Outwit, Outplay, Outlast: 10 Survivor Filming Locations

  • Sabah, Borneo
  • Fiji
  • San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua
  • Rio Tocantins, Brazil
  • Guatemala
  • Samoa
  • Kenya
  • Palau
  • Rocks jutting out of the sea in rural Caramoan

    Caramoan, Philippines

    Survivor's twenty-fifth season, premiering this September, along with the twenty-sixth season take place on the Caramoan Peninsula of the Philippines. After being used as a filming location for several television shows and movies, Caramoan is quickly earning a more prominent spot on the travel map. With a coastline dotted with tiny islands and clear waters, come to Caramoan for kayaking, canoeing, island hopping and general beach lazing.

    Photo courtesy of Marc Veraart/Flickr

  • South Peak of Mt. Kinabalu, Borneo

    Sabah, Borneo

    In April 2000 on the island of Borneo, host Jeff Probst awarded Richard Hatch with one million US dollars and the first ever title of "Sole Survivor".  Borneo, the island where it all began, is actually three separate countries: Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei, and the Survivor cast spent their time on the beaches of Palau Tiga in the Malaysian portion of the island. Adventure travelers visiting the state can take on Mt. Kinabalu, Southeast Asia's second tallest peak.

    Photo courtesy of Eric BC Lim/Flickr

  • Sailboats on a Fiji beach


    The island of Vanua Nevu, second largest of the 332 islands that make up the archipelago known as Fiji, served as the backdrop for Survivor's fourteenth season. Survivor: Fiji is perphaps best remembered as the season when fan favorite Yau Man gave away a brand new Ford truck he'd won in a challenge in exchange for immunity should his fellow Survivor Dreamz win it with four contestants remaining. Dreams took the truck and broke his promise, resulting in Yau Man's elimination.

    Photo courtesy of Simon Greening/Flickr

  • Sunset over the sea

    San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua

    The Nicaragua and Redemption Islands seasons of Survivor were filmed along Nicaragua's Pacific coast, but as your travels take you away from the ocean, you'll discover why the country is nicknamed "the land of lakes and volcanoes." Follow the path of Survivors, pirates and conquistadors through the dense rainforests and across the wide sandy beaches of this Central American paradise.

    Photo courtesy of Bruce Thomson/Flickr

  • Boating the river

    Rio Tocantins, Brazil

    The eighteenth season of Survivor, filmed in the Brazilian Tocantins, introduced us to one of the most memorable people to ever grace a Survivor cast. Benjamin Wade, better known as Coach, lasted to the top five and came back for two additional Survivor seasons. With Brazil hosting an upcoming World Cup in 2014 and Summer Olympics in 2016, there's plenty of reasons to drop by this bit of Survivor turf.

    Photo courtesy of Otávio Nogueira/Flickr

  • Temple pyramids of Yaxhá


    Season 11 of Survivor brought contestants to the heart of they Mayan Empire in Guatemala. The Yaxhá archeological site where the season was filmed includes more than 500 Mesoamerican structures. Colonial churches, azure lakes, colorful craft markets and volcanic craters await in Central America's most populous nation.

    Photo courtesy of Semio/Flickr

  • Nu'ulopa, Samoa


    More seasons of Survivor have been filmed on Upolu Island in Samoa than any other place on earth. Contestants from Survivor: Samoa, Heroes vs. Villains, South Pacific and One World (the latest season) competed in the clear waters and swamp forests of this volcanic island in their quest to claim the million dollar prize. The waters off the Upolu coast are home to more than 900 fish species and 200 types of coral.

    Photo courtesy of NeilsPhotography/Flickr

  • Giraffes in Kenya's grasslands


    The third installment of the series, Survivor: Africa, was one of two season filmed on the African continent. At the Shaba National Reserve in Kenya, contestants got up close and personal with the wildlife--and each other--in the first season when teams were shuffled mid-season.

    Photo courtesy of Franco Pecchio/Flickr

  • Palau's Rock Islands


    Survivor: Palau made series history as the first and only season without a tribe merge after the Koror tribe won every single immunity challenge until only a single Ulong member remained. One of the more memorable challenge rewards also happens to be one of Palau's biggest attractions, a trip to a marine lake teeming with more than 21 million golden, stingless jellyfish.

    Photo courtesy of LuxTonnerre/Flickr


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