Back to the Philippines with Survivor: Blood vs. Water

If I say the word “survivor” in front of my younger brother, he immediately perks up. For all he knows, I could be talking about any number of things, from the hit song “Survivor” by Destiny’s Child to that book “Lone Survivor” written by Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell. But the word “survivor” only creates one association in his mind – the reality tv show Survivor.

I remember watching the first season of Survivor as a six-year-old back in 2000. I can still hear Susan Hawk’s famous jury speech encouraging the game to end the way mother nature intended it to with “the snake eating the rat.” Why my parents let me watch a reality show as a six-year-old that was based on lying, cheating and scheming your way to the top is beyond me, but I’m glad they did. I ended up raving about the show over the next decade.

Drama on Survivor: Nicaragua
Image courtesy of tvfanatic.com

So for the next 10 years, I tuned in to each season of Survivor that aired twice a year. I loved watching the physical competitions the tribes took part in, and I often pictured myself competing on the show. Over the years, the producers of the show have heightened the drama that occurs between the contestants, but it is an element of the competition that sparks viewers’ attention. Everybody loves the drama.

My weekly attention to Survivor slowly diminished as I got older. Sports, schoolwork and part-time jobs got in the way of my television-watching habits, and I now envy my brother for still having the time to religiously watch the show. Enjoy it while you can, Nate.

My recent plunge into the blogging world got me thinking, however. Maybe this could be my excuse to start tuning in to the show again. So after some coaxing from my brother, I’ve finally taken to writing a post about his tv obsession.

Cast of this season’s Survivor: Blood vs. Water
Image courtesy of insidetv.ew.com

This year’s 27th season is called Survivor: Blood vs. Water, and viewers are once again watching contestants compete in the Philippines. Over the course of the show’s 27-season span, Survivor has taken place in the Philippines twice before and is now back for a third time in the Philippine island of Palaui. It must be exhausting having to come up with ideas for the show after 26 seasons, but the producers have done it again by introducing a new twist to the game. This season, contestants are competing against a loved one. Just like the title of this season, it will be interesting to see which relationship contestants choose to help increase their chances of winning, blood or water.

The Philippines seem to be a popular location for the Survivor producers, so I figured I’d look into the travel opportunities this year’s Palaui Island location has to offer. If my brother doesn’t actually end up achieving his dream of competing on the show, we could still travel to Palaui and say that we’ve been to the same place as the Survivor contestants . We’d even have the privilege of brushing our teeth every day, unlike those on the show.

It turns out that Palaui Island was declared a National Marine Reserve in 1994, so there is very little commercial tourism. Websites instructed that I stay on one of the mainlands and venture over to Palaui for a day excursion or lodge on the island and be prepared to pitch a tent. One available housing option on the island is Mang Jony’s Palaui Island Base Camp. Located on the eastern side of the island, this camp is a 2-room house with toilets and limited use of electricity. The website virtualtourist.com states that it’s perfect for backpackers and campers. I’m more of the “let me lay on a queen-size bed while I look at the room service menu” type of girl, but I think I could deal with the accommodation change. I’d be staying on a Pacific island with some of the best beaches in the world, for crying out loud.

You get the general idea of the type of accommodations Mang Jony has to offer. Image courtesy of virtualtourist.com
Cape Engaño lighthouse
Image courtesy of unc.edu

As for things to do while on the island, websites suggest checking out Cape Engaño lighthouse built by the Spanish in 1888. The lighthouse portion still remains, and it is worth trekking to considering it’s one of only two lighthouses built by the Spanish in the Philippines. Take in a bit of history with the lighthouse, then swim and snorkel off the same cape.

Beach on Palaui Island
Image courtesy of ph.news.yahoo.com

After researching the travel opportunities Palaui Island has to offer, I realize now why the producers of Survivor have chosen the Philippines as the competition’s location multiple times. The fact that the island is a National Marine Reserve allows it to stay a secluded gem within the world of travel. The island consists mainly of locals, and accommodations don’t include your 5-star hotels.

But if you love to be by the beach and enjoy tent camping (I’m talking about real camping that doesn’t come complete with an RV bathroom or a Wi-Fi connection), then Palaui Island is the destination for you. So, grab your Survivor buff, your camping backpack, and your adventurous spirit and book yourself a flight to Palaui Island in the Philippines. Show your appreciation for a reality show that has been airing for 13 years and finally live life like a “survivor.”

-Morgan

37 thoughts on “Back to the Philippines with Survivor: Blood vs. Water

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