Live on an uninhabited island? Yes. How? By imitating Robinson Crusoe. For how long? Days, weeks… Alone or in the company of others? Whichever way you prefer. Where? On a little tropical island.
Who hasn’t ever dreamed of being like Robinson Crusoe? Living a similar adventure on some small, abandoned island paradise. Coming face-to-face with yourself, with solitude, with the dark side of nature, and with survival: an experience so strange and so distant from our comfortable lives. What’s more, you’ll also find yourself on a dreamlike island, with postcard-perfect beaches, coral reefs, and unforgettable sunrises and sunsets – all just for you. You’ll feel like the one and only star of your voyage, the actor and director of your own film. Of course, the plan is not to stay for 28 years like the protagonist of Daniel Defoe’s legendary novel Robinson Crusoe, or to encounter a tribe of cannibals; but you won’t have the fortune of finding a firearm or a herd of goats either.
Brimming with all of these thoughts, you are deposited and forgotten about on an island that any millionaire would pay a fortune to own. A feeling of prominence takes over. I chose a small, 1-mile-square island with the exotic name of Siroktabe that’s adrift somewhere on the Indonesian coastline. (For confidentiality reasons I cannot disclose the exact location.) I spent five days taking these photographs in a very simple cabin. It was located between an impenetrable jungle that rose slowly until reaching a small peak of a hundred or so feet, and near a narrow and beautiful tropical beach surrounded by a magnificent coral reef. Parrotfish, clownfish and even the odd sea snake might accompany you as you take a relaxing dip. If you feel up to it, you can look for pythons in the undergrowth. Meanwhile, as night falls, hundreds of enormous bats come out in search of their long-awaited meal.
I suppose that I ought to now explain how the hours then the days passed, and how you can get by with a machete and a spearfishing gun in your attempt to survive however you can. But I think that just a few basic suggestions are best; anything more specific about this or that will be of little use because every castaway will have different survival conditions, or might prefer to do things their own way.
Once the island is chosen, you can guess or intuit the food that you will be able to find there. Mammals are very scarce, with the exception of rodents and bats. Birds are difficult to hunt. You might find reptiles and insects disgusting. Everything seems to suggest that you focus on fishing and plant-based foods. You will surely find coconuts: every tropical island has coconut trees. Bananas? Any wild fruit? Coconuts are a source of both energy and water. Every 3,5 ounce contains approximately 300 calories. And if they are green, they will also supply you with water. At the least you can think: “That’s it! At least I won’t starve to death!” A week of eating coconuts. It is a solution, though there may be some surprises in store. After all, nobody dies from spending two or three weeks barely eating anything.
Spearfishing is difficult if you have no previous experience. Coral reef fish are generally small and they don’t tend to hang about. But the sea also offers other possibilities. And of course, use your ingenuity. After all, we human beings are supposed to have some, right?
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