Kiwai Island

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Kiwai Island
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NASA satellite image (Geocover 2000)
Kiwai Island is located in Papua New Guinea
Kiwai Island
Kiwai Island
Location Fly River
Coordinates 08°33′00″S 143°25′0″E / 8.55000°S 143.41667°E / -8.55000; 143.41667
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)
Highest point unnamed
Papua New Guinea
Province Western Province
District South Fly District
LLG Kiwai Rural
Largest settlement Iasa
Population 2092 (2000)
Ethnic groups Kiwai

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.[1] 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,[2] 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.[3]

Administratively, the island is part of Kiwai Rural LLG (Local Level Government area) of South Fly District, Western Province.


Map of Fly River Delta