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Sector 6. Iles Loyaute to the Santa Cruz Islands

The island has three easily identified sandy beaches. There is a mission station near the N end of the islandOn the E side of the island the current sets S at a rate of 1 to 2.5 knots; on the W side of the island the current sets to the N. It was reported (1973) the island lies 3.7 miles, bearing 076° from its charted position.

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Tanna Island (19°30'S., 169°20'E.) is about 20 miles long

and 9 miles wide. The island is densely wooded, except in the NW part. Mount Yasur, an active and prominent volcano, lies about 2.3 miles W of the E extremity of the island.

Heavy tide rips and discolored water occur off the NE and E extremity of the island.

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Port Resolution (19°31'S., 169°27'E.) lies close N of the E

extremity of Tanna Island. The port is no longer used as an anchorage due to silting. Sulphur Bay lies close NW of Port Resolution and is an indentation of considerable size. The bay has not been examined.

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Weasisi Bay (19°28'S., 169°22'E.), 6 miles NW of Port

Resolution, affords good anchorage during the prevailing SE winds, but ashes from the volcano make it disagreeable to stay. Large vessels anchor in 12m while small vessels anchor in 7m. Lenakel Anchorage (19°33'S., 169°16'E.) is a small bight

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on the W side of Tanna Island. The shore N and S of the anchorage is fringed with coral reefs to a distance of 0.2 to 0.3 mile. A rock, awash, which appears yellow in good weather and breaks in a light swell, lies 0.15 mile offshore and 0.65 mile SE of Worthington Point. The anchorage has not been thoroughly examined and other dangers may exist.

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Aniwa Island lies about 11.5 miles NE of the NE extremity

of Tanna Island. It was reported (1973) that the island is 4 miles from its charted position on a bearing of 320°. The island is about 3.5 miles long and entirely lacking in good anchor- ages. Reefs have been reported to lie 0.2 mile off the island’s W side.

6.15 Erromango Island (18°49'S., 169°05'E.) presents a

very rough appearance and is almost entirely surrounded by sheer cliffs. The S side of the island is densely wooded, with white limestone cliffs showing in places. The mountains inland are wooded to their summits. Pilbarra Point is the SE extremity of the island and is reported to lie 2 miles S of its charted position; the E coast was reported to be 2 miles E of its charted position. It was also reported that Erromango Island and Goat Island lay about 4 miles SSE of their charted positions (1973). Dillon Bay (18°47'S., 168°58'E.) indents the W coast of the

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island. Its position may be known by a deep gap in the hills, and by four distinct terraces formed in the seaward slope of the S point of the bay.

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Anchorage.—Anchorage for ships over 100 tons can be

taken about 0.4 mile W of the river mouth, which gives about 0.3 mile swinging room. This anchorage is not recommended in a SW wind, as it is close to the fringing reef on the N side. A strong W wind may occur at any time between November and April, and cause a heavy swell in the anchorage.

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Polenia Bay, on the E coast of Erromango Island, is about 5

miles wide and recedes up to 3 miles. The SE side of the bay is formed by a peninsula, of which Traitor Head (Ouborre Point) is the extremity and affords good shelter to the bay. Anchorage has been taken off the head, in a depth of 31m, 0.5 mile

Port Vila (17°44'S., 168°19'E.)

World Port Index No. 57230 6.18 Port Vila is a protected harbor on the E side of Mele

Bay. The city is the seat of government for the Republic of Vanuatu. Facilities for all types of cargo are availible, with a major export being copra.

Winds—Weather.—The harbor affords excellent shelter in all but W winds and hurricanes.

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Tides—Currents.—The mean tidal rise is 0.8m, while the spring rise is 1m.

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Caution is advised as tide rips occur off Devil Point (Matao Tiupeniu Point), the W entrance point of the bay.

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6.17 South Bay (Teouma Bay) (17°48'S., 168°22'E.),

entered between Narapo Point and Tapis Point, 2 miles NW, has considerable depths up to its head. The best anchorage is in the NW corner of the bay, in a depth of 14.6m, about 0.2 mile from the beach. The coast between South Bay and Pango Point, 6 miles WNW, is broken by a number of small bays.

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Mele Bay (Meli Bay)(17°44'S., 168°15'E.) is entered be-

tween Pango Point, which shows a light, and Devil Point (Ma- tao Tiupeniu Point), 5 miles NW. At its N end is Mele Islet Anchorage, and on its E side, is Vila Harbor. The bay is com- pletely open to the SW. Depths in the bay are too great for an- choring except off Mele Islet, where vessels may obtain an- chorage, in depths of 27 to 37m, about 0.1 mile N of the NE extremity of the islet. An aeronautical light is shown close NE of the islet.

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offshore, with the extremity of the head bearing 162°, and Goat Island bearing 055°.

6.16 Port Narevin (18°45'S., 169°12'E.) lies in the SE part

of Polenia Bay. The bottom slopes gently and the depths across the entrance are 9.1 to 10.9m. The entrance is about 0.5 mile wide between reefs, which extend from each side. The outer edges of the reefs are steep-to and the sea breaks on them. There is anchorage in the E side of the bay, about 0.3 mile offshore, and the same distance between the reefs, in a depth of 11m. There is a mission station situated in the port.

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Cook Bay, a broad and deep indentation on the S side of

Ouborre Point, is exposed to the prevailing Southeast Trades and has not been explored. The shores are low and wooded. It was reported that a depth of 6.4m existed 1.3 miles from Ouborre Point.

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Tides—Currents.—A strong W set has been reported be-

tween Erromango Island and Efate Island when the trade winds are blowing.

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Efate Island (17°40'S., 168°23'E.) is one of the most impor-

tant islands of Vanuatu, having two excellent harbors, Vila and Havannah. The island is 25 miles long and about 18 miles wide. Vanua Tap, a high hill overlooking Vila Harbor, is a good landmark when approaching the island from the SW or W. A beacon stands on the W end of Vanua Tap.

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Tides—Currents.—The currents in the vicinity of the island

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