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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 *

  • *

    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.

Buying Solomon Islands dollars online is easy

Order Solomon Islands dollars online, lock in the rate and collect at your local store, at the airport before you fly or have it delivered at home

  • 1. Click the ‘Buy SBD Now’ button below
  • And tell us how much you need for your trip.

  • 2. Choose how to get it
  • Get your currency home-delivered or choose to collect at more than 3,600 pick up locations.

  • 3. Pay online
  • Simply pay using either your debit card (recommended) or credit card and you’re all set!

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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Couldn’t put my order through on my iPad. Phoned Travelex spoke to a nice young man who told me to download Google Chrome which I did. Put my order in paid through BPay. On the receipt it said they would send me an email when the money had been delivered to the Post Office. That didn’t happen had to phone Post Office to check money was there and then went to collect it.


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Staff very helpful and polite. Everything was done efficiently and on time.


Cannot fault the process

Cannot fault the process


Excellent service

Excellent service - online and in store

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Easy and smooth service

Easy to purchase online, I needed to change the pickup date and the lady on the help desk was very helpful. Pick up was easy and cash was correct and clean. Excellent service.

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Friendly and helpful

Friendly and helpful


Thank you

Thank you. Efficient and effective transactions.

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Great service

Great service. Order online and collect at the airport.

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Good Experience.

After ordering and paying online I collected the currencies at my local country PO . It was in a well sealed clear plastic envelope when I picked it up. PO staff were not interested in checking it with me when I picked it up, just checking my ID. However It was 100% correct for the three currencies I had ordered. Package was waiting for me at the PO on the day I had ordered it in a variety of denominations of the currencies I had ordered. Exchange rate on the day I ordered it was better than my bank was offering. I would use Travelex again. They fulfilled what they said on their website. Would give them five stars if ..... a. Their exchange rate was even better and b. I was allowed to choose the denominations.


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The whole transaction was quick and…

The whole transaction was quick and easy.

Chris B

Easy to use online

Easy to use online. Multiple options for pickup or delivery


Easy online ordering

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*Rates are subject to change throughout the day. In-store rates vary compared to online.

**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.

^^Based on mid-market and Travelex Online AUD to FX exchange rates as of the date of the relevant social media post and/or email communication. Rates are subject to change throughout the day. Any rates and savings are quoted as a guide only.

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