Before the game officially begins, each pair of loved ones spend twenty-four hours together at their own individual location, isolated from the rest of their competition. They are to use this time to prepare for the game ahead, as well as become familiar with their environment.
Once these twenty-four hours are over, the castaways are to meet up with the other members of their tribe.
With Day Zero, the game lasts a total of thirty-nine days and twelve hours. This makes Blood vs. Water the longest season of Survivor Fan Characters.