Port Vila Nakamals
The red billiard ball coloured light outside has 3 on one side and 7 on the other. Inside we find a pool tournament in full swing with an established nakamal and another make shift nakamal in the front yard of the house next door. It is a genuine local experience not to be missed.
Plenty of food, some being roasted right in front of you. 2 competition size pool tables. Ice cream for sale. The make shift nakamal is like having a bbq with the locals in their yard – great for experiencing local culture and seeing how they prepare their food.
Established in 2012 by a husband and wife duo, Blue Galaxy Nakamal is located in Bladiniere Estate, a couple of roads behind Las Flaet Nakamal. It is recognizable by an electric blue light set so high that it can be seen from afar. Kelsey, the owner, is the smiling face behind the always-clean counter serving you a shell, while her husband is in charge of making the kava. Set among a tropical garden with neat gravel grounds, Blue Galaxy provides a friendly service in a hygienic environment with high quality kava. It is the perfect place to take overseas visitors to show off Vanuatu’s nakamal culture.
Operating hours: Monday – Saturday, 4:30 till late. Closed Sunday, public holidays.
Kava Isand of Origin: Malekula and Santo
Parking: Limited to a maximum of 10 cars.
Seating: Lots of flexible seating, both indoor and outdoor. Plastic chairs have reclining back rests and wooden benches are built into the U-shaped undercover area which consists of a natungura roof that frames the property. The central area is open air. Sits approximately 30 – 40 people.
Entertainment: A pool table is available for use.
Food ‘Wasem maot’: Wide selection of food including crab, simboro, laplap, chicken wings, fruit salad, cooked banana, yam, sandwiches and so much more!
Mini Store: A mini store is available and sells everything from confectionary, chips and soft drinks to cleaning products and personal products.
Facilities: Toilets are available for bothmen and women and the spitting area offers three taps to clean your shell and rinse your mouth. There are also a handful of plastic rubbish bins scattered acrossthe gorgeous gardens for rubbish
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A new nakamal right after Pacific Supplies as you head out of town. Some of the more gourmet food around with a selection of shellfish on offer.
One of the most unique nakamals we have visited. It was a restaurant takeaway store turned into a nakamal thus instead of the usual outdoor thatched huts and seating you have an indoor experience with little freshly painted private booths.
Kava is always Santo. One of the largest selections of food, shop on premises and beer for sale. One of the most neat and well-presented nakamals out of all we have seen to date and certainly the most unique setting.
Good food selection, good location just off the road left after the roundabout turning to the airport, recognisable by a bamboo fence.
Strong Pentecost kava the few times we came.
Starts really early and finishes at 10:30pm. Best place to come for an afternoon kava while everyone else is still closed.
Biggest multi kava bar with a very unique setting reminiscent of some undercover black market. 20 booths available but not all might be selling at the same time. Great for kava sampling evenings.
Each booth offers a small selection of food as well. Lots of covered seating.
Suitably named ‘Laes Flaet’ (Last Flight) due to its location next to the airport at Bladinier Estate, this popular nakamal is renown for having high quality kava. Owned by the charming Jean-Jacques Galinie, whose knowledge of kava is equivalent to that of a wine connoisseur, you will often find him enjoying a game of pool underneath the banyan tree and enjoying a shell that he has most likely helped squeeze. With ample seating and notoriously strong kava, Laes Flaet is the place to go if you are looking for kava that kicks straight away.
Operating hours: Monday – Saturday, 4pm until late.
Kava Island of Origin: From wherever is available, but Jean-Jacque prefers kava from Pentecost, Ambae and Malekula.
Parking: Parking spaces are available but when it’s raining, beware that the area can become extremely muddy. You will have to come in early to avoid getting a parking spot that’s on wet grass.
Seating: Makeshift huts with built-in wooden benches are spread across the front and back of the property. There is also a fire pit framed by a U-shape wooden bench. Plastic chairs are available for those who wish to make their own open air seating. Sits approximately 70 people.
Entertainment: A pool table is located underneath a natungura-thatched hut right next to the banyan tree. The popular game sees players writing their name on a board to ensure fair rounds. Petanque is also available.
Food ‘Wasem maot’: A decent selection of food is available including traditional aelan kai kai, sandwiches, chicken wings, packet chips and peanuts.
Facilities: Toilets are available for both men and women. There are two spitting areas, each with two taps. There is also another tap located near the serving area.
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Not sure of the exact name but the 3 coloured lights were quite a stand out feature.On the way towards the APTC college from Bon Marche Freshwater just before the cemetery.
Booths for rent thus serves multiple types of kava and food.
Thatched covered seating areas.