Shopping in The Marshall Islands

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Let's be honest! Studying abroad comes in handy with a good shopping culture! Everyone wants to get time to explore markets and pick a few goodies to add to the cart list! Shopaholics welcome to Marshall Islands, the land of beauty and charming crafts! This is where your shopping impulse is put to the test. With numerous shopping malls, stalls, shops, and supermarkets Marshall Islands will certainly take thy breath away!

Shopping is typically reserved to handicrafts in South Tarawa and London, while essentials can be purchased at fruit and vegetable markets. The locals churn out a range of art such as basketry and necklaces, while shark swords make excellent Marshall Islands souvenirs. You can bargain, but keep always remember that they do not earn much. Most shops are open daily. There’s a supermarket on Bairiki islet in South Tarawa where most people purchase all their regular groceries. It has both fresh and frozen foods as well as dairy and fruit and is open every day. Fern is another common shop in Tarawa, which is great for pies and wine.

Travelers can find most modern conveniences at family-run roadside shops and larger supermarkets on the Marshall Islands, but the most unique curios and souvenir stores are located around Majuro’s Robert Reimers Hotel and the airport. Travelers can tour and buy products made at the RRE Clam Farm, Canoes of the Marshall Islands and the Tobolar Copra Processing Plant. However, the biggest variety of souvenirs is sold at the Marshall Handicraft Shop situated next door to Majuro’s Atele Museum.

Copra, made from dried coconut meat, has long been one of the most crucial sources of income for Marshall Islands residents. The Tobolar Copra Processing Plant uses copra to make coconut feed, coconut oil and soaps. Local youth make and benefit from the sales of miniature canoes, traditional wooden items and handcrafted clocks available at the Canoes of the Marshall Islands gift shop. Other Majuro stores worth browsing include Busy Hands Club, Leipajid Handicraft Shop, MIKA, and Wut Konare Handicrafts at the airport.

Boat manufacturing and weaving are among the region’s other traditional handicrafts, but former Bikini Atoll residents have also become popular for their kili handbags. Visitors can buy the unique stick charts sailors once used to find their way around these distant and scattered islands or jewelry crafted from shells. Thin coconut palm membranes called kimej and coconut tree woven fibers known as malwe are used to create awesome baskets and floor mats. All Marshall Islands shops are mostly closed on weekends.

"I enjoy shopping and I found it affordable but some of the clothes are definitely not of the highest quality." - Hassan from Turkey

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