When it comes to traveling the world, few do it with more passion or panache than Denis Pagé. This Canadian-born, New Zealand-based adventurer has a résumé most modern explorers would die for: from diving with whales in the Pacific and supporting researchers in Antarctica, to searching for shipwrecks on the treacherous west coast of Vancouver Island. Along the way, Denis has worked with the Cousteau Society and the BBC, and has had photographs published in National Geographic, Time and numerous books. From Polynesia to Sri Lanka, Denis excels at designing unique itineraries, from private treks in Bhutan to photographic expeditions in Myanmar or designing a blue whales and leopard safari in Sri Lanka.
Denis has been at the very forefront of the arrival of luxury travel in China. After 20 years of guiding and designing exclusive journeys in the Middle Kingdom, he now runs his own company offering some of the finest ‘couture trips’ in Asia and the South Pacific.
His long-standing ground contacts enable him to arrange magical journeys that are simply not available to others: like flying the Silk Road by private jet, traversing three countries in a private boat on the Mekong River, or coming cheek to cheek with Xian’s terracotta warriors in the off-limits ‘museum pits’.
His local contacts are legendary: from a renowned Chinese cooking-show host to a member of the Lao royal family; a highly decorated Vietnamese general, to some of China’s most prominent architects and archaeologists.
Read more about Denis in the S&S 2015/2016 Profile.