|Namesake:|| Coined by Rob Mariano and Kathy Vavrick-O'Brien|
to mean "sacred allegiance to the Sun"
|Tribe Type:||Merged Tribe|
|Day Formed:||Day 20|
|Tribes Merged:|| Maraamu|
|Lowest Placing Member:||Rob Mariano (10/16)|
|Highest Placing Member:||Vecepia Towery (Winner)|
Soliantu has no sigil.
Known as the first tribe to feature a turning of tides, the post-merge was marked by the dominance of formerly unaligned castaways joining forces to take down their rivals.
- ►► John Carroll, a registered nurse from Omaha, Nebraska.
- ►► Kathy Vavrick-O'Brien, a real estate agent from Burlington, Vermont.
- ►► Neleh Dennis, a student from Layton, Utah.
- ►► Paschal English, a judge from Thomaston, Georgia.
- ►► Rob Mariano, a construction worker from Canton, Massachusetts.
- ►► Robert DeCanio, a limousine driver from New York City, New York.
- ►► Sean Rector, a teacher from Harlem, New York.
- ►► Tammy Leitner, a crime reporter from Mesa, Arizona.
- ►► Vecepia Towery, an office manager from Portland, Oregon.
- ►► Zoe Zanidakis, a fishing boat captain from Monhegan Island, Maine.
Soliantu was created when Kathy Vavrick-O'Brien of Maraamu, and Rob Mariano of Rotu met on Day 21. The tribe started out being controlled by the Rotu Four alliance of John Carroll, Robert DeCanio, Tammy Leitner, and Zoe Zanidakis. After arguments involving Rob and John, the Rotu Four targeted Rob. Kathy won the Immunity Challenge, and decided not to give it up. At the first Tribal Council, the alliance, along with Neleh Dennis, Paschal English, and Vecepia Towery voted for Rob, eliminating him from the game.
Sean Rector, Rob's ally was infuriated by the vote, and wanted to target John. Sean already had Kathy with him on the outs, as well as Vecepia, who apologized for voting Rob. Even after some convincing, Neleh and Paschal still stuck with John's alliance until the Immunity Challenge. At the challenge, the alliance flexed its muscles and first eliminated Sean, with Kathy and Vecepia following. They then targeted Paschal, followed by Neleh. After Tammy won the challenge, Neleh and Paschal realized they were fifth and sixth in the pecking order if they went with the Rotu Four. After the challenge, they approached Sean and agreed to vote with him against John. At the Tribal Council, the Outsiders Alliance came through, and John was blindsided in a 6-3 vote.
After John's elimination, the other members of the alliance were on the bottom. Zoe tried a last ditch effort to save herself by separating herself from Robert and Tammy. Tammy won immunity again, and Zoe's plan failed as she unanimously became the third victim of the Soliantu tribe. After Zoe was voted out, Robert and Tammy were desperate. Robert tried to catch a pig to provide food, and Tammy tried to win a third consecutive immunity. In the end, Robert won the Immunity Challenge and the alliance voted out Tammy.
As Robert became the last member of the original Rotu Four, the Outsiders Alliance realized they would soon have to turn on themselves. At the Immunity Challenge, Robert desperately needed a win, but instead, Vecepia won it. Kathy considered getting Robert, Sean, and Vecepia to vote against Neleh and Paschal, as they were seen as the biggest threats. However, that did not materialize, and Robert unanimously because the fifth person eliminated from the Soliantu tribe.
Now that the Rotu Four was extinct, the Outsiders Alliance had to turn on itself. Sean and Vecepia were trying to oust Neleh, while Neleh and Paschal were trying to oust Sean. The swing vote came down to Kathy. Kathy ended up winning the Immunity Challenge, which influenced Sean to try and make a deal for it. Unfortunately for him, Kathy sided with the other two and voted him out.
As the last days of the game approached, Vecepia realized if she did not win the next Immunity Challenge, she would be voted out. Fortunately, she won immunity, making Kathy a target. Kathy made a deal with Vecepia, and the two decided to vote Neleh. Neleh and Paschal tried to vote Kathy. After a deadlock tie, rocks were passed out, and whoever drew the purple rock was eliminated. In the end, Paschal drew the rock, and was voted out.
At the Final Immunity Challenge, Kathy was the first to drop out. Neleh knew that she needed to win or she would be voted out. Eventually, Vecepia ditched her deal with Kathy and made a new one with Neleh, and allowed Neleh to win immunity. At Tribal Council, Neleh stuck to her word and decided to go to the end with Vecepia, as she voted out Kathy.
- Soliantu is the first merged tribe for which the tribes were uneven at the point they merged. Rotu had 7 members, while Maraamu had 3 members at the merge.
- All members of Soliantu were members of Rotu at some point. The only other merged tribe to have this distinction is Chaboga Mogo in All-Stars, which was composed of nine former Chapera members.
- Soliantu is the first tribe to undergo the rock drawing tiebreaker. It was followed by Kasama in Blood vs. Water and Vinaka in Millennials vs. Gen X.
- Soliantu is the only merged tribe to not have a castaway from California.
- Soliantu is one of only two tribes to have magenta as their tribe color, the other being Bayon in Cambodia.