Survivor Samoa will be the show’s 19th season

Survivor is returning to the South Pacific for the eighth time, as its 19th season will be filmed in the island nation of Samoa. It’s in the same cluster of islands as Fiji, the Cook Islands, and Vanuatu, while Micronesia, Palau, and Borneo are not far away.

Survivor Samoa will be taped this summer and air early in the fall, following the show’s typical schedule. At the end of the live Survivor Tocantins reunion, Jeff Probst revealed that it will have 18 cast members, but there were no other details.

The location was first reported back in March, when a journalist reported that local officials “heavily pressured” journalists to not reveal the production’s presence.

After two extremely remote and rugged locations, the show’s crew will stay at the Aggie Grey’s Lagoon Resort in Apia, which has resulted in “[h]undreds of New Zealanders [having] had bookings cancelled,” as The New Zealand Herald reported in March. That has generated angry discussion among travelers who were going to stay there this summer.

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