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How Much Cash To Bring To Bora Bora + Currency in Bora Bora

If you’re visiting Bora Bora soon then you might be wondering ‘how much money should you take to Bora Bora?’

You’re not the only one. That’s why I’ve put together this ultimate guide on how much cash you should bring to Bora Bora.

I’ve also included some handy tips on currency in Bora Bora, credit cards and money.

Currency in Bora Bora

The currency in Bora Bora is the French Pacific Franc which has the code XPF. 

You’ll also sometimes see the code as CFP. XPF and CFP are the exact same currency.

Exchange rates change daily but in the last few years, $1 USD has ranged between 95 XPF and 115 XPF.

Head over to XE.com for today’s exchange rate.

How Much Cash to Bring to Bora Bora

I’d recommend only bringing between $100 and $200 in cash with you to Bora Bora. 

You should exchange this into XPF at Faa’a Airport (PPT) when you arrive in Tahiti.

You don’t need to bring much cash with you to Bora Bora as most places accept credit cards. This includes pretty much all restaurants, bars, large shops and grocery stores.

Small shops and market stalls also generally accept credit cards but do have a minimum purchase amount.

Visa and Mastercard are the two most widely accepted credit cards in Bora Bora, however American Express is also accepted at some hotels and large shops.

It’s much easier to use your credit card in Bora Bora than bother with cash. You’ll generally find that credit cards provide the best exchange rate and it’s super convenient for most purchases.

Additionally, most hotels, especially the resorts, will allow you to charge almost everything to your room so you’ll never need cash there either.

💡Quick Tip: Use your credit card whenever possible for the best exchange rate and use your local currency only for those places where credit cards aren’t accepted (e.g. taxis, small shops etc.)

Tipping generally isn’t customary in Bora Bora and some restaurants even include a ‘service charge’ in the bill already.

For more information, check out my complete guide to tipping in Bora Bora.

In fact, you’ll rarely need to use cash in Bora Bora at all as credit cards are so widely accepted. If anything, you may need a little on hand for a local taxi driver or potentially a local market stall.

I would recommend exchanging your money either in your home country before coming to Bora Bora or at the airport in Tahiti to get the best exchange rate. 

💡Tip: Currency exchanges located in the US don’t often have XPF so you’ll have to ask them to order it in for you.

Does Bora Bora Have ATMs?

Yes, Bora Bora has ATMs.

There are ATMs in Faa’a Airport (PPT) which is the airport you’ll arrive at in Tahiti before catching a connecting flight to Bora Bora.

There are also several ATMs in Vaitape which is Bora Bora’s main town. 

There are ATMs inside the Bank of Tahiti, the Bank of Polynesia and Socredo Bank in Vaitape.

Withdrawal limits depend on the individual ATM machine and your bank/credit card provider.

ATMs are the best way to get money whilst in Bora Bora. I don’t recommend using travelers checks as you’ll need to visit a bank to exchange them into money which is a pain.

Additionally, banks are closed on weekends and aren’t open all day so they’re not very convenient.

Some resorts will also exchange travelers checks for you but they’ll give you a much lower exchange rate than the bank so you’ll end up with less money.

Can I Use US Dollars in Bora Bora?

US Dollars are not widely accepted in Bora Bora so make sure you have some local currency on hand.

You will find that US Dollars are sometimes accepted in hotels, restaurants and large shops but this isn’t super common.

It’s recommended that you bring local currency with you or get some from an ATM when you arrive in Bora Bora.

Even if you find a restaurant or shop that will accept US Dollars as payment, it’s not a good idea as the exchange rate given will usually be very poor.

You’ll get a much better exchange rate if you convert your dollars to XPF and pay in the local currency.


And that’s it!

Hopefully this ultimate guide to currency in Bora Bora and how much cash to bring came in useful.

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