We see Palawan as a paradise island where beauty reigns supreme. But for adventurer Ed Stafford, that’s not the case. For him, it’s about survival.
As the host of the Discovery Channel show Marooned, he has to survive in a secluded island in Coron, Palawan for 10 days with only an emergency phone, a medical kit, and a camera.
In the episode, which will air on August 30, the seashore is covered in litter. He gets ill, but forces himself to find food and water.
He told the Philippine Daily Inquirer:
It was a coastal environment—it was quite similar in a way to [my previous show] ‘Naked and Marooned,’ when I was on [an island in] Fiji. Finding fresh water was a big challenge. I lived off [of] coconut water for about the next four days and eventually, I found a swamp in the rock that had stagnant rain water. I made a filter using sand, charcoal and organic matter. I filtered that water and boiled it.
I would love to come back to the Philippines. Everyone is extraordinarily helpful and friendly. The island is stunning, absolutely beautiful.
In Marooned, Stafford must survive in remote destinations around the world. His first documentary, Ed Stafford: Naked and Marooned, shows the adventurer survive 60 days in the tropical island Olorua in the Pacific Ocean. In other episodes, he was marooned in remote locations in Botswana, Venezuela, Australia, Borneo, Thailand, Rwanda, the Gobi Desert, and many more.
Stafford is not new to inhospitable locations. He holds the Guinness World Record for being the first person to walk the entire length of the Amazon River, the longest river in the world, spanning 6,992 kilometers.
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