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Shell money was the traditional Solomon Island currency long before bank notes were introduced. Though still used in some provinces, the standard form of currency is the Solomon Islands Dollar (SBD).
There are three major banks operating, Westpac, ANZ and Bank of the South Pacific (BSP), including a number of Automatic Teller Machines (ATM) throughout Honiara and the country. Standard banking hours are 8:30am – 3:00pm. Use of traveller’s cheques and credit cards are accepted (a 5% surcharge normally applies) in most major resorts and restaurants, but seldom accepted out of a major town.