A souvenir from a place you visit is always a great idea, especially when the place you’re visiting is one of the best tropical islands in the world. Whether it’s Tahiti, Maui, The Maldives, or one of the other islands featured on this list that you are headed to, a souvenir will help you relive the memories and take you back to the island life, even if for just a few short moments. In this article, we’ll cover ten must-buy souvenirs from the best tropical islands in the world. Let’s begin!
Tahiti – Tahitian Peals
From the mesmerizing ocean water to the lush greenery and colorful flowers, the beautiful colors of Tahiti are seen everywhere you look. Even more beautiful colors are found in Tahitian pearls, which feature darker shades that are truly one-of-a-kind. When in Tahiti, consider purchasing an exquisite piece of black pearl jewelry. These rare and stunning Tahitian pearl gemstones are symbolic of the remarkable beauty of the island and will also add the perfect dash of elegance to any of your outfits.
Bali – Gamelan Ball
Also referred to as harmony or dream balls, Gamelan balls are decorative balls with chimes inside that are special to Bali. Typically made using silver and worn as a pendant, these balls are commonly used for relaxation and stress reduction. This is because of the soothing noise the chimes in the ball make. While nothing will beat lounging on the pristine beaches of the island, bring some of the relaxation that you will experience in Bali with a Gamelan ball souvenir.
Big Island (Hawaii) – Kona Coffee
Besides the rich culture, delicious food, friendly people, and beautiful tropical scenery, another thing that the Big Island of Hawaii is known for is the amazing coffee. Kona coffee, which is grown exclusively on the island, is famous throughout the world for its rich aroma and bold taste. Make sure you stock on this coffee for days you find yourself daydreaming about the tropical oasis that the Big Island after your return home.
Fiji – Lali Drum
With its awe-inspiring reefs, white-sand beaches, and perfect climate, it should be no surprise to see the island of Fiji on this list. One thing you’re likely to notice during your trip to Fiji is that music is a huge part of Fijian culture. A Lali drum is a Fijian slit drum carved from a single piece of wood that is played at major events and celebrations. In addition to featuring a lovely sound, Lali drums also typically have decorative etchings on them which make them a wonderful home décor piece. Give your home a little bit of island charm with a Lali drum souvenir, which you’ll find in many different sizes.
Bermuda – Glass Art
Not only does Bermuda have some of the most picturesque beaches in the world, it’s also known as one of the best diving destinations given the numerous coral reefs. Travelers visiting the pink sand beaches found on the south shore Bermuda will marvel at the natural beauty of the landscape. The must-have souvenir from Bermuda is hand-blown glassware that is made by artists at one of the many local glass studios like Dockyard Glassworks. After seeing the artists making these figures live in person, it’s difficult to not buy one of these extraordinary works of art.
Turks and Caicos – Conch Shell
Located southeast of the Bahamas is Turks and Caicos, the extraordinary island known for its soft white sand and warm turquoise water. Turks and Caicos is one of the only places in the world where you can legally purchase a conch shell and take it home with you. As a result, this makes it our must-buy souvenir for this island. Use a conch shell to add a decorative touch to your bathroom and bring some of the island vibes back with you.
The Maldives – Decorative Native Ships
Known as the premier destination for a romantic getaway, the Maldives is a small independent country located in the Arabian Sea of the Indian Ocean in South Asia. With tantalizing beaches, incredible coral reefs, and luxurious resorts, the Maldives is unquestionably a tropical paradise. As far as what to bring home with you, we highly recommend a decorative native ship. Made from coconut palm wood by local artisans, these ships feature intricate details that make them a piece of art.
Aruba – Mopa Mopa Art
When visiting the Caribbean island of Aruba, you’ll find a great deal of natural beauty as well as architectural beauty that comes from its Dutch heritage. The island is known throughout the globe to have the best weather in the world no matter the time of the year. It’s also renowned for the friendly people of Aruba who are known to be extremely hospitable. Aruba is the only place in the world that you’ll find Mopa Mopa art, which has a history that spans thousands of years. Mopa Mopa art is available in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, but each and every piece features vivid colors that make them an absolute treasure to own.
Seychelles – Rum
Seychelles is a collection of 115 tiny islands found off of East Africa within the Indian Ocean that is widely considered one of the most beautiful places in the world to visit. The deep blue waters against the backdrop of lush, green hills and beaches lined with palm trees make Seychelles a place unlike any other. Seychelles is also known for its delicious rum which has won numerous awards in recent years. Tour the Takamaka Rum plantation then buy a bottle of the rum to make the perfect daiquiri when you’re back and want a taste of Seychelles to relive the great times you had there.
Ambergris Caye – Belizean Hardwood Carvings
Ambergris Caye is the largest island of Belize, which is located in the Caribbean. Take in the stunning sunsets, taste some of the fresh seafood, and watch stunning sea life as you snorkel the largest reef system in the northern hemisphere. The island has a unique, laid-back appeal that makes it a fantastic place to vacation. While you’re in Ambergris Caye, make sure to pick up Belizean hardwood carvings that are found in many of the gift shops. These handcrafted wooden serving spoons, bowls, chess boards, animal figurines, and cutting boards are made using wood that is known for its durability and beautiful grain color.
When you’re visiting any one of these tropical islands, look for the souvenirs that we’ve mentioned here. By doing so, you’ll have something tangible that will remind you of your travels for many years to come.