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The Low Down on Solomon Islands Currency


Solomon Islands dollar

Currency code:


Currency symbol:

$ or SI$

Central Bank:

Central Bank of Solomon Islands

Currency sub unit:


Bank notes:

$5, $10, $20, $50, $100


10, 20, 50 cents, $1, $2

The official currency in the Solomon Islands is the dollar with 1 dollar being subdivided into 100 cents. This currency also goes by the currency code ‘SBD’.

The dollar has been used in the Solomon Islands since 1977, prior to this time the Australian pound sterling and subsequently the Australian dollar was used.

During WWII, when the Solomon Islands were under the control of Imperial Japan, the Oceanian pound became the official currency until after the war ended and the use of the pound was restored.

The most commonly used bills for Solomon Island dollars are the 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 notes.

What to spend your SBD dollars on**:

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    Bottle of water

    10 SBD *

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    Street food meal

    57 SBD *

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    Loaf of bread

    14 SBD *

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    Local bus ticket

    3 SBD *

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    Entry to Riba cave

    50 SBD *

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Must-sees in the Solomon Islands

  • Riba Cave
  • Riba Cave is a tourist favourite on the Solomon Islands. This mysterious and sometimes eerie cave is located on private land, so taking a tour is recommended. The cave’s large, dark cavern is a wonder to behold with soaring stalagmites and an underground creek.
  • Mataniko Falls
  • Located on the island of Guadalcanal, these double-sided falls cascade into a pool of stunning natural beauty. Japanese soldiers used the caves in this area during WWII to avoid capture.
  • Vella Lavella
  • The picturesque island of Vella Lavella is steeped in both natural beauty and history. Home of the Naval Battle of Vella Lavella Island, this stunning island boasts a sleeping volcanic mountain and intriguing wildlife including rare birds.

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FAQ Relating to Solomon Islands Currency

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  • What is the Symbol for the Solomon Islands dollar?

    The symbol for SBD is $ or SI$

  • Are credit cards widely-accepted in the Solomon Islands?

    Major credit cards will likely be accepted at major resorts and larger restaurants, however it is best not to rely on credit cards in the Solomon Islands.

  • What are the regularly used coins used in the Solomon Islands?

    Coins typically used in the Solomon Islands are the 10, 20 and 50-cent coins and the 1 and 2 dollar coins.

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**The figures provided are indicative only and are there to provide an idea of the amount of travel money you may need during your trip.

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