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Sector 3. The Fiji Islands and the Lau Group

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The coast between Kamba Island and Natandola Harbor,

about 6 miles WNW, is fringed by a reef which extends from 0.2 to 1 mile from shore. This reef can be crossed by boats at HW. Natandola Harbor is formed by a break in the coastal reef. The swell sets in although the prevailing wind is ESE. Anchorage.—Anchorage may be taken, in 7 to 9m, sand,

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close off Navo Island. 3.21 Likuri Harbor (18°03'S., 177°17'E.) is entered 3.5

miles NNW of Natandola Harbor. The harbor is formed by the Tuvu River forcing its way through the reef. It is sheltered from all winds.

Likuri Island, on the barrier reef, 1 mile within the entrance, is low and sandy, and covered with coconut trees.

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Tides—Currents.—Tidal currents in Likuri Harbor run strong, in and out, but the ebb is the greater current.

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Anchorage.—Anchorage may be taken, in 14m, sand, with

East Point, the NE extremity of Likuri Island, bearing about 118°, 0.4 mile distant.

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Uverite Point (17°58'S., 177°15'E.), 5.8 miles NNW of

Likuri Harbor, is low, but rises to Kavukavu, 300m high, 3 miles E. The rear range light for Navula Passage is the princi- pal light for making this part of the coast.

Uverite Point and Navula Point (17°53'S., 177°16'E.), 4.5 miles N, are the entrance points of Momi Bay.

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Navula Passage, entered about 3.3 miles NW of Uverite

Point, leads through the barrier reef to Momi Bay. Lights, situated on shore, lead through the passage. The light situated on the N side of the passage should not be mistaken for the range lights. This passage is the principal entrance to Nandi Waters and is the only passage leading through the barrier reef on the W side of Viti Levu; it can also be entered at night. Pilotage.—Pilotage for Vunda Point Tanker Terminal (para-

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graph 3.24), Lautoka Harbor (paragraph 3.25), or Vatia Wharf (paragraph 3.32) is available, and should be ordered at least 24 hours prior to arrival. The pilot boards from a blue hulled boat with a white superstructure, about 1 mile seaward of the pass- age.

In rough weather, the pilot will embark abreast the beacon situated on the E end of the reef on the S side of Navula Pass- age.

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When no pilot boat is sighted, a vessel should proceed through the passage and anchor in Momi Bay, N of the range line.

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It is advisable to arrive off the entrance just before sunrise or

else about 2 hours after, as the beacons are difficult to disting- uish against the sun. The light structures on the N side of the passage can generally be seen which assists a vessel in its approach.

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The pilot vessel may be contacted on VHF channels 12 and

16. Normally, pilots are available from 0800 to 1600, Monday through Friday, and on Saturday from 0800 to 1200. Pilots may be obtained outside these hours by prior arrangement.

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Caution.—Strong tide rips have been observed in Navula

Passage, especially at HW and LW. It has been reported that even with moderate weather a set to the NW has been experienced by vessels approaching Navula Passage. The reefs on the N side of the passage have been reported to be extending to the S.

3.23 Turtle Rock (17°48'S., 177°19'E.), with a depth of

6.9m, coral, lies 6 miles NNE of the light situated off Navula Point. A shoal, with a least depth of 6.9m, lies 2.3 miles W of Turtle Rock. Cody Shoal, with a depth of 5.1m, and Curacoa Rock, with a depth of 2.1m, lie 1.5 miles NNW and 1.8 miles NNW, respectively, from Turtle Rock.

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Nandi Waters (17°41'S., 177°15'E.) is the area W of Tomba

Ko Nandi. Within an area 8 miles WNW of Vunda Point are several islets, with numerous shoals and drying reefs in their vicinity. The position of these dangers may best be seen on the chart.

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Catlow Reef (17°40'S., 177°20'E.), with a depth of less than

1.8m, lies nearly 3 miles WNW of Vunda Point; it is the farthest E of the dangers in Nandi Waters.

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Vessels wishing to take the inshore route to Vatia Wharf are

restricted to a draft of 8.8m; however, lesser depths have been found on and adjacent to the track N of Lautoka.

The barrier reef which lies off the NW side of Viti Levu extends about 29 miles NW of Navula Passage to Tartar Reef. Navula Reef forms the N side of Navula Passage. In 1986, it

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was reported that a shoal depth of 3.1m extends 0.3 mile SSW from Navula Reef Light.

3.22 Tavarua Island (17°51'S., 177°12'E.), sandy and fringed by coral reef, lies 1.5 miles N of Navula Reef.

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Namotu Island lies about 1.3 miles NW of Tavarua Island. It

is sandy, fringed by a coral reef, and is easily identified by its coconut palms.

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Malolo Passage leads between Tavarua Island and Namotu

Island; the passage is about 0.5 mile wide and is dangerous for deep-draft vessels. Foul ground extends 1 mile NE from each island and a 5.1m patch lies 1.5 miles NE from Tavarua Island. Wilkes Passage is a narrow channel between NamotNadiu

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Island and Malolo Barrier Reef. Wilkes Passage is dangerous for deep-draft vessels.

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Malolo Barrier Reef, awash at LW, extends 8.5 miles NW

from a position 0.6 mile NW of Namotu Island. There are two prominent horns in the middle of the seaward side which break heavily. The NW extremity of the reef also breaks heavily. Mamanutha Reefs, extending 17 miles NNW of Malolo Bar-

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rier Reef, are broken and intersected by a number of passages. The SE reef is awash, as is the S end of the next reef N of it, but the remainder are sunken dangers with depths of 1.8 to 9.1m. The edges of the reefs are not defined, and they break only in heavy weather.

Tartar Reef (17°31'S., 176°56'E.), the farthest NW of the group, is composed of coral, and has depths of only about 1m. A shoal, whose position is doubtful, with a depth of 4.5m, lies about 3 miles W of the N end of Tartar Reef.

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West of a line joining Tartar Reef and Viwa Reef, about 17

miles N, the depths are great, but depths of 16.5 to 31m, coral, have been found near this line.

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From Navula Point, the coast trends NNE about 9.5 miles to

a point which marks the S entrance to Tomba Ko Nandi. The Nandi River discharges through its S mouth 8 miles NNE of Navula Point and a point 3 miles farther NE.

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Between an airport charted 5.3 miles SSE of Vuna Point and

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