NASA satellite image (Geocover 2000)
Kiwai Island (Papua New Guinea)
|Archipelago||Fly River Delta Islands|
|Major islands||Kiwai, Purutu, Wabuda Island|
|Area||359.1 km2 (138.6 sq mi)|
|Length||59 km (36.7 mi)|
|Width||9 km (5.6 mi)|
Papua New Guinea
|Province||Western Province (Papua New Guinea)|
|District||South Fly District|
|Population||2092 (as of 2000)|
Kiwai Island is the largest island in the Fly River delta, Papua New Guinea. It is 59 km long along the northwest-southeast axis from Wamimuba Point in the northwest to the village of Saguane (Sanguane) in the south, and up to 9 km wide, with an average width of 5.6 km. Its area is 359 km². Neighboring Purutu and Wabuda Islands to the north and northeast are also among the three largest islands in the Fly River delta. A language study mentioned a population of about 4500, but the census of population of 2000 showed only 2092 inhabitants.
The island separates the north and south entrances of the Fly River. It is well wooded and only a few feet above water. The chief village, Iasa, is located on the south side of the island. Sumai village is on the same side of the island and 24 km farther northwest. Doropo village is about midway along the north side of the island. At the east end of the island are other small villages, such as Sagasia, Ipisia, Agobara and Oromosapuo.
The inhabitants of the Fly River delta engage in agriculture and hunting. Coconut palm, breadfruit, plantain, sago palm, and sugar cane are grown.
Administratively, the island is part of Kiwai Rural LLG (Local Level Government area) of South Fly District, Western Province.