Kisar Island – Maluku

Kisar Island

Kisar island, also known as Yotowawa, is a small island in the Southwestern Moluccas in Indonesia. This island is located to the northeast of Timor Island in an area of great tectonic activity. The Oirata language(closely related to Fataluku) and the unrelated Kisar, a trade language (also locally known as Yotowawa or Meher), are spoken here.

Kisar Island has the aerodrome and airport runways named John. J. Bakker, it is planned to be extended from 800 meters to 1300 meters to support Sail Banda. Temporarily, the airfield can only be used by a small kind of Cassa 212 aircraft with a maximum capacity of 18 people, this plans airstrip will be extended to be used by aircraft type Wings ATR 82 with a capacity of 40 seats.

The small and remote Pulau Kisar has a small airport, near desa Purpura on the north side of the island, that receives flights from Ambon (Maluku), Kupang (East Nusatenggara), and Surabaya in East Java. Passenger ships also call at Pulau Kisar from Ambon, Kupang and Surabaya.

The size of the island is very small, the distance of the North to South is only 10.4 km, the furthest from the East to West is 10.22 km. It just need 40 minutes to surround island by speedboat. However, the island is inhabited by about 18,425 people and it divided into 12 villages / sub districts and it the most populous area in southwestern Maluku.

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