Vanuatu Shopping

  • Shopping
    by globetrott
  • Shopping
    by globetrott
  • Shopping
    by globetrott

Vanuatu Shopping

  • BE FLEXIBLE & HAGGLE WHEN SHOPPING!

    The local shop is really just a stall, very native with the homemade bags and clothes- sarong, dresses, etc..hanging by the branches of trees! There are no modern clothes hangers here, no fitting rooms, etc..The atmosphere is truly tropical so if you like something and needs to try a dress for instance, just use your towel or improvise, ask someone...

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  • Not a lot to buy, I'm afraid

    There's not a lot of local craft to be found in Port Vila. In fact, there's not much in the way of anything souveniry to buy. And where did all the postcards go? A very limited selection, they were the same in each shop I looked in. The best range of "traditional" souvenirs such as postcards, keyrings, magnets etc, was actually in the departure...

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  • Down Town and the market

    There are some good buys that can be made along the road that runs along the beach near the out door market. We found some great timber objects here that where nice and cheap. We bought boats, statues and hand carved fish the where made from solid timber.Also there where some great little stalls that sold clothing for the ladies.There where also...

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  • You don't have to go far!

    When the ship docks and you go ashore the docks are packet full of stalls for the passengers to walk through on your way off the pier! There is no escape from these stalls as you must walk through all of them to get to the only exit into Port Vila.The prices start off quite high when the ship first sails because it is quite busy with tourists. A...

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  • Tanna Coffee

    Au Bon Marche Nambatu and Au Bon Marche Downtown are the supermarkets with the widest variety of food, drink and other necessities of life in Vanuatu. Be sure to bring home some Tanna Coffee - it is superb (the best I have ever had - and I'm a very picky caffeine addict -I brought home 3 kilos of it!). It is cheaper to buy it from the Au Bon...

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  • Duty free shopping

    I found two duty free shops in Port Vila. Our taxi driver told me that one was cheaper.........can't remember which one! If you are visiting by cruise ship unfortunately the duty free shops comandeer your merchandise and sends them on to the ship. If it's cigarettes or alcohol you dont get it back till the night before you disembark. Beware of this...

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  • Browse around...

    Just walking around was a fascinating experience. Lots of stores and eateries. I found one store selling reduced brand name merchandise. Tee shirts - some were $10, shorts, sunglasses.......... I tried some locally made pastries at a little cafe. Of course plenty of touristy places - souvineers etc. One interesting experience I had was when I was...

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  • Markets galore!

    I was fascinated with the markets. A large outdoor market was set up in Vila and I spent quite a while browsing around. There were sarongs everywhere! - about $10. Locally made cotton beach bags $5 - $10 and beads, beads and more beads!. Every kind and combination you could think of. All very nice and very cheap. Some didn't make it through customs...

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  • Forget your duty free Bourbon idea...

    Unless of course, you plan on drinking it upon your return!I purchased a large bottle to enjoy whilst away. Which is a great idea...until you factor in that a 1.25lt bottle of coke is about $8-So, I was on rations...half a glass of Bourbon with just a splash of coke........

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  • Supermarkets

    The supermarkets in Port Vila sell a lot of things that you'll find in the supermarkets at home. The use by dates and prices may not be so good though... A 2.25 litre bottle of Coke costed around 550 vatu (A$6.50)!! It's still cheaper to buy some bread and cheese/meat than to buy a meal at a cafe - just like at home - but don't expect really low...

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  • Markets

    The markets in Port Vila are fantastic. They sell fresh fruit and vegetables, jewellery, clothes, wood carvings, trinkets and so much more. The prices are fairly good for most things too - you will find the markets much cheaper than the shops. Jewellery, wood carvings, woven baskets...all of it... :) A necklace could cost anywhere between 200...

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  • Authentic handicrafts

    Foreign cash, travellers cheques and major international credit cards (Amex, Diners, JCB, Mastercard and Visa) are widely accepted. Bankcard is not normally accepted.Most shops close for 'siesta' 11.30am to 1.30pm. Eating places, banks, supermarkets and the Post Office do not observe siesta. Shops open on Saturday morning and some speciality shops...

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