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a channel which requires local knowledge leads to small wharves near Munda Point.

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Roviana Lagoon is formed by a string of barrier islands and

reefs which commence at Port Munda and extend in an E direc- tion to Mbalumbali Island (8°24'S., 157°32'E.), which marks the W side of Gubbins Channel. This barrier of wooded islands look very much alike and have narrow passages between them. The lagoon is about 20 miles in length and varies in width from 1 to 3 miles, the narrowest part being at the E end. The seaward side of the islands mentioned has a narrow fringing reef which is steep-to, depths of 182.9m and more being found within 0.1 mile offshore.

Roviana Island, at the SW end of the lagoon and on an elbow of the reef W of Tambatuni, is prominent.

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Blanche Channel is enclosed between the main island of

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Gizo Harbor

with Epangge Island front leading light bearing 059°, distant 1 mile. The anchorage is exposed to S winds and swells.

Vonavona Island (Papara Island)

8.31 Vonavona Island (Papara Island)

(8°12'S.,

157°02'E.), separated from Kohinggo Island (Arundel Island) by a lagoon of the same name, appears to be of coral forma- tion, generally flat, and about 61m high. The island is densely wooded to the water’s edge. The SW side of Vonavona has a broad bay. Nearly the entire W coast is fringed by a narrow reef. A barrier reef with islands and rocks extends for about 4 miles to the NW of Pature Point (8°11'S., 157°01'E.). This reef forms the E side of Ferguson Passage; about 0.5 mile within its extremity lies the Pailerongoso Islands.

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A passage, marked by beacons, leads through the lagoon and

is suitable for small craft with drafts not exceeding 3m; it is tortuous and requires considerable local knowledge.

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From the Pailerongoso Islands, the barrier reef extends E to

the N extremity of Kohinggo Island, following the S side of Blackett Strait. There are many islands on the reef, which is steep-to throughout its entire length and has no anchorage off it.

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The barrier reef, which rims the S coast of New Georgia, ex-

tends between Rhodes Point at the S end of Vonovona Island, E to Roviana Island, in the W entrance to Blanche Channel. This reef, over 1 mile wide in places, shelters a lagoon cluttered with numerous reefs on the W side is Port Munda.

8.32 Munda Harbor (8°20'S., 157°13'E.), lying above the

barrier reef and Munda Point, is considerably encumbered with islands, shoals, and coral heads. Access to Port Mundais is via a 30m wide channel, with depths of at least 4.5m, cut in the bar that extends between Nusalavata Island and Mbirimbiri Island, on the barrier reef. The axis of the channel is marked by a 054° lighted range. It is advised to hold strictly to this range because there are remains of metal stakes on both sides. Beyond the bar,

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Blanche Channel—Munda Harbor from SE

8.33 Rendova Island (8°32'S., 157°18'E.), on the SW side

of New Georgia, is entirely mountainous and densely wooded. The highest summits are in the N part of the island where Rendova Peak, an extinct crater, broken down on its W side, culminates in a height of 1,060m. Tetipari Island, the island E of the SE end of Rendova Island, has no prominent peaks. Balfour Channel, deep and safe, separates the two islands. The tidal current runs through the channel with moderate velocity. Rava Point (Point Pleasant), the SE extremity of Rendova

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Island, is fringed by a narrow reef. The whole of the SW coast is backed by steep hills. The W end is bordered by a black sand beach and is sheer. Tidal currents which parallel the coast are quite strong here.

The coast is steep for 7 miles to the NE of Baniata Point, after which it is bordered by a barrier reef for no more than 2.5

