Drinks of Vanuatu


Vanuatu kava is more potent than kava drunk in other South Pacific countries. It's a legal ‘opiate’ that comes from grating, grinding or chewing the root of the plant.


There are many varieties, from mild to 'two-dei' kava, so called because it can be strong enough to induce a two-day sleep.

It can cause a numbness of the tongue, relaxation and a heightened awareness of sound and light, which is why nakamals (kava huts) are dark inside and people speak in hushed tones.