Makura Island

Makura, locally known as Makira, is a small inhabited island in Shefa Province of Vanuatu in the Pacific Ocean. Makura is a part of the Shepherds Islands archipelago.[2]

Native name:
Emwae,[1] Makira
Makura (44019618980).jpg
NW side
LocationPacific Ocean
Coordinates17°8′00″S 168°26′00″E / 17.13333°S 168.43333°E / -17.13333; 168.43333Coordinates: 17°8′00″S 168°26′00″E / 17.13333°S 168.43333°E / -17.13333; 168.43333
ArchipelagoVanuatu, Shepherds Islands
Highest elevation132 m (433 ft)
ProvinceShefa Province
Population93 (2015)


The estimated terrain elevation above the sea level is some 132 meters.[3] Makura is actually a peak of a primeval volcano. The other existing ramparts of the ancient volcanic rim are considered to be the neighboring islands of Emae and Mataso.


As of 2015, the official local population was 93 people in 19 households.[4] The island's main language is Namakura or Namakir.


  1. ^ Tryon, Darrell T. (ed.). 2011. Comparative Austronesian dictionary: An introduction to Austronesian studies. Walter de Gruyter. p.218.
  2. ^ "SHEFA Province". Vanuatu Travel. Retrieved 7 August 2018.
  3. ^ "Makura". Mapcarta. Retrieved 7 August 2018.
  4. ^ "2015 Vanuatu National Population and Households Projections by Province and Islands" (PDF). Vanuatu National Statistics Office. Retrieved 6 August 2018.