Puzzle Dig (also known as Make Your Point and Dash, Dig, Decode) is a recurring challenge from Survivor.


Survivors must race out into the sand and use ropes to find the intersection where a bag of puzzle pieces are buried. When they dig up the bag, they would head back to their station and solve the puzzle, revealing the next coordinates. The first person to solve all of their puzzles would win.


In Survivor: Panama, Cirie Fields and Terry Deitz were putting up a good fight but, Aras Baskauskas ultimately won the challenge, thus ending Terry's Immunity winning streak.

In Survivor: Cook Islands, the challenge was used as a tribal Reward Challenge. Jeff would give the tribes their first set of coordinates. Two players would then run up the beach to a large compass in the sand and dig in the position told to them (with a real compass to help) for a treasure chest. The next set of coordinates would be on the top of the treasure chest. There were four chest's to retrieve. Once all four chest's are retrieved the tribe must use the puzzle pieces inside to create a puzzle. The first tribe to finish their puzzle won the challenge. Aitutaki won in a landslide, winning a flight to an island and a local feast.

In Micronesia, Erik Reichenbach easily won, once again ruining the Black Widow Brigade's hopes of getting rid of him, or so they thought.


Episode Challenge Type Winner
"Call the Whambulence!"
Individual Immunity S12 aras t
Aras Baskauskas
Cook Islands
"People That You Like Want to See You Suffer"
Tribal Reward S13 becky tS13 ozzy tS13 sundra tS13 yul t
"If It Smells Like a Rat, Give It Cheese"
Individual Immunity S16 erik t
Erik Reichenbach



  • When used individually, the challenge was only used for Individual Immunity.
    • Both times the challenge was used, it was in the penultimate episode of the season.
    • Both winners were the youngest person of the season.
      • Both people would return for a season filmed in the Philippines with 10 returning and 10 new players.
  • Cirie Fields and Parvati Shallow have both competed in this challenge twice.
    • Neither of them have won in any season.


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