While shopping in Fiji is somewhat limited because of the isolation of the Fiji Islands, there are many marvelous, local things to capture and take home as souvenirs while shopping Fiji.
Shopping Fiji for Clothing
Insider tips say that you might find a better discount deal in the little town of Nadi than at the gifts shops in or near the tourist resort hotels. Take an afternoon away from the resorts, get out of the five-star glamor, and go local shopping in Nadi for the real Fijian experience. You will be very happy you did.
The designs of the women’s dresses called a “sari” in Fiji are really spectacular. They are elegant with pleasant color tones that let the beauty of the woman’s face shine without the distraction of overly colorful fabric. Wearing a sari is very comfortable and works well for all sizes of women because they hang down nicely in a straight line from the shoulders to the feet. Some are tucked in just slightly at the hip area to accent the delightful female curves.
Sarongs (known as “Sulus” in Fiji)
Sarongs are wonderfully wrapped dresses that tie in the front and cascade down the hips to surround the legs with beautiful colors. Some are quite opulent. The sarong is the perfect attire for warmer areas because they are made of very light and free-flowing fabric that does not cause excessive heat to build near the legs. When you wear a sarong you will feel like you are gliding in the air.
The best prices for sarongs are found the open-air markets and in the little shops located in the capital of Fiji, which is Suva. If you are very lucky to find one in a great second-hand market shop, you might find a pure silk sarong in almost new condition for less than one-quarter of the price of a new one in a tourist area. The fun is in the hunt for something that is cool and costs so little that you will not be able to resist buying it. You will enjoy haggling with the locals in the markets, which is all done in good spirit. Moreover, all the export textile shops in Fiji are found in Suva, so if you want to buy fabric to make your own clothes you will find the choices and the prices are absolutely amazing.
Local Hand-Carved Souvenirs
When you see some, you may see many of the same styles. Do not let this put you off because when you take the one you selected back to your home in another country, you will fondly remember your trip to Fiji. You cannot find these hand-carved items from Fiji everywhere in the world, so why not take one home to remind yourself that you are one of the specials ones that had a chance to visit the beautiful Fijian Islands.
The Freshest Local Fruit and Vegetables
If you are lucky enough to have an extended stay in Fiji then as an alternative to the pricey restaurants, go to the local farmer’s market in Lautoka top buy your food and prepare the meals yourself. Try something you never ate before and get ready for a taste sensation. It is all healthy and fresh and delicious.
Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about Fiji shopping.