"Survivor: Blood vs. Water is the twenty-seventh season of the American CBS competitive reality television series Survivor, which premiered on Wednesday, September 18, 2013. The season features returning castaways and their family members competing against each other. It is the third consecutive season, and the ninth season overall, to feature returning contestants. As with the previous two seasons, the season was filmed in the Philippines, but this time at Palaui Island, Cagayan. The tribe names are Galang and Tadhana, which mean respect and destiny in Tagalog, respectively.
A modified version of Redemption Island, a twist formerly seen in Survivor: Redemption Island and Survivor: South Pacific, was utilized after a three-season hiatus. In this season, remaining contestants may choose to switch places with their partner if their partner is on Redemption Island. The game began with a twist called Day Zero, in which each of the ten pairs was marooned in a separate location, spending the night together before congregating as a full cast the following morning and dividing into two tribes. Due to this twist, this season is one of two to last longer than 39 days, after Survivor: The Australian Outback which lasted 42."