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Sector 3. The Fiji Islands and the Lau Group

Tomba Ko Nandi is 5 miles long N-S and recedes 4 miles.

The barrier reef and off-lying islands afford partial protection to the bay.

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Yakuilau Island, about 0.5 mile NW of the S entrance point of

Tomba Ko Nandi, is a low coral island fringed by a reef. A rock awash was reported (2004) to lie approximately 0.3 miles NNE of Yakuilau Island. Tanks are situated on Vunda Point, the N entrance point of the bay.

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Tides—Currents.—Tidal currents in the channel extending

from Navula Passage to Tomba Ko Nandi are reported to run at a rate of 2 knots in a SW direction 3 hours before HW to 3 hours after HW, and in a NE direction from 3 hours after HW to 3 hours before HW.

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The channel from Navula Passage to Tomba Ko Nandi was

wire dragged to a depth of 12.5m in 1942; its position may best be seen on the chart.

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Anchorage.—There is good anchorage between the Navula

and Malolo Passages and the Nandi River delta, in depths of 18 to 37m, mud. A vessel anchored in Tomba Ko Nandi during the bad weather season, from November to April, should be pre- pared for storms.

3.24 Vunda Point Tanker Terminal (17°41'S.,

177°23'E.) lies 0.5 mile S of Vunda Point, which is low and sandy. There are four mooring buoys and a spar buoy with a submarine pipeline leading N to the shore. Tankers up to 24,000 dwt can moor at this terminal with a least depth of 12.5m.

Vunda Point Gas Terminal lies 0.15 mile S of the same point, having two mooring buoys and a manifold platform. Naikorokoro Point (17°38'S., 177°23'E.), 2.8 miles N of

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Vunda Point, is from 12 to 18m high, thickly wooded, and has a small fringing reef. For a considerable distance inland the country is low and covered with grass.

Tivoa Islet and Pascoe Cay stand on a group of reefs 2 miles NW of Naikorokoro Point.

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Pinder Reefs (17°36'S., 177°25'E.), which dry, lie 2.3 miles

NNE of Naikorokoro Point on the NW side of the recom- mended track. Thovuli, an extensive reef which dries 0.6 to 0.9m, lies with its SE extremity 1.5 miles NE of the lighted beacon on Pinder Reefs.

Lautoka Harbor (17°36'S., 177°26'E.)

World Port Index No. 55530 3.25 Lautoka Harbor is a port of entry and the second-

largest in the Fiji Islands. The harbor lies inside Vio Island, about 3.3 miles NE of Naikorokoro Point, on the NW coast of Viti Levu.

Vio Island lies on a reef separated from the main island by a channel with a least navigable width of 146m and a least depth in the fairway of 9.4m. Lautoka Harbor handles the bulk of the Fiji Island’s sugar and timber exports.

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Winds—Weather.—The prevailing direction of the wind is SW; in the dry season land and sea breezes occur.

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Tides—Currents.—It is reported that the spring tides rise

1.5m and the neaps 1.2m. The maximum velocity of the cur- rents is usually 1 knot, but they can reach velocities of 6 knots when affected by the wind. The currents always flow NW.

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Depths—Limitations.—The fairway between Viti Levu and

the W side of Vio Island has a least charted depth of 9.4m, a navigable width of 142m, and contains the berths of Lautoka Harbor. Approaching the harbor from the N, caution is advised as depths of 8.9m and 8.7m have been found in the fairway, which has been dredged to a depth of 10.1m.

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South of Vio Island, a multi-point offshore berth is available

to vessels handling LPG. The Fiji Sugar Corporation Wharf, about 0.3 mile NNE of the LPG wharf, has depths of 8.7 to 10.1m. Queens Wharf, just NNE of the Fiji Sugar Corporation Wharf, offers three berths, with alongside depths ranging from 3.6 to 13m.

The FSC Wharf, located directly S of the Queens Wharf, is a dolphin wharf with a depth of 10m alongside.

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The maximum size vessel to enter the port was the 44,800 grt, with a length of 250m and a draft of 10.4m.

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Aspect.—A radio mast showing obstruction lights is po-

sitioned about 1.3 miles SE of Queens Wharf, while a second radio tower is positioned about 0.5 mile ESE of the wharf. Seven chimneys standing within the town are conspicuous. Pilotage.—Pilotage, while not compulsory, is recommended

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and should be ordered at least 24 hours in advance. The pilot boards 25 miles S of Lautoka in Navula Passage. See the Navu- la Passage description in paragraph 3.21 for details.

Signals.—The wharf manager and the pilot may be con- tacted on VHF channels 12 and 16.

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Storm signals are displayed from the post office. A Prelimin-

ary Typhoon Warning is indicated by a yellow pennant, while a Final Typhoon Warning is signaled by a black pennant. Anchorage.—Anchorage is available off the N entrance to

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the port, in depths of 13 to 19m, mud, between Mbekana Island and the coast SE. The quarantine anchorage is centered about 1.1 miles W of Vio Island, and offers depths of 22 to 24m, over a charted bottom of mud.

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Caution.—Seaplanes may be encountered landing, taking

off, or taxing during daylight hours in the area between Mbe- kana Island, located 0.5 mile N of Vio Island, and the mainland of Viti Levu.

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A least depth of 8.8m exists at a distance between 0.1 and

0.2 mile NNW of Queen’s Wharf. Vessels are cautioned against undetected shoal patches.

3.26 The Malolo Islands (17°45'S., 177°10'E.), 8 miles

NNW of Navula Point, consists of Malolo, Malolo Lailai, Nggalito, Mathiu, Wadingi, and Vatumbulou. Malolo Island, the largest island in the group, has a conspicuous peak in the center 229m high; it is light colored and covered with grass. The Mamanutha Group is divided into two groups known as

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the Mamanutha-i-Thake Group and the Mamanutha-i-Ra Group, or the windward and leeward Mamanuthas.

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This group of islands extend from Mana Island (17°41'S.,

177°07'E.), located 15 miles NW of Navula Point, to Eori Is- land (17°26'S., 177°04'E.), 14 miles N.

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Monu Island, 5.3 miles NNW of Mana Island, has a remark-

able thumb peak to the W of and nearly as high as its 223m summit.

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Navandra Island (17°27'S., 177°04'E.), 8 miles N of Monu

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