Sunsets in paradise

Desert Island Survival Is the first company to specialise in offering Desert Island Survival courses. DIS prides itself on only operating on picturesque uninhabited islands, because we feel the immersion in isolated beauty is a big part of the reasons people look for this experience. 

Fun is a big part of our expeditions, its not just all about survival, we want you to really enjoy yourself too. Be it Piña-coladas from fresh coconuts or beach games after dark, we ensure you will really enjoy this memorable experiance as well.  

Time on a desert island is not just about developing survival skills but about taking time out of our busy schedule to slow down, disconnect from the rat race and become immersed in nature. On the island you return back to the simple life of meeting our primal needs.

Digital detox is one of the most important aspects of your isolation from the world, there are no screens here. Time without processed foods and alcohol. Time to actually slow down, stop and think. After only one or two days you will find yourself adjusting back to your natural circadian rhythm, rising at sunrise and sleeping just after nightfall; drifting off to the sound of lapping waves, cicadas and the distant rumble of a thunderstorm. Click below to have a listen from your hammock. We find that traditional holidays, steeped in comfort and overindulgence, often leave you feeling like you need another holiday to recover. Paradoxically, despite some the hardship involved, our castaways return home feeling recharged and invigorated, perhaps with a few bug bites - but sporting an excellent suntan.

Adventure travel at its finest.

We create an environment where you can learn, grow and develop at your own pace, and in the direction you want. We pride ourselves in offering attention to detail in every expedition, from ensuring you are equipped with the top of the range tried and tested equipment, right down to ice cold drinks waiting on the boat when rescue arrives.

Responsible travel, preservation and the protection of the pristine locations we operate in is of the utmost importance to us. We feel it is our duty to ensure these environments remain this way. With this in mind, when catching fish we are highly selective and ensure that we only take examples of adequate size and of sustainable species. We never catch more than we need to sustain the group and there is never bycatch. We ensure that we leave no trace of our being on the island and take time at the end of every expedition to deconstruct shelters and collect any litter we find washed up on the beach, particularly that which can be of harm to the local wildlife. In addition, we take pride in supporting the local economy, offering employment to those that need it most. 

Tom is our resident desert island survival expert. In addition to numerous island survival trips around the world, Tom spent a month alone and marooned on a desert island with little more than a machete and a satellite phone. Previously, Tom lived in the Caribbean mapping coral. Although island life is his real passion, he has also turned his hands to colder climes embarking on a 360 mile race to the Magnetic North Pole. He won by 2 days and holds the world record for the fastest mixed team. Though from the UK, Tom lives in Chile with his wife Eleanor and newborn son Edward; where he kayaks, camps and practices local bushcraft techniques. 

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