Vanimo is built at the base of a hilly headland on a narrow isthmus. The airport’s runway slashes across the neck of this isthmus from the western ports to the eastern beaches. ‘Town’ can be found between the airport and the base of the headland and has all the essentials – supermarkets, post office, Westpac bank (which cashes travellers cheques), BSP bank (with an ATM) and a small market. The two hotels are next to each other by the beach, on the opposite side of the isthmus.