Tahitian Money and Exchange Facilities
The currency used in The Islands of Tahiti is the the Pacific franc (international abbreviation: XPF). An interesting feature of this currency is that its exchange rate with the euro never varies and is set at 100 F.CFP = 0.838 Euros (or 1 Euro = 119.33 F.CFP). Tahiti currency denominations are available in 1/2/5/10/20/50 and 100 coins, and 500/1,000/5,000 and 10,000 bills.
The following are accepted: all legal currencies, international credit cards, travellers’ cheques (a commission of approximately 3.5 Euros is charged to exchange these). The international banks on Tahiti and the most visited islands (Banque de Tahiti, Banque de Polynésie, Banque Socredo), have a foreign exchange facility. International hotels also offer this service. Most of the tourist islands have one or more bank agents.
But be aware: Some of the Tuamotu, Gambier and Austral Islands have no exchange facilities. At Tahiti-Fa’a’a airport, two foreign exchange offices (Banque de Polynésie and Banque Socredo) are opened at the arrival and departure times of international flights.
Tipping: Tipping is not customary in Tahiti and the other French Polynesia islands and is therefore not expected. If you choose to tip for exemplary service, the gesture is always welcomed and appreciated.
Tahiti Currency – Practical Details
Currency exchange/Buy rates
The following forms of payment are accepted: all legal bank notes, international credit cards, and traveler’s checks (an exchange commission is charged on the latter). The international banks with foreign exchange offices on Tahiti and on the most frequently visited islands are the Banque de Tahiti, the Banque de Polynésie and Banque Socredo. International hotels also provide this service but a word of warning: some atolls and islands in the Austral and Gambier group have no banking facilities. At the Tahiti-Faa’a airport, two foreign exchanges offices (Banque Socredo and Tahiti Exchange) are open in conjunction with international departures and arrivals.
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