|Presented by||Jeff Probst|
|No. of episodes||14|
|No. of days||39|
|No. of survivors||19|
|Location(s)||Macuata, Vanua Levu, Fiji|
|Filming dates||October 30, 2006
– December 7, 2006
|Original run||February 8, 2007– May 13, 2007|
|Preceded by||Survivor: Cook Islands|
|Followed by||Survivor: China|
Survivor: Fiji is the fourteenth season of the American CBS competitive reality television series Survivor. The season was filmed in the Fiji Islands. The premiere of Fiji aired on February 8, 2007. The two-hour season finale aired on May 13, 2007, followed by the Reunion show live from Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City. Host Jeff Probst has gone on record declaring the season as one of his least favorite seasons. Applications were due June 16, 2006. The complete season (including the live Reunion show) was released on DVD on December 11, 2012, available exclusively through Amazon.com.
In a twist from previous seasons of Survivor, all contestants participated in at least one challenge before being split into two tribes and moving to two different tribe camps. One camp (built by all contestants in the initial challenge), Moto, was furnished with several luxuries, including shelters built from pre-cut wood, a kitchen area with dishware, a shower, a toilet, furniture, and the means to maintain fire. The other camp, Ravu, was given merely a pot and a machete to survive. During the broadcast of the season, host Jeff Probst admitted that this concept did not play out quite as the producers hoped, as it led to the "haves" tribe predictably dominating in the challenges over the "have-nots" week after week. Exile Island returned once again for Fiji, with new twists. Unlike previous seasons, there were two hidden immunity idols, with one hidden at each camp. The idol now had to be played before Jeff read the results of the voting, rather than after. Once a hidden immunity idol was used, it was rehidden rather than discarded. The idols were good through the final five. The winner, Earl Cole, was unanimously selected by the jury. Yau-Man Chan reported that Andria (Dre) "Dreamz" Herd and Cassandra Franklin received $100,000, as they both received the same amount of votes for Sole Survivor (zero) and tied for second place. He also reported that he received $60,000 for coming in fourth.
This was the first season of Survivor to have an odd number of castaways, with 19. Melissa McNulty would have been the twentieth castaway, but dropped out the night before the show because of panic attacks and irritable bowel syndrome. Due to the timing and lack of alternates, her spot could not be replaced. Gary Stritesky was the only contestant who applied to be on the show; McNulty and the other 18 contestants were recruited. The cast retained the same amount of diversity as the previous season, Survivor: Cook Islands, in a conscious effort intended to show that the racial diversity of Survivor: Cook Islands was not just a ratings stunt.
Yau-Man Chan later appeared in Survivor: Micronesia where he was the third contestant and second returning player to be voted out. He was asked to return for Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains but turned the offer down due to work obligations.
|Contestant||Original tribe||Switched tribe||Merged tribe||Finish|
|DeBen, JessicaJessica DeBen
27, Los Angeles, California
|Ravu||20||20||1st voted out
|Durousseau, EricaErica Durousseau
27, Lake Charles, Louisiana
|Ravu||20||20||2nd voted out
|Kwan, SylviaSylvia Kwan
52, Malibu, California
|Ravu1||20||20||3rd voted out
|Stritesky, GaryGary Stritesky
55, Rochester, Minnesota
|Moto||20||20||Quit due to illness
|Gomez, LilianaLiliana Gomez
25, Oxnard, California
|Moto||20||20||4th voted out
|Verreos, RitaRita Verreos
38, San Antonio, Texas
|Ravu||20||20||5th voted out
|Robinson, AnthonyAnthony Robinson
32, Compton, California
|Ravu||Ravu||20||6th voted out
|Reid, James "Rocky"James "Rocky" Reid
28, San Diego, California
|Ravu||Ravu||20||7th voted out
1st jury member
|Linares, Lisette "Lisi"Lisette "Lisi" Linares
36, Las Vegas, Nevada
|Moto||Ravu2||20||8th voted out
2nd jury member
|Yi, MichelleMichelle Yi
23, Cincinnati, Ohio
|Ravu||Moto||Bula Bula||9th voted out
3rd jury member
|Rivera, EdgardoEdgardo Rivera
28, Miami, Florida
|Moto||Ravu||10th voted out
4th jury member
|Lee, MookieMookie Lee
25, Chicago, Illinois
|Ravu||Ravu||11th voted out
5th jury member
|Angarita, Alejandro "Alex"Alejandro "Alex" Angarita
28, Sacramento, California
|Moto||Ravu||12th voted out
6th jury member
|Kimball, StacyStacy Kimball
27, Boulder, Colorado
|Moto||Moto||13th voted out
7th jury member
|Bernis, Kenward "Boo"Kenward "Boo" Bernis
34, Lafayette, Louisiana
|Moto||Moto||14th voted out
8th jury member
|Chan, Yau-ManYau-Man Chan
54, Fresno, California
|Ravu||Moto||15th voted out
9th jury member
|Herd, Andria (Dre) "Dreamz"Andria (Dre) "Dreamz" Herd
25, Wilmington, North Carolina
|Franklin, CassandraCassandra Franklin
42, San Francisco, California
|Cole, EarlEarl Cole
35, Santa Monica, California
^1 Sylvia was given the task of dividing the tribes. She was sent to Exile Island and told she would join whichever tribe lost the Immunity Challenge after that tribe voted off a member. Because Ravu lost the Immunity Challenge, Sylvia became a member of Ravu.
