Desert island tourism is emerging as a unique experience for those seeking extreme isolation and adventure. Companies like Docastaway, founded by Alvaro Cerezo, offer services that maroon travelers on uninhabited islands for days or weeks, giving them a taste of life as a castaway. While some clients look for complete isolation and challenge, others opt for a more comfortable experience with provisions and support. This growing industry capitalizes on the desire for detachment from the modern digital world, offering a raw, back-to-basics survival experience.
- Alvaro Cerezo’s company, Docastaway, offers travelers the chance to be abandoned on a remote island, with the choice of “Survival” mode with minimal resources or “Comfort” mode with basic necessities.
- The demand for such experiences has surged, partly due to popular TV shows like Man vs. Wild and Survivorman and the increasing interest in bushcraft or wilderness survival skills.
- Desert Island Survival, a UK-based company, focuses more on imparting survival skills to its clients before leaving them on an island, serving groups and offering specific training on techniques like starting fires and sourcing water.
- Finding suitable islands for such experiences is challenging due to dangers like wildlife or issues with competing businesses, especially reality TV shows that often book the same islands.
- Despite the challenges, both businesses are catering to a niche clientele ranging from entrepreneurs to multimillionaires, seeking the unique experience of isolation and self-reliance.