The Tabar Islands form a volcanic island located north of New Ireland group in the Bismarck Archipelago. The three islands belonging to the province of New Ireland, Papua New Guinea and are part of the Tabar - Lihir - Tanga - Feni island chain. The archipelago has an area of approximately 270 km ². At the 2000 census the population was 3920th
The southern island of the Tabar group, often called Big Tabar. Separated from it only by a narrow channel, which is centrally located island Tatau. These two islands were once mistaken for a. In the north are Simberi and several smaller islands.
The archipelago was discovered in June 1616 by the Dutch navigators Jacob Le Maire and Willem Cornelisz Schouten for Europe. They were Gardner or Gardenerinseln and named by Abel Tasman Visscherinseln. From 1885 to 1899 included the Tabar Islands to the so-called "German reserve" of Guinea 's Company, and from 1899 to 1914 the colony of German New Guinea. 1914, the islands were conquered by Australian troops, and managed after the First World War as a League of Nations mandate of Australia. Since 1975 they are part of the Independent State of Papua New Guinea.
On Simberi gold is extracted in open. One of the first, which took place on Tabar gold, was the Swedish sailor Carl Pettersson, whose life Astrid Lindgren served as a historical model for Pippi Longstocking's father Efraim Longstocking.