Survivor: Pearl Islands, initially dubbed as Survivor: Pearl Islands — Panama at the Survivor: The Amazon live Reunion Show where it was officially announced, is the seventh installment of the United States version of the reality show Survivor. The season was won by Sandra Diaz-Twine by a landslide in a 6-1 jury vote margin against Lillian Morris.


The season was filmed on the Pearl Islands, off the coast of Panama, and had a pirate culture theme. The complete season, including the live Reunion Show, was released on DVD on February 7, 2006.


  • Unexpected Start: The contestants were invited to a yacht under the impression they were going to take some publicity pictures to promote the season. Much to their surprise, they were told the game had begun unexpectedly, and that they would start it wearing only the clothes they possessed on their backs (with their luxury items and other personal belongings staying on the boat, besides the shoes that were given to them by Jeff Probst). After being divided into the two tribes, they were sent to a small fishing village with 100 Panamanian Balboas (roughly $100) to buy their supplies they would need for the next thirty-nine days.
  • Looting: Aside from the actual prize that a tribe gets after winning a Reward Challenge, the Survivor's experience pirate life by pillaging from the losing tribe's camp. One member of the winning tribe is sent to the other tribe's camp to loot one item of their choice. This twist was not continued once the merge arrived due to the castaways living on the same beach and being one unified tribe and was inactive during episode one and seven pre-merge.
  • Buried Treasure: Aside from looting items from the rival tribe, the tribe that wins a Reward Challenge also gets a third prize: a clue to the whereabouts of a hidden treasure chest buried somewhere on the tribes' respective islands. The clues were cumulative with each one being more useful then the last. There was a maximum of three clues for each tribe. Inside the chest once discovered would be luxury items to make life at camp more enjoyable.
  • Entirely Distant Camps: Unlike previous seasons of the series where the two tribes would dwell on the same island (but on opposite sides), the two tribes lived on two entirely different islands, with an equal amount of resources. This went along with the pirate theme for the season as rival groups would not have shared the same island.
  • Kidnapping: The Morgan tribe was given an additional advantage after winning the Day 12 Immunity Challenge. They were told that they could kidnap one member of the opposing Drake tribe until after the next challenge, and that player will skip his tribe's Tribal Council and will compete with them at the next challenge. They selected Rupert who was given the opportunity to stay at their tribe for the remainder of the day to enjoy the reward they won, but he declined.
  • Outcast Twist: On Day 19, the ten remaining castaways faced a third tribe comprised of the first six departed castaways in a 3-way special challenge. If The Outcasts win, both Drake and Morgan will go to separate Tribal Council sessions and will vote one of their own. The Outcasts will vote two of their own back into the game, with the remaining four being eliminated for good. The two returning castaways will be granted immunity at their first visit to Tribal Council. If The Outcasts finish second, only one of them will be voted back in the game, and only the losing tribe will vote somebody out. If The Outcasts lose to both tribes, they are all eliminated from the game, and Morgan and Drake merge without voting anybody out.
  • Jury Competing in a Challenge and Immunity-Free Tribal Council: At the Day 37 Immunity Challenge, while the final four castaways fought for individual immunity, the incomplete jury also joined the challenge as a team. If the jury beat the rest, none of the remaining survivors would have immunity. Having an obvious advantage, the jury beat the final four, and therefore everybody was vulnerable of being voted out that Tribal Council.


