Schouten Islands (Papua New Guinea)

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Schouten Islands in Papua New Guinea

The Schouten Islands are a group of six small volcanic islands in the province of East Sepik in Papua New Guinea, north of the island of New Guinea. The group is also called Eastern Schouten Islands or Le Maire Islands to separate it from unrelated Schouten Islands in Indonesia. The combined land area is approximately 50 km2 (19 sq mi).

The Schouten Islands includes the following islands:

  • Bam, also known as Biem Island - active volcano – last eruption 1960. The most recent eruption occurred 14 January, 2018.
  • Blup Blup, volcano.
  • Kadovar, volcano – possible but unconfirmed eruption c. 1700, and a confirmed one in 2018
  • Koil
  • Vokeo
  • Wei, also known as Vial Island

The first recorded sighting by Europeans of the Eastern Schouten Islands was by the Spanish navigator Iñigo Órtiz de Retes on 21 July 1545 when on board of the carrack San Juan tried to return from Tidore to New Spain.[1] The group is named after Willem Schouten, who visited the island group in 1616, before visiting and giving the same name to the Schouten Islands off the northwest coast of New Guinea, in what is now Indonesia.


  1. ^ Coello, Francisco "Conflicto hispano-alemán" Boletín de Sociedad Geográfica de Madrid, t.XIX. 2º semestre 1885, Madrid, p.317.

Coordinates: 3°14′S 144°05′E / 3.233°S 144.083°E / -3.233; 144.083

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