Deboyne Islands

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Deboyne Islands
Deboyne Islands (Landsat).jpg
Deboyne Islands is located in Papua New Guinea
Deboyne Islands
Deboyne Islands
Location Oceania
Coordinates 10°43′S 152°22′E / 10.717°S 152.367°E / -10.717; 152.367Coordinates: 10°43′S 152°22′E / 10.717°S 152.367°E / -10.717; 152.367[1]
Archipelago Louisiade Archipelago
Adjacent bodies of water Solomon Sea
Total islands 8
Major islands
Area 39.14 km2 (15.11 sq mi)
Highest elevation 213 m (699 ft)
Highest point Mount Deboyne
Province  Milne Bay
District Samarai-Murua District
LLG [2] Louisiade Rural Local Level Government Area
Island Group Deboyne Islands
Largest settlement Bwaganati (pop. 500)
Population 2700 (2014)
Pop. density 69 /km2 (179 /sq mi)
Ethnic groups Papauans, Austronesians, Melanesians.
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The Deboyne Islands are an atoll, composed of a group of reefs and islands in the north of the Louisiade Archipelago, Papua New Guinea.


They are located 13 km (8 mi) from Misima and 5 km (3 mi) from the Torlesse Islands. Islands in the Deboyne Islands include Panaeati (the northernmost), Panapompom, Nivani, Pana Uya Wana, Rara, Losai, Nibub and Passage Island.


The Deboyne Islands were discovered in 1793 by Antoine Bruni d'Entrecasteaux. He named the islands after Pierre Étienne Bourgeois de Boynes, who was the Marine and Colonial Minister of France at that time. During World War II, the islands were used as a seaplane outpost by the Imperial Japanese Navy, from 5–12 May 1942.[3]


The settlements in the main island Panaeati are all located on the south coast of the island, facing the lagoon. the language spoken on the islands is Misima-Paneati language.


Nivani, the small island south of Panapompom, has a small vocational school and slipway. Yachts are regular visitors to the Louisiade Archipelago. Nivani is a favorite anchorage for these yachts, with averages of about 15 yachts a year. A small ecotourist resort was recently built at Nivani that would respect the environment, yet provide business opportunities for the population of Panapompom community. The resort is a success especially with yachtsman, divers and film crews.

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