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Daru Island (Landsat).jpg
Daru is located in Papua New Guinea
Location in Papua New Guinea
Coordinates: 9°05′S 143°12′E / 9.083°S 143.200°E / -9.083; 143.200Coordinates: 9°05′S 143°12′E / 9.083°S 143.200°E / -9.083; 143.200
Country Papua New Guinea
ProvinceWestern Province
DistrictSouth Fly District
LLGDaru Urban
3 m (10 ft)
 • Total15,142
Time zoneUTC+10 (AEST)
Location440 km (270 mi) from Port Moresby by air

Daru is the capital of the Western Province of Papua New Guinea [2] and a former Catholic bishopric.

The township is entirely located on an island that goes by the same name, which is located near the mouth of the Fly River on the western side of the Gulf, just north of Torres Strait and Far North Queensland in Australia. Daru had a recorded population of 15,142 as of the 2011 census.[1]


The language of the Daru people is Kiwai (South-West Coastal Kiwai), also spoken on neighbouring mainland villages (the name Kiwai comes from Kiwai Island some 60 km north-east in the Fly River delta). However, the Kiwai settlement of Daru is fairly recent. The original inhabitants, the Hiamo, were Western-Central Torres Strait Islanders originally from Yama in the Torres Strait. With the Kiwai colonisations, the main group of Hiamo people moved to Southern Torres Strait and settled the (Inner) Muralag group.


Its St. Louis de Montfort Co-Cathedral [3] is the 'second see' (and former 'full' cathedral) of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Daru-Kiunga (renamed in 1987, originally Apostolic Prefecture of Daru since 1957, promoted diocese in 1966)


It is served by Daru Airport, a small airstrip.

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Census Figures by Wards - Southern Region". National Population & Housing Census 2011. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  2. ^ "Japan Steps Up Interest in Papua New Guinea's Gas Riches". Wall Street Journal. 23 May 2013. Archived from the original on 5 June 2013.
  3. ^ http://www.gcatholic.org/churches/oceania/2929.htm GCatholic, with Google satellite map