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Drinking Kava in Fiji

One of the greatest things to do in Fiji is drinking kava. It is a traditional drink in Fiji but many do it night after night. In fact, there is a growing discussion among Fijians if it is good or not. (Churches hate it)

The reason that the church is so against it in my opinion is that they see it as competition for money to be given to the pastors.

However, I agree with most: You are not off the plane until you have had kava.

Kava is a legal “drug” that is used in Fiji by the people. No matter if you are Fijian, Indian, Polynesia, White or Chinese; you drink kava from time to time.

According to KavaRoot.com, “Kava (Piper methysticum) is an age-old herbal drink that was the beverage of choice for the royal families of the South Pacific.” Today, it is a center piece of Fijian life.

Every night in the villages of the Fijian Islands, you will find men gathering in circles to enjoy the drink. Sometimes, there will be alot of cultural norms followed with it and  sometimes, it is just people sitting around on the couch enjoy it and clapping.

If you are in Nadi, you can make your way over to Bamboo Hostel in New Town to have some kava with other tourists. If you want to do it with Fijians; there will be many just sitting around town drinking it.

In Suva, alot of guys hang out down by the Market in the evening and they drink kava all evening. If you can’t find them; just ask anyone where you can find some people to drink grog (its other word) and they will tell you. If not, they will probably take you home and invite all their friends over for a kava session.

For more information about Kava, here is a handy how to drink Kava guide.