Currency

US dollar (US$)

Daily Costs

Budget: Less than US$150

  • Campsite or small guesthouse room: US$30–100
  • Public bus and taxis: US$5–30
  • Bakery snacks and takeaway meals: US$10–20

Midrange: US$150–350

  • Double room in a hotel: US$150–250
  • Lunch and dinner in local restaurants: US$25–75
  • Rental car: US$70–90
  • Bioluminescent bay kayak tour: US$50–60

Top end: More than US$350

  • Fancy resort room: from US$300
  • Three-course meal in a top restaurant: US$60–100
  • Two-tank dive or day sail tour: US$120

Bargaining

Gentle haggling is common in markets. In all other instances, you're expected to pay the stated price.

Money

Currency is the US dollar (US$). ATMs in main towns on all three islands. Credit cards accepted in most hotels and restaurants.

Exchange Rates

AustraliaA$1US$0.77
CanadaC$1US$0.76
Europe€1US$1.06
Japan¥100US$0.88
NZNZ$1US$0.72
UKUK£1US$1.24

For current exchange rates, see www.xe.com.

Tipping

  • Hotels US$1 to US$2 per bag for bellhop; US$2 to US$5 per night for cleaning staff
  • Restaurants 15% to 20% of bill
  • Taxis 10% to 15% of fare
  • Dive/tour-boat operators 15% of fee is reasonable