^2 Lisi was not picked in the tribal switch. She was sent to Exile Island and would join the tribe that lost the Immunity Challenge. Because Ravu lost the challenge, Lisi became a member of Ravu.
^3 Dreamz and Cassandra were considered co-runners up due to being tied at zero votes each in the final Tribal Council vote, and both awarded the second place monetary prize. Yau-Man was awarded the third place prize.
Due to one player dropping out prior to the game, the season started with 19 players. After arriving at their beach as one group, instructions and materials for building a camp were dropped from a plane. Before the first challenge, the castaways were divided into two tribes by Sylvia, appointed for her leadership in building the camp, who was sent to Exile Island due to the odd number of players. After the challenge, the winning team, Moto, returned to the constructed camp, while the losing team, Ravu, was directed to a different beach where only meager supplies awaited them; Sylvia joined Ravu shortly afterwards. While both tribes vied equally in challenges, it was clear Moto was in much better shape due to the better camp, winning every single challenge. On Ravu, an alliance between Earl and Yau-Man was formed. When Earl was sent to Exile Island, he conspired with Yau-Man to find a hidden immunity idol located at the camp, which Yau-Man did.
A tribal shuffle served to further alliances; Earl and Yau-Man brought Michelle, Cassandra and Boo into their fold, while Alex became the leader of an alliance between himself, Mookie, Edgardo, and Dreamz, titling themselves the "Four Horsemen". Mookie found the other hidden immunity idol, but decided not to tell Dreamz because of the latter's untrustworthiness. The tribes merged at the original Moto camp, stripped of their original structures and luxuries. The first post-merge immunity challenge divided the contestants into two randomly selected teams, putting Michelle with most of the Horsemen, and leading to her being voted out. After Dreamz discovered his alliance had neglected to tell him about Mookie's idol, he defected to Earl's alliance and worked with them to trick Mookie into misplaying his idol, resulting in the systematic eliminations of the three loyal Horsemen.
The reward challenge played by the final six players was for a truck. Yau-Man won the challenge, but made a deal with Dreamz to trade the truck in exchange for the final challenge's immunity necklace should Dreamz win it. While Dreamz attempted to get out of the deal by targeting Yau-Man immediately, Yau-Man played his idol and Stacy was sent home, followed by Boo for being a physical threat. Dreamz won the final immunity challenge, but reneged on his deal with Yau-Man at the subsequent Tribal Council; Yau-Man was the final player voted out. At the final Tribal Council, Dreamz' actions and Cassandra's quiet game led the jury to vote unanimously for Earl.
