Maldives is a popular spot for tourists, making it a popular spot for stores, malls and markets. Maldives shopping can be everything you wanted and more when you consider the following suggestions from past travelers.
Souvenir Shopping in Maldives
The Mobile Local Market shows up every Saturday at Club Med. You may be able to find this market at other major resorts, so simply ask your concierge if and when they stop by. Not only are there plenty of souvenirs to choose from, but the prices are reasonable plus you don’t have to travel anywhere for them. One traveler says you can find unique gifts that feature Maldives history and beauty at the shops at Male Airport near the arrival section, which certainly makes for convenient last-minute selections for your loved ones.
The Bargains of Maldives
The Agora shopping center is difficult to miss because it’s right in the center of the city. You can find anything here from electronics to local foods to general household items. People who frequent this center are those who love to find a good bargain. You can also head to the smaller islands rather than relying on the major resort shops to find what you need. You may end up spending less than half of what you’d pay at the resorts. All shop owners are likely to haggle with you, but traders on the islands practically count on it. The more time and effort you put in, the more likely it is you’ll get an even better deal. Mafushi Island was recommended for shopping if you’re aiming to get everything in one stop.
Some people note that there isn’t much variance by way of what you can at souvenir shops, but there are also specialty stores if you know where to look for them. Sun Island Jewelry has fine (if slightly expensive) baubles and Shoe King has a huge selection of shoes and sandals. Most tourist shops will offer standard items like T-shirts and mugs, but their main pride is to feature items that honor the local fish of the islands. Whether you’re looking for a shark’s tooth necklace or a coconut, you need only check out what’s near you before you find it.
Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about where to shop in Maldives.