After receiving tree mail, the two tribes met host Jeff Probst at what they thought would be their next Reward Challenge. However, they soon discovered that their lives were about to be turned upside down. Jeff instructed them to each stand on one of 13 wooden discs placed randomly in front of them. He then began the Survivor Switch. As jaws dropped and tears swelled in the eyes of the Rotu tribe members, they realized what was taking place. Underneath each disk was a colored buff, blue representing Rotu, and yellow representing Maraamu. As each person stepped off their disc and turned it over, the color of their buff revealed to which tribe the castaway would now belong. When it was all over, Sean, Rob and Vecepia found themselves the new members of Rotu, while Neleh, Paschal and Kathy switched over to Maraamu.