Trading in the Pacific

Many of the Islands in the Pacific don’t have shops, and therefore money isn’t of much use to them. So instead cruisers take various things along to trade with the locals for vegetables, fruit, meat etc.

Here are some of the suggestions I have seen on what are valuable things to take to trade:


  • Caps
  • T Shirts
  • Balls – tennis, soccer etc
  • Pencils
  • Lollipops


  • Sunglasses or reading glasses
  • Goggles, dive masks
  • hats
  • English/local language dictionaries
  • Tarps
  • Rope


  • Pencils
  • Erasers
  • Paper
  • Exercise books
  • Stickers
  • Marker pens

Official People 

  • Tasteful souvenirs of your home country

8 thoughts on “Trading in the Pacific

  1. Hey Viki, I had a look at your blog today, it is a great idea to keep all your stuff in one blog. I kind of am doing that with my fiji blog as it is a way of sending photos easily to my family (who don’t look at them much anyway hahah). anyway, living in the Pacific, I have some other ideas as to what people really want/need if you want to trade. Everyone, yes everyone, needs flipflops (thongs) as the ones you can buy here don’t last long. I always get friends or even friends of friends to bring them when they visit from Australia. Also crocs (even the cheap $2 ones from kmart are fine). People who live near the sea also need underwater torches. if you had a couple of these, even good dolphin torches with batteries, that would be a winner if you wanted to make a big trade. People are also desperate for towels and cotton sheets – even nice second hand ones. The other big winner is football boots of any size, and football or soccer jerseys of any size (second hand is fine). Everyone in Fiji at least plays either football or soccer, and women also wear the jerseys as a kind of “going to town” outfit. Gumboots are good and also cane knives. Hope this helps!


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