- What coins are commonly used in French Polynesia?
The most commonly used CFP franc coins are the 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 & 100 franc coins.
- Are credit cards widely accepted in French Polynesia?
Credit cards are widely accepted on French Polynesia’s main islands, including American Express, Visa, Mastercard™, Diners Club. However, only cash will be accepted on some of the smaller islands such as Tubuai, Ua Pou and Mangareva.
- Are ATMs widely available in French Polynesia?
While there are some ATMs scattered around the main French Polynesian islands, these may not be easily available on some of the smaller islands.
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|Places where CFP is used:|
French Polynesia, New Caledonia, Wallis and Futuna
500, 1,000, 5,000, 10,000 Francs
1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 Francs
The official currency in French Polynesia is the CFP franc; 1 franc is subdivided into 100 centimes.
The CFP franc is used in all three of the French overseas collectivities; French Polynesia, New Caledonia and Wallis and Futuna. ‘CFP’ stands for ‘Change Franc Pacifique’, which translates to Pacific Franc Exchange.
The CFP franc, along with the CFA franc in Africa was introduced in December 1945. The reason for the creation of these francs was the weakness of the French franc following the Second World War.
The most commonly used bills for the CFP franc are the 500, 1,000, 5,000 and 10,000 notes.
What to spend your CFP Francs on:
Street food meal
Local bus ticket
A dozen eggs
Entry into Iipona archaeological site
Bottle of beer
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