Sae Island

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Karta PG Bismarck Archipelago.PNG
Location map, Sae and Kaniet Islands at top left
Location Papua New Guinea
Coordinates 0°47′S 145°17′E / 0.783°S 145.283°E / -0.783; 145.283
Archipelago Western Islands, Bismarck Archipelago
Region Islands
Province Manus

Sae Island is the northernmost island[1] within the Western Islands of the Bismarck Archipelago, Papua New Guinea. It is located just north-west of the Kaniet Islands,[1] under which it is often subsumed, although the two are distinct.[1] Another name for the Kaniet(-Sae) Islands is "Anchorite Islands".[1]

The first sighting by Europeans of Sae Island was by the Spanish navigator Iñigo Órtiz de Retes on 21 August 1545 when on board of the carrack San Juan tried to return from Tidore to New Spain.[2][3]


  1. ^ a b c d The Wuvulu Web Site - Geographical Names of the Western Islands
  2. ^ Coello, Francisco "Conflicto hispano-alemán" Boletín de Sociedad Geográfica de Madrid, t.XIX. 2º semestre 1885, Madrid, p.318.
  3. ^ Sharp, Andrew The discovery of the Pacific Islands Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1960, p.31.