French Polynesia Travel Budget - Visit French Polynesia on a Budget or Travel in Style

How much does it cost to travel to French Polynesia?

You should plan to spend around $163 (F18,275) per day on your vacation in French Polynesia. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $47 (F5,279) on meals
  • $53 (F5,972) on local transportation
  • $163 (F18,358) on hotels

A one week trip to French Polynesia for two people costs, on average, $2,275 (F255,847). This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to French Polynesia cost?

A one week trip to French Polynesia usually costs around $1,138 (F127,923) for one person and $2,275 (F255,847) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to French Polynesia on average costs around $2,275 (F255,847) for one person and $4,550 (F511,693) for two people. This cost includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

Please note, prices can vary based on your travel style, speed, and other variables. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price per person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in French Polynesia will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to French Polynesia on average costs around $4,876 (F548,243) for one person and $9,751 (F1,096,486) for two people. The more places you visit, the higher the daily price will become due to increased transportation costs.

How much do package tours cost in French Polynesia?

Organized tours are usually more expensive than independent travel, but offer convenience and peace of mind that your trip has been planned by a travel expert.

The average price for an organized tour package in French Polynesia is $225 per day. While every tour varies by total price, length, number of destinations, and quality, this is the daily average price based on our analysis of available guided tours.

Independent Travel

Traveling Independently has many benefits including affordabilty, freedom, flexibility, and the opportunity to control your own experiences.

All of the travel costs below are based on the experiences of other independent travelers.

Is French Polynesia expensive to visit?

French Polynesia is a moderately priced destination to visit. It's about average with most other countries for travel costs. The prices for food, accommodation, and transportation are all fairly reasonable.

Within the Pacific, which is known to be an expensive region, French Polynesia is moderately priced compared to the other countries. The overall cost of travel here is comparable to Australia or the Solomon Islands.

For more details, see Is French Polynesia Expensive?

How much money do I need for a trip to French Polynesia?

The average French Polynesia trip cost is broken down by category here for independent travelers. All of these French Polynesia travel prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) F18,358 ($163)
Local Transportation 1 F5,972 ($53)
Food 2 F5,279 ($47)
Entertainment 1 F2,329 ($21)
Alcohol 2 F1,528 - 4,584 ($14 - 41)
Accommodation Budget in French Polynesia
Average Daily Costs

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in French Polynesia is $82 (F9,179). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in French Polynesia is $163 (F18,358). This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

Hotel Prices in French Polynesia

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Actual Hotel Prices
The average hotel room price in French Polynesia based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $253. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Local Transportation Budget in French Polynesia
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  • The cost of a taxi ride in French Polynesia is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $53 (F5,972) per person, per day, on local transportation in French Polynesia.

  • Local Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

Recommended Services

Food Budget in French Polynesia
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in French Polynesia can vary, the average cost of food in French Polynesia is $47 (F5,279) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in French Polynesia should cost around $19 (F2,111) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in French Polynesia is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day


Entertainment Budget in French Polynesia
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  • Entertainment and activities in French Polynesia typically cost an average of $21 (F2,329) per person, per day based on the spending of previous travelers. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.

Recommended Activities

Alcohol Budget in French Polynesia
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  • The average person spends about $27 (F3,056) on alcoholic beverages in French Polynesia per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day


French Polynesia On a Budget
French Polynesia Bora Bora, French Polynesia
French Polynesia is an overseas country associated with France that consists of a set of islands in the South Pacific Ocean. Consisting of more than 100 islands and 5 distinct archipelagoes, the landscapes are defined by coral-lined lagoons, white and black sand beaches, volcanic mountains, rugged backcountry, and spectacular waterfalls.

As a whole, French Polynesia is divided into regions by groups of islands. The Society Islands are the most inhabited, and are surrounded by coral reefs and lagoons. They are further sectioned off into the Leeward Islands, which include Bora Bora, Huahine, Maupiti, and Raiatea, and the Windward Islands, such as Moorea and Tahiti, which is home to the capital Papeete. The next group encompasses the Tuamotu Islands, an expansive central archipelago, consisting of low reef islands or atolls, and notable for the island of Rangiroa. The Marquesas Islands are a smaller northeastern archipelago located near the equator. They are characterized by steep mountains inhabited by wild horses, goats, and pigs. Nuku Hiva and Hiva Oa are two of the better known islands in this group. Located to the southeast are the Gambier Islands, which are rarely visited and some of the least inhabited. Mangareva is the largest and only island in this group that is developed for tourism. With its smaller surrounding islands, this island makes up the remains of gigantic crater. The final group consists of the Austral Islands to the southwest. These are further divided into the Tubuai Islands and Bass Islands, and feature ancient volcanoes.

