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Sector 7. The Solomon Islands—East Part

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Local traders state that the water is generally higher during

the Northwest Monsoon, consequently the reefs are more difficult to see at this season.

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Directions.—Vessels approaching Marau Sound from the

SE, find Marau Peak, previously discussed in paragraph 7.29, a good mark, and as the sound is neared the high ridge of Marapa Island will be made out. The small islands begin to appear at a distance of 12 miles, and at 3 miles from the entrance the bar- rier reef and Pigeon Peak on Tawaihi Island should be dis- tinguished.

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The E end of Tawaihi Island, bearing 352°, just open W of

Cimiruka Island (9°50'S., 160°51'E.), leads through the en- trance, which can easily be made out, as the barrier reef shows plainly. The range lights, in line, also lead through South-East Entrance. A vessel can pass on either side of Emerald Rocks, but the passage to the W of them, and then E of Maraunibina Islet and its reef, is to be preferred. Keep in mid-channel between Maraunibina Islet and Tawaihi Island, and if bound for Danae Bay, round Jetty Point at 0.1 mile distant.

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To enter Marau Sound by North-East Entrance, bring Pigeon

Peak in line bearing 186° with the E extremity of the S of the Wilson Islands. This course leads close E of the 16.5m patch ESE of Beaver Shoals. The range lights, in line bearing 203°, also lead through North-East Entrance. When the NE ends of Marapa Island and East Islet are in line bearing about 126°, a vessel will have passed Beaver Shoals; then steer for Harbor Hill on Wahere, bearing 211°, until abreast Renard Bay. Then alter course to pass 0.1 mile W of the NW end of Tawaihi Island.

7.32 The N coast of Guadalcanal Island between Point

Mair (9°46'S., 160°48'E.) and Vata Eo Point (Vate-O Point), about 7 miles to the W, is generally steep-to and has high trees close to the water line, except at the E end where there is a narrow belt of mangroves. Three islets front the coast N of Point Mair, 0.3 to 0.4 mile offshore; they are covered with coconut palms and lie on coral reefs, which are steep-to. Arona Island (North Island) is 38m high; Symons Island is 35m high; and Pari Island is 32m high.

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A small cove at Poposa (Korai), about 4 miles NW of Point

Mair, affords anchorage for small vessels with local know- ledge.

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Kaoka Bay (Kau Kau Bay), entered between Vata Eo Point

and a point 4.5 miles NW, has several rivers emptying into it on its S side, but these mouths are obstructed by sand, except after heavy rains. There is also considerable coconut cultivation on the S side of the bay. The bay is deep, but anchorage can be taken, in 49m, mud, about 0.2 mile offshore abreast a trader’s house on the SE side of the bay.

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Talutoo Island (Talatoa Island), a low islet on a coral reef, is

about 0.3 mile offshore about 7.8 miles NW of Vata Eo Point. The reef is steep-to and there is a conspicuous banyan tree, about 40m high, near the center of the islet.

A former lighthouse, 18.3m high, and a tower close E about 12.2m high, stand on Talutoo Island.

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Pope Rock, with a depth of 2.7m, is about 0.5 mile SE of

Talutoo Island. It is steep-to and usually marked by discolored water. A submerged rock is close N.

The coast, between Talutoo Island and Tambusu Point, has many streams and small villages. Rere Point, about 2 miles

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7.34 Between Hall Point and the two mouths of the

Nggurambusu River (Gurabusu River), the coastal bank, with depths of less than 5.5m, extends about 0.3 mile offshore. Hall Point is fringed by reefs which dry 0.3m, and the two mouths of the Nggurambusu River are obstructed by bars which are constantly shifting

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Vulelua Island (Neal Islet) lies on a reef about 0.8 mile N of

Hall Point and 0.4 mile offshore. It is planted with coconut palms; near its center is a conspicuous banyan tree. Weldon Reef, 0.25 mile N of Vulelua Island, dries 0.3m.

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NW of Talutoo Island, is fringed by a narrow reef and has a plantation on its W side. Good shelter may be found during the Southeast Monsoon about 0.3 mile W of Rere Point, in 37m. Anchorage can also be taken during the Northwest Monsoon E of the point and inside a reef of sunken rocks; this reef extends ESE from the point and affords protection from the W swell. The anchorages on either side of Rere Point, depending on the season, are reported to be large enough for vessels up to 152m long. A light is shown on Rere Point and is partly obscured by trees.

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The coast from Tambusu Point to the SE entrance of Aola

Bay is sandy, with high trees reaching nearly to the HW line. The Susu River and the Kombito River discharge along this coast.

7.33 Aola Bay (9°32'S., 160°30'E.) (World Port Index No.

57130) can be identified from a distance by a small white sandy beach on Mbara Island, a small islet at the E end of the bay, because the other beaches in the vicinity are of black sand. On the shores of the bay are several villages and a coconut plantation. The Aola River, discharging in the NW part of the bay, is blocked by a 0.9m bar. The principal export is logs. Mbara Island (Bara Island), in the E part of the bay, lies on a

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reef on which there are some boulders. The islet, 38m high, is overgrown with trees and scrub, and is separated from the coastal reef of the main island by a channel 0.2 mile wide with depths of 11m to 12.8m in the fairway. A 3.7m shoal is about 0.2 mile NW of the islet.

The Needles, about 1 mile WNW of Mbara and close off the mouth of the Aola River, is a reef which dries 0.9m.

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Pilotage.—Pilotage for the bay is available. Vessels should

contact the local authorities on pilotage as information on this port is scanty. It has been reported that the local authorities may be contacted via radiotelephone.

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Anchorage.—Vessels up to 130m in length, with a maxi-

mum draft of 9.1m, anchor parallel to the shore to load timber. A small pier is available, but no details on it are presently avail- able.

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Aola Bay affords anchorage, except during N winds, in

depths decreasing gradually from 33m to 5.5m, mud. During the Southeast Trades, sheltered anchorage can be taken, in 18.3m, mud, W of Mbara Island and E of it during the North- west Monsoon.

Aola Bay and Marau Sound afford the only convenient an- chorage on this part of the coast. There are several places where temporary anchorage may be found, but the coast is usu- ally so steep-to that a vessel has to stand very close in to get within the 37m curve.

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