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Sector 3. The Fiji Islands and the Lau Group

curve, and is about 11 miles long. After heavy rainfall, the rivers of Viti Levu discharge into Mbengga Passage and cause discoloration of the water, which gives the misleading appear- ance of shoals.

Viti Levu

3.15 Viti Levu (17°48'N., 178°00'E.) is the largest, high-

est, and principal island of the Fiji Islands group. It is mount- ainous, with several peaks attaining a height over 1,067m. The principal peaks are Mount Tomanivi, 1,323m high, in the N central part of the island; the Korombasambasanga Range, with a peak 1,207m high, 18 miles NW of Suva; Korombo, with a sharp summit 1,075m high, lying about 19 miles ENE of the W extremity of the island; and Korovanitu, 1,195m high, rising 13.5 miles N of Korombo.

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The principal rivers are the Rewa River, which rises on the E

slope of Mount Tomanivi and flows into the sea close E of Suva, and the Singatoka River, which rises on the W slope of the same mountain and flows into the sea on the SW coast of the island. The Navua River flows into the sea 15 miles WSW of Suva.

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From Kamba Point (18°00'S., 178°42'E.), the E extremity

of Viti Levu, the coast trends WSW 18 miles to Suva. This part of the coast is low, with a mud and coral bank extending up to 3.8 miles offshore in places. Reefs, which are steep-to, lie at the outer edge of this bank.

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Between Suva Harbor and Korolevu Bay, 40 miles W, the

coast trends WSW to Vatumbari Point (18°16'S., 177°54'E.), the S extremity of the island, then WNW. This area is mount- ainous and densely wooded. The highest mountain peaks are in the vicinity of Suva.

There are several detached reefs off this part of the coast. The shore reef extends 1.8 miles offshore in places.

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From Korolevu Bay, the coast continues WNW to Vatuloa

Point, about 23 miles distant, then NNW 11 miles to Uverite Point, the W extremity of Viti Levu. The mountains in the SW part of the islands are relatively low near the coast, rising to higher peaks inland.

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The coastal reef fronts the coast, except where the waters

from the several rivers have broken through. The reef extends up to 2.3 miles off the SW part and is steep-to along its entire length.

3.16 Kiuva (18°03'S., 178°41'E.), a low point, lies 3.5

miles SSW of Kamba Point. A bank of mud and coral extends 4.8 miles E of a position about midway between these two points.

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Thr Nasilai River discharges into a small bay 2 miles S of

Kiuva Point. There is anchorage, in 14m, sand, about 0.7 mile SW of Navuni Vatu, a mushroom-shaped rock about 1.5m above water, on the S reef at the entrance.

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Nasilai Reef extends 4 miles from shore, 4 miles SW of

Kiuva. A light is situated on the SW extremity of the reef. An isolated 6.4m shoal lies 0.7 mile ESE of the light. A stranded wreck is charted about 0.3 mile SE of the reef.

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Rewa Roads is an open anchorage at the Nasoata mouth of

the Rewa River, 9 miles SW of Navuni Vatu. The roads offer anchorage for small vessels, but should be considered too ex- posed when the trade winds are established, or during the

Suva Harbor (18°08'S., 178°25'E.)

World Port Index No. 55540 3.17 Suva Harbor, entered about 5 miles NW of Nukum-

butho Passage, is a natural deep-water port and is the largest and most important commercial port in the Fiji Islands. The port is under the jurisdiction of the Fiji Islands Govern-

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ment; the controlling officer is the harbormaster, whose office is situated near King’s Wharf in the town of Suva, which is situated on the E shore of the harbor.

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Winds—Weather.—The port is protected from the prevail-

ing E wind. In the summer, the winds are from the NE; in the winter, the winds are from the SE.

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Tides—Currents.—The near spring range here is 1.2m.

Tidal currents are negligible; however, a vessel reported en- countering a strong E set just outside the reef on the approach to the harbor entrance in the month of April.

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Depths—Limitations.—The entrance channel is 0.8 mile

long and has a least width of about 0.3 mile; there is a least depth of 38m charted on the entrance range.

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Princes Wharf, with a dredged depth of 4.3m, is used by

small coastal vessels, and is the S facility here. King’s Wharf offers two berths, with alongside depths of 13m at the N end and 9m at the S. Container, ro-ro, and tank vessels berth here.

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typhoon season. When selecting a protected position for an- chorng, it should be borne in mind that the reefs are difficult to see, especially after rain, due to the muddy water from the river.

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Belcher Rocks (18°12'S., 178°32'E.) are a group of sunken

coral heads at the W extremity of Rewa Roads. The sea nearly always breaks over the rocks.

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The delta of the Rewa River is low and flat without any dis-

tinguishing features to mark its locality. The principal mouth is within Rewa Roads.

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Makuluva Islet Light (18°11'S., 178°31'E.) stands on the S

tip of the islet. A depth of 4m was reported (1990) to lie about 2.4 miles, bearing 081°, from the light. Nukulau Island lies on the W extremity of a reef, 0.7 mile N of Makuluva.

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Port Nukulau (18°10'S., 178°31'E.) lies NW of Nukulau

Island and may be entered either by Nukulau Passage from seaward or from Rewa Roads by a passage that leads between Makuluva Islet and Nukulau Island.

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Nukulau Passage is about 0.1 mile wide and lies between the

islands of Makuluva Islet and Nukulau Island on the E, and an extensive sand and coral reef on the W side.

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Anchorage.—Anchorage can be obtained in Port Nukulau,

in 14m, sand and mud, but care should be taken to keep E of the prohibited anchoring area which nearly encompasses the bay.

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Nukumbutho Passage, about 2.5 miles W of Nukulau Pass-

age, narrows to a width of 0.1 mile inside; the passage is deep. Lauthala Harbor is entered through Nukumbutho Passage. Caution.—Seaplanes may be encountered landing, or taking

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off, in daylight hours in the vicinity of the breakwater on the W shore of the harbor.

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Anchoring is prohibited, due to the existence of submarine

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