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Maldives Travel - Shopping
Look for stamps, colorful island fabrics and T-shirts. Local crafts include lacquerwork and weaving. (Be aware that many items are actually made in India or Sri Lanka rather than locally.) We particularly like the woven mats known as kuna, with elegant geometric designs. Some of the stores sell black-coral jewelry, often in tacky settings. You may also see items made from turtle shell. (In general, we don't recommend buying things made from coral or turtles: Purchasing them encourages further destruction of reefs, and the turtles of the Maldives are endangered.) There is some duty-free shopping. Bargaining is not common outside food markets.

Shopping Hours: Saturday-Thursday 8 am-11 pm.

Banking Hours: Sunday-Thursday 9 am-1 pm.

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