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Raja Ampat Feb 2017. Last available places

December 18, 2016 – 8:52 pm

There are still a few available places for the following cruises in Raja Ampat aboard the lovely Ondina sailing pinisi early next year:

12-21 February 2017. Sorong-Sorong. 9 nights. €2,745/person
23 February – 04 March 2017. Sorong-Sorong. 9 nights. €2,745/person

This route covers the very best dive sites of Raja Ampat Marine Park, one of the most diverse diving destinations in the world! Make your reservation now before it gets completely full! Contact Symbiosis Custom Travel now.
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This amazing pic by Alfonso Exposito, taken during his cruise with the Ondina, won the First prize in the Macro Category Deep Indonesia 2016

Yoga & Diving Cruise, January 2017: Special last minute discount

December 18, 2016 – 8:41 pm

Our friends from Yoga Natura are offering an astounding 25% discount for their Raja Ampat cruise between January 8 and 17, 2017 to dive in the amazing waters of Raja Ampat and enjoy the best yoga with Sandra Bicker aboard the SMY Ondina!

ondina-yoga-dive_660Sailing a Phinisi schooner through the stunning waters of Indonesia is an amazing, romantic, adventurous and unique experience and exploring this incredible underwater world with the SMY Ondina and combining it with Yoga just makes it unforgettable and relaxing.

Inhale the sea-salt air. Exhale. Enjoy the silence. Consciously observe the body and breath. Develop mindfulness. Swim in crystal clear turquoise water. Relax & laugh… Dive into Yoga!

Yoga
In the mornings and/or evenings we practice Yoga at the beautiful sun deck for about 90 min. – remaining mindful, loving and focused throughout. In the mornings, start with vitalising breathing techniques (Pranayama) and invigorating body postures (Asanas). After diving or snorkelling we unwind with gentle stretching postures, conscious breathing and deep relaxation. A further enrichment to our yoga classes will be the silence we experience when observing nature – above and under water.

Diving
The optional integration of diving into the yoga vacations offers participants the opportunity to realise even more the meditative stillness of diving. The breathing is calm and smooth due to the practice of breathing techniques (Pranayama). Non-divers can go snorkelling and/or simply admire the stunning views and relax. Just below the surface of the water, you will find some of the most pristine and untouched coral reef in the world.

The Raja Ampat archipelago owns the worldwide record for the greatest number of different species found in one single dive. Add the most pristine and colourful coral gardens, outstanding landscapes, fishing villages and of course, Birds of Paradise.

.. only 15 participants – reserve your space as soon as possible. Contact Symbiosis Custom Travel.

Last Minute Dive Liveaboard Specials 

December 18, 2016 – 6:43 pm

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Indo Siren
Raja Ampat, Indonesia – 30% OFF
10 nights: 3 – 13 January 2017
WAS 4690 Euro – NOW 3283 Euro

Fiji Siren
Beyond the Bligh – 40% OFF
10 nights: 7 – 17 January 2017
WAS 4150 Euro – NOW 2490 Euro

Truk Master
Deep Dive into History – 35% OFF
7 nights: 8 – 15 January 2017
WAS starting from 3095 USD – NOW 2012 USD

The Junk
Similan Islands of Thailand – 20% OFF
6 nights: 6 – 12 January 2017
WAS starting from 947 Euro – NOW 758 Euro

French Polynesia Master
Rangiroa to Fakarava – 40%OFF
10 nights: 25 January – 4 February 2017
WAS starting from 5975 USD -NOW 3585 USD

Palau Siren
Get wrecked – 20% OFF
7 nights: 16 – 23 February 2017
WAS 3450 Euro -NOW 2760 euros

Contact Symbiosis Custom Travel now for full info and to grab your berth.

Heavy flooding in Gulf of Thailand

December 8, 2016 – 12:15 pm

Floods in Thailand have killed 14 people and badly affected southern holiday islands as the country heads into the December to January high season for tourism.

