Vanuatu is just off the coast of Australia and a short four hour flight from the Eastern cities. It is untouched and rated as one of the safest places in the world. It’s a friendly island where the locals are amongst the nicest people you can ever hope to meet – making it a perfect and safe location for Schoolies.
Sure Thing Schoolies runs the main Schoolies event in Vanuatu, and has done so for 10 consecutive years. Enjoy a cocktail by the beach during the day or try the local Vanuatu beer, Tusker, at the evening celebrations.
Make sure you book officially with Sure Thing Schoolies so you get the Schoolies wristband which gets you access to the Schoolies parties and events. Parties happen every night at the resort or at one of the eight bars and nightclubs in town.
Things to do at Schoolies Vanuatu:
Go for a snorkel direct for the resorts foreshore.
Take out a kayak or stand up paddle board
Explore the cascade waterfalls on a daytrip (included in Gold & Ultimate packages)
Enjoy a full island tour or a sunset cruise (included in the Gold & Ultimate packages)
Schoolies Events in Vanuatu:
Schoolies parties and events are held on-site at the Schoolies accommodation as well as the 8 bars and nightclubs in Vanuatu, as well as a Schoolies party cruise for one of the evenings. Even if you are not 18 at the time of Schoolies, you don’t miss out on the action as you have exclusive access to the parties at the resort.
A Schoolies Review is the perfect way to find out what a Schoolies event is like – In this video Liam Major reviews his experience with Sure Thing Schoolies in Vanuatu. The Sure Thing Schoolies events have a reputation for getting amazing feedback every time.
Schoolies aged 16 to 18 who are completing year 12 on the year of travel may attend. If you have left school early (eg Year 10) for work or TAFE and you are in this age group then you may also attend. The Schoolies accommodation, parties and activities are accessible to all Schoolies 18+ as well as under 18.
The great thing about Schoolies in Vanuatu is that Schoolies who are under 18 don’t miss out on anything! The Official Schoolies parties and events are at the Schoolies Hotel as well as the local nightclubs (just for Schoolies). Those who are under 18 are not treated any differently to those who are 18, so no one is separated. After all, you have all finished year 12 at the same time and deserve to be treated equally. Having the Sure Thing Schoolies wristband means that no one misses out.
Flying with Virgin Australia or Air Vanuatu (partner of Qantas) depending on airline schedule and departure city. Generally departing home city on a morning flight and returning on an afternoon flight. Destination airport is Port Vila, Vanuatu.
There is a Sure Thing Schoolies Meet’n’Greet upon landing in Vanuatu. Exclusive Schoolies transfer buses transport Schoolies between the airport and the Schoolies accommodation. Estimated journey time is 15 minutes.
Several measures are in place to make it as safe as possible for Schoolies and the event has a 100% Safety record in all 12 years that it has been running. As a nation, Vanuatu is one of the safest places in the world, with a superior safety rating to Australia. Crime, drugs and theft are all non-existent on this friendly island – which makes it no surprise that Vanuatu has been awarded the title “The Happiest Place on Earth”. It’s the perfect island for Schoolies just off the coast of Australia in a country where hotels, shops and bars are run primarily by Australians, New Zealanders and French. Unlike other destinations, in Vanuatu safety is a natural component of this island destination. 24 hour security is on-site for extra peace of mind and Schoolies reps are at the venue to assist.
Travel Insurance is mandatory. Travel insurance is already included in the Ultimate Schoolies Package, alternatively it can be purchased elsewhere, or simply added on to your Schoolies package for $76 per person for a 1 week trip. Travel insurance documentation and payment will have to be finalised and confirmed before it applies. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for Schoolies travel insurance details.
Yes, every night. Your booking will come with your official “Sure Thing Schoolies” Wristband. Vanuatu is set up to accommodate schoolies parties and events during schoolies week. This is probably the most exciting part of the experience for most people 🙂
Enjoy the fantastic food available on the main island of Vanuatu! The food includes all the normal stuff you would expect (remember that Australians are the main visitors to Vanuatu!) It would include things like Pizza, Chicken, Steak, Pasta, Fish and Chips, Wedges, Seafood, Burgers, Fresh Fruit. Basically all the things you would be used to in Australia – The only difference is that the ingredients in Vanuatu are of much higher quality since they are all fresh and organic, and taste much better in Vanuatu. You can purchase food ‘by the meal’ at the hotel restaurant, or get the schoolies meals package (better overall value). This cheaper option is pre-paid meals package that comes with the Silver, Gold and Ultimate packages, it can be arranged by contacting email@example.com if you don’t have it already.
