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By Zane Yoshida

The Art of Relaxation: Fijian Style

You can tell a lot about a place by its drinks! Think about the French and their wine, the Chinese and their tea, or the Germans and their beer. You instantly learn a lot about how they love to spend their time.

With the relaxing and stress-relieving effects of kava being so interwoven into Fijian culture, it’s no surprise that few places on earth ‘do’ relaxation like Fiji.

We even have our own ‘time zone’! When you land on our soil you enter ‘Fiji time’ – where everything is that little bit more laid back!

Here are a few ways for you to kick back and enjoy the breeze for a while, with a Taki Ma kava shot in hand:

Five ways to relax on Fiji Time

  1. On the sea

With Fiji spread out over 333 islands, there is a LOT of sea to navigate out there! You can take day trips or longer, and hop between islands on a longboat. Some islands have cities and extensive tropical beaches, while others are little more than unpopulated bars of sand (like Mondriki, where the Tom Hanks blockbuster Castaway was filmed).

Depending on the weather and time of year, sometimes the waters can be choppy (not so relaxing), but choose the best times to venture out and you’ll be kicking back on the deck with a Taki Mai shot in your hands, enjoying a little corner of paradise.

  1. At the pool or spa

Need a rest? A pool holiday? With Fiji’s superb climate, a few days around the pool at your hotel is almost guaranteed to perfect your tan. Sometimes the plusher hotels have floating pontoons and sunset bars where you can enjoy some offshore Taki Mai – or something a little stronger in cocktail form if you prefer.

Or how about a day pampering yourself in a spa? Many of the resorts offer first class spa facilities, where a Taki Mai shot will get you in the perfect mood for a massage.

  1. With a day of water sports

Relaxation comes in many forms. If lounging around a hotel pool or in a hammock is too boring for you, then maybe something a little more active lights your fire. Fiji offers a host of water sports from sailing, jet-skis, and snorkeling to diving off the top deck of pontoons. Maybe you’ll even get to see dolphins or sea turtles?

If your muscles are aching at the end of an active day, guess what? A Taki Mai kava shot will help soothe your body and relax your mind.

  1. Over some superb seafood

You won’t be surprised to hear that Fiji serves up some delicious seafood. Perhaps enjoy the fresh catch of the day for lunch or lobster for dinner?

Wash it down with a glass of wine or two or, if you want to go tee-total for an evening, a Taki Mai kava shot to help you relax and enjoy the evening breeze.

  1. In a traditional Fijian Village

Get to know a slice of ‘real’ Fiji with a visit to a traditional fishing village. You’ll find the experience eye-opening as the peace and tranquility of the ancient lifestyle washes over you. You will be treated to a traditional Fijian welcome and feel like a temporary member of the village – where kava (or “grog” as you may hear it referred to) features heavily in the welcoming “sevusevu” ceremony.

Clap once and say “bula”, before drinking your coconut shell full of kava all in one gulp. After you hand it back, clap three times to show your appreciation.

Now you’re all set for a relaxing trip to Fiji. Come and join us sometime.

By Zane Yoshida

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Is it any coincidence that the home of kava is also considered one of the friendliest places in the world?

Possibly not. The history of serving kava to visitors is closely interwoven into the fabric of Fijian culture. It cannot be an accident that visitors to Fiji naturally feel relaxed and at home when meeting their hosts.

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