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Money and costs

Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
  • 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
Less than
  • Stay in a decent hotel: A$70
  • Hire a car: A$40
  • Eat a meal at a midrange restaurant: A$20
  • Stay at a resort: A$150
  • Go on a single dive: A$100
  • Eat out for lunch and dinner: A$60

* 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.