Frequently Asked Questions

General Inquiries

Q: What is survival ecotourism? 

A: The concept was originally inspired by the TV show Survivor. However, we added some twists and meaning. Just like in the show participants must learn survive and take care of themselves on an uninhabited island but they also adopt a raw Paleo diet which allows for a better integration into the ecosystem. Seeds of the foods eaten on the island are replanted to ensure the perennity of the island’s food supply. Traditional resort activities gain a deeper meaning. Hiking becomes food gathering, Snorkeling and canoeing become fishing. With Eco Symbiosis you can now have your Survivor experience.

Q: Are there any dangerous animals on the islands? 

A: The short answer is no. Anambas is blessed in this regard. Pythons can be seen occasionally but they are not harmless to humans when left alone. A few small size scorpions. Even though the bite can be painful it is not lethal. Occasionally, you may encounter centipedes which are again not lethal. There are no crocodiles, no poisonous snakes nor poisonous spiders.

Q: What happens in case of a medical emergency? 

A: The closest hospital is 40 minutes away in speed boat. There is a speed boat permanently on standby on the island. Evacuation can occur fast if needed.

Q: Are you giving visitors assistance and training? 

A: Yes absolutely. However, you choose the level of assistance you need for yourself. 

Q: What are the seasons?

A: There are two seasons. From March to October is the dry season. Less rain but more hot. From November to February is the monsoon season. More rain and occasionally stormy but less hot.

Q: What is the best fruit season?

A: July and August is the best time of the year for fruits. Durian is in season at that time. Due to the proximity of the equator there is also a “small” durian season in January. Of there are fruits year-round.

Q: What kind of clothes should I bring?

A: Be prepare for a wet lifestyle. Water shoes are best. Anything that is light and dries fast is appropriate. Take the minimum. Do not overload yourself. Less is more, especially more freedom.