Let’s face it, Fiji is paradise but not the retail therapy kind. This isn’t the place to head for a shopping fix involving large retail centres, malls, or outlets. Having said that, you can still have lots of fun shopping for locally made arts and crafts, black pearls grown in the warm waters of Savusavu Bay, locally harvested coconut oil (great for massage, dry skin and cooking) and divine Pure Fiji products.
There are souvenirs to be had at every turn, including pretty shell necklaces, bracelets and beautifully woven baskets. At local markets you can pick up carved kava bowls, war clubs, woven mats, pottery and beautiful masi or tapa cloth. Plus you get to interact directly with the makers.
Most resorts have their own onsite shop or boutique. The ones at Vomo, Toberua and at Jean Michel Cousteau Fiji Island Resort and the InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa are well stocked and sell lots of lovely Pacific wares. Many resorts even have their own market stalls where locals come to sell their products, spread on woven mats on the ground.
Our top picks
Pure Fiji Boutique
Denarau Island, Nadi
Located in the lobby of the Sofitel Resort and Spa on Denarau Island, here you can stock up on the full range of the fantastic Pure Fiji line of products including the heavenly coconut sugar scrub, pineapple body butter and cold pressed organic drift nut oils. Everything smells so good you swear you could eat it. If you can’t get to the Pure Fiji boutique, most duty free shops at the airport also stock the brand.
Nadi Handicraft Centre
Main Road, Nadi
A one-stop shop for quality handicrafts, black pearls, leather, jewellery and carved wooden kava bowls from Fiji and neighboring island nations. They also sell clothing including hand-painted saris and leather goods.
Shop like a local
Nadi’s Main Street
A good place to pick up souvenirs. Haggle at the Handicraft Market, check out retail chain Jack’s of Fiji for high-end traditional handicrafts, jewellery and duty free goods, and browse Nads for t-shirts, artwork, wooden bowls, local pottery, weapons and more.
Suva Curio and Handicraft Market
Across the road from the scenic Suva Harbour (near the sea wall), bargain for Fijian handicrafts, and a vast assortment of Fijian and Indo-Fijian souvenirs. Among the 70 plus stalls you will also find kava bowls, grass skirts, tapa (Fijian cloth), lali (Fijian drums), carvings and other cultural items made predominantly in Fiji’s Lau Island group.