Do you have what it takes to survive?

Rare Island, once famous among smugglers and pirates, has been lost in the seas of time. Rugged, inhospitable and wind-swept – you will be cast away on this small speck of rock surrounded by icy water.

Rescue is far away.

If you are going to survive, you will need to complete a series of challenges that will test your physical, mental and team-work skills.

You will need to build your own shelter and fire for warmth, design weapons you can use to fend off creatures of the night, and learn how to navigate the rugged terrain of Rare Island. Completing each challenge will earn you Rare Bullion. The team with the most Bullion will be the winner.


In good hands

Aided by Royal Marine Commandos and survival instructors you will need to master starting fires and building shelters before the darkness closes in. Concentration, courage and can-do attitude are a must. As they say in the Marines, 99.9% need not apply!

This is the perfect adventure for groups of friends, couples or anyone who wants to test themselves against the elements and learn from wilderness experts in an active survival situation.

Day 1
You will rendezvous with your team in the afternoon for pick up at Cardiff’s Mermaid Quay. The meeting time varies depending on tide timings, and will be sent to you shortly after registration. You will then board ribbed fastboats for transfer to Rare Island. The tide and weather can make the crossing choppy—be sure to bring your sea legs!

Your survival experience begins the moment you set foot on Rare Island – from building your shelter to starting a fire for warmth. It’s up to you.

Day 2
Today starts at sunrise. You will need to start a fire to cook breakfast, before the day’s challenges begin.

You will need to demonstrate essential survival skills, such as navigation, purifying water, building weapons and memory recall.

Our team of survival experts will be on hand to offer guidance and determine the winners of each challenge. Do you have what it takes?

Day 3
Another early start to collapse camp and start on today’s final set of challenges. You will be put through your paces, testing everything you have learned over the past 2 days.

The final challenge will be lighting your signal fire on the beach to attract rescue. Succeed, and you’ll be on your way to dry land. If you don’t, you could be calling Rare Island home for the foreseeable future…

Deposit: £95
Total price: £445


  • Ribbed fast-boat transfers from Cardiff
  • All meals whilst on the island
  • All drinking water whilst on the island
  • Camping shelters
  • Experienced guides & instructors
  • All permits and fees as required
  • Fully supported emergency procedures & 24/7 support line


Please note that the Survive Rare Island challenge simulates a survival experience. You shape your own experience – from the quality of your shelter, to the quality & quantity of food provided.