No wonder they have siesta where they take a few hours off work in the middle of the day. There are beaches within walking distance from the city to spend lunchtime. Recommended activities are a guided city tour that includes Ouen Toro Lookout and FOL Viewpoint, and a swim or lazy layabout at Lemon Bay or Anse Vata Beach. That is what we did and we enjoyed our day. Another way of doing the city tour is not on a tour bus, but on the Tchou Tchou Train. It is more expensive, but looked like fun. At Lemon Bay, there was a man selling ice creams. After a feeble attempt at mumbling some French to order, he put me out of my misery by saying, “It is okay, you don’t need to speak French, I speak English.’ We had the best choc mint ice cream ever; creamy mint flavoured ice cream with good sized chunks of chocolate. If all you want to keep expenditure to a minimum, just visit the beaches. You can walk from the passenger terminal or get on the local bus. If you do a tour, the local operators will package it cheaply with a pass for $10 extra that will allow you to use their own hop on hop off buses that go to most of the tourist attractions such as the aquarium.
Australian dollars are accepted for transactions with the local tour operators.
CFP may be required for some local purchases, but given how much money is injected into the economy on cruise ship days, it would not be surprising if local shops also accepted Australian dollars.