Shopping in Fiji holds no surprises, as food is
plentiful and inexpensive with a varied selection. Fiji has excellent Chinese
and Indian stores where spices abound, local dinning is cheap and restaurants
often sell their own mix of curry powder. "Cost U Less", an American
company identical to COSTCO has just arrived near the two main ports of
Suva and Nadi, though the store is not as big as American Samoa the locals
are yet to discover it so it was peaceful shopping for us.
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Most items are
available with prices slightly more than American Samoa. Imported goods
have a New Zealand and Australian influence so keep this in mind if you
are buying electrical goods. The staff are extremely helpful, accept major
credit cards and will even freight items to other locations. Small chain
supermarkets are located in each large town but they tend to be hot, crowded
and dirty. They do carry imported fruit and vegetables and I buy New Zealand
celery, apples and yogurt mix here.
Each town has a local market with excellent
local produce. Most items are bought in heaps, which cost one Fijian dollar,
or 50 cents U.S. Public transport and taxis are also inexpensive and we
generally keep the taxi for a trip into town to help with running around.
Most often than not they know where everything is.
This year I ran out
of time for the market one of my visits to town and gave my shopping list
to Abdul our taxi driver. He then gave it to a good friend who ran a stall
at the market and in no time flat my list was completed with the items
well selected, bagged, boxed, and a lot cheaper at mate's rates.
Point Marina between Nadi and Lautoka an Australian has established a hydroponics
garden to supply the resorts and McDonalds. Wonder Gardens grows beautiful
lettuces of many varieties, tomatoes, spring onions, and parsley, selling
directly to the public.