Umboi Island

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Umboi Island
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Space Shuttle image of Umboi Island (north to upper right).
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Umboi Island
Geography
Coordinates 5°32′S147°52′E / 5.533°S 147.867°E / -5.533; 147.867
Archipelago Bismarck Archipelago
Highest elevation1,548 m (5079 ft)
Highest point Mount Talo
Administration
Papua New Guinea
Province Morobe Province

Umboi (also named Rooke or Siassi) is a volcanic island between the mainland of Papua New Guinea and the island of New Britain. It is separated from New Britain by the Dampier Strait and Huon Peninsula, and New Guinea by the Vitiaz Strait. It has an elevation of 1,548 metres (5,079 feet).

Languages are Papuan Kobai; and Austronesian: Mbula, Karanai, and Saveng languages.

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Umboi Island seen from space. Also visible is Sakar Island. (false color) Umboi Island NASA.jpg
Umboi Island seen from space. Also visible is Sakar Island. (false color)