The local currency in French Polynesia is the Pacific Franc (XPF), which is not to be confused with the Swiss franc (CHF). You can exchange currency at the bureau de change (exchange office) at Tahiti-Faa’a International Airport. There are cash dispensers throughout Tahiti and in the main islands.
Credit cards are accepted in hotels, restaurants, boutiques and supermarkets on the main islands. However, you have to pay in cash in small shops, markets and in some of the more remote islands. So it’s best to check with your travel agent or accommodation when you make your reservation.
The exchange rate between the Pacific Franc and the Euro is fixed (100XPF = 0,838 Euros / 1 Euro = 119,33XPF). A dollar is worth very approximately 100XPF. All major credit cards are widely accepted.
The exchange office at Tahiti-Faa’a International Airport is open for international arrivals and departures.
Cost of living
Here is a list of approximate prices for consumer products in The Islands of Tahiti :
|Bottled water (1.5l)||200 F.CFP|
|Dish of the day, snackbar||à partir de 1 000 F.CFP|
|Dish of the day, restaurant||à partir de 2 000 F.CFP|
|Can of fruit juice or soda||250 F.CFP|
|Fresh fruit juice||à partir de 500 F.CFP|
|Sandwich||à partir de 200 F.CFP|
|Coffee in a café||à partir de 250 F.CFP|
|Carrots by the pound||200 F.CFP|
|Bananas by the pound||environ 220 F.CFP|
|Fresh white tuna by the pound||à partir de 1 500 F.CFP|
|Fresh red tuna by the pound||à partir de 2 000 F.CFP|
|Bunch of 4 pineapples||700 F.CFP|
|Local beer in shop||200 F.CFP|
For current exchange rates, you can consult Google Finance online.