Kava, School, Bilibili Rafting and Paradise

Trip Start Jan 20, 2007
Trip End May 06, 2007

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Flag of Fiji  , Viti Levu,
Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Headed down the 'Banana Highway', gravel roads seldom visited by tourists. Named Banana Highway as the roads follow along the Wainibuka River where locals used to use bamboo rafts (bilibilis) to take their bananas to market. We stopped along the way to visit a traditional village where we had a Sevusevu ceremony with the chief! This is where you all sit on the floor in a circle and they have a big bowl of Kava in the middle (which is some sort of plant root mushed up and strained through water). They then come round to each of you in turn and you have to clap once, say 'BULA', drink the Kava in one out of half a coconut shell, clap 3 more times and then shout 'mudasucka' (which could come out very wrong!). It looks like muddy water and kind of tastes like muddy water but with a hint of aniseed-like flavour. Its completely weird, your tongue goes numb and you feel a bit weird and fuzzy! Its basically a drug.

Next we visited a local school which was lovely! They were so excited and all crowded round wanting to hold your hand and have you take pictures of them, which they then scream in delight at when you show them on the screen. We had taken them some stationary so as a thank you they then all got up in the front of a classroom and sang us a song. Heart-warming stuff.

Then we went Bilibili rafting with the chief! So with 2 bamboo rafts lined up, we had to pick our vessel and in teams navigate up the river racing the other raft. Pretty hilarious and we all got soaked.

We then arrived at Volivoli beach where we stayed for a couple of days. Basically beach paradise. Its absolutely gorgeous as there is a sand bar which extends out to walk along and it is completely deserted and the most luxurious sand ever! You can also sit on the sand bar so you're sort of half in the shallow water and then loads of fish come around, I had one come right up to me and try to eat a small plastic yellow ball on the tie of my bikini bottoms! We pretty much just relaxed here, lapping up the tranquility of our perfect surroundings. In the evening we had another kava cermony followed by lots of games.
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