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Savu Savu Island Kava

Sava Savu Island in Fiji
Sasvu Savu islandin Fijj

Savu Savu Island Kava

Savu Savu Island is a little island in Fiji that offers spectacular marine life and diverse tropical fauna. However, the real delight here is the ceremonial kava sessions that happen every evening around sunset. Visitors are invited to join in, sit down with locals, share some food, and listen to stories. It’s a truly unique experience that’s authentic and one-of-a-kind.

At just 12 square kilometers, Savu Savu is probably one of the most idyllic places in Fiji. This small island has a village and two resorts, all located within 2-3 km of each other. The resort and the village are separated by no more than a stretch of sand. Thankfully, this can easily be crossed on foot within a minute or two.

Savu Savu Island Kava


The history of Savu Savu Island is rich in culture and tradition. For example, the growing of kava, one of Fiji’s national symbols. The islands were first inhabited since around 1200 AD by villagers from the west and near the north coast of Vanua Levu. Interestingly, these villagers traded with their neighbors on Bau Island to their south. They were well-organised societies that observed important ceremonies with their chiefs. Also, they had a sophisticated system of taboos relating to the land, sea and sky.

Kava in Savu Savu

Fiji Kava plant

Damu is most widely grown kava on the island of Savu Savu and it is known for its heavy qualities. As always the Waka root of the Damu plant is the most prized. Moreover, the Lawena root of the Damu variety is also known for its high lactone content in mature Damu plants. The Damu Savu Savu kava variety is grown in volcanic soil. As a result, this makes it rich in nutrients that in turn result in a higher potency.

Premium mature damu plants (up to 7 years ) are always used for ceremonial purposes on the island. However, as the population is small, Savu Savu kava growers are also able to sell their premium Waka and Lowena. As expected, the buyers are kava traders who pass through purchasing kava for the markets in Suva and Nadi.