SOS Island | Days 6 & 7 | The Hatch

When I was asked on the application form for SOS Island which 3 things I would bring to a desert island, I wrote “a machete, my girlfriend and a hammock for two”.

Well, I got my knife (not quite a machete, but it’ll do), and there’s a hammock…

Now I just need Samsung to fly my girlfriend over and I’m staying here.

Just because it’s the weekend doesn’t mean there is any rest for the wicked. Saturday started with a challenge that ended up splurging all over lunch, and then the afternoon was spent catching up on aftermath interviews about the challenges… so no early finish.

The crew left around 5pm and we had about an hour to dismantle our old shelters and put up our brand spanking new tents. Exciting stuff for us castaways! I put up our tent and helped fix Karen and Jo’s (with help from our minder Javier and his toolkit – the tent had a manufacturing fault), and filmed this on the beach:

After nightfall I made another fire, using no palm fronds this time. Jo joined me and we sang some songs. Everybody else stayed in their tents. Like, really? Okay. Whatever. After Jo went to bed I went off on my own and took some pics of the stars on my Samsung NX camera. Like this one:

Samsung NX Stars
Starry Starry Night

Nice new tents aren’t very survival. That night I slept on the hammock. Lovely lovely hammock.

Sunday was supposed to be our day off – no challenges, no live show and – even better – we got our first cooked breakfast and lunch!

But we still had work to do. We had to pose for a promotional photoshoot for Samsung. The girls were given make-up (they look weird with make-up) and the boys were given beard-trimmers (not that any of us used them I don’t think).


With the weather like this I had no choice but to sleep in the tent with Mert (our shelters have been dismantled), but no sooner had I rung my socks out than the owner of the island came over to tell us that Javier’s rescue boat had been blown onto the beach by the storm and we had to drag it back into the water.

So back into my soaking wet Vans and back to the beach with Liron, Chris and Mert. It took about 20 minutes to push the boat back into the water. With the rain lashing down there was no chance of a fire tonight. I chatted on my laptop with my girlfriend before crashing for my first early-(ish) night around 10pm. Tomorrow we have a challenge AND a live show…


Graham Hughes

Graham David Hughes (born 1979) is a British adventurer, filmmaker, television presenter and Guinness World Records holder. Graham successfully visited all United Nations member states without flying. He did so over a period of nearly four years and completed the task in November 2012. While on his journey he presented the television program “Graham’s World” on the National Geographic Adventure channel, a weekly look into his ongoing quest to break multiple world records by visiting every country on earth without flying.

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