Kava which is the national drink of Fiji is loved by locals. This drink is made and served especially during the Yaqona ceremony. However, many locals are known to drink this on a daily basis. As a tourist, you should definitely try a sip when offered by the locals. Let’s focus on a brief info on what Kava really is.
- What is it really? –The drink is made with the help of the roots of local pepper plant. The roots are first grinded and then mixed with water. Before handing over for a sip, it is served inside a coconut shell. This is one of the best drinks offered by locals to tourists during the Yaqona ceremony.
- How do you drink? – Before you take your first sip, make sure you clap once and then accept the drink for a sip. After that, you need to clap again, say the word ‘Bula’ and then hand it over to the next person. Make sure you at least take a sip or else the locals will find it disrespectful.
- Will you get high? – Not really because the lips and tongue becomes slight numb only after finishing an entire cup of kava. If you like the taste, you can always have more.
The appearance of Kava may not be pleasing to a few people. However, it should be consumed when offered by the tourists. After the ceremony, you can always head back to your luxury Fiji island resorts to relax.