The super castaway Robertson and his 45 days SOLO survival adventure in Siroktabe

Dec 09, 2012 · Docastaway Clients

Robertson , our Canadian hero, decided he wanted to spend 45 days completely alone on one of our remotest Indonesian desert islands: Siroktabe

Among his belongings Robertson included a machete, a tent, some fishing lines, snorkeling gear, a lighter, some plastic bags and a native wooden canoe, which was provided by Docastaway. We also provided him with a mobile phone so that we would be in permanent contact with him in case of emergency. Robertson didn’t even take one drop of water with him, or any food.

This man is a brave adventurer whose hobby is to immerse himself in the unknown Canadian mountains to practice survival. His dream has always been that one day he would do the same on a desert island to be able to feel like the real castaways felt so many centuries ago. Thanks to Docastaway Robertson has been able to make his dream come true. 

Last week he sent us the pictures of his incredible experience and you can see them below.

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Robertson with Alvaro Cerezo, Docastaway's General Manager: Pickup at the local airport in IndonesiaLoading the boat on the way to Siroktabe. You can find the canoe for his experience above the boat

We were surprised with his relaxation before starting his incredible adventure


Arriving to desert islandAnd here is where we "abandoned" him. From now all the pictures were taken by him during his SOLO experience

Robertson ´s desert islandThe jungle on this desert island in completely virgin and almost impenetrableOne of the beaches of the island





In one area of the island big waves break on the reef in the distance

 In one area of the island big waves break on the reef in the distance

 His main source of water, together with the rain


 Surprising marine life at Robertson´s desert island

 Surprising marine life at Siroktabe

 Surprising marine life at Siroktabe

Selfie during his experienceThe island gets full of bats at duskAnd like in every desert island, the beach gets full of little animals when food is aroundAnd like in every desert island, the beach gets full of little animals when food is aroundHis diary diet, as long as he has been lucky 

And like in every desert island, the beach gets full of little animals when food is around

View of Siroktabe from the reefVirgin and impenetrable jungle on his desert islandUnique variety of species

 Unique variety of species

 Virgin and impenetrable jungle at Siroktabe


 Sometimes food comes to you :)


 Rocks on the desert island of Ian

 Ups! Sting Ray. Probably, the greatest animal threat on the desert island

 Surprising marine life at Ian´s desert island



 Robertson´s selfie

 Ian spotted 2 blacktip reef sharks, both about 6 feet long


 And for today´s dinner, again fish!

 Another beach on Siroktabe


 Secret beach on Siroktabe



Surprising marine life at Ian´s desert island

 Surprising marine life at Ian´s desert island

 Surprising marine life at Ian´s desert island

 Surprising marine life at Siroktabe 

Surprising marine life at Siroktabe

Surprising marine life at Ian´s desert island

Ian´s houseFarewell selfie

And of course, super sunsets on this marvellous desert island


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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Bram van Leeuwen March 11, 2013 at 10:40 am

Wauw respect for this guy!


James March 19, 2013 at 8:31 pm

Is there anyway to come in contact with Ian?


Alvaro Cerezo March 29, 2013 at 5:40 am

Hi James.
We are very sorry, but we never show our clients contact details because we try to protect these desert islands from mass tourism. Many adventurous people tried to ask where these islands are located, and then we wouldn´t have anything else to offer to our future clients. Hope you understand our reasons. If you need further clarifications you can send me all your questions to my email address

Warm Regards


Rizky Rakhmat May 2, 2013 at 7:52 am

ah maa zing!


Rahma Lubis May 3, 2013 at 12:50 pm

Dear sir
I'm stay in medan,north sumatera
Can I know how to go to this island ,please


Alvaro Docastaway May 8, 2013 at 2:37 am

Sorry Rahma. We cannot reveal this information. We should try to protect these unspoilt desert islands from mass tourism. I'm sure you understand our reasons 🙂 Thanks!


John Schuster October 17, 2013 at 7:59 pm

What you guys are doing is wonderful!!! ummm which is better sitrokabe or gambolo?


Alvaro Cerezo October 20, 2013 at 10:15 am

Hi John

Thanks a lot for your message

In our opinion, Siroktabe is nicer, but for longer stays it is more convenient Gambolo 🙂


Alvaro Docastaway August 29, 2014 at 8:19 pm



Trisha Mary Blincoe August 9, 2015 at 7:36 am

So amazing! I am making this a goal of mine!


Julie Reed February 7, 2016 at 7:44 am

A docastaway adventure has just gone onto my bucket list! So very doable from Australia with both the Phils and Indo very close by. Aussies would love this type of holiday – you should market it more here. You could get onto one of the GetAway type programs on TV – which are always looking out for something new. I would think that Australia also has some uninhabited islands that would be suitable as well. I can recommend countries like The SolomonsIslands too. Very interesting and entreprenurial. 🙂
I have always wondered about the Lakshadweep and Similian Islands which also look amazing.


Alvaro Cerezo March 3, 2017 at 5:17 am

Thanks for your words and your tips Julie 🙂


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