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The hottest schoolies destinations for 2015

Published November 21st, 2014

Hey there soon-to-be school leavers! You’ve only got one more year of school to go and now’s the time to start planning your epic schoolies week getaway with your besties. But, why go to the Goldie to celebrate your graduation when you can go overseas? Forget sharing Cavill Avenue with toolies, droolies, foolies and your parents (eek!), the hottest schoolies destinations for 2015 are in Asia and the South Pacific, just a short flight away.

 

 

You could be cruising Fiji, sunning yourself in Vanuatu or even volunteering in Vietnam for a feel-good holiday. And all these locations are booked exclusively for schoolies – all your age and ready to celebrate the end of Year 12! Seriously, what sounds better – schoolies in the South Pacific or Southport? Here’s where you could be this time next year.

 

Vanuatu

The location: Hideaway Island Resort, a five-minute boat ride from the main island of Efate and 10 minutes from Bauerfield Airport in Port Vila.

The weather: It’s the wet season during your schoolies week in Vanuatu with average temps around 28 degrees Celsius, heavy bursts of rain and mozzies (bring your repellent!). Sea temperatures are a beautiful 22 to 28 degrees all year round.

The vibe: Alcohol-free zone with heaps of activities and parties put on by the Unleashed crew.

The lowdown: Do a snorkelling tour, go scuba diving in the coral gardens and check out the tunes from the international DJs at the legendary Unleashed Travel parties.

 

Fiji

The location: Take your pick of Mana Island (just off Denarau), Beachcomber Island (Mamanucas), Plantation Island Resort (Mamanucas) or do a cruise around the Fijian islands on the Reef Endeavour.

The weather: While it’s the wet season from November to April in Fiji, the outer islands are drier during these months, so it’s the perfect time to take in all the sun, sand and surf you can handle. Temps are around 22 to 31 degrees Celsius.

The vibe: Beachcomber is known as the party island, Mana Island is tops for chilling out or watersports, the infamous Plantation Island has the most errythang – more parties, more schoolies (600 peeps!), more beaches and more bars, and the Reef Endeavour is your stylish celebration at sea for island-hopping fun in the sun where you get to check out Beachcomber Island, Manta Ray Island, Plantation Island and Mana Island!

The lowdown: Do cultural things, do watersports, do dance parties or do nothing – it’s your holiday!

 

Vietnam

The location: Get immersed in Vietnam. Stay in a hotel in Hanoi, sleep on a junk in Ha Long Bay, do the overnight train to Da Nang , check out Hoi An and Ho Chi Minh City and do a homestay in the Mekong Delta region.

The weather: It’s the dry season in Vietnam during November and December, so the humidity won’t make your hair frizz, however it can get quite cool in Hanoi during these months so pack some warm gear just in case.

The vibe: Cultural overload and heaps of warm and fuzzies.

The lowdown: Part sightseeing holiday in the country’s amazing cities and scenic towns and part volunteer work at a kindergarten, your  Unleashed schoolies trip staying in seven different destinations in Vietnam will be memorable for all the right reasons.

 

Cambodia

The location: Staying in guesthouses in Siem Reap.

The weather: November and December is the cool and dry season in Cambodia when humidity is low and the air is cool and fresh making it an ideal time for sightseeing. Midday temps can still be a bit hot, so head off in the morning for Angkor Wat before the crowds and heat set in.

The vibe: Work hard, play hard with an eye-opening trip to Cambodia.

The lowdown: Work and play with kids in an orphanage by day and cut loose at the local restaurants and bars at nights on the infamous ‘Pub Street’  with plenty of opportunities to take in the famous sights like Angkor Wat, Tonle Sap Floating Village and the markets with the Unleashed crew in tow.

 

Cassandra Laffey

Consumed with unrequited wanderlust, I get my fix in 24/7 cities and hippie retreats. I'm still looking for the ultimate combo of secluded beach and major metropolis, and my happy place is a 5-star hotel room all to myself - sigh.