Pana Tinani

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Pana Tinani Island
Nickname: Joannett Island
Pana Tinani (Landsat).JPG
Pana Tinani Island is located in Papua New Guinea
Pana Tinani Island
Pana Tinani Island
Coordinates11°13′48″S 153°09′32″E / 11.23000°S 153.15889°E / -11.23000; 153.15889Coordinates: 11°13′48″S 153°09′32″E / 11.23000°S 153.15889°E / -11.23000; 153.15889[1]
ArchipelagoLouisiade Archipelago
Adjacent bodies of waterSolomon Sea
Total islands1
Major islands
  • Pana Tinani
Area78 km2 (30 sq mi)
Length19 km (11.8 mi)
Width6 km (3.7 mi)
Highest elevation338 m (1,109 ft)
Highest pointMount Guyuba
Province Milne Bay
DistrictSamarai-Murua District
LLG [2]Yaleyamba Rural Local Level Government Area
Island GroupPana Tinani Group
Largest settlementBwailahina (pop. ~200)
Population740 (2014)
Pop. density9.5 /km2 (24.6 /sq mi)
Ethnic groupsPapauans, Austronesians, Melanesians.
Additional information
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Pana Tinani is an island in the Louisiade Archipelago in Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea.


The island has an area of 78 km2, making it the sixth largest island of the Louisiade Archipelago. The island is hilly, rising to 338 m at Mt. Guyuba. The island is 3.1 km north of Vanatinai, and separated from it with the Bulami Channel. It is also 100 meters east of Nigao, the easternmost island in the Calvados Chain. separated with the Magamaga Channel.


The island was discovered in the late 18th century, named after the wife of the explorer Joannett.


At the census of population in 2014, the island had 740 inhabitants, spread across 11 villages. The main town is Bwailahina (formerly Hebwaun) on the southeast coast. The island's population is administered by 2 wards : Nimoa Ward, Wanim Ward.