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Bipi Island

Coordinates: 2°6′00″S 146°25′00″E / 2.10000°S 146.41667°E / -2.10000; 146.41667{{#coordinates:2|6|00|S|146|25|00|E| |primary |name= }} Bipi Island is a flat coral island located off the west coast of the main island of Manus in the Admiralty Group, Papua New Guinea. Adjacent and to the North West of Bipi Island is Sisi Island. Bipi Island consists of three villages, namely Masoh, Matahai, and Kum (the latter is also known as "Salapai") with approximately one thousand inhabitants.[citation needed]

The people of Bipi Island originally lived on Sisi Island (also known as Samisih[citation needed]) and relocated to Bipi Island when the island was converted to a coconut plantation[citation needed] The move to Bipi from Sisi resulted from a German punitive raid on the north coast of Sisi island about 1909 in which 3 men were shot and killed.

Bipi men were known as master woodcarvers in the 1970s and 80s and sold carvings to supplement their meagre incomes made from copra production. Today, the main economic activity is fishing and the sale of bêche-de-mer to licensed buyers supplying the Asian markets. This activity is conducted on the surrounding coral islands and reefs which are owned by traditional islands, reefs and sea-owning groups of Bipi Island.

Bipi Island has one primary school that also caters to the students of nearby islands.

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