Vanuatu & New Caledonia in detail

Money and Costs


* The main currency in Vanuatu is the Vatu; in New Caledonia it’s the CFP.

* Travellers to Vanuatu’s islands should take enough cash for the duration of their trip as there are only ATMs on Efate and Santo.

* Resorts often have high surcharges for credit card use.

* Travellers cheques can be cashed on some of Vanuatu’s islands.

* New Caledonia has ATMs on each of its islands; however, they are only accessible during business hours.

Exchange Rates

AustraliaA$180VT77 CFP
CanadaC$186VT83 CFP
Europe€1124VT119 CFP
Japan¥10093VT90 CFP
UK£1174VT167 CFP
USUS$1112VT108 CFP

For current exchange rates, see


Vanuatu: Vatu (VT)

New Caledonia: Pacific Franc (CFP)

Daily Costs


Less than A$100

  • Stay in bungalows or basic accommodation: A$15–25
  • Ride local buses: A$2 per trip
  • Grab a simple take-out sandwich for lunch: A$5



  • Stay in a decent hotel: A$70
  • Hire a car: A$40
  • Eat a meal at a midrange restaurant: A$20

Top End:

More than A$200

  • Stay at a resort: A$150
  • Go on a single dive: A$100
  • Eat out for lunch and dinner: A$60