A night out in Vanuatu always begins with a “shell”. A shell is a drink of Kava made from the root of a plant similar to the pepper tree and has been used for centuries throughout the Pacific. Vanuatu Kava is renowned for being the strongest in the world, boasting 32 active components. Note though, if you are thinking of indulging: Kava is not an alcoholic drink. It is an intoxicant, the only legal narcotic in world. It is not addictive, nor does it have damaging side effects. However, it does not taste at all nice, so skull it and then follow it with a sweet chaser. For it to have any effect the locals advice drinking two to three shells over a few minutes on an empty stomach.