|Episode title||Original air date||Challenge winner(s)||Exiled||Eliminated||Finish|
|"Something Cruel Is About to Happen ... Real Soon"||February 8, 2007||Moto4||Sylvia1||Jessica||1st voted out
|"Snakes Are Misunderstood ... We Have an Understanding Now"||February 15, 2007||Moto4||Earl5||Erica||2nd voted out
|"This Is Not Survival ... It's a Thrival"||February 22, 2007||Moto||Moto||Sylvia||Sylvia||3rd voted out
|"Let's Just Call Jeff on the Jeff Phone"||March 1, 2007||Moto||Yau-Man||Gary||Quit due to illness
|(Ravu)||Liliana||4th voted out
|"Love Many, Trust Few, Do Wrong to None"||March 8, 2007||Moto||Moto||Earl||Rita||5th voted out
|"I've Got Strength Now to Carry the Flag"||March 21, 2007||None7||Moto||Lisi2||Anthony||6th voted out
|"An Evil Thought"||March 29, 2007||Ravu||Moto||Earl||Rocky||7th voted out
1st jury member
|"So You Think You Can Meke?"||April 5, 2007||Moto||Moto||Lisi||Lisi||8th voted out
2nd jury member
|"Are We Gonna Live on Exile Island?!"||April 12, 2007||Boo, Cassandra, Earl,
|None8||Michelle||9th voted out
3rd jury member
|"It's a Turtle?!"||April 19, 2007||Cassandra,
[Boo, Dreamz, Yau-Man]
|Yau-Man||Mookie||Edgardo||10th voted out
4th jury member
|"Blackmail or Betrayal"||April 26, 2007||Alex, Dreamz,
|Stacy||Boo||Mookie||11th voted out
5th jury member
|"A Smile, Velvet Gloves and a Dagger in My Pocket"||May 3, 2007||Boo, Dreamz,
|Boo||Earl||Alex||12th voted out
6th jury member
|"I Wanna See If I Can Make a Deal"||May 10, 2007||
|Boo||Yau-Man||Stacy||13th voted out
7th jury member
|"You've Got That Puzzled Look"||May 13, 2007||None||Yau-Man||None||Boo||14th voted out
8th jury member
|Dreamz||Yau-Man||15th voted out
9th jury member
|"Reunion"||May 13, 2007||Jury vote|
- In the case of multiple tribes or castaways who win reward or immunity, they are listed in order of finish, or alphabetically where it was a team effort; where one castaway won and invited others, the invitees are in brackets.
^4 Combined Reward and Immunity Challenges.
^5 Earl was exiled in episode two and did not return to his tribe until after Tribal Council, meaning he could not be voted out or participate in the vote.
^6 Moto won the immunity challenge, but received a message which forced them to choose between keeping their luxurious camp or keeping immunity. The Moto tribe chose their camp and gave immunity to Ravu.
^7 There was no Reward Challenge due to a tribe mix-up.
^8 The ten remaining Survivors were merged on Exile Island, therefore nobody was exiled.
^9 Yau-Man made a deal with Dreamz to give the reward to Dreamz in exchange for the possibility of a future Individual Immunity.
|Title||Original air date||U.S. viewers
|1||"Something Cruel Is About to Happen...Real Soon"||February 8, 2007||16.44||5.7/15|
|The castaways arrived on an island with no instructions and were not split into tribes. After some time, a box was parachuted, which contained plans for a luxurious shelter using the provided building supplies. The castaways spent the next two days constructing the shelter from the plans under the primary direction of Sylvia. At the combined Reward and Immunity Challenge, the castaways were asked who the leader was during construction and unanimously named Sylvia. Sylvia was told to split the castaways into two tribes, Moto and Ravu, but was then exiled. She would be immune from Tribal Council and would join whichever tribe lost the Immunity Challenge.
|2||"Snakes Are Misunderstood...We Have an Understanding Now"||February 15, 2007||16.08||5.6/15|
|Ravu continued to suffer from dehydration and were reduced to licking water off of leaves, though they found a supply of pineapples in addition to their coconut supply. At Moto, the castaways continued to live a cushy life at their camp. Boo injured himself in the eye and then shortly thereafter cut himself with an ax while chopping wood, and then the hammock he was lying on fell down. On day 5, Sylvia returned from Exile Island and immediately declared that she felt like an outcast. Her tribemates were annoyed by her perceived bossiness and the fact that she had plenty of water to drink on Exile Island.
|3||"This Is Not Survival...It's Thrival"||February 22, 2007||13.47||4.6/12|
|Michelle finally started a fire at Ravu using Yau-Man's glasses. Michelle used Yau-Man's glasses because the thicker bifocals concentrated the light better than her own glasses.
Despite Ravu's momentum from starting a fire, it failed to carry over to the Reward Challenge as they lost yet again, though they did gain flint for successfully earning fire on their own. Moto opted to have a second set of fishing gear as reward instead of their luxury items or fresh fruit. Moto also won the right to send somebody to Exile Island and they selected Sylvia to go for a second time. After the Reward Challenge when Moto returned to camp, Gary felt dizzy and complained of chest pain, thinking that it may have been a cracked rib suffered during the Reward Challenge. The medics were called in and he was cleared to continue, though his tribe encouraged him to not be afraid to call for medical help should he not be able to breathe. This deflated some of Moto's elation of the Reward win.
|4||"Let's Just Call Jeff on the Jeff Phone"||March 1, 2007||14.67||5.0/13|
|Gary continued to suffer from vertigo due to an allergic reaction brought on by bug bites.
