Isabel Province

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Coordinates: 8°00′S 159°30′E / 8.000°S 159.500°E / -8.000; 159.500

Isabel Province
Flag of Isabel Province
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Coordinates: 8°0′S 159°30′E / 8.000°S 159.500°E / -8.000; 159.500
Country  Solomon Islands
Capital Buala
 • Premier Hovikoilo Ward
 • Total 4,136 km2 (1,597 sq mi)
Population (2009)
 • Total 26,158
 • Density 4.9/km2 (13/sq mi)
Time zone +11 (UTC+11)

Isabel Province (also spelled Ysabel) is one of the provinces of the Solomon Islands. The province had a population of around 26,158 in 2009., mostly concentrated on the main island, Santa Isabel Island. The capital of the province is Buala on Santa Isabel Island, which has scheduled airline services to Honiara on Solomon Airlines from Fera Airport, on Fera Island, a 15-minute boat ride from Buala.

The province has an economy dominated by subsistence agriculture with occasional plantations for cash crops such as copra, and by logging activities. The province is seldom visited by tourists due to poor infrastructure, lack of roads, hotels, modern medical care, and endemic malaria. Most areas have a "Rest House", a house where guests can seek accommodation for the night or two, but many residents are willing to take in visitors for the night.

Santa Isabel is the longest Island in the Solomon Islands. The first European contact to the Solomon Islands was made by Spanish navigator Álvaro de Mendaña de Neira in 1568, who gave them their name. The highest point is Mount Kubonitu, also known as Mount Sasari at 1,120 metres (3,670 ft).





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