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Sector 3. The Fiji Islands and the Lau Group

Kandavu Island

3.3 Kandavu Island (19°00'S., 178°15'E.), the farthest S

of the principal island of the Fiji Islands group, is usually the first land sighted by vessels coming from the SW. The island is mountainous and Nambukelevu (Mount Washington) (19°07'S., 177°59'E.), its highest and most conspicuous peak, rises to a height of 805m nearly 2 miles within its W extremity. At Namalata Isthmus, 12 miles ENE of the island’s W

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extremity, the island is low and only 0.5 mile wide, while at the Ndaku Isthmus, about 8 miles farther NE, it is less than 0.8 mile wide.

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Caution.—Aerial reconnaissance has indicated that unchart-

ed coral heads exist in the area around Kandavu and Great Astrolabe Reef. As depths are uncertain over these heads, ves- sels are urged to avoid the area by as wide a margin as is prac- ticable.

3.4 Mbiloniyanggona (Mount Challenger) (18°59'S.,

178°21'E.), 635m high, has a defined peak. It rises about 3 miles SSE of the N extremity of the island.

Coral reefs, broken in many places where fresh water streams flow out, fringe the island; in some places they take the form of a barrier reef with navigable depths inside.

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From the E extremity of Kandavu Island, a number of islets

and rocks, fringed by coral reef, extends N about 19 miles. Great Astrolabe Reef lies on the E side of these islets. North of Great Astrolabe Reef, and separated from it by a deep channel, is North Astrolabe Reef.

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Uthuna Naingoro (19°00'S., 178°29'E.) is the E extremity

of the island. Between this point and Korolevu Bay, 3.5 miles SW, the coast has two deep indentations and several small rocky islets.

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Naingoro Pass, a break in the barrier reef, is located about 1

mile SE of Uthuna Naingoro. The pass is about 0.5 mile long and 146m wide, and should only be used in daylight and the best weather. In bad weather, the sea breaks across the en- trance. This passage affords a means of reaching Ono Channel. Korolevu Bay (19°02'S., 178°25'E.) is entered through

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Korolevu Passage, a break in the barrier reef 4.5 miles SSW of Uthuna Naingoro. An islet, 21m high, lies on the inner side of the barrier reef about 0.9 mile NNE of the entrance of Koro- levu Passage. An islet, 7.6m high, lies 1.3 miles SW of the above islet.

There is a W current past the entrance with strong trade winds, and the sea breaks heavily on the outer edges of the reef. Anchorage.—Anchorage may be taken by vessels with local

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knowledge, in a depth of 22m, mud, N of a coral reef which is awash, about 0.8 mile SSW of the village of Korolevu.

3.5 Ngaralevu Point (19°04'S., 178°19'E.) lies 6.5 miles

WSW of Korolevu Passage. The barrier reef joins the shore in several places between the passage and the point and forms a dangerous spur 3 miles WSW of the passage. Heavy breakers are formed on this spur, even in light winds. Breakers also form on the reef S of Ngaralevu Point.

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Soso Passage, a break in the barrier reef, lies 2.3 miles W of

Ngaralevu Point. This passage, about 0.2 mile wide, leads into Soso Bay. There is a passage inside the barrier reef SW to Ngaloa Harbor.

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Soso Bay (19°02'S., 178°17'E.) is a continuation E of Ngaloa Harbor. The village of Soso is situated in the NE part of the bay. Nakorotu, a black conical hill 384m high, rises NW of Soso

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Bay.

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The Ndaku Isthmus is located at the head of Soso Bay. The

mountain range here dips to about 61m and the island is only about 0.7 mile across.

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Ngaloa Harbor is entered between Esk Reef on the N and

Pearl Reef on the S. This entrance lies 4.5 miles SW of Soso Passage.

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Ngaloa Island divides the W side of the harbor into two parts

known as the Outer Anchorage and North Bay. An island, 50m high, lies 1.3 miles NNE of the NE extremity of Ngaloa Island. Anchorage.—Anchorage may be taken in Outer Anchorage,

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in 29 to 37m, mud. Anchorage is also available in North Ba, in 16.5m, mud, with 0.2 mile swinging room.

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Sea Reef, which uncovers in places, extends 4.5 miles E

from the mainland on the S side of Ngaloa Harbor; the reef is steep-to.

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Yauravu Bay is entered through a channel 0.1 mile wide,

located 8 miles WSW from the E extremity of Sea Reef. The bay affords anchorage, in 26 to 29m, mud, to vessels with local knowledge.

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Matanuku Island (19°10'S., 178°06'E.) lies on the coastal

reef 1.3 miles SW of the entrance to Yauravu Bay; it is 174m high and is covered with grass. A conspicuous wreck lies about 0.5 mile E of the island. The coral reef extends 0.8 mile SW from its S side, and the reef is steep-to. There are five islets on the coastal reef between Matanuku Island and Yauravu Bay. Koro Erangi, a peninsula 159m high, has the appearance of

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an island. The coast between Matanuku Island and Koro Erangi, 4.5 miles W, is fronted by a coastal reef which has two boat passages through it. The coastal reef extends 1.5 miles SW from the peninsula, and the sea breaks with violence even in light winds.

3.6 Thikombia Point (19°09'S., 177°58'E.), 2 miles

WNW of Koro Erangi, is a precipitous, dark, rocky headland, 128m high; from the distance, it appears like an island. A coral shoal, with a depth of 3.7m, lies 0.3 mile S of the point. In strong winds the sea breaks heavily on the reef. Ndavinggele Bay, encumbered with numerous coral heads, lies between Thikombia Point and Koro Erangi.

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The coast trends 1.3 miles NW from Thikombia Point to Uthuna Mbukelevu, then N 1.8 miles to Cape Washington. The coastal reef extends 0.4 mile SW from Uthuna Mbuke- levu and NNW to Denham Island, 0.5 mile distant.

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Denham Island, a low, coral island about 3m high, lies about

0.3 mile offshore and is connected to the mainland by a coral reef.

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Cape Washington (19°07'S., 177°57'E.), the extremity of a

spur extending 1.5 miles W of Nambukelevu, takes the form of a rocky bluff more than 30m high; it is fringed by a narrow coral ledge. A light is shown from the cape.

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Talaulia Bay, entered between Cape Washington and a point

4.5 miles NE, affords anchorage, in 18m, off the village Ndan- gai.

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Dawson Reef (19°04'S., 178°02'E.), a detached reef, awash,

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