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Foreign Exchange Guide to French Polynesia

Read this currency guide to French Polynesia with money transfer and travel tips.   [USD/XPF=105.2148]

French Polynesia
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This is a foreign exchange guide to French Polynesia, the CFP Franc currency plus XPF transfers and travel tips.

In this French Polynesia currency guide we take a look at :

  1. CFP Franc info - general info about the CFP Franc
  2. CFP Franc in the markets - recent XPF moves and predictions from the FX markets
  3. Travelling in French Polynesia - currency & money saving tips
  4. Buying CFP Franc cash online - travel money for French Polynesia
  5. Sending money to French Polynesia - save on CFP Franc bank transfers to French Polynesia
  6. CFP Franc exchange rates - latest & historic exchange rates.

CFP Franc (XPF) general currency information

What is the CFP Franc currency code and symbol?

The three letter currency code for the CFP Franc is XPF and the symbol is F.

Which countries use the CFP Franc?

It is the domestic currency in French Polynesia, New Caledonia and Wallis And Futuna Islands.

The CFP franc (XPF) is the currency of four French overseas collectives (collectivités d'outre-mer, or COM) that include French Polynesia, New Caledonia and Wallis and Futuna. The CFP franc is also referred to as the franc pacifique since it is used in the Pacific Ocean region. The initials CFP originally stood for Colonies Françaises du Pacifique (“French colonies of the Pacific”). As with the old French franc the CFP franc is broken into subunits called centimes.

CFP Franc (XPF) in the markets

The interactive chart below shows the USD to XPF exchange rate for the previous 3 months with rate alerts for days when the exchange rate moved up or down significantly or for 30 day highs and lows.

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Travel, Currency and Money saving tips for French Polynesia


French-Polynesia is a tropical paradise, the very image of those huts on stilts by blue lagoons and palm trees. This, and the fact that its popular with movie stars and people celebrating special events, makes it a bit more on the expensive side to travel through. Over-the-top indulgence has become French Polynesia’s – or more specifically Bora Bora’s – signature, and often overshadows what the rest of the country has to offer. Resorts on the ‘Pearl of the Pacific’ are a honeymooner’s dream, with private overwater bungalows and spectacular views of the island’s iconic, square-topped peak.

But if this isn’t your way to travel, or not in your budget, don’t let that dissuade you from visiting French Polynesia. Small, family-run lodgings offer a closer-to-the-culture experience for considerably less financial output.

What currency should I use in French Polynesia?

The CFP franc (XPF) is the currency of four French overseas collectives (collectivités d'outre-mer, or COM) that include French Polynesia, New Caledonia and Wallis and Futuna.

The CFP franc is also referred to as the franc pacifique since it is used in the Pacific Ocean region. The initials CFP originally stood for Colonies Françaises du Pacifique (“French colonies of the Pacific”). As with the old French franc the CFP franc is broken into subunits called centimes.

There is a bank and ATM at Faa'a International Airport so you can exchange or withdraw money when you arrive. Hotels also exchange currency but at a much worse rate. However, most credit cards a widely accepted across most islands so you wont have withdraw huge amounts at any one time. Although once you get to the smaller, more isolated atolls such as Manihi and Fakarava, you will most likely need to carry cash for the stores, restaurants and pensions located away from the major resorts. ATMs are easier to find in Tahiti than on the smaller surrounding islands. All major international credit cards are accepted in Tahiti. Some Tahitian banks are open on Saturday morning.

How to travel around French Polynesia?

Getting to/from the French-Polynesia isn't cheap, with flights from Chile costing almost 55,000 XPF, round trip. Once there, if you hope to see a few of the islands a good idea is to get an island hopping air pass. These vary in price according to which islands you want to visit but start at around 36,000 XPF from Air Tahiti.

Air is the main way to cover long distances in French Polynesia. Domestic flights are run by the national carrier Air Tahiti, which flies to 48 islands in all five of the major island groups. Window seats on its modern fleet of high-wing turboprop aircraft offer great views, but for the nervous flyer these flights can be rather hair-raising. Because distances to the remote islands are so great, some of the full fares are quite high and the cheapest way to visit a number of islands by air is to buy one of Air Tahiti’s air passes.

Travel tips for French Polynesia.

Tahitian, once banned in the island’s schools, now stands alongside French as an official language. However, many shopkeepers, hotel workers, and other tourism employees also speak English.

Bora Bora’s sensational lagoon — claimed to have seven shades of blue — is a playground for marine life. One way to soak it all in is with a “motu picnic.” Motus, or small islands, form a circle around the lagoon and are perfect places to view the majestic main volcanic island and its cloud-swathed peak, Otemanu.