A low pressure system has brought heavy rain to parts of the south including the islands of Samui and Phangan in the Gulf of Thailand, and floods have also severed the rail link to the south and Malaysia beyond.

Full story on Coconuts Bangkok here

Raja Ampat Liveaboard offer

November 28, 2016 – 4:14 pm

Raja Ampat liveaboard dive cruises: 10% discount on all remaining spaces from January to May 2017 aboard Mermaid I & Mermaid II.

Contact Symbiosis Custom Travel to reserve your space now and to start planning your journey.

30% discount for Komodo liveaboard diving, Indonesia

November 17, 2016 – 3:56 pm

Moana_silhouetteAre you looking for a dive getaway this holiday season? We have a Special “early” Christmas deal onboard the Moana for you! Come and dive the Komodo National Park with us!”

Trips – 30% off published price:
05-09 DEC 2016 -> 4 nights – WAS EUR €1,290, NOW ONLY EUR €903

11-15 DEC 2016 -> 4 nights – WAS EUR €1,290, NOW ONLY EUR €903

17-22 DEC 2016 -> 5 nights – WAS EUR €1,570, NOW ONLY EUR €1,100

Price is based on per person, twin/double sharing.

Take on the offers while it lasts! Contact Symbiosis for further details.

Cambodia Wildlife preview – Wildlife Alliance

November 13, 2016 – 7:26 pm

50% off Mekong River Cruise, Jan 17

November 11, 2016 – 12:05 pm

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Amazing last minute special offer on this wonderful 8 day
river cruise down the might Mekong River from Siem Reap to Saigon, passing through 2 countries, Cambodia and Vietnam.

Toum-Tiou_map_400The cruise starts at the home of Angkor Wat, the World’s largest collection of ancient religious monuments and a World Heritage Site, passes across South East Asia’s largest lake, the Tonle Sap, arriving at the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh. From there the cruise continues lazily sailing through the verdant Mekong Delta of South Vietnam to the bustling commercial hub of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam’s largest city.

Vessel: Tour Tiou 1
Dates: 3rd to 10th January 2017
Discount: 50% Discount

For inquiries and reservations contact Symbiosis Custom Travel

Thailand’s month of mourning lifted

November 10, 2016 – 9:56 pm

The restriction on live events and entertainment in Thailand following a month of mourning for His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej will be lifted on 14 November 2016.

All entertainment venues and festivals will resume operations from Monday 14 November and hotels will be able to hold celebrations and events. These may still be toned down as a sign of respect. Celebrations deemed extravagant such as those with fireworks will be restricted. Meetings and event venues will open as usual with the exception of reserved areas in Wat Phra Kaeo (Temple of the Emerald Buddha) and the Grand Palace, as they will be the venue of the Royal Funeral Rites. All other areas within the Grand Palace are now open to tourists and visitors.

Raja4Divers Specials, 2017 – Raja Ampat, Indonesia

October 18, 2016 – 11:55 am

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1. 10% EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT for stays at the lovely Raja4Divers between 05 August 2017 and 30 September 2017. Bookings need to be made between 16 November 2016 and 31 December 2016.

2. U30 weeks from the 17 June to 1 July 2017: a wonderful opportunity for anyone under the age of 30 to dive the best diving in the world at a very affordable price of just EUR 2,555. Besides the regular unlimited diving package for 2 weeks, the special includes also all dive gear rental.

Contact Symbiosis Custom Travel to book now and to start planning your travel to and from Indonesia.

Travel in Thailand during the mourning period for King Bhumibol

October 17, 2016 – 7:58 pm

Thailand is in a period of mourning following the death of His Majesty, King Bhumibol on the 13th of October. This is a time of deep sorrow for the Thai people and will be respected across the country.

However, The Thailand Toursim Authority still encourages travellers to continue as normal. All they ask if for travellers to demonstrate respect for the Thai people, by refraining from behaviour that may be interpreted as disrespectful or disorderly.

There may be some disruption of commercial and public services during the mourning period, especially during the first 30 days (until the 13th of November). Tourist attractions are open with the exception of Wat Pra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha) and the Grand Palace in Bangkok.