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New Georgia Island and the Hele Islands on its N and E sides, and by Tetipari Island and Rendova Island on its S and W sides. The channel and its entrances are deep throughout; the shores are steep-to, and there are no dangers. A discussion of New Georgia SE to Viru Harbor and on to Vangunu Island will continue in paragraph 8.36 after analyzing the islands S of Roviana Lagoon. Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36  |  Page 37  |  Page 38  |  Page 39  |  Page 40  |  Page 41  |  Page 42  |  Page 43  |  Page 44  |  Page 45  |  Page 46  |  Page 47  |  Page 48  |  Page 49  |  Page 50  |  Page 51  |  Page 52  |  Page 53  |  Page 54  |  Page 55  |  Page 56  |  Page 57  |  Page 58  |  Page 59  |  Page 60  |  Page 61  |  Page 62  |  Page 63  |  Page 64  |  Page 65  |  Page 66  |  Page 67  |  Page 68  |  Page 69  |  Page 70  |  Page 71  |  Page 72  |  Page 73  |  Page 74  |  Page 75  |  Page 76  |  Page 77  |  Page 78  |  Page 79  |  Page 80  |  Page 81  |  Page 82  |  Page 83  |  Page 84  |  Page 85  |  Page 86  |  Page 87  |  Page 88  |  Page 89  |  Page 90  |  Page 91  |  Page 92  |  Page 93  |  Page 94  |  Page 95  |  Page 96  |  Page 97  |  Page 98  |  Page 99  |  Page 100  |  Page 101  |  Page 102  |  Page 103  |  Page 104  |  Page 105  |  Page 106  |  Page 107  |  Page 108  |  Page 109  |  Page 110  |  Page 111  |  Page 112  |  Page 113  |  Page 114  |  Page 115  |  Page 116  |  Page 117  |  Page 118  |  Page 119  |  Page 120  |  Page 121  |  Page 122  |  Page 123  |  Page 124  |  Page 125  |  Page 126  |  Page 127  |  Page 128  |  Page 129  |  Page 130  |  Page 131  |  Page 132  |  Page 133  |  Page 134  |  Page 135  |  Page 136  |  Page 137  |  Page 138  |  Page 139  |  Page 140  |  Page 141  |  Page 142  |  Page 143  |  Page 144  |  Page 145  |  Page 146  |  Page 147  |  Page 148  |  Page 149  |  Page 150  |  Page 151  |  Page 152  |  Page 153  |  Page 154  |  Page 155  |  Page 156  |  Page 157  |  Page 158  |  Page 159  |  Page 160  |  Page 161  |  Page 162  |  Page 163  |  Page 164  |  Page 165  |  Page 166  |  Page 167  |  Page 168  |  Page 169  |  Page 170  |  Page 171  |  Page 172  |  Page 173  |  Page 174  |  Page 175  |  Page 176  |  Page 177  |  Page 178  |  Page 179  |  Page 180  |  Page 181  |  Page 182  |  Page 183  |  Page 184  |  Page 185  |  Page 186  |  Page 187  |  Page 188  |  Page 189  |  Page 190  |  Page 191  |  Page 192  |  Page 193  |  Page 194  |  Page 195  |  Page 196  |  Page 197  |  Page 198  |  Page 199  |  Page 200  |  Page 201  |  Page 202  |  Page 203  |  Page 204  |  Page 205  |  Page 206  |  Page 207  |  Page 208  |  Page 209  |  Page 210  |  Page 211  |  Page 212  |  Page 213  |  Page 214  |  Page 215  |  Page 216  |  Page 217  |  Page 218  |  Page 219  |  Page 220  |  Page 221  |  Page 222  |  Page 223  |  Page 224  |  Page 225  |  Page 226  |  Page 227  |  Page 228  |  Page 229  |  Page 230  |  Page 231  |  Page 232  |  Page 233  |  Page 234  |  Page 235  |  Page 236  |  Page 237  |  Page 238  |  Page 239  |  Page 240  |  Page 241  |  Page 242  |  Page 243  |  Page 244  |  Page 245  |  Page 246  |  Page 247  |  Page 248  |  Page 249  |  Page 250  |  Page 251  |  Page 252  |  Page 253  |  Page 254  |  Page 255  |  Page 256  |  Page 257  |  Page 258  |  Page 259  |  Page 260  |  Page 261  |  Page 262  |  Page 263  |  Page 264  |  Page 265  |  Page 266  |  Page 267  |  Page 268  |  Page 269  |  Page 270  |  Page 271  |  Page 272  |  Page 273  |  Page 274  |  Page 275  |  Page 276  |  Page 277  |  Page 278  |  Page 279  |  Page 280  |  Page 281  |  Page 282  |  Page 283  |  Page 284  |  Page 285  |  Page 286  |  Page 287  |  Page 288  |  Page 289  |  Page 290  |  Page 291  |  Page 292  |  Page 293  |  Page 294  |  Page 295  |  Page 296  |  Page 297  |  Page 298  |  Page 299  |  Page 300  |  Page 301  |  Page 302  |  Page 303  |  Page 304  |  Page 305  |  Page 306  |  Page 307  |  Page 308  |  Page 309  |  Page 310
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