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The Tongan dollar is the Pa’anga and comes in $2, $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100 dollar denominations. Most major credit cards are accepted in Tonga and there are over 200 EFTPOS outlets, but we do recommend that you always have cash on you as there are a number of outlets that are very much on Tonga Time and don’t have electronic facilities but do accept cash. Many cafes and guest houses only accept cash, also taxi drivers don’t carry large amounts of cash, so carrying small denomination notes is a good idea.


Oku fiha e’ Fiha hono totongi’  How much is this?

Visit Tonga’s selection of shopping areas to soak up the culture and atmosphere of this pacific playground.  You will find stores, malls and markets on the main island groups.

The Tongan arts and handicrafts are made using techniques passed down through generations of Tongan craftspeople. Most shops will have craftsmen on site so you can see for yourself how they do it: bone carving, wood carving, basket making and fine weaving, it really is an art! Probably the most famous local craft is the making of Tapa, a decorative bark cloth painted with traditional symbols and designs. Tapa is usually offered as a gift of respect at weddings, births and funerals.

Other Shopping in Tonga

The Western Union Mall and Office Complex building is located in the heart of the Nuku’alofa, City centre. This is a dynamic two storey office building, set on a beautifully landscaped courtyard. The design, and location is seen throughout the city centre. The multi complex building has nine retail shops, offices and an upmarket café.

Typical Tongan souvenirs are hand-decorated and woven tapa cloth, woven floor coverings, Ta’ovala pandanus mats, woven pandanus baskets, ‘Ali Baba’ laundry baskets, polished coconut-shell goblets and ashtrays, model outrigger canoes, ornaments, brooches, earrings, rings and silver-inlaid knives.

Tongan stamps and coins are collectors’ items; complete sets are on sale at the philatelic section of the Tongan Treasury. There are duty-free shops on Tongatapu and Vava’u, although the goods and services tax is only 5%.

Most shops will be open between 8.30am and 5pm, Monday to Friday and on Saturday morning between 8am and 12noon.

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Blue Banana Studio

Blue Banana Studios is the home of a family of artists directly on the beach at Kanokupolu. We all have very varied mediums to express our creativity and our Blue Banana shop demands all we have and in return gives us the nice showcase to inspire further creativity.  Our textile art is printed and created right here at the beach. More Info »

Tika Tonga

Quality Sportswear Clothing Tika Tonga Sportswear is Tonga’s newest sportswear clothing store. Centrally located inside the newly renovated Tonga Post Ltd we offer sportswear catering to kids, females and males. Our products are Dri-Fit material, reasonably priced and great quality. Tika Tonga Sportswear has a range of products including ladies gym singlets, ¾ tights, polos, More Info »

Alatini’s Fisheries

Fresh local seafood.

Leiola Duty Free

Welcome to Leiola Duty Free We offer quality duty free and retail shopping in Tonga with an ever extensive range of products a very affordable price. Specialising in TAX & DUTY FREE discount shopping, featuring famous name brands from across the globe and sole distributor of duty free in Tonga, exclusive agent of KooGa Sportswear, More Info »

Le-Ata Fashion Boutique & Giftshop

Le-Ata Fashions, trendz of the Pacific, does customised island prints and creations.   Business hours Monday to Friday 8:30AM  – 5:00PM and Saturday 9:00AM – 1:00PM             

Narrotam Store

Wholesaler, retailer, importer and general merchant.

Neeru’s Pharmacy

For customers in need of prescription medicine, Neeru’s Pharmacy makes it a priority that all medicine needs are met. We offer a reasonable price range. Neeru’s pharmacy prides itself on the enthusiasm and friendliness of its well trained staff. We invite you to call into Neeru’s Pharmacy next time you need to visit a pharmacy. More Info »

Langafonua Gallery & Handicrafts Centre

The Langafonua Gallery and Handicrafts Centre is located in the heart of Nuku’alofa, and stocks the best range of traditional Tongan handicrafts and fine arts. Available are a range of unique handmade items such as traditional tapa cloth and tapa crafts, woven crafts, Tongan jewellery, shopping bags and baskets, tablemats, trays, kiekie, diaries, fans, coasters, More Info »

Prema & Sons

One-stop-shop for clothing, shoes, fabric, giftware, homeware, hardware, jewellery and much more.

Talamahu Market

Local market selling famer’s produce and local handicrafts.


Utukalongalu Market

Main market in Vava’u with a range of stalls selling locally made handicrafts.

Tropical Tease

Tropical T-shirts designed by local artists.  

Leiola Duty Free Shop

Duty free shopping.

Riki Tiki Tours

Welcome to Vava’u and Riki Tiki Tonga. Riki Tiki Tonga is the perfect way to compliment your Vava’u vacation by joining us for Scuba Diving and Snorkeling, by taking Diving Lessons or by chartering our Folk Boat Yacht. We are a small company offering extremely personalized service for singles and small groups up to six More Info »


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Shopping & Crafts

Local women produce a range of handicrafts which are sold through the Tonga Trust Handicrafts.

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