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Sector 3. The Fiji Islands and the Lau Group

from Dawson Reef by a channel 0.3 mile wide, which is en- cumbered with dangers.

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Tavuki Bay is entered between a reef which extends 1 mile

N from the shore and the John Wesley Bluffs, 2 miles E. Hope Reef, which breaks and is marked by a beacon, lies 1 mile NNE of the reef above.

The John Wesley Bluffs are a line of reddish bluffs about 152m high, and are prominent from the N.

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Namalata Reefs extend 4.8 miles N from the John Wesley Bluffs and lie parallel to the shore at a distant of 2.3 miles. The Namalata Isthmus is located at the head of a small bay, close SE of the John Wesley Bluffs.

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Asses Ears, 488m high, is a double peak which rises 3.5

miles NNE of the Namalata Isthmus. 3.7 Uthuna Moindule (18°59'S., 178°10'E.) is located

4.8 miles N of the Namalata Isthmus. From this point, the coast trends 8.5 miles ENE to Yale Point and is fringed by coral reefs.

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Rooper Reef lies 1.3 miles offshore NE of Uthuna Moindule;

Ham Reef lies 0.5 mile offshore, 3.3 miles ENE of Rooper Reef.

Mount Chalmers, 427m high, 2.5 miles ESE of Uthuna Moindule, rises 1 mile inland.

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Yale Bay (Tombani Yale) (18°56'S., 178°20'E.) lies E of the

coral reef which extends 0.5 mile NE from Yale Point. Anchor- age may be taken in the bay, in 21m, coral and mud.

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On the W shore of Nakasaleka Bay, 2.3 miles ESE of Yale

Bay, there is large white patch on the cliffs, conspicuous from the E when the sun shines on it.

Kasaleka Reef, a detached reef, lies close offshore on the E side of Nakasaleka Bay. A beacon marks the reef.

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Kavala Bay (18°58'S., 178°25'E.), located 2.8 miles SE of Nakasaleka Bay, forms a harbor about 1.3 miles long and 0.5 mile wide, where anchorage can be obtained, in depths of 22 to 29m. The E entrance point of the bay is marked by a beacon. Uthuna Naingoro, the E extremity of Kandavu Island, lies

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4.5 miles SE of Kavala Bay. Two conspicuous hills are seen on this coast. One, a conical hill 372m high, rises 1 mile SE of the E entrance of Kavala Bay. The other, Burnt Hill, 287m high, rises 1 mile farther SE.

Great Astrolabe Reef

3.8 Great Astrolabe Reef (18°50'N., 178°30'E.) takes a

N direction from Naingoro Pass, off the E extremity of Kan- davu Island, for a distance of 21 miles, then turns sharply SSW for 12 miles.

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About midway on its E side the reef forms an elbow, where

the sea breaks heavily in all weather. North of this elbow the sea breaks lightly upon the reef and it is dangerous to ap- proach, especially at night.

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The W side of Great Astrolabe Reef is broken. Between the

N extremity of the reef and Ono Island, a distance of about 12 miles, there are four passages which vessels may enter the waters enclosed within the reef. From N to S the passes are Usborne Passage, Herald Pass, Alacrity Passage, and an un- named pass between Alacrity Rocks and Ono Island.

Caution.—Aerial reconnaissance in the area of Kandavu Is- land and Great Astrolabe Reef have indicated the presence of

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Vuro Island, connected to the NE side of Ono Island by a coral reef, is 82m high.

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Yambu Island is a small island located 1.3 miles NW of

Vuro Island; Mbuliya Island, 140m high, lies 1.3 miles E of Yambu Island.

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Yaukuvelailai Island, 64m high, lies 1 mile N of Mbuliya

Island; a rocky shoal extends 0.8 mile S of this island. A coral reef joins this island to Yaukuve, an island 122m high, located 0.3 mile N.

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Nggasimbale Island (18°48'S., 178°29'E.), 18.3m high, lies

1.5 miles W of Yaukuve. Namara Island, Yanuyanu-I-loma Island, and Yanuyanu-I-Sau Island lie on the same reef and are located 0.5 mile, 1 mile, and 1.3 miles N, respectively, of Nggasimbale Island.

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Ndravuni Island, 1.5 miles N of Yaukuve, rises to a height of

107m in its S part. Off the NW part of the island there is an- chorage, in 7m, sand, protected from the prevailing SE wind. Vessels should use the appropriate caution when attempting to use these anchorages; local knowledge is recommended. Vanuakula Island, 76m high, lies 1.5 miles NW of Ndravuni

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Island. 3.10 Diamond Rock (18°46'S., 178°28'E.), a rock with a

depth of 1.8m, lies 2.3 miles W of Ndravuni Island, just within the entrance to Herald Pass.

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Ono Channel (18°57'S., 178°28'E.), within Naingoro Pass

and separating Kandavu Island and Ono Island, has a number of coral heads and dangerous submerged rocks; passage should not be attempted except with the sun in a favorable position for seeing reefs.

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Kavala Bay is recommended to enter from the W through

Ono Channel. Pass between the coast and the cluster of coral patches to the W of Swanston Rocks on a course of 130°. When the bay entrance opens, veer S and steer between the channel beacons into the bay.

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uncharted coral heads. Vessels are urged to use caution and navigate the area under the most favorable light conditions, as the depths over these heads is uncertain.

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Volcanic activity was reported (2001) E of Great Astrolabe

Reef in position 18°46'S,179°11'E. 3.9 Alacrity Rocks (18°53'S., 178°26'E.) is a dangerous

cluster of rocks at the termination of the W side of Great Astrolabe Reef. The principal patch, upon which the sea breaks at LW, is 1 mile NW of the W extremity of Ono Island. Astrolabe Lagoon comprises a large area of smooth water

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within the limits of Great Astrolabe Reef, including the islands N of Ono. The lagoon is navigable on a bright day if a good lookout is maintained at the masthead.

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In 1990, a depth of 7.3m was reported to lie in mid-channel,

close N of the Ono Island beacon. Another depth of 2m was reported to lie about 2.3 miles NNE of the same beacon. Ono Island (18°54'S., 178°29'E.), the largest of the islands

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in the lagoon, is separated from Kandavu Island by Ono Chan- nel, which is about 2 miles wide at this point. The island rises to a height of 344m, and there is a sharp peak 338m high near the center of the island, nearly 1 mile farther NE. A coral reef surrounds the island and is separated from the E side of Great Astrolabe Reef by a passage 45m wide. 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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