Most significantly, Chiang Mai municipality has officially announced the cancellation of the Loy Kratong and Yi Peng festivals this year (12-15th of November).

For updates on all entertainment options that are affected, please see here.

For all other updates, please refer to the Thailand Tourism Authority.

Symbiosis Custom Travel would like to offer condolences to friends and family of the King and to all the Thai people.

Strong typhoon approaching Vietnam

October 17, 2016 – 5:58 pm

Four central provinces in Vietnam have been hit by flooding as Typhoon Sarika, forecast to be one of the strongest in years, approaches Vietnam’s east coast.

Severe flooding in central Vietnam has left at least 21 people dead and submerged tens of thousands of homes.

Worst affected is the province of Quang Binh, where at least 11 people have been killed, crops destroyed and livestock washed away.

The floods have been caused by torrential rain, but local media say sudden discharges from hydropower reservoirs worsened the flooding.

Typhoon Sarika could bring more bad weather if it strikes Vietnam.

Sarika battered the northern Philippines on Sunday, leaving at least 2 dead and more than 15,000 Displaced

Full story on BBC here.

Birmingham Dive Show Special offers

October 13, 2016 – 6:00 pm

To mark this year’s DIVE Show in Birmingham, UK, commencing on 14 Oct, Deals4Divers and Symbiosis Custom Travel are pleased to present the following special offers aboard one of the stunning sailing boats of the Worldwide Dive & Sail fleet:

Siren-FleetDIVE FIJI
• Easter in Fiji: 9-19 April 2017 (10 nights)
WAS 4150€ NOW 3320€
• Summer in Fiji: 14 – 24 August 2017 (10 nights)
WAS 4150€ NOW 3527.50€

DIVE INDONESIA
Komodo: 30 Jul – 9 Aug 2017 (7 nights)
WAS 4290€ NOW 3646.50€
Flores to Raja Ampat: 5-19 October 2017 (14 nights)
WAS 5950€ NOW 5057.50€

Kayaking-Palau-01DIVE PALAU
• Get wrecked in Palau:16-23 Feb 2017 (7 nights)
WAS 3450€ NOW 2932.50€
• Summer in Palau: 24 Jun – 4 Jul 2017 (10 nights)
WAS 4790€ NOW 4071.50€

DIVE THE PHILIPPINES
Tubbataha and More: 1-14 March 2017 & 31 May – 13 June 2017 (13 nights)
WAS 5600€ NOW 4760€
Malapascua & the Visayas: 6-16 Aug 2017 (10 nights)
WAS 3490€ NOW 2966.50€

DIVE FRENCH POLYNESIA
• Fakarava to Rangiroa: 1 – 11 March 2017 (10 nights)
WAS $5675 NOW $4823.75
the-junk-sunset• Rangiroa to Fakarava: 14 – 24 June 2017 (10 nights)
WAS $5675 NOW $4823.75

DIVE TRUK LAGOON
• 7 nights: 23-30 April 2017
WAS $3095 NOW $2630.75
• 10 nights: 5-15 July 2017
WAS $4345 NOW $3693.23

DIVE THE SIMILAN ISLANDS, THAILAND
• 6 nights: 6-12 January 2017
WAS starting from 911€ NOW 774€
• 4 nights: 6-10 April 2017
WAS starting from 703€ NOW 597€

Offers are valid on new individual bookings only and must be confirmed by the 31st October 2016.

Contact Symbiosis Custom Travel to book and to arrange your travel.

Endangered Gibbons Released Near Angkor Wat

October 10, 2016 – 5:07 pm

Volcano Erupts on Lombok, Indonesia

September 29, 2016 – 12:52 pm

On the 27 September at 14:45, Gunung Barujani, the little brother, of Gunung Rinjani started sending volcanic ash around 2,000 meters into the sky. The cloud drifted south causing several flight cancellations into the night of the 27 September. Rescuers in Indonesia were dispatched Wednesday to evacuate nearly 400 tourists, most of them foreigners.

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