Nauru — Shopping and Leisure
No Nauru business is bigger than Capelle and Partner, which offers the largest variety of goods for sale on this small and sparsely populated island. This Ewa district one-stop shop is the closest equivalent visitors will find to a fully-fledged department store. Handmade crafts and home goods are sold alongside groceries, electronics and books. This has also been the only place on the island to sell alcohol since the closure of Nauru International Airport's duty-free shop.
A smaller Aiwo supermarket sells mainly goods from the budget Australian Black and Gold brand, but everything tends to cost more in Nauru than any mainland due to the sheer distance many products have to travel. Visitors can also purchase several unique handicrafts from local artisans’ workshops, the national tourism office’s arts and crafts center and several smaller craft shops situated throughout the island. Books and souvenirs are sold at the Menen Hotel boutique, and there is a Chinese shopping district close to Nauru College.
Local artisans make their crafts from crew tree sheets, kokospalme, kokosfasern, and geometric prints throughout Micronesia. The tremendous artistic talent of Nauru’s small population is best reflected in the handmade shell ornaments, straw hats, fans, mats, baskets, and cool cotton clothing made and sold at stalls across the island. Visitors can even buy rare stamps from the Nauru Philatelic Bureau. There is no Sunday shopping, and stores close four hours earlier on Saturday than weekdays. Although many goods are subject to customs duty, the island has no sales tax.