St Matthias Islands

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The St Matthias Islands (also known as the Mussau islands) are a small archipelago group of islands in the Bismarck Archipelago, in northern Papua New Guinea. They are within New Ireland Province.

Geography[edit]

There are at least 10 islands. The largest and most northerly is Mussau.

To the southwest of Mussau are: Eloaua, Emananus, Boliu, Emussau, Ebanalu, Ekaleu, and a few smaller isles. To the east of Mussau are: [Emirau]], and further east is Tench Island.

The islands have been designated as an Endemic Bird Area by Birdlife International.

Coordinates: 1°35′S 149°49′E / 1.583°S 149.817°E / -1.583; 149.817