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Sector 7. The Solomon Islands—East Part

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Anchorage, sheltered from the sea, can be taken with local

knowledge in the indentation in the coastal reef just E of Na Finua Island (Nafinua Island) (10°49'S., 162°18'E.). The an- chorage, in 26m, sand and coral, lies with the island bearing 318°, distant 0.25 mile. Vessels should approach with the is- land bearing 211° and, when the anchorage entrance is made out, alter course to 188°.

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Star Harbor (10°49'S., 162°17'E.), an indentation about 0.5

miles W of Na Finua Island, offers sheltered anchorage, in a depth of 38m. Anchorage for large vessels is available, in a depth of 75m, 1.5 miles NW of Na Finua Island, but this is temporary anchorage only.

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To reach Star Harbor, steer for the center of an island located

2 miles WSW of Na Finua Island, bearing 222°. When a pair of beacons standing on the reef close SW of Na Finua Island are in line bearing 147.5°, steer for them on that bearing; if the beacons cannot be seen, steer for the S end of the island on the same bearing. Alter course to 242.5° when the two beacons standing close E of the island 2 miles WSW of Na Finua Island are in line. This last set of range beacons leads to the anchor- age.

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A village is situated about 0.6 mile SE of the anchorage, the

channel to which is about 90m wide, with a least depth of 6m, and is marked by beacons.

Star Harbor is said to be the only safe anchorage on the N coast of San Cristobal Island during the Northwest Monsoon. The coast from Star Harbor to Hunarite Point (Fanarite

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Point), about 8 miles to the N, continues to be fringed with coral reefs with occasional breaks.

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Hunarite Point (Fanarite Point) (10°41'S., 162°16'E.) has

several villages around it, and close off the point is Tree Islet, 9m high.

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Mount Erskine, 3 miles SSW of Hunarite Point, is a conspic-

uous double-pointed peak, 476m high. It is the E peak of the high peaks on San Cristobal Island.

There is no safe anchorage in the bay W of Hunarite Point because, during the Southeast Trades, a swell sets in on the beach and the winds frequently shifts to NE.

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7.7 Mahua Point (Cape Mahua) (10°28'S., 162°05'E.) is

the most conspicuous promontory on the N coast. Near the coast, it rises over 305m; 4.5 miles to the S it rises to a 610m table land.

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Anchorage can be taken on the E side of Wanione Bay

(Wanoni Bay) (10°28'S., 162°02'E.), in 24m, with the left hand edge of Mahua Point bearing 018° and the prominent white cross on the hill behind the mission bearing 133°. Anchorage can also be taken 0.5 mile farther S, in 14.6m, off a black sandy beach. These anchorages are exposed to NW winds.

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One of the large streams discharging into Wanione Bay

brings down trees and snags during heavy rains and causes discoloration of the sea for several miles offshore.

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Taware Point (Tawaro Point) (10°26'S., 161°55'E.), marked

by a light, is on the E side of a small bay between that point and Manahinua Point (Manahina Point).

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Anchorage.—Anchorage, in 37m, can be taken in the bay

with the government station bearing 119° and Taware Point bearing 038°. This anchorage is unsafe with winds from the W to NW. Anchorage can also be taken about 1 mile WSW of Manahinua Point, in 9.1 to 12m, sand, 0.25 mile offshore.

7.9 Marau Island (10°31'S., 161°28'E.) is hilly. Anchor- age can be taken, in 14.6 to 18.3m, off the N side of the island. Makira Harbor (Bay Harbor) (10°26'S., 161°27'E.), sur-

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rounded by hills 183 to 275m high, is probably the safest an- chorage in the Solomon Islands and has depths of 45 to 55m over the greatest part of it.

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The bay is entered through a deep channel, 0.25 mile wide,

but the fairway is reduced to a width of about 0.2 mile by dangers on either side. The bay is difficult to identify, especially if approaching from the W.

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Pakera Point (Lakena Point) (10°24'S., 161°48'E.), which

may be recognized by a conspicuous clump of trees, is about 6.5 miles WNW of Manahinua Point. The coast between these two points consists of a dark sandy beach, on which, during strong SE trade winds, the sea breaks heavily.

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Maoraha, an islet with trees 15.2m high, lies 3 miles W of

Pakera Point, and 0.5 mile offshore. The reef on which it stands extends 183m N and 137m E from it. A 4.9m shoal is between the island and the point SE of it. Anchorage can be taken, in 35m, 0.15 mile off the island, with its center bearing 076°. Castle Peak, a conspicuous peak about 140m high, rises

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close to the coast about 4.5 miles WNW of Maoraha. Safe an- chorage can be taken by small vessels during the Northwest Monsoon in Waimansi Bay, a cove close E of Castle Peak. Anchorage can be taken in the SE part of Wiaiae Bay (Waiai Bay), just W of Castle Peak, in 14.6 to 18m.

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Wangalaha Point (Wangoraha Point) (10°17'S., 161°35'E.) is marked by a light.

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Cape Recherche (10°10'S., 161°20'E.) is the N extremity of

San Cristobal Island. There are several landing places between this cape and Wango Bay.

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Marou Bay (Maru Bay), 2 miles SW of Cape Recherche,

affords anchorage, in about 18.3m, close to a steep dark beach; this anchorage is sheltered from SE winds.

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Tides—Currents.—Currents have been observed to set S at

1 knot in the channel between San Cristobal Island and Guad- alcanal Island.

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San Cristobal Island—South Coast

7.8 The coast between Naghora Point and Cape Sydney

(10°45'S., 161°45'E.), about 38 miles W, is little known, but the fringing reef is reported to extend not more than 0.75 mile offshore.

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A rock, with a depth of less than 1.8m, about 2 miles E of

Cape Sydney, is reported to be farther offshore than charted. The sea breaks over this rock in heavy weather.

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Marunga Harbor, entered close N of Cape Sydney, is open to

the W. The land on the N side of the harbor is 762m high. The land on the S side is 457m high and slopes W to the S entrance point, 61m high.

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The bay is reported to afford anchorage, in 14.6 to 22m, with

a 2.4m rock, off the inner point of the S side of the bay, in line with the S entrance point, bearing about 235°, and the mouth of a stream in the SE part of the bay bearing 146°.

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Haununu Bay, entered NW of Haununu Bluff, is reported to

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