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Old 09-07-2014, 21:08   #1
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Vavau Tonga Provisioning ?

Any recomendations for provisioning at the supermarkets or Tongamazing provisioning Services. Quality, range, price ?

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Re: Vavau Tonga Provisioning ?

The market at Neiafu (open 6 days a week) is by far the best spot for fruit and veg.

Sorry, no info on supermarkets. We provisioned in NZ.

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Re: Vavau Tonga Provisioning ?

The mini marts there are pretty basic. Lots of tinned food. We only found one shop that had cheese. The choice was one. It was in the freezer which is why I may not have seen any elsewhere. That might change from month to month and I only had a boys look. Could not buy triple A batteries anywhere in town they had all sold out some time ago. The fruit and veg market is pretty big as previously mentioned. It's a different story here in Fiji.
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Re: Vavau Tonga Provisioning ?

Neafu is a provisioning desert.

No grocery stores worth the name and the markets... I gotta disagree with the other posters.... they are expensive and crap... unless you eat the palms the locals eat.

When I was there, admittedly a few years ago in 2008, they couldnt even grow an egg on the island. Eggs came in from somewhere else and you never knew when they would be available or their quality.

Tomatoes in the market are neat;y arranged in little piles of small tomatos about 3 or 5 in each pile so really, you totaly provisioning is a few piles, cocnuts, and if you are lucky a dozen eggs.

make sure your main provisions from larger countries last your trip through Tonga.
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Could I ask why you would buy piles? Seems like most folks want to get rid of 'em.

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