Contestant Tribe Affiliation Finish Votes
Original Tribe Outcast Twist Post-Outcast Merged Tribe
S7 nicole t Nicole Delma
24, Hermosa Beach, CA
Massage Therapist
Morgan The Outcasts 1st Voted Out
Day 3
S7 ryans t Ryan Shoulders
23, Clarksville, TN
Produce Clerk
Morgan 2nd Voted Out
Day 6
S7 michelle t Michelle Tesauro
22, Washington, D.C.
Drake 5th Voted Out
Day 15
S7 trish t Trish Dunn
42, Annapolis, MD
Sales Executive
Drake 6th Voted Out
Day 18
S7 shawn t Shawn Cohen
28, Los Angeles, CA
Advertising Salesman
Drake Drake 7th Voted Out
Day 19
S7 osten t Osten Taylor
27, Boston, MA
Equity Trade Manager
Morgan Morgan Quit
Day 19
S7 andrew t Andrew Savage
39, Chicago, IL
Morgan Morgan Morgan Balboa 8th Voted Out
Day 21
S7 ryano t Ryan Opray
30, Los Gatos, CA
Morgan Morgan Morgan 9th Voted Out
1st Jury Member
Day 24
S7 rupert t Rupert Boneham
39, Indianapolis, IN
Troubled Teens Mentor
Drake Drake Drake 10th Voted Out
2nd Jury Member
Day 27
S7 tijuana t Tijuana Bradley
26, St. Louis, MO
Pharmaceutical Saleswoman
Morgan Morgan Morgan 11th Voted Out
3rd Jury Member
Day 30
S7 christa t Christa Hastie
24, Los Angeles, CA
Computer Programmer
Drake Drake Drake 12th Voted Out
4th Jury Member
Day 33
S7 burton t Burton Roberts
31, San Francisco, CA
Marketing Executive
Drake The Outcasts Drake 4th Voted Out
Day 12
13th Voted Out
5th Jury Member
Day 36
S7 darrah t Darrah Johnson
22, Liberty, MS
Morgan Morgan Morgan 14th Voted Out
6th Jury Member
Day 37
S7 jon t Jon Dalton
29, Los Angeles, CA
Art Consultant
Drake Drake Drake 15th Voted Out
7th Jury Member
Day 38
S7 lillian t Lillian Morris
51, Loveland, OH
Morgan The Outcasts Morgan 3rd Voted Out
Day 9
S7 sandra t Sandra Diaz-Twine
29, Fort Lewis, WA
Office Assistant
Drake Drake Drake Sole Survivor 0

Season Summary

The start of the game was announced as a surprise to the contestants, most of whom believed that they were on their way to a photo-shoot. After being told they would begin the game with only the clothes on their back, they were divided into two tribes of eight, Morgan and Drake, and were given some money and sent to a small village to barter and buy supplies for their camps in lieu of being given them as in seasons past. Drake, thanks to Sandra Diaz-Twine's ability to speak Spanish and Rupert Boneham stealing the other tribe's abandoned shoes to barter, was able to acquire better supplies than Morgan, and thus went on an early winning streak, dwindling Morgan to five members.

Despite Drake's winning streak, Burton Roberts conspired to throw an Immunity Challenge to eliminate some of Drake's weaker players. The reluctant Drake tribe threw the challenge, but Burton was voted off for his cunning. This resulted in a major shift: Morgan, led by Andrew Savage, experienced a renewal, and Drake began to splinter due to fighting between de facto leader Rupert and the conniving Jon Dalton. Morgan's newfound momentum led them to win the next two Immunity Challenges, leaving both tribes with five players each.

Upon arriving at their next challenge, the tribes were faced with the "Outcast" twist, where the six eliminated players competed against the remaining players for a chance to return to the game. The Outcasts beat both Morgan and Drake in the challenge, forcing them both to go to Tribal Council and resulting in two of The Outcasts returning to the game. Burton and former Morgan castaway Lillian Morris returned to the game, and joined the eight other castaways in forming the merged Balboa tribe. While Burton made up with his former tribe, Lillian's return was resented by the Morgan members. Lillian enacted revenge against her former tribemates, siding with the Drake alliance to eliminate Andrew.

While the Drake alliance had the upper hand, Jon, Burton, and Lillian decided that Rupert, as the strongest member of the Drake alliance, was an immunity threat, and worked with the remaining Morgan members to blindside him from the game. The three navigated between the Drake and Morgan factions to take out members of both sides, until they were the dominant alliance with only five players remaining. Lillian was swayed by Darrah Johnson and Sandra to break up the duo of Jon and Burton, and Burton was voted out for a second time. In another twist, the first five jurors were able to compete for immunity with four players remaining. They subsequently won the competition, and challenge threat Darrah was eliminated.

