Unleashed Schoolies Plantation Island Fiji
Unleashed Schoolies Plantation Island Fiji
After my HSC in 2015 I travelled to Plantation Island for my Schoolies trip with Unleashed in Week 3 of Schoolies.
We flew into Nadi with Fiji Airways who were great. The arrival in Fiji was very well organised, we had Unleashed staff on the flight who guided us through the airport and customs, to the coaches that were waiting to transfer us. Unleashed did a rollcall before leaving to make sure everyone was there.
We were transferred to the marina and had another rollcall, to get our wrist bands for the island and to fill out some forms. Once this was done we were transferred by boat to Plantation Island. We arrived about 9.30pm and there was already a big party on the beach of Schoolies who arrived earlier that day.
Before we could join in we had to have an induction of Island and Schoolie rules. This is also when they search your bags- snacks and food are fine. They do this to make sure no one has snuck in alcohol or drugs. The Resort staff then escort you to your room, helping you with your luggage. Then we could finally get dressed and join the party!
The parties are on the beach and they set up a temporary Beach Bar to serve drinks. You don’t need to take money out as they just take down the room number on your band and you sign for it- which is great as you don’t have to worry about losing money or cards.
ACTIVITIES: There are heaps of activities each day- like volleyball, tug-a-war, yoga and tie-dye t-shirts and many more. A summary of the day’s activities was delivered to our room each day and was displayed on boards around the island. There is free access to kayaks, stand up paddle boards, snorkels. They also have night activities after dinner like karaoke, trivia and speed dating. After that it’s Beach Party time again!
They have lots of parties- one day they had a pool party in the main pool starting about 3pm. There was a DJ and pop up bar and lots of games and activities to keep us entertained. It was really cool. They give you plastic cups so you could drink in the pool.
They had 4 themed nights when I was there: Fijian, Black and White, Gender Bender and Back to School.
Unleashed let you know the theme nights before you go so you can prepare your outfits.
The Unleashed crew always join the activities too which is good so if you had any questions or needed help they are there for you. They are really friendly and always make sure everyone is having a good time.
There was a hut on the beach near the jetty to book any optional tours you want to do, which are charged to your room bill. Cloud 9 was definitely the most popular tour (about $80pp) and needs to be booked ASAP in the first couple of days as it sells out. It is a big pontoon with a DJ and bar, you can jump from the roof and snorkel in the beautiful blue water. You do need to take a debit card to pay for cocktails and pizzas. We had lunch before we left and were only there 3-4 hours so didn’t need any food. Cocktails were expensive though- the cheapest one is $18!
I also did a snorkel trip (about $30pp). They take you out on a small boat for about 1 hour snorkelling. You need to take equipment from the resort to do this.
I also booked to do a sandbar party! It was only $10 for the cost of the boat ride out and back, however it was cancelled due to the tides. Others went the week before, and said it was lots of fun- with a pop up DJ and bar.
WIFI! I bought a WIFI package on the island for $100 Fijian dollars which was unlimited for the whole time, there are heaps of different packages, this was the most expensive, but I didn’t want to worry about what percentage of the pack I had used. We had pretty good reception most the time and could even facetime family back home!
SAFETY I always felt very safe and I think the information Unleashed provide about the support staff who are there to help- (Resort staff, Security, Red Frogs and Unleashed Crew) is the main reason my parents were comfortable with me going and the same for many of my friends. It is way safer then going to Bali or Queensland- No drugs!
The Unleashed crew were a mixture of Volunteers who are past guests from other years and paid crew. They work a night and day roster. This was also well organised, so the night crew were awake (they are not allowed to drink) and help people who had drank too much and making sure everyone was having fun- going around and chatting to everyone. I felt really safe the whole time, the staff were approachable and always happy to help.
There is a doctor on the island also located close to the party area, you just knock on the door and she would help you but apparently it was quite expensive. So, I would recommend taking the basics with you like band aids, Panadol etc.
FOOD The breakfast buffet was very good. It finished at 10am though, so if you slept in past then you missed out and had to either buy food or wait until lunch. Lunch and dinner were buffet style also. Dinner was always themed eg: Mexican, Italian etc. I am gluten intolerant and they didn’t really cater to that, but I knew what I could eat and what I couldn’t, so I didn’t get sick.
MONEY I only spent under $600 Fijian dollars the whole trip, which I was happy with. Drinks were a good price at the resort, vodka raspberry $7. The only thing you really buy is drinks and optional activities, Wi-Fi and any souvenirs. You have to pay your bill every couple of days, if you don’t your name would go up on a board and they would close your account until you went and paid up. Even though it sounds like a hassle it was a good way to make sure you haven’t spent over budget or more than you have! The worst I heard was one guy spent $1000 on the trip. I took debit card and Fijian cash, I really didn’t need the cash, but I just put it towards the bill. The only time you needed cash was if you did the SOS cultural activity as it was in the local village.
ACCOMMODATION: I stayed in a 2-bedroom garden bure with 5 friends and it was great, a bit of a walk from the party but they were very roomy. We had 2 x twin beds in one room and another room with a king bed, and the lounge area had 3 lounge/bed sort of things.
The beach front bure was the nicest but I don’t know if they are worth the extra money as you don’t really spend much time in your room at all. They were quite roomy and had a hammock out the front, not far from the party area but far enough away that you wouldn’t be able to hear it.
The pool side rooms were good but if you only had a few people in the room as they felt really small. The Resort closes the pool at night and there is a resort staff member who makes sure no one goes swimming drunk! I found a lot of people on their way back to their rooms from the party would go and talk to them or lay on the lounges so it would be really annoying if you were trying to sleep from that noise.
We were on the first flight home which meant the boat transfer was at 4:30am, so be at the jetty by 4:00am! The staff made sure we got on the boat transfer and straight to the airport with plenty of time.
I thought it was a really good Grad trip and being packaged together you really didn’t have to think about anything at all except having fun!