Vanuatu Survivor
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
Tribes Lopevi
Fans vs. Favorites Ami CusackEliza Orlins
Season chronology
Previous Survivor: All-Stars
Next Survivor: Palau

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
Twila Tanner Yasur Lopevi Runner-Up 6
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
Reward Immunity
"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
Chris Sole Survivor
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
Episode #: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Reunion
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
Voter Vote
Chris Brook John P. Brady John K. Ami Lea Eliza Leann Ami Julie Eliza Scout Jury Vote
Twila Dolly Mia John K. Rory Lea Chad Leann Ami Julie Eliza
Scout Dolly Mia Travis Rory Rory Lea Chad Leann Ami Julie Eliza Twila
Eliza Dolly Twila Travis Lisa Rory Lea Chad Leann Ami Twila Twila Chris
Julie Leann Twila John K. Rory Lea Chad Eliza Scout Twila Chris
Ami Dolly Mia Travis Lisa Rory Lea Chad Eliza Scout Twila
Leann Dolly Mia Travis Lisa Rory Lea Chad Eliza Chris
Chad Brook John P. Brady John K. Ami Julie Eliza Chris
Lea Brook John P. Brady John K. Ami Eliza Chris
Rory Brook John P. Brady Travis Lisa Ami
John K. Chris Rory Brady Chad
Lisa Leann Mia Travis Rory
Travis Brook John P. Brady Rory
Brady Rory Rory Rory
Mia Leann Twila
John P. Chris Rory
Dolly Leann
Brook Chris


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