Money and costs

The currency of French Polynesia is the Franc Pacific (CPF). Papeete and other more touristy towns on the neighboring islands are well equipped with ATMs and most establishments accept credit card payments. French Polynesia is one of the most expensive destinations in the world. 


It is unlikely that you can find accommodation in French Polynesia for less than €40 or €50 per person, in a single double room, in the most humble inns. The other extreme of accommodation in this heavenly mega-archipelago are the multimillion-dollar resorts of Tahiti, Moorea and Bora Bora where you can easily come across Hollywood stars – Pierce Brosnan, for example is almost home in Bora Bora – who consider them second homes . Expect to pay €500 or more per night, in high season, at these semi-planted stilt hotels on a turquoise or emerald Pacific ocean.


Just to give you an idea, a plastic dish with raw fish served with lemon and coconut costs practically €10 at the caravans of Papeete, capital of French Polynesia. Taking this example into account, it won't be difficult to see that a complete meal in a sophisticated restaurant is in Tahiti or one of the resorts from neighboring islands will always have astronomical prices.  


It's far from fast – as you'd expect in the middle of the Pacific Ocean – but it costs around €10 an hour at Internet cafes in Papeete, the largest towns in Tahiti and the most urbanized islands in the archipelago. On more remote islands, such as Maupiti, it is fortunate if there is electricity throughout the day. The Internet is considered a real luxury.