is set up that leads you to a virgin glacial walk before the chopper returns to take you home. Just one example of a Pelorus adventure.

The experienti­al travel company is on a mission to create extraordin­ary experience­s for people seeking something different.

Founded by two ex-military profession­als, Co-founder Geordie served as a captain in a British Army reconnaiss­ance regiment, deploying twice to Afghanista­n before running a series of businesses across Europe. Unlike most luxury travel companies, Pelorus has flipped the standard model and puts experience over accommodat­ion, while covering the most remote regions around the world. Additional­ly, its pricing structure is transparen­t so there are no hidden costs.

Geordie says: “In a time of pick-and-pay itinerarie­s, Pelorus goes against the industry grain and puts the focus on the experience, designing individual holidays according to the client’s brief.”

Split into three divisions, Pelorus Private Adventures are bespoke and built from scratch from the ground up. The second sector covers yacht expedition­s to far-flung corners of the world.

“We’re trying to get out of the Caribbean and into more interestin­g areas such as Alaska, Patagonia, and Madagascar,” says Geordie. “The way we have approached this is completely new to the market, helping captains and owners get to more difficult cruise areas. We’re creating the rulebook for some of these places where there’s zero infrastruc­ture.”

Finally, there is the special projects division, covering initiative­s that the luxury travel sector has yet to embrace. From standalone conser

vation projects to espionage experience­s and expedition­s. If you can dream it, Pelorus can make it happen.

“We’ve got an expedition across Greenland coming up, as well as a special access conservati­on project tagging hammerhead sharks in the Galapagos,” explains Geordie.

Pelorus escapes don’t come cheap so expect to part with around $20,000 for a trip. However, some adventures cost as much as $100,000. “On the whole, we need a bit of budget to work with in order to be creative but on the flipside three days tracking pumas is awesome and doesn’t cost the earth.”

One crucial Pelorus difference is that the team does not work with people from the travel sector. To pull off unique missions and experience­s Geordie uses conservati­onists, scientists, photograph­ers, and security experts – “not holiday people.”

This philosophy has seen Pelorus gain incredible insight and unparallel­ed access across the board: “On a recent helicopter expedition into the highlands of Papua New Guinea we used a top anthropolo­gist to contact fairly untouched tribes, rather than revisiting the same ones as other travel companies. It was fascinatin­g.”

It goes without saying that safety is paramount and both the founders’ sense of adventure and military background gives them a unique edge.

“The people we work with love our creativity and how we push boundaries, but that we are responsibl­e, sustainabl­e, and safe at the same time,” explains Geordie. “We use a lot of military planning tools and risk assessment­s with meticulous attention to detail. No one else is doing this on this level.”

Inspired? “Get in touch and we will let you know what’s going on,” adds Geordie. Apparently the next expedition to Greenland still has a couple of slots left on it…

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calling in a chopper…or just
looking tough?
Geordie Mackay-Lewis calling in a chopper…or just looking tough?

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