How can I get the best exchange rate between the US dollar and the Solomon Islands dollar?
The Solomon dollar is a free-floating currency, although it was once tied to the Australian dollar at a 1-to-1 ratio. As a result of close ties with Australia, the most common exchange with the Solomon Islands dollar is the Australian dollar, however you can exchange USD as well.
Travelers to the Solomon Islands will find that while Australian dollars are accepted at some hotels and resorts, local currency will be needed elsewhere for daily purchases. Cash is still the norm and ATMs can be found throughout the capital of Honiara, with fewer in smaller towns. Keep in mind that credit and debit cards aren’t always accepted outside of major hotels and restaurants.
For those who are planning to make a money transfer to someone in the Solomon Islands, making the transfer in either US dollars or Australian dollars will probably be your only choice. As a very small currency by international standards, only a few online money transfer providers are able to convert currency into the Solomon Islands dollar.
The US dollar is the most traded currency in the world. The world’s unofficial reserve currency, it can be found in most major currency pairs. In forex, it’s an important benchmark and target rate for countries that fix or peg their currencies against its value. It is also used as the standard currency for oil, precious metals and other commodities.
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Solomon Islands Dollar
The dollar is the official currency of the Solomon Islands, comprising six large islands and 900 smaller ones. The islands are undeveloped and rely on agriculture and mining to support their economy. They do have some tourism but have little infrastructure and transportation to make it lucrative.
Solomon Islands Dollar
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What affects exchange rates between the US dollar and the Solomon Islands dollar?
Exchange rates between the US dollar and the Solomon Islands dollar can be affected by a whole range of different factors:
Mining of minerals like gold and zinc
It’s estimated that 75% of the labor force in the Solomon Islands makes their living from subsistence farming and fishing. If farming or fishing took a downturn in the Solomon Islands, we’d likely see a loss of value in the SBD.
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How does the Solomon Islands dollar trade against the US dollar historically?
The Solomon Islands dollar was introduced as the official currency and a replacement for the Australian dollar in 1977. Until 1979, the newly introduced SBD could be exchanged for AUD at par. After that year, the Solomon Islands dollar started to lose its value compared to both the Australian dollar and the US dollar, bringing the value of it down to only about 12 US cents.
Interestingly, the Solomon Islands is one of very few remaining countries where traditional money in the form of sea shells and dolphin teeth is still in use in some remote parts of the country. Seashells have functioned as money for thousands of years in Pacific islands and is considered one of the oldest forms of money that we know about.
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Adrienne Fuller is the head of publishing at Finder US. With a decade of experience creating guides in finance and education, she aims to deliver the accurate and transparent information she wishes she had when she made some of life's important financial decisions. For the past 3 years she has been the publisher of money transfers, helping readers save when they send money all over the globe. She has a BA from Colorado College and loves to hike with her two Catahoula dogs around her home in San Diego.
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