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Sector 8. The Solomon Islands—Central and West Parts

seaward side of the point. The shores of the inlet are low and fringed by mangroves and coral reefs.

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Depths—Limitations.—The fairway has a least width of

about 90m near the entrance, but widens further in. Three sets of range beacons lead through the harbor. The first stand in line bearing 214°, and leads from seaward. The second pair stand on the coastal reef N of the harbor entrance; in line astern bearing 348° the beacons lead past a small oil wharf on the W shore, and a small timber jetty connected to a stone causeway on the E shore. A third set of beacons at the head of the harbor, in line bearing 227°, lead to three timber berths on the SE shore. Vessels using the timber berths Med-moor to bollards on shore, anchoring on a soft mud and fine sand bottom, good holding ground.

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knowledge.

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Caution.—Caution is advised, as this harbor requires local The coast and the barrier reef NW of Kolombagia Island

(8°01'S., 157°35'E.) to Visuvisu Point the N end of New Geor- gia has not been surveyed. There is a light shown from the reef fringing the point.

Kula Gulf

8.20 Kula Gulf lies between the NW coast of New Georgia

and the E side of Kolombangara Island. Depths are great. The W and apparently the E side of the gulf are steep-to. Blackett Strait opens in its SW corner between Arundel Island and Kolombangara Island. At the head of the gulf, Hathorn Sound and Diamond Narrows separate Arundel Island from New Georgia. The coast between Visuvisu Point, the N extremity of New Georgia, and Rice Anchorage has not been surveyed. Rice Anchorage (8°08'S., 157°19'E.), close S of Ndukon-

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duko Point, is about 0.3 mile wide between a drying reef to the S of the N point and the one that fringes the S point. A bank, sand and mud, projects the E shore of the anchorage about 0.2 mile offshore where a river empties. Small vessels can anchor, in 36m, mud, sheltered from NE and NW winds.

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Enoghae Inlet (8°10'S., 157°18'E.), opens 3 miles SSW of

Ndukonduko Point. This sound is tortuous and has a deep en- trance about 200m wide between lateral dangers, but narrows to less than 90m off Transit Point. Vessels will anchor, in 22m, mud about 0.5 mile SSE of Transit point.

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Kolombangara Island, the E side of which forms the W shore

of Kula Gulf is free from off-lying dangers, and steep-to out- side the coastal reef, which extends only a short distance. This coastal reef is always visible except off the NE where Vao Rock (Waugh Rock) and other shoals lie about 0.3 mile off- shore.

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Vao Rock (Waugh Rock) (7°55'S., 157°11'E.), on which the

sea breaks occasionally, is an easily identified and enduring landmark used by vessels navigating Kula Gulf. It is reported to be an indispensable navigational aid at night.

8.21 Kolombangara Island (7°59'S., 157°04'E.) is an ex-

tinct volcano of imposing proportions, rising directly from the sea to a series of remarkable peaks over 1,600m, and forming the top of the crater. There are craters on the E and W sides of this crater.

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Kolombangara Island from Blackett Strait W of Ringi Cove

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Port Bambari (Jack) (8°04'S., 157°12'E.), a good anchor-

age, is entered through a deep, but very narrow channel 1.5 miles S of Surumuni Cove. The entrance is not easily seen until the square summit of Kolombangara Island’s crater bears 270°. It is then advisable to hug the N point, which is shear, on enter- ing, then head for mid-channel and anchor, in 25m, 0.5 mile in- side the channel.

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Hathorn Sound (North Entrance) (8°11'S., 157°12'E.), the

shores of which indents toward the S between New Georgia and Arundel Island, is almost fringed by reefs, but has been found to be clear of dangers outside of the reef and have depths

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