Bagabag (Papua New Guinea)

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NASA satellite image of the island
NASA satellite image of the island
Waters Bismarcksee
Geographical location 4 ° 48 ′ 0 ″  S , 146 ° 14 ′ 0 ″  E Coordinates: 4 ° 48 ′ 0 ″  S , 146 ° 14 ′ 0 ″  E
Bagabag (Papua New Guinea) (Papua New Guinea)
Bagabag (Papua New Guinea)
length 7.5 km
width 6.8 km
surface 37 km²
Highest elevation 600  m
Residents 3000
81 inhabitants / km²
main place Badilu

Bagabag (outdated also W agwag, Rich Island, Sir Robert Rich Island ) is a volcanic island in the Madang Province of Papua New Guinea . It is located 62 kilometers northeast of Madang City and can be reached in one and a half to two and a half hours by motorboat.

The volcano is no longer active, unlike the volcanoes on the neighboring islands of Karkar and Manam . The main town on the island is Badilu . There is a health center and elementary schools on the island , but no high school . The health station is supplied by the Gaubin Hospital on Karkar.


The people of Bagabag speak the Austronesian language Takia , which is also spoken in Karkar . There are also Gedaged speakers.

The majority of the residents live in the immediate vicinity of the coastal strip, which is now almost continuously built up. Unlike the neighboring island of Karkar, there are no commercial plantations on Bagabag. The main crops and nutritional basis are bananas.

The majority of the population belongs to the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Papua New Guinea . There are also some smaller Christian groups. There are still some cases of mild leprosy locally , a disease that hardly exists in Papua New Guinea.


Bagabag, like the larger neighboring island of Karkar, belongs to the Sumkar District of the Madang Province .


The reefs on the island are extremely biodiverse. For fishermen and sport fishermen there is a wide choice. Fishing is also an important source of food for the local population . However, the currents surrounding the island make diving a challenge.


Most birds , bats, and mammals can also be found on the neighboring mainland and neighboring islands. The naked-eye fruit pigeon , which is native here, occurs on a large number of the neighboring islands. There are feral domestic pigs that are regularly cornered and hunted by systematically burning the pastures.

Transport and tourism

Bagabag is hardly developed for tourism. However, it is possible to book overnight stays through the tourist office in Madang. There are occasional guided tours to the extinct volcanic crater. There is no airplane landing pad. The island is approached weekly by small transport ships. The larger neighboring island of Karkar is easily accessible by motorboat . There are better transport links from there.

Individual evidence

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