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Sector 3. The Fiji Islands and the Lau Group

should be made from the NW, with Cololevu, the highest hill in the NW end of the island, bearing 148°. Adjust course ESE towards Labatia Point to pass approximately midway between the dangers extending 1.5 miles NW from Naloto Point and 1 mile SW from Muanakuasi Point (16°42.0'S., 177°34.2'E.). Several shoals, with a least known depth of 13.4m, lie close to this track.

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Small craft, in suitable weather conditions, can approach to

within 0.1 mile of the shore close S of the village. Tidal cur- rents in the bay are weak. Communication on VHF can be es- tablished with Lautoka.

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A peak near the S end of Yasawa Island rises to a height of

296m. Dangerous reefs extend about 5 miles NNE from the island.

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Ethel Reefs, located from 5 to 9 miles W of the Yasawa Group,

are comprised of two separate reefs which dry. Porpoise Shoal lies about 2 miles WSW of the W extremity of Ethel Reefs.

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The area between Yawasa Island and Tivolei Reef, 5 miles

Nalauwaki Bay—The Rhino

3.28 Viwa Island (17°09'S., 176°53'E.) is the farthest W of

the Fiji Islands group; the island is about 18m high. The island lies 13 miles NW of Waya Island. It is fringed by a reef which extends about 5 miles S. A rock, 3m high, lies within about 1.5 miles off the extremity of the reef where the sea breaks heavily. Caution.—It was reported in 1904 and again in 1932 that

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the island and reef where charted inaccurately, and should be given a wide berth.

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East of 177°E, between the parallels of Viwa Island and

Monu Island, are a number of shoals on which the sea occa- sionally breaks.

3.29 Naviti Island (17°07'S., 177°15'E.) lies about 7 miles

NNE of Waya Island. A cluster of small islands lie off the S extremity of the island. Naviti, 388m high, is the largest of the Yasawa Group. Soso Bay, at the S end of the island, is sheltered from all but S winds. There are extensive reefs off the E and W coasts of the island.

Yanggeta Island lies about 2 miles NNE of Naviti Island; the passage is clear except for a reef on the N side which breaks continually. A line of reefs lie off the E coast, and there are several patches W of the island.

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Matathawa Levu lies 0.5 mile N of Yanggeta and is joined to

it at LW by extensive sand flats. The island rises at the S end to 299m.

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Nathula Island (16°53'S., 177°25'E.) lies 2 miles NE of

Matathawa Levu and rises to a height of 257m at its N end. There are extensive reefs on the S and W side of the island, and there are extensive sand banks with coral patches on the E side. Yasawa (16°46'S., 177°31'E.) is separated from Nathula Is-

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land by a passage about 0.5 mile wide. The passage is dan- gerous for other than small vessels with local knowledge and should not be attempted except in suitable conditions of sun and visibility.

3.30 Yawasirara Bay (16°43'S., 177°34'E.) is reported to

provide a suitable anchorage, for cruise liners up to 21,600 grt, at the NW end of Yasawa Island. The approach to the bay

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SE, has not been closely examined, but contains isolated and dangerous shoals.

Tides—Currents.—Tidal currents in the vicinity of Ethel Reefs are reported to set SE at 2 knots on the flood.

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Round Island Passage is formed between the reefs N of

Yawasa; Yawasa and Tivolei Reef on the W and S sides; and on the E by the line of reefs off Yalewa Kalou and Pascoe Reefs. The passage is about 4 miles wide between the 200m curve W of Yalewa Kalou.

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Current flow caused by the Southeast Trades pass through

Bligh Water in a NW direction at a rate from 0.5 to 1.5 knots. It leaves through Round Island Passage where it turns W over the reef extending NNE from Yasawa.

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Anchorage.—Suitable anchorage is reported to lie approx-

imately 1 mile SW of Yawasirara village, in a depth of 27m, on a sand and coral bed. Good anchorage may be taken in the bay on the SW side of Yawasa Island, with Saunimolilevu Point bearing 280°, about 0.8 mile distant; the charted depth is 7.6m. Caution.—Depths less than those charted may exist in

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Round Island Passage. Vessels approaching the passage should fix their position as quickly as possible and avoid the shoal area N of Yasawa Island.

3.31 Yalewa Kalou (16°40'S., 177°45'E.) is about 152m

high, has steep cliff sides, and a summit covered with grass and stunted bushes.

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island.

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A shoal, with a depth of 6.4m, lies about 1 mile WSW of the The bank extending N from Yalewa Kalou is studded with

dangerous breaking reefs on its W edge. Eight miles N of the island, this bank joins the Great Sea Reef.

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Pascoe Reefs, with depths of less than 1.8m, extend SE and

then E for about 40 miles from a position 6 miles SSW of Yal- ewa Kalou; these reefs have not been examined.

Tivolei Reef, which dries, extends about 12.5 miles S from a position 11 miles SSW of Yalewa Kalou.

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Bligh Water is the sea area N of Viti Levu. It is bound on the

N by Pascoe Reefs and on the S by the reefs off the N coast of Viti Levu.

From Lautoka Harbor, the coast trends in a NE direction about 7.5 miles to Nathilan Point (17°30'S., 177°31'E.), a

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