One of the best things about Savusavu is the open air market in town. It attracts people from all over the area buying and selling their fresh fruit and vegetables. It is multi lingual, cross cultural and vibrant. The mostly female sellers are friendly and helpful. Most items are sold by the pile – usually 1 dollar per pile.
Very fresh spices and dry goods occupy the front of the market with the fresh produce in the middle and back.
The fishermen have freezers in one corner and sell their fish, lobsters, prawns and crabs by the kilo at very reasonable rates. The fresh fish comes into the freezers and is usually chilled but not frozen if you buy it on the day brought in. Saturday is the busiest day of the market and you need to get there early to get the best fish.
If kava tickles your fancy there are many kava sellers in the market and a wide range available. Often it is purchased as a sevusevu or gift to the chief of a village you may be visiting. The market is a great place to buy it for this purpose and you can get powdered and whole kava in a variety of different sizes and qualities.
To the right of the market is a handicraft stall where the women sell their wares. They can make special items for you as well if you have a week or so to wait for an order. Tapa or masi cloth, baskets, and jewelry as well as carvings are on display.