Tales of human sacrifices and jungles dotted with stone tikis and remnants of ancient temples make for a real adventure. French Polynesia has a number of sites where the islands’ earliest inhabitants worshiped their many gods. Stone temples called marae were also royal compounds and meeting places, while legend says human sacrifices were performed up until the mid-18th century. History buffs can visit multiple maraes — outdoor ancient worship temples used in old Polynesia for ceremonial purposes. Many were destroyed or abandoned with the arrival of Christianity in the 19th century, but there are still high concentrations on Huahine and Raiatea.

Bora Bora’s dense jungle also hides many secrets, unveiled during a 4WD tour of its rugged interior with Tupuna Mountain Safari. Vehicles negotiate unbelievably steep and narrow tracks to visit one of the four sets of cannons installed on the island during WWII as well as old bunkers buried under twisted vines. Lava tubes, steep valleys, precipitous peaks and waterholes ideal for swimming are stops on 4WD and hiking tours on Tahiti, French Polynesia’s largest island.


Travel money for French Polynesia


Save money and time by Ordering your CFP Franc online from Travelex, you get better rates and can pick up the XPF cash locally or even on travel day at the airport.

Another popular option is to use a Pre-paid Travel Card. Your Debit/Credit Card provider will charge you 2% from market mid-rate, but your bank may also charge an extra 3% as an “Overseas Transaction Charge” plus “Overseas ATM” fees for withdrawing cash.

For card purchases if offered a choice of currencies always select to Pay in CFP Franc otherwise you may get much worst exchange rates.


French Polynesia Trip Checklist    

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  3. Lonely Planet - world's best travel guide (coupon and deals)

Sending money to French Polynesia

When searching around for information on how to get a good exchange rate when sending money to French Polynesia you need to start with finding out the latest CFP Franc foreign-transfer exchange rate.

Then compare your bank's exchange rates to several licensed FX providers exchange rate and fees to see how much you can save (we make that calculation easy here).

Get a better deal for foreign transfers to French Polynesia

When sending money to French Polynesia it’s important to compare your bank’s rates & fees with those we have negotiated with our partner money transfer providers. To get a better deal you should follow these 4 simple steps :

  1. Open an account with a BER reviewed FX provider (id docs may be required)
  2. You specify the local or CFP Franc amount you want to transfer
  3. Make a local currency domestic transfer for the requested amount to the provider's bank account in your country
  4. Once your funds are received by the provider the converted XPF amount will be transfered to the recipient account you specify in French Polynesia.

Use our Send to XPF calculator to compare the exchange rates of FX specialist providers rates versus your bank's standard rates you can hopefully save around 5% and maybe more - end result is more CFP Franc deposited into the recipient bank account and less margins and fees kept by the banks!


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Popular XPF cross rates

XPF/USD - CFP Franc to United States Dollar - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
09 Dec 20180.0095531 Week
16 Nov 20180.0095701 Month
19 Jun 20180.0097116 Months
16 Dec 20170.0098521 Year
16 Dec 20160.0087652 Years
17 Dec 20130.01155 Years
18 Dec 20080.011710 Years

XPF/EUR - CFP Franc to Euro - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
09 Dec 20180.0083801 Week
16 Nov 20180.0083801 Month
19 Jun 20180.0083806 Months
16 Dec 20170.0083801 Year
16 Dec 20160.0084012 Years
17 Dec 20130.0083615 Years
18 Dec 20080.00812510 Years

XPF/GBP - CFP Franc to British Pound Sterling - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
09 Dec 20180.0075111 Week
16 Nov 20180.0074541 Month
19 Jun 20180.0073726 Months
16 Dec 20170.0073941 Year
16 Dec 20160.0070272 Years
17 Dec 20130.0070765 Years
18 Dec 20080.00767710 Years

XPF/JPY - CFP Franc to Japanese Yen - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
09 Dec 20181.07491 Week
16 Nov 20181.07991 Month
19 Jun 20181.06916 Months
16 Dec 20171.10921 Year
16 Dec 20161.03382 Years
17 Dec 20131.18235 Years
18 Dec 20081.038510 Years

XPF/AUD - CFP Franc to Australian Dollar - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
09 Dec 20180.01331 Week
16 Nov 20180.01301 Month
19 Jun 20180.01316 Months
16 Dec 20170.01291 Year
16 Dec 20160.01202 Years
17 Dec 20130.01295 Years
18 Dec 20080.016810 Years

XPF/CAD - CFP Franc to Canadian Dollar - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
09 Dec 20180.01271 Week
16 Nov 20180.01261 Month
19 Jun 20180.01296 Months
16 Dec 20170.01271 Year
16 Dec 20160.01172 Years
17 Dec 20130.01225 Years
18 Dec 20080.013910 Years

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