Dive Masters
S25 E3 PI
Recurring Survivor Challenge
Description: A recurring water challenge
Appearances: Vanuatu
Millennials vs. Gen X

Dive Masters (also known as Diver Down, Deep In Thought, Octopus' Garden, and Holy Diver) is a recurring challenge that originated in Survivor: Vanuatu and has since reappeared in Micronesia, Philippines, Cagayan, and Millennials vs. Gen X.


Each tribe must retrieve items attached to an underwater rope, with each progressive item being deeper than the one before it. The first tribe to retrieve all their items and finish a final task wins the challenge.


The challenge debuted as the first challenge after the tribe switch in Survivor: Vanuatu. The contestants had to pull themselves along a vertical underwater rope, retrieving markers along the way. After ten minutes, the tribe with the most markers won Pringles, beer, and a trip to the waterfalls of Vanuatu. Although the challenge was closely fought by both tribes, Lopevi ultimately collected the most markers, winning the challenge and reward.

In Survivor: Micronesia, four members of each tribe had to dive down to a 9.1 m long steel cage that contained coconuts painted in tribe colors and with letters on them. Once all the coconuts had been retrieved and put in a floating bin, the bin had to be pulled back to shore. The four remaining castaways would unscramble a word puzzle using the letters on the coconuts. Malakal defeated Airai after Malakal's strongest swimmer, Ozzy, took his time to move all the coconuts to the end of the steel cage for easier retrieval to win a reward of chickens.

The challenge reappeared in Survivor: Philippines, as an Immunity Challenge. One by one, the castaways, had to dive down and retrieve eight wheel-shaped puzzle pieces clipped to an underwater rope. Once all were collected, they used the puzzle pieces to identify a mystery eight-letter word ("treasure"). Kalabaw solved the puzzle first, and was soon followed by Tandang, sending Matsing to Tribal Council for the third straight time. In addition to Immunity, Kalabaw and Tandang also got fishing gear while Kalabaw who finished first also earned a canoe.

In Survivor: Cagayan, the challenge was once again used as an Immunity Challenge. One member from each tribe would dive to retrieve a buoy in the water. Once all five buoys had been brought back to the platform, one tribe member had to shoot the buoys into a basket out in the ocean. Solana easily cruised to victory, with the challenge coming down between Luzon and Aparri. Though Aparri was trying to throw the challenge, several members of Luzon, most notably J'Tia, struggled. This allowed Aparri target Cliff to unknowingly save himself, sending Luzon to Tribal Council again.

In Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X, the challenge was the first Immunity Challenge following the tribe expansion. All members of each tribe had to dive to retrieve a buoy in the water, then swim to a platform. Once all five buoys were on the platform, one tribe member had to shoot the buoys into a basket out in the ocean. The tribes were given the possibility to attempt to hook the basket closer to the platform, making the shooting easier. Vanua quickly fell behind due to CeCe and David both taking a lot of time to bring their buoys to the platform, allowing Ikabula and Takali to win immunity before Vanua could toss a single buoy into their basket.


Episode Challenge Type Winner
"Earthquakes and Shake-Ups!"
Tribal Reward S9 chad tS9 chris tS9 johnk t
S9 julie tS9 lea tS9 twila t
"That's Baked, Barbecued and Fried!"
Tribal Reward S16 amanda tS16 ami tS16 cirie tS16 eliza t
S16 james tS16 jonathan tS16 ozzy tS16 parvati t
"This Isn't a 'We' Game"
Tribal Reward/Immunity S25 carter tS25 dana tS25 dawson t
S25 jeff tS25 jonathan tS25 katie t
S25 abimaria tS25 artis tS25 lisa t
S25 michael tS25 pete tS25 rc t
"Our Time to Shine"
Tribal Immunity S28 alexis cS28 jefra c
S28 jeremiah cS28 lj cS28 morgan c
S28 cliff cS28 lindsey cS28 sarah c
S28 tony cS28 trish cS28 woo c
Millennials vs. Gen X
"Idol Search Party"
Tribal Immunity S33 bret tS33 hannah tS33 jay t
S33 michaela tS33 sunday tS33 will t
S33 adam tS33 figgy t
S33 jessica tS33 ken tS33 taylor t



  • Ami Cusack, Eliza Orlins, and Jonathan Penner have all competed in this challenge twice.
    • Jonathan won both times, while Eliza and Ami have only won once.
  • The eventual runner-up has always been on the winning tribe.
  • In seasons featuring a red tribe, the red tribe won. In seasons featuring a purple tribe, the purple tribe won.