"Raft Rescue"
Recurring Survivor Challenge
Description: A recurring physical water challenge
Appearances: Marquesas
Ghost Island
Raft Rescue (also known as Shipwrecked Raft Rescue and Caged Tigers) is a recurring physical challenge from Survivor.


Tribes were delivered sets of bamboo either via Tree Mail, or personally delivered by Jeff. The tribes would have to design their own raft for them to paddle at the challenge. At the challenge, the tribes would have to pick up crates or people. The first to finish wins.

Due to the challenge appearing post-merge in Ghost Island, the teams were not required to build a makeshift raft prior to the challenge.


The challenge debuted in Survivor: Marquesas, with Jeff unloading bamboo from a boat and giving it to the tribes to build their own raft. At the challenge, the tribes had to race to pick up supply crates, with Rotu winning their fourth consecutive challenge.

The challenge reappeared in Survivor: All-Stars, where the three tribes raced to pick up tribemates. The last tribe back would then be dissolved. Chapera and Mogo Mogo won the challenge, thus dissolving the Saboga tribe.

The challenge reappeared in Survivor: Ghost Island, as a post-merge team reward. Similar to All-Stars, two members of each team would paddle out to rescue three teammates on floating platforms, albeit locked in a cage. Once all three are rescued, the team can head to shore to unlock a net in order to solve a puzzle.


Episode Challenge Type Winner
"No Pain, No Gain"
Tribal Reward S4 gabriel tS4 john tS4 kathy tS4 neleh t
S4 paschal tS4 robert tS4 tammy tS4 zoe t
"I've Been Bamboozled!"
Tribal Reward S8 colby tS8 kathy t
S8 lex tS8 richard tS8 shiiann t
Mogo Mogo
S8 alicia tS8 amber t
S8 robm tS8 tom tS8 susan t
Ghost Island
"It's Like the Perfect Crime"
Team Reward GuyGuy



  • The challenge has only been used as a Reward Challenge.
  • Rob Mariano and Kathy Vavrick-O'Brien are the only castaways to compete in this challenge twice.
    • Kathy is the only castaway to win this challenge twice.
  • This challenge currently holds the record for the longest time in between a recurring challenge's use, with a span of 28 seasons in between All-Stars and Ghost Island.