Mystery Island, Vanuatu
Mare, New Caledonia
Isles of Pines, New caledonia
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While most places in the tourist areas take Aus $ I try to take local currency so locals do not have to pay exchange rates. Buy before you go at bank or online, use an ATM at port to get a small amount, depending on your cruise line you may be able to get local currency on board,I'm pretty sure that any shopkeeper, restaurateur or taxi driver who takes foreign currency factors in a very healthy exchange rate for themselves when they they quote you a price! I can't imagine they'd take a loss just to be kind to tourists. So if I end up using AUS $ in New Caledonia, I will feel comfortable that it's me and not the shopkeeper who is taking the hit.
Think of me trying to pay your local cab driver in England? with Aussie dollars, happy chappie maybe not.
Most places take credit cards but try and get some local currency, part of the experience.