Bellona Island is an island of the Rennell and Bellona Province, in the Solomon Islands. Its length is about 10 km (6.2 mi) and its average width 2.5 km (1.6 mi). Its area is about 17 km2 (6.6 sq mi). It is almost totally surrounded by 30–70 m (100–230 ft) high cliffs, consisting primarily of raised coral limestone.
|Area||17 km2 (6.6 sq mi)|
|Length||10 km (6 mi)|
|Width||2.5 km (1.55 mi)|
|Province||Rennell and Bellona|
Bellona Island is densely populated and its interior is lush and fertile. There are three districts namely Matangi, Ghongau and Ngango. Each district has manaha (tribes) except for Ghongau district, which has two sub-districts; Nguutuanga Bangitakungu and Ngutuanga Bangika'ango. There are many villages in the Island as some of them listed below:
- Matahenua/Matamoana (west)
- NukuTonga (East)
Bellona Island is, like Rennell Island, a Polynesian-inhabited island within the Solomons, where most of the islands are primarily Melanesian with a few Micronesian island provinces. It is thus counted among the Polynesian outliers. The nearby Bellona Shoals were the site of several shipwrecks. On the western end of the island there were sacred stone-gods, at a place called Ngabenga- west Bellona. The stone-gods were destroyed by Seventh-day Adventist missionaries in 1938. This island was named at the beginning of the 19th century after Capt. Lord Rennell's ship Bellona. However, its original name is Mungiki.
- Cultural Ecology
- Beliefs and Rites of Pre-Christian Bellona
- Map of Bellona Island
- Bellona Travel Guide