Why we love this trip!
- Explore your mental toughness
- Learn the skills to survive on an island
- Experience team dynamics in a stressful situation
- Be one of the first people to experience this unique journey
The storm is fierce and your small ship can no longer resist the pounding waves that are crashing over her bow. She has taken on water quickly and before anyone can lower the life rafts a call cries out through the gail, "Abandon Ship!". People scamper every which way. In the confusion you loose everyone you knew and suddenly you are in the water. The tempest gathers strength, the only time you can see anything is when lightning stikes through the darkness. Waves engulf you! Your body starts to fade and then your consciousness.
With a shudder you awake. But there is no storm, just a bright light above you and water lapping at your face. Are you dead? No! You are on a beach in the middle of nowhere. Before you can really focus you hear a voice above you accompanying an out stretched hand. The voice says "You survived!".
Many of our adventures take us through magnificent landscapes, up mountain trails, across azure seas, down wild rivers and through tangled jungles. These are adventures where the story unfolds as you move from point A to point B, the story of the area, the story of your own journey. Your body is pushed at times further than it has ever been pushed and your mind continuously fights the demons that suggest you can't make it to the end. As each day passes you become stronger, tougher, more resilient. This is the typical adventure tour.
Welcome to Survivor Island, not your typical adventure. The concept of Survivor Island is to journey into your psychology, your mental toughness by abandoning you on a deserted island and requiring you to make do with what that island has to offer. You will go nowhere (so no point A to point B journey) as you will be stuck on the island. There will be no shelter, no water, no equipment to catch anything. For you to acquire these things, you will need to innovate, create and work together as a team.
That's right, there will be another 5 Survivors on the island, all of them in the same situation as you. Which adds another dimension to the adventure. Together, you will have to build shelter, gather water and food and live together on a small isolated island for over a week.
You will be hot and you will be cold. You will be hungry and thirsty. You will be exposed to the elements and to other people. This is a raw experience, one that will strip you of all your creature comforts and force you to step out of your comfort zone.
Survivor Island is not for everyone. It is not for those that want an idealic island paradise getaway (though the island is beautiful). It is not for those that want a holiday. It is for those that want to see how they would react in a disaster situation, those that want to see how far their minds and bodies can be pushed.
Will you be completely alone? Not exactly! Joining you on the island will be a Survival Expert, someone who knows what to do and more importantly not what to do to survive. He will be there to guide you but not teach you. He will be there to ensure you don't do anything that will endanger you or the group. He will be there 24 hours a day for the entire time on the island and he will be in full contact with our support team in case there is an emergency.
So the question is, "Are you up to the challenge?"
"It took four days to get our first fish. Four days. Spear fishing, as the primary concept for catching food, was quickly binned despite it sounding like the coolest option to four blokes wanting to go complete Castaway on the experience". John McMahon Survivor 2017 (Boss Hunting)
The actual location of the island is secret however we can tell you that it is in the Kingdom of Tonga in the south Pacific.
The trip is a total of 12 days with 8 days on the island. The following is simply as a guide as we would like to make the experience as authentic as possible.
Day 1: Arrive in Tonga and transfer to speed boat for an off shore island resort. Briefing will done in the evening.
Day 2: Day to explore the region and islands and acclimatise. Overnight resort.
Day 3 - 10 : Survivor Island
Day 11 : Rest and relax overnight at resort.
Day 12 : Fly home
What to expect:
Survivor Island is a tough exploration of the human spirit. The place you will be stranded on looks idealic, however when you are left there with nothing, the island can soon turn into a prison.
You will need to create shelter, find water, find food and make fire. Sounds simple right?
You will also need to ensure you are not exposed to the elements for too long. The sun can burn and at night the prevailing winds can make the evenings cold and horrible.
However, all is not lost. You will have with you a Survival Expert who can guide you. You also have the chance to find things that wash ashore that may assist you, such as fishing line, plastic bottles or even a discarded flip flop.
This is the physical side of the experience. All this will play on your psychology. Being exposed, hungry and thirsty will change your moods and test your resilience. It will push you to places you have never been before and you will discover another side of you that you may have not been aware of. This can be a positive experience but it can also be a confronting one too. Working with others during this time can be a challenge.
We will endevour to make the experience as real as possible. We want you to be pushed physically and mentally because this is exactly what someone would experience if they too were stranded on an island.
The question is how can I prepare for this? Each person will prepare differently. Some will do nothing and just take it as it comes. Others will enrol in a survival camp, to learn how to light a fire, how to collect water and catch food etc. Others will go to the internet for this information.
We recommend that you do what you think is needed to be prepared. Again, the assumption is that you didn't know the ship was going to sink, so would you know how to survive with your current knowledge? It is up to you, there are no rules.
To participate in this experience you will need to get the all clear from your Doctor. A general physical is what is required. We need to know of any medical conditions well in advance of the experience. While having a heart condition for example wouldn't rule you out, if you are on medication for this then you would not be able to participate. The same applies for diabetics who need insuline etc. We cannot allow those that need ongoing medication on this experience as there is nowhere to store it on the island.
Your Survival Expert will have 24 hour access to our Emergency Team. If there is an emergency, we can have you off the island within 2 hours and in a hospital within another 2 hours. You will need to take out appropriate travel insurance that covers medical evacuation and hospitalisation cover.
Before and after the Experience:
When you first arrive in Tonga, we will transport you to an offshore island resort. There you will be briefed on what is about to happen. You will have a chance to relax and eat and acclimatise. After the experience we will return to the resort to wash and recover before heading home. Thus you will need to bring a change of clothes when you come off the island and clothes for your flight home.
What can you bring onto the island:
There are no rules in this experience. The exact time of when you reach the island and when you are extracted from the island will not be completely clear. Thus, when you reach the island, whatever you have on you can be used on the island.
What is on the island?:
This we cannot completely tell you. What we can tell you is that there are coconut trees and a reef nearby. The rest you will find out on arrival.
Who is the Survival Expert?
- French, 45yo, Father of 2.
- Former French Army in 'Special Units', from 13 RDP
- Served 10 years in French Army
- Has been delivering for 7 years survival training to private individuals as well as army, army commandos, tactical units, firefighters and incentive groups for companies. Trainees come from all around Europe.
- Also has a degree in carpentry, paragliding instructor and kite surfing instructor.
- Airport transfers to and from domestic / international terminals
- Airport transfers to and from resort
- Food and meals for all period at the resort incl 'rest days'
- 3 nights accommodation on an island resort
- Visa (are free for Australia and NZ)
- Survival Expert on the island 24x7
- 24x7 communication with emergency team
- International flight to & from destination (TBU)
- Personal expenses (soft drink, alcoholic beverages, entertainment, personal expenses, etc)
- All creature comforts on Survivor Island