The Tahiti currency is the same currency used in all of French Polynesia. The Franc of the “Compagnie Française du Pacifique” or Pacific French Company is most commonly called the French Pacific Franc. Generally abbreviated to CFP or XPF, the currency in Tahiti features both coins and bank notes. Coins come in denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 while notes are available in denominations of 500, 1000, 5000 and 10 000. Similar to Australian dollars, the notes of Tahiti’s currency are colourful and feature the faces of famous Tahitian figures.
The currency of Tahiti’s exchange rate with the Euro is at a fixed flat rate with no fluctuation.
119.33 Pacific Franc (XPF) = 1 Euro (€)
108 Pacific Franc = 1 US dollar (*)
1,000 Pacific Franc = 8.39 US dollars (*)
(*) Approximate exchange rate in May 2015
Some tourist places including excursions and stores will accept US dollars, however the exchange rate offered is very poor and US dollars are not widely accepted. We recommend you exchange your money into Tahiti currency at any bank in Papeete or at the Tahiti International Airport. Currency exchange is located to the left of the customs and immigration exit and is open for all incoming flights, including those that arrive during the night.
Although many resorts and larger stores will take credit cards, most small shops won’t accept credit. However the exchange rate is usually quite good with credit cards, so try to take advantage of using your credit card when you can. Just be sure to call your bank or card issuer before you leave to tell them you will be travelling overseas. Unexpected overseas activity on your card could cause your credit card company to freeze your account, making payment difficult while you are away. It’s also wise to check the conversion fees as these are different between banks and you want to make sure you are getting the best deal before racking up charges on your card.