100 Years ago visiting Fiji could have tagged you as dinner, but today it is a totally different story. With open arms, the Fijian people welcome visitors eager to teach others about their way of life. As you arrive at the airport in Nadi (Nandi) big smiles and flowers welcome you into a world where the most important thing is companionship and happiness.
The most traditional gathering in Fiji is a Yagona (yan gona) or "Kava" Ceremony, in which the chief of a village will prepare the yagona by filtering the powder of a crushed up dehydrated yagona plant root into the water. "SaDaram Na Yagona Vaka Turaga" which mean the main guest (or chief of visiting tribe) will drink first is the opening statement of every authentic Kava Ceremony.
The Kava itself tastes a little like muddy water but considering that your tongue will be numb after the first drink it doesn't matter much, what matters is the fact that after a couple bowls you'll feel as though some serious muscle relaxant had just kicked into your system and put your entire body at ease.
In the Villages, many Kava Ceremonies will last late into the night but as soon as the rooster crows (if not earlier) the men will be off to the fields to gather food for the day while the women prepare breakfast and get the children ready for school. In the cities, Kava is a little less ceremonial and is mostly replaced with alcohol.
Most travelers decide to spend their time on the Islands in the Yasawas where they can lie on a stretch of beach with nothing to worry about except how to stay cool when temps can range from 35-45 Degrees. Most islands are small enough to walk around in mere minutes.
And with white beaches, stunning fringing reefs, and plenty of water activities these islands are every ocean lovers dream come true. On average you would spend 50 - 60 dollars per night for a dorm room but food and activities are all included, the most expensive part of island hopping is the ferries.
With a strong tie to their history and an open mind to the future Fiji has a great balance of the new and old worlds making travel within this amazing country easy, affordable, and extremely rewarding.