Yeina Island

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Yeina Island
Nickname: Piron Island
Yeina (Landsat).JPG
Yeina island. Meiwa island is in the right corner.
Yeina Island is located in Papua New Guinea
Yeina Island
Yeina Island
Location Oceania
Coordinates 11°19′48″S 153°26′30″E / 11.33000°S 153.44167°E / -11.33000; 153.44167Coordinates: 11°19′48″S 153°26′30″E / 11.33000°S 153.44167°E / -11.33000; 153.44167[1]
Archipelago Louisiade Archipelago
Adjacent bodies of water Solomon Sea
Total islands 1
Major islands
  • Yeina
  • Meiwa
Area 16 km2 (6.2 sq mi)
Length 9.5 km (5.9 mi)
Width 3.2 km (1.99 mi)
Highest elevation 80 m (260 ft)
Highest point Mount Yeina
Province  Milne Bay
District Samarai-Murua District
LLG [2] Yaleyamba Rural Local Level Government Area
Island Group Yeina Group
Largest settlement Buwo (pop. ~250)
Population 437 (2014)
Pop. density 27.3 /km2 (70.7 /sq mi)
Ethnic groups Papauans, Austronesians, Melanesians.
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Yeina Island is an island of volcanic origin in the Southeast Louisiade Archipelago in Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea.


The island has an area of 16 km2. The island is hilly, rising to 80 m at Mt. Yeina. The island is 10 km north of Vanatinai, and separated from it with the Yuma Channel. It is also 10 km east of Pana Tinani. The island is circled by a coral reef. The interior of the island is dominated by a chain of low, grassy hill, surrounded by a coastal forest, with many mangrove areas. Between Yeina and Vanatinai is the Marx Reef.


The island was discovered in the late 18th century.


At the census of population in 2014, the island had 437 inhabitants, spread across 4 villages. The main town is Buwo, on the West coast. former town of Kabagi-bagi was damaged by hurricanes recently. nearly entire island population have moved to the village of Buwo.