Consisting of strong, conflicting personalities, Manu found itself preoccupied by the political aspect of the game. As a result, the tribe failed in challenges. Misfortune haunted the tribe as five of its six remaining members were transferred to the new Lesu tribe at the Tribe Switch and continued their losing streak there. However, the tribe produced the eventual Sole Survivor, Chris Underwood, who returned from the Edge of Extinction. Their tribe color is blue.
Pre Swap Woes
As many of the tribes that competed against Joe found out the hard way, immunity wins were hard to come by. However, even with that obstacles, Manu performed poorly in challenges on their own. These repeated defeats were heightened by the emergence of three voting factions: the duo of Devens and David, the physically strong group of Wentworth, Lauren, Wardog, and Chris, and the outsiders Reem, Wendy, and Keith. The latter trio was immediately targeted due to either their weakness in challenges or their contrasting personalities to the rest of the tribe, as well as their persistence in targeting Wentworth. However, David and Devens entertained the idea of voting out Wentworth as well, but never acted on it. Instead, they voted out Reem and Keith to start the game. Things got a little trickier after the third loss on Day 8 when Chris was finally ready to turn on Wentworth. However, Chris went against David's advice and told Wardog about the plan, which caused the rest of the tribe to lose trust in Chris and they voted him out instead.
An Improbable Tribe Swap
In a rare Survivor occurrence, two of the three tribes in Lesu and Kama consisted entirely of original members of Manu and Kama respectively. Manu was the exception, with Wendy welcoming new members Victoria, Gavin, Aubry, and Eric from Kama. The tribe got along well other than Wendy's reluctance to kill the chickens. Because of that, she set the chickens free over night, much to the annoyance of the former Kama contingent. Wendy enjoyed her first Immunity Challenge win on Day 11 as the Manu tribe consisting of her former tribe members visited their fourth Tribal Council. However, an inspired Manu performance brought about a reversal of fortunes for them and came at Manu's expense, sending them to their first Tribal Council as a new tribe. Eric, Gavin, and Victoria had contemplated voting Aubry out before Wendy as the three-time Survivor player posed a bigger strategic threat. Victoria approached Aubry about voting out Gavin or Eric, though this was not a genuine conversation on the former's part. Aubry took this opportunity to bring in Wendy, but her reluctance to give an opinion on the vote that night resulted in Aubry defaulting back to targeting Wendy. Aubry contemplated using her Hidden Immunity Idol found at Kama, and also received an extra vote from Devens at the Edge of Extinction (though she didn't know that at the time). Aubry decided not to play either advantage, thinking Wendy would be voted out. However, this was a costly mistake as she was blindsided 4-1 and sent to the Edge of Extinction.
On Day 16, both Manu and Lesu were sent to Tribal Council to vote out one player as a group of eight. A chaotic Tribal Council ensued, and despite claiming that Wendy was part of their group, in the revote, Gavin, Victoria, and Eric voted out Wendy in the revote following some last minute whispers.
Merge and the Return of Rick Devens
Devens won the re-entry challenge on Day 17, meaning that the tribe would merge with 13 members, eight of which were original Kama and five original Manu. Despite this numbers disadvantage, Kama was quick to turn on their own and the game opened up, resulting in three original Kama members being voted out. From that point on, it was a scramble to take out the biggest threats available.
- Manu's camp was previously used as the campsite for Takali in Millennials vs. Gen X, Mana and Maku Maku in Game Changers, Soko in Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers, Naviti and Lavita in Ghost Island, and Goliath/Jabeni in David vs. Goliath.
- It would later become the campsite for the season's merged tribe Vata.
- Wendy Diaz is the only original Manu member to stay on the tribe after the Tribe Switch.
- After Wendy's elimination, Manu became the fifth tribe to contain none of its original members at some point during its existence. It was preceded by Maraamu in Marquesas, Mogo Mogo in All-Stars, Nuku in Game Changers, and Soko in Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers.