|No. of episodes||14|
|No. of days||39|
|No. of castaways||18|
|Production location(s)||Efate, Shefa Province, Vanuatu|
|Filming dates||June 28 – August 5, 2004|
|Original release||September 16 – December 12, 2004|
|Preceded by||Survivor: All-Stars|
|Followed by||Survivor: Palau|
Survivor: Vanuatu - Islands of Fire (also known as Survivor: Vanuatu for short) was the ninth season of the American reality show Survivor. It was filmed in Summer 2004. The game took place on Vanuatu, a group of volcanic islands in the South Pacific.
Survivor: Vanuatu started being shown on TV on September 16, 2004. Also starting that day was Survivor Live, an hour-long Internet talk show hosted by the first Sole Survivor Richard Hatch and Entertainment Tonight correspondent Chris Booker. The talk show was shown every Thursday and Friday on the CBS website. It interviews players from earlier seasons and reviews the players' gameplay.
For the first time, not including the season before, All-Stars, there were eighteen players. In the first seven seasons, there were only sixteen. This was the second season where the starting tribes were divided by gender. It was also the first season to have an amputee (Chad Crittenden, who had lost a foot to cancer) and not one, but two open lesbians (motivational speaker Scout Cloud Lee and old Playboy model Ami Cusack).
The season began like Survivor: The Amazon. The tribes were divided by gender. The male tribe was Lopevi, named after one of Vanuatu's volcanic islands; the female tribe was Yasur, named after Mount Yasur. On Day 11, there was a tribal switch like in other seasons, which ended up moving two people from each tribe over to the other tribe.
On Day 20, the tribes were merged (combined) into one tribe. They named the new tribe "Alinta", a name suggested by Scout meaning "people of fire."
Eliza Orlins and Ami Cusack were chosen from this season to return for Survivor: Micronesia as members of the Favorites tribe, where they placed 10th and 11th.
Gameplay[change | change source]
The players were brought into the game at a native gathering, with the natives dividing the group into men and women. The men were clearly worshiped at the ceremony, suggesting they would have better luck in the game. After the ceremony, the men were named the Lopevi tribe, and the women the Yasur tribe, and sent to find their camps in the dark. Lopevi lost the first challenge mainly due to Chris, however, the older men of the tribe started an alliance and worked to vote off one of the younger men, Brook. This would continue through the next two tribal councils that Lopevi took part in. In Yasur, a strong clique started around Ami, and the women that did not fit in were voted out.
The tribes were switched on day 11, mixing the two tribes; later voting only strengthened Ami's alliances. On Day 19, the two tribes, now with 6 women and 4 men, merged into one tribe, which they named "Alinta". The men were quickly targeted at the next three tribal councils, leaving Chris as the only male. By this time, the players in Ami's alliance were her, Julie, and Leann, while Twila and Scout had formed a closer pairing, with Eliza as an outsider among the women. When Chris didn't win the next immunity challenge, Twila brought Chris into a plan to vote out one of Ami's group if they could bring Eliza into their foursome. Chris was successful at this, and Leann was voted out at the next tribal council. Ami and Julie soon followed, even though they had tried to vote off Chris. The final four was Chris, Eliza, Twila, and Scout. Chris won the last two immunity challenges, and took Twila with him into the final two. The jury saw Chris' power to stay in the game with the odds against him, both from the first challenge and as the last man standing, and voted him the Sole Survivor 5-2.
