Speculation has been rampant over the past few months regarding the next location of Survivor. Countries such as Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines were all rumored as the setting for the upcoming cycle of seasons. Today those rumors can be put to rest, as Inside Survivor has learned the filming location for Season 33 and 34 of Survivor.
Survivor will be returning to Fiji to film the 33rd and 34th iterations of the long-running reality show; specifically the Mamanuca Islands. The Mamanuca Islands are a volcanic archipelago located west of Nadi and to the south of the Yasawa Islands and consists of over 20 islands. Mana Island, one of those 20 islands, is to be taken over by the production crew from February onwards.
The news that SEG Productions are setting up camp on Mana Island is supported by various sources and travel resorts within the area. Bula Wedding Creations, a wedding planning service based out of Fiji, confirmed Survivor’s involvement on the island back in September 2015 on their Facebook page:
Holiday-goers have also reiterated similar information on booking websites such as Trip Advisor, like here in November 2015. The latest news regarding the upcoming production was posted on the Fiji Sun website earlier this month, when Ulrich Hoffgen, the General Manager of the Mana Island Resort, confirmed that film crew would exclusively charter the resort for nearly six months between February and July. While he didn’t disclose that the production was Survivor, he did state that the first set of crew had arrived on the island for early preparation and that the show would bring “…great publicity for Fiji and Mana.”
Mana Island itself appears to be a relatively small island, and it is possible it could be used only to house production crew during filming. There are many other islands within the Mamanuca Islands chain that could be used for beaches to film on.
Survivor previously filmed in Macuata, Vanua Levu, Fiji back in 2006 for Survivor: Fiji which aired on CBS in Spring 2007. Inside Survivor was told that due to the harsh conditions suffered by both cast and crew during the filming on Koh Rong Island in Cambodia in 2015, it was a high priority for the Survivor production team to find a location that had comfortable accommodation for the crew as well as a safer filming environment.
Filming is scheduled to begin in March for Season 33 and production will continue until early July for Season 34.