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
Hours: Saturday-Thursday 8 am-11 pm.
Hours: Sunday-Thursday 9 am-1 pm.