In the Final Immunity Challenge, Lillian beat Jon and Sandra to secure a spot in the Final Tribal Council. Knowing that she would likely lose for having already been voted out of the game, she chose to take Sandra to the end for she felt Sandra deserved the victory more than Jon. The jury ultimately awarded Sandra the title of Sole Survivor by a vote of 6-1.

Episode Air date Challenges Eliminated
Finish Viewers
(in millions)[3]
Reward Immunity
1 "Beg, Barter, Steal" September 18, 2003 None Drake Nicole
1st Voted Out
Day 3
21.50 8.4/23
2 "To Quit or Not to Quit" September 25, 2003 Drake Drake Ryan S.
2nd Voted Out
Day 6
19.86 7.5/21
3 "United We Stand, Divided We...?" October 2, 2003 Drake Drake Lillian
3rd Voted Out
Day 9
19.68 7.5/21
4 "Pick a Castaway... Any Castaway" October 9, 2003 Drake Morgan Burton
4th Voted Out
Day 12
19.40 7.4/20
5 "Everyone's Hero" October 16, 2003 Morgan Morgan Michelle
5th Voted Out
Day 15
19.35 7.4/20
6 "Me and My Snake" October 23, 2003 Drake Morgan Trish
6th Voted Out
Day 18
20.19 7.5/20
7 "What the...? (Part 1)" October 30, 2003 None The Outcasts Shawn
7th Voted Out
Day 19
20.70 7.7/21
(no vote)
Day 19
8 "What the...? (Part 2)" November 6, 2003 None Burton
Day 19
21.30 7.7/21
(Burton) Andrew
8th Voted Out
Day 21
9 "Shocking! Simply Shocking!" November 13, 2003 Rupert
Rupert Ryan O.
9th Voted Out
1st Jury Member
Day 24
21.10 8.3/22
10 "Swimming with Sharks" November 20, 2003 Burton
Burton Rupert
10th Voted Out
2nd Jury Member
Day 27
19.90 7.0/20
11 "The Great Lie" November 26, 2003 Jon Darrah Tijuana
11th Voted Out
3rd Jury Member
Day 30
20.06 7.2/22
12 "Would You Be My Brutus Today?" December 4, 2003 Darrah,
Darrah Christa
12th Voted Out
4th Jury Member
Day 33
22.00 8.0/23
13 "Mutiny" December 11, 2003 Burton
Darrah Burton
13th Voted Out
5th Jury Member
Day 36
22.41 8.3/22
14 "Flames and Endurance" December 14, 2003 None Jury3 Darrah
14th Voted Out
6th Jury Member
Day 37
25.23 9.7/22
Lillian Jon
15th Voted Out
7th Jury Member
Day 38
Jury Vote Lillian
Sole Survivor
15 "Reunion" 26.19 10.3/25


^1 Due to The Outcasts twist, this Tribal Council was held to vote people back into the game.
^2 Being the two returnees, Burton and Lillian received immunity on their next Tribal Council. Burton won the Immunity Challenge and could decide if he'd like to give his extra immunity.
^3 The jury took part in the Immunity Challenge and won, denying immunity to the remaining four survivors.

