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
Location Oceania=
Coordinates 11°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]
Archipelago Louisiade Archipelago
Adjacent bodies of water Solomon Sea
Total islands 1
Major islands
  • Pana Tinani
Area 78 km2 (30 sq mi)
Length 19 km (11.8 mi)
Width 6 km (3.7 mi)
Highest elevation 338 m (1,109 ft)
Highest point Mount Guyuba
Province  Milne Bay
District Samarai-Murua District
LLG [2] Yaleyamba Rural Local Level Government Area
Island Group Pana Tinani Group
Largest settlement Bwailahina (pop. ~200)
Population 740 (2014)
Pop. density 9.5 /km2 (24.6 /sq mi)
Ethnic groups Papauans, Austronesians, Melanesians.
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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.