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 accommodations when you make your reservation.

Exchange rate

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 :

Baguette 60 F.CFP
Bottled water (1.5l)200 F.CFP
Dish of the day, snackbarà partir de 1 000 F.CFP
Dish of the day, restaurantà partir de 2 000 F.CFP
Can of fruit juice or soda250 F.CFP
Fresh fruit juiceà partir de 500 F.CFP
Sandwich à partir de 200 F.CFP
Coffee in a caféà partir de 250 F.CFP
Pastries200 F.CFP
Carrots by the pound200 F.CFP
Bananas by the poundenviron 220 F.CFP
Fresh white tuna by the poundà partir de 1 500 F.CFP
Fresh red tuna by the poundà partir de 2 000 F.CFP
Bunch of 4 pineapples700 F.CFP
Local beer in shop200 F.CFP
These prices are given as in indication and should not be taken as definitive.
For current exchange rates, you can consult Google Finance online.

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