Voting History

Survivor: Pearl Islands Voting History
Original Tribes Outcasts Twist[4] Merged Tribe
Episode #: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
Voted out: S7 nicole t
S7 ryans t
Ryan S.
S7 lillian t
S7 burton t
S7 michelle t
S7 trish t
S7 shawn t
S7 osten t
S7 burton t
S7 lillian t
S7 andrew t
S7 ryano t
Ryan O.
S7 rupert t
S7 tijuana t
S7 christa t
S7 burton t
S7 darrah t
S7 jon t
S7 lillian t
S7 sandra t
Vote: 7-1 5-2 5-1 5-21 6-1 4-2 4-1 No vote2 3-3-2-2-1-13 6-4 8-1 5-2-1 5-2 4-2 3-2 3-1 1-04 6-1
Sandra Burton Michelle Trish Shawn Andrew Ryan O. Jon Tijuana Lillian Burton Darrah None Jury Vote
Lillian Nicole Osten Darrah Ryan S. Trish Andrew Ryan O. Rupert Tijuana Christa Burton Darrah Jon
Jon Burton Michelle Rupert Shawn Andrew Ryan O. Rupert Tijuana Christa Lillian Darrah None Sandra
Darrah Nicole Ryan S. Lillian Jon Ryan O. Rupert Burton Christa Burton Lillian Sandra
Burton Christa Michelle Nicole Andrew Ryan O. Rupert Tijuana Christa Lillian Sandra
Christa Burton Michelle Trish Shawn Andrew Ryan O. Darrah Tijuana Lillian Sandra
Tijuana Nicole Ryan S. Lillian Jon Ryan O. Rupert Burton Lillian
Rupert Kidnapped Michelle Trish Shawn Andrew Ryan O. Darrah Sandra
Ryan O. Nicole Ryan S. Lillian Jon Christa Sandra
Andrew Nicole Ryan S. Lillian Jon
Osten Nicole Ryan S. Lillian Quit
Shawn Burton Michelle Trish Jon
Trish Burton Michelle Rupert Burton Lillian
Michelle Christa Shawn Burton Nicole
Ryan S. Nicole Osten Burton Lillian
Nicole Ryan S. Lillian Ryan S.


^1 Morgan was given the opportunity to kidnap one member of Drake, making them immune from Tribal Council. They selected Rupert.
^2 Osten elected to quit the game due to fatigue. No vote occurred for his removal.
^3 The Outcasts were given the opportunity to vote two of their members back into the game. They selected Burton and Lillian.
^4 Jon and Sandra did not vote as they could only vote for were each other. By virtue of winning the final Immunity Challenge, only Lillian voted.


  • This is the first season to have the castaways start the game with the clothes on their back and not bring anything else, except for another pair of shoes.
  • The Drake tribe won the first six challenges in a row, setting the record for most consecutive Tribal Challenges won. This record stood until the Moto tribe of Survivor: Fiji topped this feat by winning the first nine challenges in a row.
  • This is the first time contestants were given a second chance to play the game after being voted out, and the only time outside of seasons that featured Redemption Island.
  • Because Osten's departure from the show was regarded as less than honorable, his final words were not broadcast during the end credits as they would have had he actually been voted out (nor were they posted on the show's official website at the time). Osten's torch was excluded from the Rites of Passage ritual. It was instead shown lying on the ground at the Tribal Council area, after the final three had finished walking the path.
  • This season marks the only time nobody won individual immunity at an Immunity Challenge. The Day 37 Immunity Challenge involved the jury, who defeated the castaways - another Survivor first.
  • Sandra is the first (and so far only) Hispanic-American player to win Survivor.
  • This season ended the Sole Survivor male-female pattern that existed in the first six seasons.
  • It is the only pre Survivor: All-Stars season to be represented in Survivor: Micronesia. Jon Dalton returned for the later season, where he placed 20th.
  • This is the only season where the winner of an individual Immunity Challenge does not wear a necklace. Instead, the winner wears a cutlass in a scabbard on his or her shoulder.
  • This is the first season in which votes were cast for (and not against) players in a vote other than the Final Tribal Council. It was followed by Survivor: Palau.
  • This is the first season to have tribe names derived from the English language.
  • This is the first season to have an episode end with a cliffhanger.
  • This is the first season where everyone wins at least one challenge.
  • This season is tied with Survivor: The Australian Outback and Survivor: Cook Islands for being represented six times each in seasons that featured returning players.