Moto came up with a great strategy to win the Reward Challenge after initially falling behind to win the challenge. Moto chose to send Yau-Man to Exile Island, and a frustrated Rocky threw a temper tantrum after his tribe's fifth consecutive loss. On Day 10, Gary decided that his condition was not getting any better and he pulled himself from the game.
|5||"Love Many, Trust Few, Do Wrong to None"||March 8, 2007||13.81||4.6/12|
|Earl and Yau-Man discussed their clues about the Hidden Immunity Idol. Earl took the tribe on a hunting expedition, leaving Yau-Man to dig for the Idol, but his search turned up nothing.
At the Reward Challenge, Moto crushed Ravu and opted to send Earl back to Exile Island. Lisi and Stacy upset Alex and Edgardo by going on a power trip, treating Cassandra and Dreamz rudely. Dreamz decided that he and Cassandra would flip to the other side after the unspoken alliance's effort to smooth things over rang hollow.
|6||"I've Got Strength Now to Carry the Flag"||March 21, 2007||12.78||4.2/12|
|After receiving tree mail, Moto and Ravu head to what they believed was a Reward Challenge. Jeff asked the tribes to volunteer one member from each tribe; Earl from Ravu and Edgardo from Moto volunteered, and were instructed to begin the selection of new tribes by schoolyard pick. An upset Lisi was not picked and was sent to Exile Island. Edgardo and Earl then played Rock, Paper, Scissors for the right to draw from a bag that contained Moto and Ravu buffs to see which tribe went to which camp and Edgardo drew the less luxurious Ravu camp. The new Moto tribe became Earl, Yau-Man, Cassandra, Boo, Michelle, and Stacy, with the new Ravu being Rocky, Dre, Mookie, Edgardo, Anthony, and Alex. Cassandra, who had been weak without any alliance in the old Moto tribe quickly warmed up to the new members. Over at Ravu, the new members didn't let their worse camp deter them from strengthening the team with their positive attitude and good health.
|7||"An Evil Thought"||March 29, 2007||13.71||4.5/14|
|Lisi joined the Ravu tribe after spending two days on Exile Island. Dreamz immediately saw Lisi as an outsider and the weakest person, as well as being annoying. Earl took his tribemates to try to retrieve Moto's stranded boat, leaving Yau-Man to search for the hidden immunity idol. Using Moto's digging tools, Yau-Man found the hidden immunity idol and vowed to share the idol with Earl.
At the reward challenge, Dreamz's perfect aim led Ravu to finally break their losing streak. Ravu sent Earl to Exile Island, and they enjoyed their reward. After suffering stomachaches from gorging on too many hot dogs, Rocky (the only one who moderated and ended up without a stomachache) told them that "it is what it is." Although Lisi was planned as the next to go if Ravu lost immunity, the others were fed up with Rocky's harsh attitude and did not want to suffer the same fate as Anthony. Yau-Man made a fake hidden immunity idol and buried it where he found the real immunity idol, although not as deep so it will be easier to find.
|8||"So You Think You Can Meke?"||April 5, 2007||13.58||4.3/13|
|While Dreamz and Lisi slept, Alex, Edgardo, and Mookie found the hidden Immunity Idol using the clues that Lisi told Alex. The three men decided not to tell Dreamz or Lisi that they found the idol, though Lisi figured out that Alex told Mookie about the clues. Alex stated that they would share the idol, but Mookie made it clear that he had primary control of the idol because he dug it up. After Lisi mocked the idea that anyone else had found the idol, Mookie had some fun by helping her dig in the spot where he'd already found it.
