Caught in the Web (also known as Web Over Water) is a recurring physical tribal challenge. It debuted in Survivor: Africa, and has since recurred in Guatemala and Heroes vs. Villains with some modification.


On a web of rope hang a number of bags or baskets. One at a time, the castaways must race up their team's ramp, climb the net to retrieve one bag or basket, and then race back to the finish line. The first tribe to retrieve all their bags or baskets and cross the finish line wins.


In Africa it appeared as a Reward Challenge. The first tribe to retrieve all twelve baskets won reward, which consisted of the food items used in the challenge such as soup mix, ostrich eggs, olive oil, seasonings, jelly, and a small ration of rice. Kim Johnson slowed the Boran tribe down with her poor showing, allowing the Samburu tribe to win the challenge.

In Guatemala, after retrieving a bag, the castaways must jump into the water below the net and make their way back to the start. If they fell in before reaching a bag, they would have to go back to the start of the challenge. The first tribe to retrieve all eight bags wins fishing supplies. Nakúm defeated Yaxhá to win the challenge.

In Heroes vs. Villains, three castways from each tribe would retrieve a bag with puzzle pieces. Once all six bags were retrieved, two other castaways from each tribe would assemble the puzzle. The first tribe to assemble their puzzle would win immunity. Courtney Yates struggled to retrieve the bags for the Villains, allowing the Heroes to win immunity.


Episode Challenge Type Winner
"The Young and Untrusted"
Tribal Reward S3 brandon tS3 frank tS3 kimp t
S3 linda tS3 lindsey tS3 silas tS3 teresa t
"Man Down"
Tribal Reward S11 blake tS11 bobbyjon tS11 brandon tS11 brooke t
S11 cindy tS11 danni tS11 judd tS11 margaret t
Heroes vs. Villains
"I'm Not a Good Villain"
Tribal Immunity S20 amanda tS20 candice t
S20 colby tS20 jt tS20 rupert t



  • Only red, yellow, and blue tribes have competed in the challenge.
    • Each of these three tribe colors has won once and lost once.
  • Every winning tribe had the eventual fifth and sixth place finishers on it.  
  • Nakúm is the only tribe to have won this challenge that contained the eventual Sole Survivor.  
  • Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains is the only time this challenge has been used for immunity.


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