Shopping Dravuni Island
When there’s a ship in port at Dravuni, the area around the tender dock and village nearby turn into a mini mall. The upside of this is that you can count on any handicraft being real, not a fake from far away. The downside is that it makes it a little harder to see village life as it is most days. Fijians are among the world’s best carvers and crafters of weapons. These skills combine to produce really pretty war clubs and spears. (Truly fancy clubs are edged in shark teeth, but there’s no way on earth TSA will let you have that in your carry-on.) Other things worth keeping an eye out for are the intricately carved necklaces or tapa cloth, which is made from pounding designs into mulberry bark. Fijian cloth is among the best in the Pacific—and it can be expensive.
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