At the Reward Challenge, both Moto and Ravu tied for both appearance and spirit, but Moto beat Ravu in the dance (moves and timing) category. Moto enjoyed a traditional Fijian feast with the natives while Ravu's morale sunk. Lisi struggled at Exile Island during the thunderstorm.
|9||"Are We Gonna Live on Exile Island?!"||April 12, 2007||14.25||4.5/13|
|On day 22, the tribes received tree mail that told them to paddle immediately to Exile Island and to not take any of their rewards with them. When they arrived, they discovered a box in the tower on the island with purple buffs and a note telling them that they were now a merged tribe and they were to return to the Moto camp. When they arrived, everything had been removed and the castaways would have to rebuild from scratch. All the castaways started scrambling for new alliances or tried to bring back together old ones. Michelle chose the name Bula Bula for the merged tribe, meaning "hello hello." At the combined Reward and Immunity Challenge, the castaways were randomly split into two competing teams consisting of a green team (Alex, Dreamz, Michelle, Mookie, and Stacy) and an orange team (Boo, Cassandra, Earl, Edgardo, and Yau-Man). The winning team would be immune and not attend Tribal Council, and the losing team would immediately open a note containing instructions.
|10||"It's a Turtle?!"||April 19, 2007||13.33||4.5/13|
|After half the tribe returned from the previous Tribal Council, tensions were high as everyone knew the next vote would decide the game between the two alliances: Earl and Yau-Man's Ravu alliance, and Moto's "Four Horseman." Michelle's ouster caused Boo, Cassandra, Earl, and Yau-Man to regroup and make a new strategy.
Cassandra won the first individual Reward Challenge, sending Mookie to Exile Island, and bringing along Boo, Dreamz, and Yau-Man on a private yacht trip. During the challenge, which involved each tribe member guessing which competitors were named by the others for numerous questions, Stacy received several negative titles, including "Who do you NOT want to see after the game is over?" and "Who wasted this great opportunity?". On the yacht, Cassandra and Yau-Man talked Dreamz into their alliance.
The first individual Immunity Challenge was won by Yau-Man. In the ensuing scramble to decide the vote at Tribal Council, the self-titled "Four Horsemen" of Alex, Dreamz, Edgardo, and Mookie figured that Earl must have the other hidden Immunity Idol and planned to vote him off. Both Alex and Yau-Man tried to convince Stacy to join their alliances. In the end, Stacy sided with Yau-Man. Alex, Edgardo, and Mookie told Dreamz that they found the hidden immunity idol at Ravu, which caused Dreamz to waver because they kept it a secret from him.Dreamz jumped sides and told Cassandra, Earl, and Yau-Man that Mookie had found an Immunity Idol. Initially, the group of Boo, Cassandra, Dreamz, Earl, Stacy, and Yau-Man decided to target Alex. Feeling threatened, Alex asked Mookie to discretely give him the hidden Immunity Idol for protection at Tribal Council. Dreamz noticed this exchange and told the Earl's alliance of the swap, and the same group decided to change the target to Mookie. Edgardo later suggested to the Four Horsemen that they vote off Cassandra instead, as she was a strong middle player in the game and if Earl did have the Immunity Idol, their plan may backfire. Seeing that Dreamz may have been playing both sides of the game and hoping to improve her standing with her critical teammates, Stacy suggested to Boo, Cassandra, Earl, and Yau-Man that they vote off Edgardo and not tell Dreamz about this change; regardless of whether Alex and Mookie had the idol (facts unsure by Dreamz's double-sided dealings), Edgardo would be left unprotected and be voted off if the 5-member alliance held. This would also confirm whether Dreamz was trustworthy and cost the Four Horsemen use of the idol. At Tribal Council, Alex played the hidden Immunity Idol, but for naught as he received no votes, and the Earl-led alliance stuck to their plan and voted out Edgardo. Jeff noted the Immunity Idol would be re-hidden with new clues available on Exile Island.
|11||"Blackmail or Betrayal"||April 26, 2007||13.83||4.6/14|
|With Edgardo gone and Dreamz having defected, the "Four Horsemen" alliance collapsed. Alex and Mookie confronted Dreamz about why he double crossed them at Tribal Council, but Dre tried to cover because he noted he needed their votes if he was to make it further in the game.
