|Filming location||Efate, Shefa Province, Vanuatu|
|Winner||Chris Daugherty (5-2)|
|Original run||September 16, 2004– December 12, 2004|
|Filming dates||June 28, 2004– August 5, 2004|
|No. of episodes||14|
|No. of days||39|
|No. of survivors||18|
|Fans vs. Favorites||Ami CusackEliza Orlins|
Survivor: Vanuatu - Islands of Fire (also known as Survivor: Vanuatu for short) was the ninth season of the United States reality show Survivor. Filmed in Summer 2004, the game took place on Vanuatu, a chain of volcanic islands in the South Pacific.
Survivor: Vanuatu debuted on September 16, 2004. Also debuting that day was Survivor Live, an hour-long Internet talk show hosted by the original Sole Survivor Richard Hatch and Entertainment Tonight correspondent Chris Booker. The talk show, airing every Thursday and Friday on the CBS website, interviews former contestants and reviews the players' gameplay.
On December 12, 2004, Chris Daugherty defeated Twila Tanner by a vote of 5-2 to become the sole survivor. The DVD for this season was released on December 5, 2006.
For the first time outside of the All Star edition that preceded it, there were eighteen contestants. In the first seven seasons, there were only sixteen contestants. This was the second season to initially divide the tribes by gender. It was also the first season to feature an amputee (Chad Crittenden, who had lost a foot to cancer) and not one, but two open lesbians (motivational speaker Scout Cloud Lee and former Playboy model Ami Cusack).
The season began like Survivor: The Amazon in that the tribes were divided by gender. The male tribe was Lopevi, after one of Vanuatu's volcanic islands; the female tribe was Yasur, after Mount Yasur. On Day 11, there was a "tribal shuffle" 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; the tribe was christened Alinta, a name proposed by Scout meaning "people of fire."
Eliza Orlins and Ami Cusack were selected from this season to return for Survivor: Micronesia as members of the Favorites tribe, where they placed 10th and 11th respectively.
|Contestant||Original Tribe||Switched Tribe||Merged Tribe||Finish||Total Votes|
|Brook Geraghty||Lopevi||1st Voted OutDay 3||5|
|Dolly Neely||Yasur||2nd Voted OutDay 6||5|
|John "J.P." Palyok||Lopevi||3rd Voted OutDay 7||5|
|Mia Galeotalanza||Yasur||4th Voted OutDay 7||5|
|Brady Finta||Lopevi||5th Voted OutDay 10||6|
|Travis "Bubba" Sampson||Lopevi||Yasur||6th Voted OutDay 12||6|
|Lisa Keiffer||Yasur||Yasur||7th Voted OutDay 15||4|
|John Kenney||Lopevi||Lopevi||8th Voted OutDay 18||5|
|Rory Freeman||Lopevi||Yasur||Alinta||9th Voted OutDay 21||14|
|Lea "Sarge" Masters||Lopevi||Lopevi||10th Voted Out|
1st Jury MemberDay 24
|Chad Crittenden||Lopevi||Lopevi||11th Voted Out|
2nd Jury MemberDay 27
|Leann Slaby||Yasur||Yasur||12th Voted Out|
3rd Jury MemberDay 30
|Ami Cusack||Yasur||Yasur||13th Voted Out|
4th Jury MemberDay 33
|Julie Berry||Yasur||Lopevi||14th Voted Out|
5th Jury MemberDay 36
|Eliza Orlins||Yasur||Yasur||15th Voted Out|
6th Jury MemberDay 37
|Scout Cloud Lee||Yasur||Yasur||16th Voted Out|
7th Jury MemberDay 38
|Chris Daugherty||Lopevi||Lopevi||Sole Survivor||3|
- The Total Votes is the number of votes a castaway has received during Tribal Councils where the castaway is eligible to be voted out of the game. It does not include the votes received during the final Tribal Council.
|Episode title||Air date||Challenges||Eliminated||Vote||Finish|
|"They Came at Us with Spears!"||September 16, 2004||Yasur||Brook||5-3-1||1st Voted OutDay 3|
|"Burly Girls, Bowheads, Young Studs and the Old Bunch"||September 23, 2004||Yasur||Lopevi||Dolly||5-4||2nd Voted OutDay 6|
|"Double Tribal, Double Trouble"||September 30, 2004||Lopevi||John K.||J.P.||5-3||3rd Voted OutDay 7|
|[Ami]1||Mia||5-3||4th Voted OutDay 7|
|"Now, That's a Reward!"||October 7, 2004||Yasur||Yasur||Brady||6-1||5th Voted OutDay 10|
|"Earthquakes and Shake-Ups!"||October 14, 2004||Lopevi||Lopevi||Travis||6-1||6th Voted OutDay 12|
|"Hog Tied"||October 21, 2004||Lopevi||Lopevi||Lisa||4-2||7th Voted OutDay 15|
|"Anger, Threats, Tears... and Coffee"||October 28, 2004||Yasur||Yasur||John K.||5-1||8th Voted OutDay 18|
|"Now the Battle Really Begins"||November 4, 2004||Lopevi||Lea||Rory||6-4||9th Voted OutDay 21|
|"Gender Wars... And It's Getting Ugly"||November 11, 2004||Leann[Julie]||Ami||Lea||7-1-1||10th Voted OutDay 24|
|"Culture Shock and Violent Storms"||November 18, 2004||Ami, Chad,Chris, Eliza||Twila||Chad||6-2||11th Voted OutDay 27|
|"Surprise and... Surprise Again!"||November 25, 2004||Eliza||Ami||Leann||4-3||12th Voted OutDay 30|
|"Now Who's in Charge Here?!"||December 2, 2004||Eliza2[Ami, Chris]||Chris||Ami||4-2||13th Voted OutDay 33|
|"Eruptions of Volcanic Magnitude!"||December 9, 2004||Julie[Chris]||Eliza||Julie||3-2||14th Voted OutDay 36|
|"Spirits and the Final Four"||December 12, 2004||None||Chris||Eliza||3-1||15th Voted OutDay 37|
|Chris||Scout||1-0||16th Voted OutDay 38|
|"Survivor: Vanuatu - Islands of Fire - The Reunion"||December 12, 2004||Jury Vote||Twila||5-2||Runner-Up|
- In the case of multiple tribes or castaways who win reward or immunity, they are listed in order of finish, or alphabetically where it was a team effort; where one castaway won and invited others, the invitees 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 received her own car and the castaways who finished second and third in the challenge were able to join her at a spa retreat.
|Original Tribes||Mixed Tribes||Merged Tribe|
|Eliminated:||Brook5/9 votes||Dolly5/9 votes||5/8 votes||Mia5/8 votes||Brady6/7 votes||Travis6/7 votes||Lisa4/6 votes||5/6 votes||Rory6/10 votes||Lea7/9 votes||Chad6/8 votes||Leann4/7 votes||Ami4/6 votes||Julie3/5 votes||Eliza3/4 votes||Scout1 vote||Twila2/7 votes||Chris5/7 votes|
|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|