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Most hotels send vans to meet arriving guests, but the two main hotels in town are only a five-minute walk from the airport, opposite the Indonesian consulate.

Air Niugini There are flights to Port Moresby (K975, 3¼ hours) via Wewak (K502, 50 minutes) on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, and direct flights to Madang (K685, 1¾ hours) on Monday and Friday.

MAF Irregular flights to remote airstrips and a Wednesday service to Wewak (K870) if there is enough demand.

PNG Air Morning flights from Vanimo to Lae (K912, 3½ hours) via Madang (K692, 2¼ hours) and Wewak (K502, one hour) on Monday and Thursday.

Sunbird Aviation Charter services to any part of PNG, but mainly to destinations in the West Sepik, such as Green River, and Western Provinces out of Kiunga.


Dinghies heading to Aitape (K150, three to 3½ hours) tend to leave in the mornings at around 7am from the beach in front of the Vanimo Beach Hotel and Sandaun Surf Hotel.

Star Ships Runs the MV Kokopo Queen roughly twice a month to Wewak (K175, overnight) and Madang (K380, two days). Call the Madang office for the updated schedule.


Tuesday and Thursday are shopping days at Batas, just across the border in Indonesia, and every PMV will be heading that way (K10). PMVs depart from near the BSP bank and while all Batas-bound PMVs pass through Lido (K2) and Yako (from in front of the main market; K3) on the way to the border, on Tuesdays and Thursdays you may end up paying full fare to Batas to get to either.

There's a decent unpaved road all the way south from Vanimo to Green River on the Sepik. If you can find a boat driver and get supplies down there, a trip all the way down the Sepik is not an impossibility.


There are a few taxi companies in town.