Ian Argus Stuart, the 64 years old millionaire. Our oldest castaway

Aug 14, 2014 · Docastaway Clients

Ian Stuart Argus

This was Ian Argus Stuart’s first experience. At the age of 64 he has become the oldest castaway Docastaway has had to date, including our famous castaway Gauthier Toulemonde.

This adventurous millionaire who was the owner of well-known property such as ‘No Man’s Land Fort’ or ‘Hasting Pier’, flew to Indonesia in business class and after staying in the city’s best hotel, went straight to Amparo desert island with only a machete and a few other articles.

Ian slept on the floor in the open every day looking for his own food and during his experience he even ate a bread roll and a cabbage that the tide brought in! Sometimes, when his day’s survival work had finished and he’d got a bit of spare time he would go up to the highest part of the island so he could use his smart phone to connect with the London Stock Exchange and buy and sell his actions.

What is more, Ian didn’t want us to be on emergency standby at the nearest town and nor did he want us to finish giving him the last instructions on the first day and he tried to kick us out of his island after only a few minutes there. 

Unlike the majority of our castaways Ian spent each night in a different part of the island and this was the reason he took so little weight there with him, so as to be able to move about with the maximum freedom. We could say that we’re talking about a nomad, a lover of solitude and whose major motivation is to discover a new place every day. He could be described as a castaway-explorer.

Here on the left you can see the video of Ian on his last day, after spending a long time without talking to anyone.  At the end of his experience we were really surprised to find out that unlike the majority of our castaways, he didn’t really care about the island’s white sandy beaches. Actually he almost didn’t even touch it during his experience.

Another interesting thing about Ian is that he likes finding things that have been brought in by the tide.  Things like shampoos, cans, bottles, etc. and he uses them for his personal daily needs.  However these finds were possible as this island is not as remote from civilization as others which makes it easier for plastics to be washed-up on the shore.  We normally clean up before new castaways arrive but Ian did ask us not to clean the beach or collect any refuse before beginning his experience.

However, that’s not all there is as surely our followers will find it hard to believe that Ian Argus Stuart really doesn’t know how to swim!! More so, taking into account that he owned several big yachts in which he traveled across different seas.

In this long article I have tried to explain how I met Ian and to describe his curious personality which, up to today, hasn’t failed to surprise me. You can also watch this interesting interview where you can find out more details about his life.

It’s important to explain that this first experience was only a practice run for the great challenge that will follow in November this year when he will experience 21 days of total isolation in an remote volcanic island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. But this time it will be almost impossible to find rubbish washed up ashore as there isn’t a beach on the whole island, but in particular because it is extremely remote so the amount of rubbish floating on the surrounding sea will be almost zero.

Here below there are some pictures of his experience. Don’t forget to place your mouse on each photo for a short description:

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Marialucia . October 10, 2014 at 1:20 pm

Mi piacerebbe anche a me fare una esperienza, ma le mie condizioni economiche non mi permettono di fare nulla, posso solo sognare …………. E guardare le belle foto. Quanto mi piacerebbe.


Alvaro Cerezo October 10, 2014 at 2:15 pm



K May 9, 2015 at 10:17 am


I know an old friend of Stuarts, how can I get in touch?


Alvaro Cerezo May 9, 2015 at 10:56 am

Hi ‘K’

You can send us a message http://www.docastaway.com/pages/contact with your details and we will ask Ian to contact you.

Cheers 😉


rudolf July 3, 2015 at 8:33 am

Haha funny. You found out he is a millionaire, now you want to get back in to contact with him.. lol


Alvaro Cerezo July 3, 2015 at 10:24 am

jaja 😀


Jacqueline June 26, 2015 at 5:38 pm

I Wish I could joint him on one of his expeditions!


Alvaro Cerezo June 27, 2015 at 12:52 am

Then just try to contact him on https://www.facebook.com/explorercastaway

Who knows 🙂


Shailendra Singh June 27, 2015 at 12:24 pm

your passion travel ya you are intersted feel the poor life


Alvaro Cerezo June 30, 2015 at 6:36 pm



Jean Robertson July 3, 2015 at 3:52 pm

Wonderful adventures and photos!!
My father used to take my two brothers and myself on Canadian walkabout adventures in Canada. He immigrated from London, England after WW11 and loved the freedom of the Canadian landscape.
It instilled the love of adventure in all three of us, a truly amazing gift that cannot be bought.
Happiest of travels to you.
Thanks for sharing.


Alvaro Cerezo July 3, 2015 at 7:24 pm

You are welcome Jean. Its nice to hear that.
Canada is an amazing country and full of desert islands 🙂
Thanks for your tip 🙂


Alonso July 7, 2016 at 3:16 am

I hope some day I`ll be able to enjoy this kind of trip, but now I`m only 16. By the way, thank you for bringing this opportunity to us, Docastaway, it`s amazing!! Saludos desde Málaga!!


Alvaro Cerezo March 3, 2017 at 4:45 am

Un saludo para ti desde Malaga tambien 🙂


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