Captain Cook Cruises, Blue Lagoon Cruises, RaMarama Cruise in Fiji! Luxury cruising, islands cruising, tall ship cruising. Cruise the Yasawas, the Mamanucas, wake to a new island and white sandy beaches, coral atolls and lagoons every morning! Kayaking coconut husking, basket weaving, tropical buffet lunches and fine dining, spa, music and entertainment. Call our MATAIs -Fiji Certified Specialists- for Fiji Travel, Fiji Adventures, Fiji on the Wild Side! 503-630-5570.
Go for the Culture
The Kava Ceremony Anticipate a village visi, become a part of Fiji with a welcome that includes a kava ceremony. Most resorts hold less formal kava ceremonies for guests. Etiquette demands bringing gifted kava to the village as respect for the community. If you're travelling with a tour, this will be prearranged. Presentation of the kava to the chief and mataqali (village elders) begins your welcome!
Kava Etiquette: say "Bula" then clap your hands once before accepting your drink. After drinking the bowl (bilo) of Kava handed you (one gulp only-no sipping allowed) hand the bowl back to the person who presented it to you and clap with cupped hand three times again. (The clapping sound should be hollow, not sharp) Terms of endearment: "low tide" - a small bowl of Kava; "high tide" a filled bowl of Kava. It is acceptable to decline a drink of Kava -put your hand up and shake your head when it is presented to you. It is no insult to your host & no explanation needed.