The only money currently in French Polynesia is French Pacific Franc (XPF). It is tied to the Euro. 1 € = 119.33 XPF.
It is essential to draw money when you arrive. It is often the only method of payment in the islands. There is a cash machine (ATM) in Hiva Oa, in Ua Pou and in Nuku Hiva. No in Tahuata and Fatu Hiva.
Small idea of the cost of life in Marquesas islands:
A small restaurant: 3 000 F / person ; 6 000 F in a grat restaurant
Bottle of mineral water 1.5 L: 120 F
Bottle of soda 1.5 L: 600 F
Cheap wine brick 1 L: 1 200 F
Bottle of rhum 1L: 3 000 F the local rhum ; 7 000 F the carribean rhum
Cheap cookies package: 250 F
Chocolate bar: 600 F
Rent a pickup for 24 hours: from 10 000 to 15 000 F
Taxi from Hiva Oa airport to the harbour: 1 500 F
Taxi from Taiohae to Nuku Hiva airport: 4 000 F
Wifi internet connexion: 500 F / hour
We find in Atuona (Hiva Oa), Hakahau (Ua Pou) and Taiohae (Nuku Hiva): a dispensary with a doctor, a post office and an Air Tahiti agency. A pharmacy in Atuona and in Taiohae.
Water is always at ideal temperature (between 25 and 29°C), as well as the air (25-27°C all the year).
We advise you to bring with you: cap or hat, sunglasses, effective remedy against seasickness, mosquito repellent for the walks on land, kit fins-mask-snorkel, a warm cloth for the nights at sea, a rain suit, walking shoes, a headlamp.