Taro Island

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Taro Island
Choiseul and neighbouring islands (Taro not shown)
Choiseul and neighbouring islands (Taro not shown)
Taro Island is located in Solomon Islands
Taro Island
Taro Island
Location in the Solomon Islands
Coordinates: 06°42′41″S 156°23′47″E / 6.71139°S 156.39639°E / -6.71139; 156.39639
Country Solomon Islands
Province Choiseul
 • Total 0.44 km2 (0.17 sq mi)
Elevation 25 m (82 ft)
Population (2009)
 • Total 507

Taro Island is a small island in the Solomon Islands with 507 inhabitants, capital of Choiseul Province and is located in Choiseul Bay off the northwest coast.

Taro Island is home to the Choiseul Bay Airport, served by Solomon Airlines with flights to Gizo and other destinations.[1]

In September 2012, groundbreaking for the construction of a police housing project began. The project will be supervised by the Choiseul Province police board, and will strengthen police presence on the island.[2]

The island is very vulnerable to sea level rise. In 2016, John A. Church, Colin Woodroffe, and other Australian researchers from CSIRO predicted that Taro Island would become the first provincial capital globally to relocate residents and services due to the threat of sea level rise.[3][4]


  1. ^ "Domestic Route Map". Solomon Airlines. Archived from the original on 2007-01-27. Retrieved 2007-03-17. 
  2. ^ Taro Police Housing Project, By Jennifer Kakai, 24 August 2012, Solomon Star News
  3. ^ Peralta, Eyder (10 May 2016). "'Window Into The Future': Scientists Document Disappearing Islands". NPR. Retrieved 10 May 2016. 
  4. ^ Albert, Simon. "Interactions between sea-level rise and wave exposure on reef island dynamics in the Solomon Islands". IOP Science. IOP Publishing. Retrieved 9 May 2016. 

Coordinates: 06°42′41″S 156°23′47″E / 6.71139°S 156.39639°E / -6.71139; 156.39639