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Tigoa police station
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Location in Solomon Islands
Coordinates: 11°33′30″S160°4′14″E / 11.55833°S 160.07056°E / -11.55833; 160.07056
CountryFlag of the Solomon Islands.svg  Solomon Islands
Province Rennel-Bellona
Island Rennell Island
18 m (59 ft)
 (2013) [1]
Time zone UTC+11 (UTC)
Climate Af

Tigoa (sometimes spelt Tingoa) is a village on Rennell Island, Solomon Islands. It is the administrative centre of Rennell and Bellona Province. It is located approximately 12-20 metres above sea level.


The soon-to-be-completed Telekom building to provide telephony to the island Taken 2008 Telekombuildingtigoa.jpg
The soon-to-be-completed Telekom building to provide telephony to the island Taken 2008



There were 569 persons at the 2009 Census; the latest estimate was 613 persons in 2013.


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