Kava Discovery Tour Factory

Kava Discovery Tour Factory

Tourism association

Member
Sanma Provincial Tourism Association

Contact

Name
Jeremy Laveutu
Phone
+678 36116
Email
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Postal
Luganville
Espiritu Santo
Vanuatu

Your tour will introduce you to the growing methods, large scale kava production, market selling, and the traditional customs and activities associated with kava.
Kava is steeped in tradition here in Vanuatu, learn about the way locals drink it and try some yourself!

Description:
Operated by: Santo Island Tour - Jeremy
Departure: 4.30pm pick up from your accommodation
Transport : Air conditioned bus

Tour Description:
Your tour will introduce you to the growing methods, large scale kava production, market selling, and the traditional customs and activities associated with kava.
A short distance from Luganville town you’ll visit lush tropical gardens where you can wander amongst the local fruit and vegetable crops, to see how where kava plants grow.
Here you’ll learn more about planting, and harvesting methods.
Typical kava seasons see planting done around March each year, to be harvested at maturity 3 years later, so it will depend on the timing of your visit what stage the kava is at.

From here you will be taken to the large, Australian owned, kava factory. A major employer and contributor to the local economy, the factory is where the kava is graded and sorted ready for export throughout the Pacific and more recently to North America.
Much of the kava produced is sold locally, and your tour will include a visit to the local markets. In addition to the kava, you’ll see the bountiful quantities of local produce – all grown organically, with tree ripened fruits and a wide range of vegetables.

Kava is steeped in local tradition and your next stop, at the kava bar, is where you will learn more about the customs surrounding this. You’ll be served your taste of kava in a “shell”. Traditionally a half coconut, most kava bars use small bowls today. As you face the direction of the setting sun, and let go of any stresses of the day, you’ll gain an understanding of the pleasure taken from the evening kava ritual.
Relax and get to know more about your tour guide, his lifestyle and traditions. Chat about your new discoveries, and perhaps meet some other local people you may encounter.
The tour is at a relaxed pace, with minimal easy walking. Don’t forget your camera.