It's a Fiji tour (mainly for backpackers) that gives you more than just sand, sea and snorkelling. We visited villages and schools, learned about the culture and went trekking in the bush. What we liked about it is that you can get off and spend time in any place and then get back on the tour when you want to continue.
The root of the kava plant is the root of Fijian culture. When ground up and steeped in water the resulting muddy mixture known as yaqona serves as the foundation for social life in Fiji. A complicated series of ancient traditions surrounds the drinking of the grog and the wooden kava bowl is so fundamental that the Parliament has a ceremonial bowl around which members meet. Business deals are cemented with yaqona, as are social events.
The bitter root has mild drug-like qualities. Numbing of the tongue, dizziness and nausea are side-effects while a lethargic buzz is the primary sensation.
It is important to take small bundles of the root as gifts when visiting Fijians. You can buy yaqona at the Municipal Market in Suva or try a bowl at one of the yaqona saloons nearby. The taste takes getting used to, to say the least.
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