Players[change | change source]
|Player||Starting tribe||Switched tribe||Merged tribe||Finish||Total Votes|
27, Winthrop, MA
|Lopevi||1st Voted Out
25, Mercer, PA
|Yasur||2nd Voted Out
|John "J.P." Palyok
31, Los Angeles, CA
|Lopevi||3rd Voted Out
29, Toms River, NJ
|Yasur||4th Voted Out
33, Huntington Beach, CA
|Lopevi||5th Voted Out
|Travis "Bubba" Sampson
33, Blountville, TN
|Lopevi||Yasur||6th Voted Out
44, New Orleans, LA
|Yasur||Yasur||7th Voted Out
22, Los Angeles, CA
|Lopevi||Lopevi||8th Voted Out
35, Des Moines, Iowa
|Lopevi||Yasur||Alinta||9th Voted Out
|Lea "Sarge" Masters
40, Columbia, SC
|Lopevi||Lopevi||10th Voted Out
1st Jury Member
|James "Chad" Crittenden
34, Oakland, CA
|Lopevi||Lopevi||11th Voted Out
2nd Jury Member
35, Kansasville, WI
|Yasur||Yasur||12th Voted Out
3rd Jury Member
31, Lakewood, CO
|Yasur||Yasur||13th Voted Out
4th Jury Member
23, Gorham, ME
|Yasur||Lopevi||14th Voted Out
5th Jury Member
21, Syracuse, NY
|Yasur||Yasur||15th Voted Out
6th Jury Member
|Scout Cloud Lee
59, Stillwater, OK
|Yasur||Yasur||16th Voted Out
7th Jury Member
41, Marshall, MO
33, South Vienna, OH
- The Total Votes is the number of votes a player got during Tribal Councils where the player is able to be voted out of the game. It does not count the votes they got during the final Tribal Council.
The game[change | change source]
|Episode name||Date shown on TV||Challenges||Eliminated||Vote||Finish|
|"They Came at Us with Spears!"||September 16, 2004||Yasur||Brook||5-3-1||1st Voted Out|
|"Burly Girls, Bowheads, Young Studs and the Old Bunch"||September 23, 2004||Yasur||Lopevi||Dolly||5-4||2nd Voted Out|
|"Double Tribal, Double Trouble"||September 30, 2004||Lopevi||John K.||John P.||5-3||3rd Voted Out|
|[Ami]1||Mia||5-3||4th Voted Out|
|"Now, That's a Reward!"||October 7, 2004||Yasur||Yasur||Brady||6-1||5th Voted Out|
|"Earthquakes and Shake-Ups!"||October 14, 2004||Lopevi||Lopevi||Travis||6-1||6th Voted Out|
|"Hog Tied"||October 21, 2004||Lopevi||Lopevi||Lisa||4-2||7th Voted Out|
|"Anger, Threats, Tears... and Coffee"||October 28, 2004||Yasur||Yasur||John K.||5-1||8th Voted Out|
|"Now the Battle Really Begins"||November 4, 2004||Lopevi||Lea||Rory||6-4||9th Voted Out|
|"Gender Wars... And It's Getting Ugly"||November 11, 2004||Leann
|Ami||Lea||7-1-1||10th Voted Out|
|"Culture Shock and Violent Storms"||November 18, 2004||Ami, Chad,
|Twila||Chad||6-2||11th Voted Out|
|"Surprise and... Surprise Again!"||November 25, 2004||Eliza||Ami||Leann||4-3||12th Voted Out|
|"Now Who's in Charge Here?!"||December 2, 2004||Eliza2
|Chris||Ami||4-2||13th Voted Out|
|"Eruptions of Volcanic Magnitude!"||December 9, 2004||Julie
|Eliza||Julie||3-2||14th Voted Out|
|"Spirits and the Final Four"||December 12, 2004||None||Chris||Eliza||3-1||15th Voted Out|
|Chris||Scout||1-0||16th Voted Out|
|"Survivor: Vanuatu - Islands of Fire - The Reunion"||December 12, 2004||Jury Vote||Twila||5-2||Runner-Up|
- If more than one tribe or player wins reward or immunity, they are listed in order of finish, or alphabetically if it was teamwork, or where one player won and invited others, the players they invited are in brackets.
Note 1: John K. had to spend a day with the other tribe for the point of giving immunity to one of them at tribal council that night. He chose Ami because he thought she was safe even without immunity.
Note 2: When Eliza won the reward challenge, she got her own car and the players who finished second and third in the challenge were able to join her at a spa retreat.
Voting history[change | change source]
|Starting tribes||Switched tribes||Merged tribe|
|Chris||Brook||John P.||Brady||John K.||Ami||Lea||Eliza||Leann||Ami||Julie||Eliza||Scout||Jury Vote|
|Chad||Brook||John P.||Brady||John K.||Ami||Julie||Eliza||Chris|
|Lea||Brook||John P.||Brady||John K.||Ami||Eliza||Chris|