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Shopping is a favourite activity of the locals, especially in the evenings, when it is cooler. The Majeedhee Magu, which is the main road on the island, is lined with various shops selling a wide range of goods - from clothing, perfumes and cosmetics to jewellery, watches and electronics.

"All shops are open until 11pm, except for prayer times, when they are closed for 15 minutes."

The local market and the fish market are other popular shoping venues, while most souvenir shops line the northern end of Chaandanee Magu, earlier known as the Singapore Bazaar for its many imports from Singapore. Shops are stocked with an ample supply of gifts and souvenir items. The best buys include the 'thudu kuna' the Maldivian mat woven with local natural fibres and wooden miniature 'dhonis'.

When shopping for souvenirs keep in mind that export of products made of turtle shell, black coral, pearl oyster shell and red coral is prohibited.

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