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House of the Holey
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Recurring Survivor Challenge
Description: A recurring skill challenge
Appearances: Worlds Apart
Kaôh Rōng
Millennials vs. Gen X

House of the Holey (also known as Rice Race and It's in the Bag) is a recurring challenge from Survivor. It debuted in Survivor: Worlds Apart and reappeared in Kaôh Rōng and Millennials vs. Gen X.


The tribes must pass trough an obstacle course while retrieving bags with balls. At the finish, one person for each tribe must balance on a beam while attempting to maneuver a ball through a maze of holes to the top. one person for each tribe will balance on a beam while attempting to maneuver a ball through a maze of holes to the top.

In Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X, the final portion of the challenge was drastically changed, and involved two tribe members tilting a horizontal table to navigate one (of three) balls through it while avoiding traps.


In Survivor: Worlds Apart, the tribes were attached to a rope and one at a time had maneuver through a rope obstacle grabbing a bag of balls and heading to the finish. At the finish, one person for each tribe will balance on a beam while attempting to maneuver a ball through a maze of holes to the top. All three tribes were neck-and-neck throughout the challenge, but the Nagarote and Masaya tribes narrowly won, sending the Blue Collar tribe, Escameca, to their first Tribal Council.

The challenge re-appeared in Survivor: Kaôh Rōng. The tribes must maneuver three bags of rice across an obstacle course in the water. At the end of the course, they must open the bags to retrieve three balls and compete in the maze of holes. First two tribes to get all three balls at the top of the maze, win immunity. After an early lead at the obstacle course, the Gondol tribe easily finished first. In a close race at the third ball, To Tang won their first challenge, sending Chan Loh to their first Tribal Council.

The challenge appeared once again in Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X. Two tribe members must walk across a balance beam and climb a triangle to retrieve three bags of coconuts each. Once all six bags have been retrieved, they must be tipped to release 3 balls. The two other tribe members will then maneuver the balls across a table maze full of traps. The first two tribes to complete this task win immunity. Ikabula managed to speed through the challenge despite a minor argument between Michaela and Hannah. Despite Takali's best efforts, Vanua made a come from behind with Michaela's help and also won immunity.


Episode Challenge Type Winner
Worlds Apart
"Winner Winner, Chicken Dinner"
Tribal Immunity S30 hali tS30 jenn tS30 joe tS30 will t
S30 carolyn tS30 joaquin t
S30 max tS30 shirin tS30 tyler t
Kaôh Rōng
"The Circle of Life"
Tribal Reward/Immunity S32 anna tS32 caleb tS32 julia t
S32 michele tS32 nick tS32 tai t
S32 alecia tS32 cydney tS32 kyle tS32 scot t
To Tang
Millennials vs. Gen X
"The Truth Works Well"
Tribal Immunity S33 bret tS33 hannah tS33 jay t
S33 michaela tS33 sunday tS33 will t
S33 chris tS33 david tS33 michelle tS33 zeke t



  • Both times a blue tribe competed, they lost and voted a woman off.
    • They would lose both times to a red and a yellow tribe.
      • Also, both times it had marked the blue tribe's first Tribal Council.
  • Both times a red tribe competed, there were four members left with two women and two men.
  • An image of this challenge in Kaôh Rōng was accidentally leaked on October 20, 2015 on the official Survivor Twitter account.[1]