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The Obi Islands (also known as Ombirah,[1] Indonesian: Kepulauan Obi) are a group of islands in the Indonesian province of North Maluku. They lie north of Buru and Ceram.

Obi Islands
Native name:
Kepulauan Obi
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LocationSoutheast Asia
Major islandsObi Island
ProvinceNorth Maluku
LanguagesGalela, Tobelo
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The largest in the group is Obi Island. Nearby are the islands of Bisa, Gomumu, Obilatu, Tapat, Tobalai. Two languages are spoken on the islands: Galela and Tobelo, both Papuan.

In 2016, provincial governor Abdul Ghani Kasuba successfully negotiated for the China-based Jinchun Group to build a nine-trillion rupiah nickel smelter on the main island.[2]


  1. ^ Goodall, George (Editor)(1943) Philips' International Atlas London, George Philip and Son map 'East Indies' pp.91-92
  2. ^ China`s Jinchun to in vest Rp9 trillion in North Maluku. Antara, 16 July 2016. Accessed 18 September 2017.

Coordinates: 1°30′S 127°45′E / 1.500°S 127.750°E / -1.500; 127.750