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Vanimo town from the air
Vanimo town from the air
Vanimo is located in Sandaun Province
Location within Sandaun Province
Coordinates: 2°40′S 141°17′E / 2.667°S 141.283°E / -2.667; 141.283
CountryPapua New Guinea
ProvinceSandaun Province (West Sepik)
LLGVanimo Urban
3 m (10 ft)
 • Total11,863
 • Rank16th
Time zoneUTC+10 (AEST)
Mean max temp30.6 °C (87.1 °F)
Mean min temp28.8 °C (83.8 °F)
Annual rainfall2,797 mm (110.1 in)
Location1,000 km (620 mi) from Port Moresby

Vanimo is the capital of Sandaun Province (West Sepik) in north-westernmost Papua New Guinea and of Vanimo-Green River District. It is located on a peninsula close to the border with Indonesia.


Its Holy Cross Pro-Cathedral is the episcopal see of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Vanimo.[1]

Economy and transportation[edit]

Vanimo is a small township with an economy based around the timber industry. Logging company Vanimo Forest Products, which is owned by Malaysian company Rimbunan Hijau, is the chief employer.

There is an airport in Vanimo, Vanimo Airport.

Sports and recreation[edit]

Vanimo is known as a surfing destination, it has a reputation of having the most consistent waves in Papua New Guinea. Surfing season is mid October through to late April.

Vanimo also is a popular destination for foreign workers in Papua/Indonesia who need to leave the country in order to renew their visas. In this case they come over for a day to visit the Indonesian consulate, stay in one of the hotels along the "sundaun-road" and head back to the border 24 hours later.

The boardriders' club at Lido Village were the subject of a report on Australia's Dateline current affairs program.


  1. ^ GCatholic, with Google satellite map
Vanimo coastline from space