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Redemption Island (international twist)
Dead man's island challengeCastaways competing at the Dead Man's Challenge in Survivor: Panama (South Africa).
Survivor Gameplay
Description: Voted out contestants compete against each other to win a spot back in the game
Appearances: Brazil:


South Africa:




This page refers to the Redemption Island twist in international versions of "Survivor." For the US twist, see Redemption Island (twist).

Redemption Island (also known as Island of the Dead, Isla Puragotyo, Vale dos Exilados and Ghost Island) is a major twist that have appeared in multiple international versions of Survivor.


The concept of Redemption Island rooted from three foreign versions of the Survivor franchise, namely, the Island of the Dead of the Israeli version, Isla Purgatoryo in the Philippine version's second installment, and Ghost Island from the Serbian version. Instead of being eliminated for good, players that have been voted off from their tribes will be given an opportunity to re-enter the game and have a second shot at winning the game.



No Limite 3 was the first season of the Survivor franchise to use the concept of Redemption Island. After the fifth elimination, the castaways went to the Vale dos Exilados to wait for the chance to compete to re-enter to the game at the final three.

South Africa

In Survivor: Panama (South Africa), starting at the merge, the castaways voted out at Tribal Council would be exiled to an island called Dead Man's Island without knowledge of the castaways remaining at the game, where they would wait to compete for two spots to re-enter the game at the Final Three.


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The twist was implemented during Survivor Philippines: Palau with the following elements:

Living Conditions

The inhabitant has similar rations of supplies and food as the tribes, and he or she has a companion dog, a golden retriever named Jumbo. 

If the inhabitant's original tribe wins a Reward Challenge, the inhabitant secretly gets a portion of their reward. 

Face-Off Challenges

The challenges are just as strenuous as the main game challenges. The winner of the challenge owns the second Immunity Bracelet, disguised as one of the eyes of the tribal Immunity Idol.


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Redemption Arenas

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