Foreign exchange offices in Tahiti
Unfortunately, you are really unlikely to find Pacific francs in your country. The best option is therefore to withdraw cash from local ATMs. As you arrive, you will have the opportunity to do so at the currency exchange office located in the Tahiti-Faa’a airport, open during departure and arrival times of international flights.
If you plan to take the ferry boat and head to Moorea, please note that an office is also available at the ocean liner quay, open 7/7, from 08:45AM to 04:45PM.
Most resorts and cruise ships also propose this kind of service.
Eventually, the three local banks also turn out to own their respective exchange office. Are to be found in Tahiti:
- The “Banque de Polynésie”
- The “Banque de Tahiti”
- The “Banque Socredo”
Make sure to seek for further information regarding commissions as it may change from one bank to another and depends on whether you exchange cash or traveler’s checks.
The Society islands, namely Tahiti, Moorea, Raiatea, Huahine and Bora Bora are equipped with ATMs. If however you do not find any, you can still withdraw some cash via cash advance service at the counter of a post office (OPT) on presentation of an ID.
Furthermore, most credit cards (Visa, masterCard) are accepted in almost every hotel, restaurant and shop, at least in the most popular islands. However, you may not be able to use it within markets and convenience stores of the most isolated islands.
Some atolls, like the Tuamotu, the Gambier, the Austral archipelagos and the Marquesas islands do not provide any option to withdraw cash.
The American Express et Diners Club cards are accepted in a few establishments, which require a minimum amount of purchase. Nevertheless they include an insurance which may cover your stay.