You don’t need a passport to make a booking, but you will need one before you travel. You get them at the Post Office. It’s a good idea not to wait too long after making a booking to start organising your passport. Try not to leave it any later than 2 months before you travel.
Vanuatu has been recently labelled as “The Happiest Place on Earth”. Violence is not a part of their culture. When you have a beautiful tropical island with great food, warm weather and extremely friendly locals, you can start to see why Vanuatu would be given such a label.
Yes. Activate Global Roaming. This needs to be done before you leave Australia. Generally speaking, those on post-paid mobile plans can call customer service at their Telco and activate global roaming so that it works overseas. It’s a good idea to make sure at least one person in your group has a mobile phone that will work.Alternatively, bring an unlocked mobile phone with you and get a local sim card in Vanuatu on arrival for around $6. The phone that you bring will need to be unlocked (not locked to an Australian network) if you intend to use it for a Vanuatu sim card. To unlock your phone from your Australian Network contact your phone company for instructions. If parents/friends need to contact you but can’t get through via mobile, the phone number of the hotel where you will be staying is (0011) 678 35532 Aquana Beach Resort, Port Vila, Vanuatu.
In some cultures, tipping and bargaining are common. This is Not the case in Vanuatu. If you see something for sale at a certain price, do not try to bargain as it is against their custom. At the same time, tipping isn’t part of their custom either. So if you’re happy with someone’s service, just smile and say “TankyuTumas” (Thanks a lot) rather than giving a tip. They feel bad accepting any tips, and will refuse. The only time you can bargain a price is with a taxi ride (if you need to use one for any reason) since there isn’t set pricing in place.
Since the Schoolies accommodation is in a perfect location harbourfront and in town, you won’t need any transport. However, there are many taxis and buses in Vanuatu which can generally be flagged down as they pass you. Buses are cheaper, and it should cost you only 200VATU or 300VATU ($2 to $3 Australian) to get to another part of town. If you need any help, ask a staff member or rep from Sure Thing Schoolies who will be on-site at the accommodation.
No. The Schoolies accommodation is strong and has never been affected. This confirms just how safe it is.All is well in Vanuatu and better than ever. Everyone is saying there has never been a better time to visit Vanuatu.
This is the highest level of accreditation available to Australian Travel Agents and Tour Operators. Only the best of the best have this qualification. Sure Thing Schoolies is honoured to have ATAS accreditation. Sure Thing is the only Schoolies company that is ATAS accredited – ensuring you reliability, credibility, professionalism and an absolutely awesome Schoolies week.
The local currency in Vanuatu is called the VATU. Although this varies, you can currently get 80 VATU with $1 Australian. You can exchange your money whilst still in Australia or at the airport when you arrive in Vanuatu, however, you can also exchange money in town (for a slightly better rate). If you have an ATM card, some of them work in the ATMs in Vanuatu and will give you the local Vanuatu Currency. There is an ANZ Bank and Westpac Bank in Vanuatu within walking distance from the Schoolies accommodation. In addition, almost all other Australian ATM cards work if they have “Cirrus” or “Maestro” written on them.
When you arrive at the airport, you will be given a VIP Schoolies Vanuatu colour-coded wristband which you will use to get your meals as well as to access your accommodation. This should be kept on at all times, it also has important contact information on there. This is the only way to access the Schoolies parties and activities in Vanuatu since Sure Thing Schoolies is the Official organiser of Schoolies in Vanuatu.
When you have hundreds of Sure Thing Schoolies in the last 11 years saying they had the best week of their life at Schoolies in Vanuatu, they can’t be wrong. Get set for the best week of your life, guaranteed.
Just like the hottest concert tickets… The schoolies hotel rooms get snapped up nice and early, the earlier you book, the better it is for you. To get things rolling, contact firstname.lastname@example.org and let them know how many people are in your group. From there, they will send you an itinerary of the best available rooms and will give you details on how you can make them yours!
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