” The big twist? Former winners “Boston” Rob Mariano and Sandra Diaz-Twine will spend 39 days on their own separate island, where they’ll dole out strategy tips to lucky castaways who cross their path.
But where is this so-called Island of the Idols? While the castaways on Survivor spend most of their time creating alliances, eating meager rations of rice, and getting bitten by tropical bugs, they also get to enjoy a beautiful filming location for 39 days.
The Mamanuca Islands are a series of about 20 islands, but about seven of these islands are covered at high tide. The islands are a tourist attraction for those interested in surfing, snorkeling, and the like.
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The 14th season of Survivor was the first to be filmed in Fiji, and it was simply called Survivor: Fiji. The series headed back to Fiji in 2016 for season 33, Survivor: Millenials vs Gen X, and it’s been filmed there ever since.
And logistically, things are also working out quite well.
In 2017, Survivor host Jeff Probst told Entertainment Weekly that the Fijian government has been happy to work with the CBS show. And since Survivor has gotten into the habit of filming two seasons back-to-back, it makes sense for the crew to stay in one location to film both seasons.
It’s been two decades. It’s a different world.
There are not as many places we can go for lots of reasons—the economy, population, political unrest, weather patterns.”
In fact, things are going so well that Probst said that he “hopes we stay here [Fiji] forever.
Fiji offers us everything that we want. It’s a win-win.