Boo struggled in the Reward Challenge when he injured his knee, but he popped it back into place and continued playing. Alex, Dreamz, Earl, and Stacy won the reward and sent Boo to Exile Island. At the spa, Alex scrambled to see if he could get any support from his fellow tribemates, but he could not. Alex and Mookie figured that Yau-Man had the other hidden Immunity Idol from the Moto camp and confirmed this when they searched through his personal belongings. They plotted to confront Yau-Man about the idol at Tribal Council to either get him to lie about having the idol or stir up trouble by casting doubt among his alliance. However, Cassandra and Stacy were nearby, attempting to eavesdrop on the conversation. Although they only heard small parts of the conversation and didn't learn exactly what their adversaries were planning, they were spotted by Mookie and Alex, who then decided to confront Yau-Man immediately. They attempted to blackmail Yau-Man into telling his alliance about the hidden Immunity Idol or they would tell them. Yau-Man decided to tell the members of his alliance, but the strongest reaction was anger that Alex and Mookie went through Yau-Man's personal bag.
|12||"A Smile, Velvet Gloves and a Dagger in My Pocket"||May 3, 2007||13.74||4.6/14|
|Alex went into self-declared "ninja" mode trying to stay out of everybody's way and just observing the others looking for possible ways to continue in the game. Cassandra, Earl, and Yau-Man discussed the options for who is the fourth member of the "Core Four" alliance with Cassandra and Earl preferring Dreamz and Yau-Man preferring Stacy.
At the Reward Challenge, the winner and the first two runners-up were taken on a river rafting excursion. The winner of the challenge also received an advantage to the next Immunity Challenge. Boo won the challenge by a wide margin with Yau-Man and Dreamz as runners-up. Boo selected Earl to go back to Exile Island. In a surprise, the three castaways on the trip received letters from home. Alex noticed the others complaining about Boo being too talkative, so he approached Dreamz about convincing the others to vote Boo out before Alex.
|13||"I Wanna See If I Can Make a Deal"||May 10, 2007||13.77||4.4/14|
|Boo made himself a hideout near the well to overhear conversations thinking that he would be the next one voted out. Earl discussed with his alliance that Boo would be indeed the next voted out.
At the Reward Challenge, Yau-Man won a new truck, but then dealt the truck to Dreamz in exchange for Individual Immunity should Dreamz win Individual Immunity at a prospective final four. Yau-Man also decided to send himself to Exile Island. In his new truck, Dreamz, Boo, and Stacy delivered school supplies and a teacher's office to the local school as part of the reward. After Dreamz returned from the trip, he plotted with Cassandra and Stacy to vote out Yau-Man after realizing what Yau-Man's strategy was regarding giving him the truck, also noting that the deal wouldn't be broken if he voted out Yau-Man before the final four.
|14||"You've Got That Puzzled Look"||May 13, 2007||13.63||4.6/13|
|After Tribal Council, Earl tried to figure out his standing with his alliance after he was kept out of the loop about the plan to vote Yau-Man out.
At the Immunity Challenge, Yau-Man won immunity. Boo tried to stay in the game by trying to persuade Earl and Yau-Man to vote out Dreamz, but he did not succeed and Boo was voted out.
|15||"Reunion"||May 13, 2007|
|The castaways return to discuss the season with host, Jeff Probst.|
|Original Tribes||Switched Tribes|
^10 Sylvia was given the task of dividing the tribes. She was sent to Exile Island and told she would join whichever tribe lost the Immunity Challenge after that tribe voted off a member. Because Ravu lost the Immunity Challenge, Sylvia became a member of Ravu.
^11 Earl was exiled in episode two and did not return to his tribe until after Tribal Council, meaning he could not be voted out or participate in the vote.
^12 No vote: Gary was evacuated due to medical reasons (severe constipation).
^13 Lisi was not picked in the tribal switch. She was sent to Exile Island and would join the tribe that lost the Immunity Challenge. Because Ravu lost the challenge, Lisi became a member of Ravu.
^14 Half of Bula Bula was immune due to winning the Reward/Immunity Challenge, therefore was not present at Tribal Council and did not participate in the vote.
^15 Yau-Man played the hidden Immunity Idol, therefore the four votes against him were not counted.
Survivor: Fiji was filmed in the eastern region of the Macuata province, on Fiji's second largest island, Vanua Levu, about 15 miles (24 km) from the town of Labasa. Tribal Council, the production camp ("Tent City"), and several challenges were located in close proximity to the village of Vunivutu. Other challenges were held on Katawaqa Island, Tivi Island, Vatudamu Point, and fields along the Wainikoro River. The Moto (and later Bula Bula) tribe lived on a peninsula in Vunivutu Bay, while the Ravu tribe lived on Druadrua Island under much harsher conditions. Exile Island's actual name is Sausau Island. Reward getaways included trips to the Namale Resort and Jean-Michel Cousteau Fiji Islands Resort in the town of Savusavu, as well as a rafting excursion on the Navua River on Fiji's main island of Viti Levu.
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