Howland Island is an uninhabited coral island located just north of the equator in the Central Pacific Ocean, about 1,700 nautical miles (3,100 km) southwest of Honolulu. The island lies almost Halfway between Hawaii and Australia and is an unincorporated, unorganized territory of the United States. Geographically, it is part of the Phoenix Islands. For statistical purposes, Howland is grouped as one of the United States Minor Outlying Islands. It covers 450 acres (1.8 km sq.), with 4 miles (6.4 km) of coastline. The island has an elongated shape on a north-south axis. There is no lagoon.