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Vanimo is the capital of Sandaun Province in Papua New Guinea. It is located on a peninsula close to the border with Indonesia.



Sights and Activities

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.



Getting There

By Plane

Vanimo Airport (VAI) offers flights to/from Madang and Wewak.

By Car

At the moment vehicles are not allowed to cross the border. The road to Wewak is in a very bad condition.

By Bus

Minibuses to the border leave when full. Just after the border is Skouw market where you can change money and hire a car to Jayapura, or if you travel light - a motorbike to Koya and from there a Beme (shared minibus, locally called Taxi).

By Boat

Banana boats go to Aitape leaving when full from the bay west of the market, from there by 4 wheel drive pickup or banana boat to Wewak.




The best hotel might be the Vanimo Beach hotel rooms and bungalows from 425 Kina. It also has decent restaurant mains from 38 Kina.
The hotel is located at the bay east of the market close to the airport.



Keep Connected


Internet usage among the people is relatively low. You can find internet cafes in major cities, towns and other tourist centers. Wifi coverage is still very low, but is growing.
There might be wifi in one of the surfing places in Lido, othewise you have to get a local SIM card for a slow connection.


See also International Telephone Calls

Papua New Guinea's international country code is 675.

Digicel is by far the better telecom provider. A new prepaid sim card is easy to purchase and can be used in any unlocked phone. Calls cost from 0.60-1.00 kina and SMS from 0.25 kina. Topup is available anywhere where there is network and also online (credit card or PayPal). Mobile Internet costs 0.35 kina per MB but it's possible to buy hourly (30 MB for 1 kina), daily (60 MB for 2.5 kina), weekly (150 MB for 10 kina) or monthly (900 MB for 65 kina) packages. There are also promotions and packages for calls and sms.


Post PNG offers postal service in the country. It is only recommended to use for sending postcards, as it is not very reliable nor fast. To send packages overseas, use international courier companies like FedEx, DHL or UPS.



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