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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
Country Papua New Guinea
Province Sandaun Province (West Sepik)
LLG Vanimo Urban
Elevation 3 m (10 ft)
Population (2013)
 • Total 11,863
 • Rank 16th
Time zone AEST (UTC+10)
Mean max temp 30.6 °C (87.1 °F)
Mean min temp 28.8 °C (83.8 °F)
Annual rainfall 2,797 mm (110.1 in)
Climate Af

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

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.

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.

Vanimo coastline from space