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The Duff Islands (Pileni Taumako) are a small island group lying to the northeast of the Santa Cruz Islandsmarker in the Solomon Islandsmarker province of Temotu. They are also sometimes known as the Wilson Islands.
The islands are located at 9°31'48" S. lat., 167°4'48" W. long.

The Duff Islands consist of:

The inhabitants of the Duff Islands are Polynesians, and their language, Pileni, is a member of the Samoic branch of Polynesian languages.On the islands of Duff live about 500 people.The way of life is traditional by subsistence farming and fishing. Taumako has no roads, airport, telephones, or electricity. Contact with outsiders comes by battery-powered marine radio and the occasional cargo ship.

The Duff Islands were named after missionary ship Duff, captained by James Wilson, which reached them in 1797.

Traditional Navigation

Studies of David Lewis and Marianne (Mimi) George uncovered that full traditional Polynesian navigational technique is still preserved in these islands (Finney and Lowe, 2006, p163).

See also


  • Duff Islands, Solomon Islands,
  • Ben Finney and Sam Low, "Navigation", in K.R.Howe(eds), "Vaka Moana:Voyages of the Ancestors", Bateman, 2007. ISBN 978-0824832131

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