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Sector 8. The Solomon Islands—Central and West Parts

Depths in the approaches to the island are deep and clear, but

there are vast areas around this island that have not been surveyed. Utmost caution is advised when navigating these waters.

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Vikenara Point (8°34'S., 159°54'E.) is the SE extremity of

Santa Isabel. It is precipitous and dangerous. A continuous narrow coastal reef extends WNW from Vikenara Point to

Sogha Point (Soga Point) (8°31'S., 159°48'E.). Vitoria Island

(8°34'S., 159°52'E.), also fringed with a reef, stands 1.5 miles WSW of the point. It is wooded and 60m high.

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Mahighe Island (Mahige Island) (8°31'S., 159°55'E.) lies

2.5 miles NNE of Vikenara Point. An 11 to 18m bank , as well as other dangers, extends out for about 3.3 miles to the E of Mahighe Island. Soundings are very irregular in this area. The passage between the island and the dangerous islets that flank the Santa Isabel coast is good, with a navigable width of about 1 mile. With the channel narrowed by reefs and shoals on the W side, two prominent rocks lie on the reef 2.5 miles N of Vikenara Point, with foul ground about 1 mile NNW and SSE of them. Two islands, Pilo Island and Kilio Island, lie on the reefs W of the above rocks.

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Sigana Island (8°31'S., 159°52'E.) lies on the W end of a

reef about 1 mile W of Kilio; a narrow boat channel separates it from the main island.

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Anchorage.—There is a small and protected anchorage S of

Sigana Island, in 31 to 33m. The area lies between the three islets mentioned above.

8.5 Ngalignagho Island (Nalignago Islet) (8°25'S.,

159°55'E.) is located 5 miles N of Mahighe Island. This small sand cay is in the center of a coral reef surrounded by shoals. Dangerous projections extend out N and S of the reef. Irregular depths are in evidence between the cay and the coast W of it. More shoals than charted may exist. Ngalignagho Island is the more distant to seaward of the dangers found in the vicinity of the entrance to Tanabuli Bay. In the approach to this bay, there are a group of islands lying between Boko Point (8°27'S., 159°52'E.) and Martin Point (8°24'S., 159°50'E.); these is- lands, known as Jagi, Kapika, Kolare, and Siasigara, lie close off the coast. Passages exist between these islands, but they have not been examined.

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Tanabuli Bay (Tatamba Bay) (8°24'S., 159°49'E.) is entered

between Martin Point, steep and 150m high on Tanabuli Island, and Draper Point (8°24'S., 159°48'E.) on Santa Isabel, about 0.7 mile W. The inlet is extensive and irregular. Reefs fringe both sides of the entrance. The entrance on the approach appears to be closed in by the reef extending NW from Martin Point. The bay has 2 arms, one to the W, the other to the South. The inner reaches of the bay should be navigated cautiously as there are several dangers present. The shores of Tanabuli Bay are fringed with reefs.

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Anchorage.—Good anchorage for small vessels can be

obtained,. in 30m, mud, in the middle of a cove formed by an indentation in the reefs close W of Draper Point. The anchor- age, formed by the reef, is slightly wider than 0.2 mile. Between Draper Point and Floakoro Point (Fulakora Point)

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(8°21'S., 159°51'E.), about 4 miles NE, the coast is fringed by a reef to a distance of about 0.3 mile in places. Floakoro Point, which is sandy, is marked by a beacon. A spit, with depths of 7 to 12m, extends from the point for about 2 miles to the E.

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narrow reef.

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The coast NW of Floakoro Point is elevated and fringed by a Fapuhli Island (Fapuli Islet) (8°16'S., 159°46'E.), con-

spicuous, wooded, and about 30m high, lies close offshore. Haevo, a peculiar stone on the coastal reef, lies about 1 mile NW of Fapuhli Island. It is reported that less water than charted exists along the coast. Several coral banks of various depths lie N of Floakoro Point and extend from 6 to 14 miles off the coast between that point and Maringe Lagoon. A careful lookout and extreme caution must be exercised when navigating in this locality.

8.6 Maringe Lagoon (8°07'S., 159°33'E.), formed be-

tween the mainland and a chain of islets surrounded by reefs, is entered between Fera Island and Sulei Island, the two NW islands. The entrance narrows to about 0.8 mile between the reef extending beyond Fera Island to the SE and Tafa Reef (Mid Reef), which is detached from Sulei Island to the NW. The NW end of Fera Island is marked by a rather prominent shed. Except for the dangers off Fera Island, the fairway is clear and deep.

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The approach through the entrance is with the cleft in the

mountains 4 miles WNW of Mount Marescot bearing 224°; it has been reported (1992) that this cleft was not seen, but on the same bearing lies a bald patch on a hill behind Vale Point, which is useful for identifying the entrance. At HW, a N set of 0.5 to 0.75 knot was experienced at the entrance; on the ebb tide, a weak N set is experienced. Danger Shoal, very shallow on the SW side, inside the entrance, is marked by a beacon. It is generally difficult to identify.

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Buala Light (8°08'S., 157°37'E.) is shown from the SE end

of Vaghena Islet in the SE entrance to Maringe Lagoon. The SE entrance leads between Sogna Reef and the main island along the SW side of Sogna Reef, which dries in patches. The passage narrows and turns between Buala Light and Juakau Is- let, and leads into the lagoon, however, local knowledge is nec- essary.

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Buala is situated 1.5 miles W of the light. Buala, the admin-

istrative center of Santa Isabel, lies on the SE shore of the lagoon, and the settlement of Ghojoruru, a coconut and rubber plantation, is situated about 6.5 miles NW of it.

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Anchorage.—Anchorage is available, in 27 to 36m, S and

SE of Danger Shoal. There is another anchorage, in 31m, off Ghojoruru Point (Gojoruru Point) (8°05'S., 159°31'E.) (World Port Index No. 57080), but local knowledge is essen- tial, as there is a marked channel leading to this anchorage.

8.7 Edwards Bank (7°44'S., 159°43'E.), with a depth of

5.5m, is marked by breakers 24 miles NNE of the entrance to Maringe Lagoon.

The coast abreast Sulei Island to Solanadiro Point (Solanandiro Point) (7°59'S., 159°21'E.) presents a fairly un- broken line. Characteristic of this coastline are the reefs with islands on them. Between Solanadiro Point and the entrance of Estrella Bay, there are several indentations in the coast and a number of off-lying dangers. There are passages between these dangers and also between these dangers and the coast off Santa Isabel, but they have not been completely surveyed. Caution is advised when navigating inside these reefs.

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