The ceremonial preparation for drinking kava is the most honoured rite of Fijian formal life, performed at births, marriages, deaths, official visits or new chief ceremonies. Kava is a tranquilizing, non-alcoholic drink which numbs the tongue and lips. Coming from the dried roots of the pepper plant, it’s an intriguing ritual, but an acquired taste. Continue to the famous orchid Garden of the Sleeping Giant, with a magnificent mountain backdrop (Sleeping Giant). A brief stop at Nadi for duty free or local crafts including woodcarving, crochet, pottery and colourful Tapa cloth concludes your tour.
Your guide will point out historical sites along the way and photo stops will be made.
Be treated to a glass of fruit juice at the Garden of the Sleeping Giant.
Shopping time will be given to the guests at Nadi town before returning to the Mariner. Village visits are closed for tours on Sundays, Good Fridays and if there’s a death in the village.
There are a few steps to be negotiated at the entrance of the garden, moderate walking is involved in this tour over stepping stones and uneven ground. Not recommended for passengers with disability problems.
Ladies are requested to wear knee length clothing and hats are to be taken off before entering the village.
Fijian currency is recommended.
Please wear comfortable flat-soled shoes, clothing suited to the weather conditions, a hat, SPF30+ or higher factor sunscreen and bottled water.
Please note Kava is a non-alcoholic beverage used traditionally in the Pacific Islands for ceremonial purposes. Formed by the root of the pepper tree Kava usually has a mildly sedative and anaesthetic effect, although it is possible to have adverse reactions including upset stomach. The traditional method of preparing kava does not meet P&O Cruise’s standard of health and safety and any participation in trying kava is at the risk of the individual.