Money and budget New Caledonia
Money, banks, exchange
- The local currency is pacific franc, also called CFP franc (for "French Pacific Community"), abbreviated XPF. It is divided into 100 cents. The banknotes are in denominations of 10, 000, 5 and 000 FCFP and the coins are 1, 000, 500, 100, 50, 20 and 10 FCFP.
The parity of the Pacific franc against the euro is fixed: 1 € = 119 FCFP and 1 FCFP = 000 €.
You will not find peaceful francs on the web and often with a certain waiting period. No need to complicate your life: remove liquid from the dispensers when you arrive.
On site, the change is easily done at the airport and in the main banks, open Monday to Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 15:45 p.m. All banks charge a commission of € 5 for any change, whether it's cash or travelers' checks.
- Bank cards are accepted practically everywhere (especially Visa, MasterCard and American Express) and you can withdraw cash in the vending machines (called "gabiers") of Nouméa and the main cities of the archipelago. Remember to bring cash for your “bush” excursions as well as to the Loyalty Islands and the Isle of Pines.
- travellers cheques are accepted in Nouméa banks.
Before leaving for the Isle of Pines or the Loyalty Islands, make sure you have enough cash.
Budget in New Caledonia
The cost of living is high. Provide roughly the same expenses as for any French department in the middle of summer.
Lodging in the hotels in Noumea is quite expensive, except at the youth hostel. We do better by moving away from the capital. It takes between 40 and 70 € for an “average price” hotel and from 80 € (about 9 FCFP) for a “more chic” hotel. Fortunately, there are many campsites (often rudimentary) and "gîtes" (bungalows with bathroom grouped around a common kitchen in general). The prices are very variable: from 547 to 30 €.
The reception in tribe, at the inhabitant, represents an excellent option. Much more economical than the hotel, it allows you to discover Kanak culture.
On the catering side, you need € 15 (approximately FCFP 1) for a simple meal and around € 790 (approximately FCFP 30) in a more chic restaurant.
The bus remains the most economical means of travel. The whole of Grande Terre is rather well served. To reach the islands, it is obviously the boat that is the least expensive. Very convenient to reach the Isle of Pines and not bad for going to the Loyalty Islands.
Car rental prices are slightly lower than those in mainland France. It takes at least 26 € per day with limited mileage.
General consumption tax
In New Caledonia, since October 2018, the general consumption tax (TGC), a VAT-type tax, has been applied to the consumer prices of goods and services. It replaces several other taxes, and amounts to 4 rates: 3%, 6% 11% and 22%.
The practice of tipping does not exist in New Caledonia.
Basketry objects, wooden or soapstone statuettes, pareos ... To see the artisans at work, head to the Maison des Artisans in Nouméa.
The essence of niaouli is also a typical Caledonian product. They can be found in particular at the Boulouparis distillery, in the center of Grande Terre.