Talaud Islands

Talaud Islands (Indonesian: Kepulauan Talaud) is a group of islands located north of Sulawesi island in Indonesia, north-east of the Sangihe Islands.[3] The Talaud Islands are also the northernmost region of Eastern Indonesia, bordering south of the Philippines' Davao Region. The group, with a total area of 495 square miles (1,281 square km), includes Karakelong (the largest), Salibabu, Kabaruan, and numerous islets. The coast of Karakelong Island is steep except on the southern shore, which is fringed by a wide reef. The seven tiny Nanusa Islands lie north-east of Karakelong. They are forested and with hills rising to 2,231 feet (680 metres).[4]

Talaud Islands
Native name:
Kepulauan Talaud
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Talaud Islands location
Lokasi Sulawesi Utara Kabupaten Kepulauan Talaud.svg
Talaud Islands location in North Sulawesi
LocationSouth-east Asia
Major islandsKaburuan, Karakelong, Salibabu
Area1,281 km2 (495 sq mi)
ProvinceNorth Sulawesi
RegencyTalaud Islands Regency
Population83,441[1][2] (2010)
Additional information
Time zone


The islands were declared a regency of North Sulawesi in 2000 as Kabupaten Kepulauan Talaud. Talaud's capital is Melonguane.

The largest islands of the Talaud group are Karakelong Island, Salibabu Island, Kabaruan, the Nanusa Islands (the largest of which are Merampit and Karatung) and Miangas to the north. Population was 83,441 according to the 2010 census;[5] the latest official estimate (as at 2018) is 91,599.[6]

Grouping Talaud together with Sangihe, there are 77 islands in the Talaud-Sangihe archipelagos, of which 56 are inhabited. The total population of the Talaud and Sangihe islands was 209,574 in 2010.[5]

Most of the population are involved in agriculture, which includes coconuts, vanilla, nutmeg, and cloves. Numerous volcanoes produce very fertile volcanic soil on many of the islands.[7] The Austronesian Talaud language is spoken on the islands.

Both Sangihe and Talaud have small airstrips serviced by Express Air and Wings Air.[8] Talaud Airport also serves as a transit point for flights to Miangas, one of the Indonesia's outlying island located close to Davao, Philippines.

The region is regularly rocked by large earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, as the Molucca Sea Plate is being consumed in both directions.[9]

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Further readingEdit

  • Utsumi, Atsuko (2011). "Taraudo go shiyo chiiki no gengo shiyoo jittai togengo ishiki" タラウド語使用地域の言語使用と言語意識 : インドネシア国、北スラウェシ州における民族語使用実態 [Language Use and Language Attitude in Talaud: The Actual Usage of Ethinic Languages in North Sulawesi, Indonesia]. Bulletin of Meisei University. Department of Japanese and Comparative Culture, School of Humanities (in Japanese). 19: 234–217.


  1. ^ "Kabupaten Kepuluan Talaud Dalam Angka 2020". www.talaudkab.bps.go.id. Retrieved 23 April 2020.
  2. ^ "Perpres No. 129 Tahun 2018". 3 August 2018. Retrieved 15 April 2018.
  3. ^ "Undang-Undang Nomor 8 Tahun 2002 tentang pembentukan Kabupaten Kepulauan Talaud" (PDF). bpkp.go.id. Retrieved 1 January 2021.
  4. ^ "Situs web jaringan masyarakat Sangihe, Talaud, SiTaRo (SaTaS)". thesatasconnection.org. Retrieved 1 January 2021.
  5. ^ a b "Indonesia population statistics". GeoHive.com. Archived from the original on 2016-03-03. Retrieved 2015-06-12.
  6. ^ Badan Pusat Statistik, Jakarta, 2019.
  7. ^ "Sangihe Talaud Islands, North Sulawesi, Indonesia". North-sulawesi.org. Archived from the original on 2015-04-29. Retrieved 2015-06-12.
  8. ^ Resmikan Bandara Miangas, Sulawesi Utara - PresidenRI.go.id - 19 Oktober 2016.
  9. ^ Moore, G.F; Kadarisman, D; Evans, C.A; Hawkins, J.W (1981). "Geology of the Talaud Islands, molucca sea collision zone, northeast Indonesia". Journal of Structural Geology. 3 (4): 467–475. doi:10.1016/0191-8141(81)90046-8.

External linksEdit

Official website at Talaud Indonesian Government

Coordinates: 4°05′31″N 126°46′05″E / 4.092°N 126.768°E / 4.092; 126.768