Training - Island Survival experience


Survival Encyclopedia presents its eight days ‘Island Survival Experience' course for adults in Tonga.


Tongatapu, Tonga



This course is designed to take you out of your comfort zone by simulating a real emergency situation on a tropical deserted island in the South Pacific. Like a real castaway, learn how to stretch your imagination and physique to survive in an unknown and difficult environment.


This is a one week immersion course where you will be given the opportunity to practice your existing skills and build on more knowledge. You will rely on what the Island has to offer to make shelter, forage for food and water, signal for help or make a raft to escape.


A survival expert will be with you the whole time to provide practical training, and access emergency supplies and medical assistance, if needed. 


Training Modules

Training modules include advanced psychology of survival; funda-mentals of adaptive behaviors and environment knowledge (sea, tropics, heat); outdoor comfort (making shelter, making fire, making tools); advance knowledge of getting help (signaling, navigation); and sustenance (sourcing food, fishing, hunting and getting water).



Day 1:

Meet at Fua’motu airport and drive to Nuku’alofa (the capital). Visit town, sail to a remote Island and settle into accommodation for one night. Undertake a safety and security briefing, and an overview of what to expect on our castaway experience.


Day 2:

After breakfast, get ready for a day of familiarisation with the Pacific environment and sail around the reef. Late afternoon, final checks and briefing, then head to our deserted Island to commence the experience.


Day 3- 7:

Start the intensive castaway experience. Through the process of establishing life on the Island we will undertake, learn and practice existing and new survival skills.


Day 7:

Head back to the mainland in the afternoon. Eat, rest, and debrief.


Day 8:

Breakfast and fly out.


Your Survival Expert

Your survival expert, Cyril Delafosse-Guiramand was born in Mexico and has lived in the Philippines, Gabon, Bulgaria, Brazil, Afghanistan, France, Australia and Tonga. Following his passion in exploring the world, he has undertaken several expeditions. The longest, would be the 15 months he spent walking 11,000km over the world’s most merciless landscapes with just 10kg of gear following a prisoner escape route from a brutal Siberian gulag to Laos. Drawing on his life skills, he was a survival adviser during the production of Peter Weir’s film ‘The Way Back', advises people going on expeditions,  and offers one day essential and advanced wilderness survival training courses in Canberra.


Group size

The training will run with a minimum of 6 and maximum of 10 people. You must be over 18 years of age.



AUD $3890 pp in a group of 6



  • Transfers to and from the airport and the Island
  • Survival expert
  • 2 nights accommodation (twin share) outside the Island survival
  • Meals outside the Island survival (Day 1: Dinner; Day 2: Breakfast & lunch; Day 7: Dinner; Day 8: Breakfast) & survival rations while on the island
  • 24x7 access to the emergency team & supplies



  • Flights to and from Tonga
  • Personal expenses (beverages, entertainment)
  • Breakfast and lunch on day 1. Lunch and dinner on day 8
  • Tips to local guides and staff
  • Travel and medical insurance



Booking & Availability:

This experience operates between March to December. Contact us for availabilities.


Next Experience:

  • island survival in Tonga in March
  • tropical survival in Solomon Islands in April

or if you want the Full Survival (not a  training) experience see here


To register your interest and keep updated on departure dates, please send an email with your name, preferred contact details (email and/or phone).



If you have a group ready to go, please contact us and we can work with you on your preferred dates.