The islands and the surrounding waters have many beautiful features that can be explored in a variety of ways. There are a number of small boat cruises off of the main tourist-friendly islands that offer activities like snorkel, scuba, and Jet Ski in the open Pacific waters as well as in the quieter reefs and lagoons. Some boat tours are even specialized, such as excursions for snorkeling with sharks and stingrays, deep-sea fishing, or sunset and dinner cruise packages. Other seaside activities consist of beachside fun, sunbathing, swimming, and snorkeling on your own along white sand or volcanic black sands on any of French Polynesia's island coasts. Opportunities to be had inland are abundant as well, including hiking to towering waterfalls, exploring the rugged island terrain with 4WD vehicles, biking, wildlife-watching, and stargazing in the evenings.
Top Tourist Attractions
Each of French Polynesia's islands is characterized by beautiful South Pacific ecosystems, surrounded by turquoise waters, lagoons, coral reefs, and consisting of volcanic beaches, rugged backcountry terrain, and lush greenery. Some of the islands are more visited than others, depending on accommodations for tourists.

One of the most popular is Bora Bora. At the center of the island is the dormant volcano Mount Otemanu, which rises above the aqua-blue waters over 700 meters. The island is then surrounded by calm lagoon waters at its base, which are protected by a coral reef and surrounding sand islets. Many visitors come to enjoy Bora Bora's luxury resorts where some guest bungalows are perched over the water on stilts.

Another well-visited destination is Tahiti, the main island of French Polynesia. Here, like on most of the islands, main attractions include the spectacular coastline and natural island features of the South Pacific. Being a well-inhabited island, however, there are also opportunities to experience local culture. In Papeete, visitors might want to explore Le Marche, a large, two-story marketplace selling local goods, clothing, and souvenirs like postcards, shell necklaces, soaps, and more-all enveloped in tropical scents and vibrant colors. For those who wish to learn about Polynesia art and culture, guests can also visit sites like the Robert Wan Pearl Museum (dedicated to pearl legends and jewelry-making) or the Musee de Tahiti et des Iles (which features exhibits and artifacts on local history and culture).

Other attractions on these and surrounding islands include additional museums, resort bungalows, lighthouses, parks, botanical gardens, waterfalls, shops, galleries, ethnic villages, and more.

Check out this great honeymoon guide to Bora Bora.

Popular Foods
Cuisine of French Polynesia is dominated by seafood, both raw and cooked, fished from local lagoons and Pacific waters. They are prepared in a variety of ways-grilled, chaud-froid, carpaccio, tartare, sashimi, or sushi. In addition to fish, visitors will also find seafood varieties like giant clam, sea urchin, octopus, and squid. Other typical ingredients used in Polynesian cooking include things like suckling pig, fish (mahi mahi, tuna, other catches of the day), chicken, crab, fei (a Polynesian banana) and banana leaves, shrimp, taro, umara (sweet potato), uru (fruit of the breadfruit tree), ufi (a kind of yam), and fafa (Tahitian spinach). Many dishes combine ingredients like these to be wrapped in banana leaves and cooked inside a traditional underground over called the ahima'a. Skewers of grilled meats, like beef and lamb, are also common, often served with mustard and barbeque sauce. Much of the cuisine here will additionally have a French spin from the island nation's connections to France, as well as Chinese influence from immigration across the Pacific Ocean.

We've been gathering travel costs from tens of thousands of actual travelers since 2010, and we use the data to calculate average daily travel costs for destinations around the world. We also systematically analyze the prices of hotels, hostels, and tours from travel providers such as Kayak, HostelWorld, TourRadar, Viator, and others. This combination of expenses from actual travelers, combined with pricing data from major travel companies, gives us a uniqe insight into the overall cost of travel for thousands of cities in countries around the world. You can see more here: How it Works.

1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase. Thus, the overall daily average cost is not a summation of the individual categories.