Updated: Thursday, March 06, 2008
Shopping in Fiji, like in any setup, requires money. Money, that if well spent could solve a lot of your problems, especially if you’re in dire need of a certain product or commodity. With that said, if you are well equipped with the ‘ins and outs’ or the places to shop and places to avoid, you’re all ‘set’ saraga (for sure). From traditional salusalu (garland) to modern jewellery, plastic to gold, all you've got to do is take a stroll around your local town or city and if you don’t find what you’re looking for, best chances are, you’ll find them in this portal. See for yourself the amazing array of options available for you.
Shopping at the ROC Market
Shopping hours are from 8am to 5pm Mon to Friday and 8am to 3pm Saturday (varying from shop to shop, throughout the country). All but the small local shops and certain supermarkets are closed on Sundays.
For fresh fruits, imported food and other groceries, several supermarket chains including Morris Hedstrom, RB Patel and New World can be found in all town centres and cater for these specifics. Duty Free shops can be found in just about every town and the 2 main cities, with Prouds and Tappoo being the 2 main importers of Duty Free products. They are both very sophisticated outlets with slightly higher price-tags but offer sales support and export handling. Boutique shops include Jack's, Nads and Sogo's which sell a wide range of tourist souvenirs and good quality clothing.
Currency - Fijian Dollar (FJD; symbol F$) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of F$50, 20, 10, 5 and 2. Coins are in denominations of F$1, and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cents.
Currency Exchange - Exchange facilities are available at the airport, at trading banks and at most hotels.
Credit/Debit Cards and ATMs - American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa are accepted at a number of establishments. Major international cards are accepted at ATMs, which can be found in Nadi, Suva and Savusavu, and although they are cropping up throughout the rest of the islands, these cannot always be relied upon.
Traveller's Cheques - To avoid additional exchange rate charges, travellers are advised to take traveller’s cheques in Australian Dollars or Pounds Sterling.
Banking Hours - Generally Mon-Thur 8am-3pm. Fri 8am-4pm. Restricted Foreign Exchange Dealers (authorized to issue foreign currency and traveller’s cheques for travel-related purposes only).