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    Autonomous Region of Bougainville (Bougainville Province)  Papua New Guinea

Location
The Autonomous Region of Bougainville (ARB) is located in Papua New Guinea (PNG). Formally known as Bougainville Province or North Solomons Province. The province encompasses Bougainville Island plus the surrounding islands and atolls. Prewar and during the Pacific War, Bougainville was considered part of the "North Solomons" or "Northern Solomons". To the south is the international border with the Solomon Islands and Western Province.

Prewar
During the prewar period and Pacific War, Bougainville was considered part of the "North Solomons" or "Northern Solomons" or "Bougainville Province". Prewar, coastal areas of Bougainville were developed into copra plantations planted with coconut palms. The Catholic church established missions at several locations.

Northern Bougainville District
Tarlena  located in northwestern Bougainville Island.
Chabai  located in northwestern Bougainville includes Chabai Airfield.
Porton  located in northwestern Bougainville, Australian amphibious landing repulsed.
Atolls Rural
Mallum Island Group (Mallum Islands)  located at the far north of Bougainville Province.
Nuguria Island Group  small atoll located to the north of Bougainville.
Tauu Island Group (Tauu Islands)  located to the northwest of Bougainville
Nukumanu Island Group (Nukumanu Islands)  located far to the northwest of Bougainville
Buka Rural
Buka Island  island located to the north of Bougainville Island.
Buka (Buka Town)  located on the southern coast of Buka Island includes Chinatown and Buka Airfield.
Buka Passage  narrow passage between Buka Island and Bougainville Island.
Kunua Rural

Sohano Island  located in the Buka Passage between Buka Island and Bougainville Island.
Kunua (Sarime, Konua)  inland village near the northwest coast of Bougainville
Nissan Rural

Green Island Atoll  small atoll located to the northwest of Buka Island
Green Island Lagoon  located at the center of Green Island Atoll
Nissan Island (Green)  largest island in Green Island Atoll captured by Allies in 1944 and Nissan Airfield
Belil Island  located at the northern edge of Green Island Atoll
Sirot Island  located at the northwestern edge of Green Island Atoll
Barahun Island  located at the western edge of Green Island Atoll
Hon Island (Torohan)  located at the center of Green Island Lagoon
Pinapei Island  second largest island in Green Island Atoll located to the northwest of Green Island Atoll
Sau Island (Sale)  located to the northwest of Green Island Atoll
Carteret Island Group (Carteret Islands)  located to the northeast of Buka Island
Selau Suir Rurial

Bonis  located at the northern tip of Bougainville with Bonis Airfield borders Buka Passage.
Ruri (Ruri Bay)  borders the northeastern corner of Bougainville Island.
Tinputz Rural

Central Bougainville District
Tenakau (Tenakai)  located on the coast of eastern Bougainville, Tenakau Airfield.
Numu Numu  located on the coast of eastern Bougainville.
Ibu  located on the center of Bougainville.
Selan  located on the western coastal road of Bougainville with Japanese tank.
Arawa Rural
Arawa  located on the eastern coast of Bougainville, Peace Memorial.
Kieta  located on the western coast, site of initial Japanese landing on Bougainville.
Kieta Harbor  located on the western coast bordering Kieta.
Wakunai Rural
South Bougainville District
Mamagata  located on the southwestern coast of Bougainville.
Kangu  located on the southern coast of Bougainville.
Kangu Hill (Mount Buin)  high ground to the north of Kangu.
Malabeta Hill (Malabita)  located on the southern coast of Bougainville inland from Kangu.
Buin (Buin Town)  located on southern Bougainville.
Kahili (Kihili, Kahilli, Buin)  located on the southern coast of Bougainville includes Kahili Airfield (Buin Airfield).
Tonolei Harbor (Tonolai)  borders Kahili on southern Bougainville.
Konga  inland village located in southern Bougainville.
Tonu  inland village located in southern Bougainville.
Kara  located to the north of Buin, includes Kara Airfield.
Aitara  located on the southwest coast of Bougainville.
Muguai  located to the east of Kara.
Mosigetta  located on southern Bougainville.
Harinai  located on southern Bougainville.
Monoitu (Monitu)  prewar Catholic mission, Japanese occupied until June 1945.
Moila Point  located on southwest coast of Bougainville.
Aku  inland village in southern Bougainville.
Olava  located on East Point at the southeastern corner Bougainville.
Erventa Harbor (Buin Harbor)  located on the souther coast of Bougainville between Kangua and Buin.
Bana Rural
Buin Rural
Siwai Rural

Siwai  inland village with four tanks abandoned at this location.
Torokina Rural

Empress Augusta Bay  borders the western coast of Bougainville, site of U. S. landing.
Torokina (Cape Torokina)  located on western Bougainville, site of U. S. landing and Torokina Airfield.
Torokina Island  located in Empress Augusta Bay.
Puruata Island  located in Empress Augusta Bay.
Gazelle Harbor  located at the southern end of Empress Augusta Bay.
Mutupina Point  located at the southern end of Empress Augusta Bay.
Piva  located inland from the western coast, developed into Piva Airfield (Piva Yoke and Piva Uncle).
Toko coastal village used as Australian Army staging point against Japanese in southwestern Bougainville.
Mawaraka (Mawareka, Mawataka)  located on the southwest coast of Bougainville.
Mount Bagana  active volcano located at the center of Bougainville.
Southern Bougainville offshore islands
Erventa Island  small island off southern Bougainville
Popotala Island  small island off southern Bougainville
Ratan Island  small island off southern Bougainville
Ovau Island  small island off southern Bougainville
Taurato Island (Tuarato Island) small island off southeastern Bougainville.
Alasina Island  small island off southeastern Bougainville
Sand Island  small island located to the south of Tonolei Harbor.

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Last Updated
May 15, 2018

 

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