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Sector 3. The Fiji Islands and the Lau Group

defined headland; the intervening coast is indented by two bays.

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Mbekana Island lies 0.8 mile N of Lautoka Harbor, on the E

side of the recommended track. Reefs extend about 0.3 mile off the W and N side of the island.

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Yawalau, an island 9m high, lies 0.5 mile offshore, 2.4 miles

NNE of Mbekana Island. The recommended track passes be- tween this island and Naivaka Point, about 0.7 mile S. A detached reef, 0.5 mile NE of Naivaka Point narrows the fair- way to 0.3 mile.

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Nukunimanu (17°30'S., 177°30'E.), about 1 mile W of

Nathilau Point, is a narrow ridge of coral grit about 1m high that lies on a steep-to reef, which is awash. The recommended track lies E of Nukunimanu.

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Ngana Point (17°27'S., 177°37'E.) is a low point of mud and

sand located 6 miles NE of Nathilau Point. This point is the W entrance point of the Mba River.

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Malevu is a drying reef which extends 2 miles NE from a

position 1.5 miles NNE of Nathilau Point. An islet, 6m high, lies on the SW end of the reef.

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Large detached reefs lie 1.8 miles W and 1 mile NW, re-

spectively, from the W extremity of Malevu. The recom- mended track passes between Malevu and these two reefs. Vessels should pass close to these reefs and near Thakau Na Sasi, the extensive reef 0.8 mile N of Malevu.

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Caution.—Surveys indicate that lesser depths than charted and forms a delta about 8 miles in extent.

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exist on and near the recommended track. 3.32 The Mba River flows into the sea E of Ngana Point Mba Roads (17°25'S., 177°41'E.) is off the entrance to the

river. After heavy rainfall, discolored water from the river spreads many miles along and through the reef passages. Good anchorage can be obtained, according to draft, over soft mud.

Caution.—Caution is advised as uncharted reefs exist in the vicinity of the anchorage.

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Kelly Reef (17°27'S., 177°34'E.), which dries, lies 1.8 miles

W of Ngana Point. Hood Reef, 1 mile NE of Kelly Reef, is awash at LWS.

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Yarawa Reef lies with its S extremity 4.5 miles NNE of

Ngana Point. Two detached reefs lie about 0.3 and 0.6 mile S, respectively, of Yarawa Reef.

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Mba Passage is entered between Yarawa Reef and Tavutha

Reef, 2 miles E. This passage which gives access between Mba Roads and Bligh Water should only be used by small craft with local knowledge, and then only in good conditions of sun and visibility.

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Yavena Passage, 0.6 mile wide, is deep and clear, and gives safe

access between Mba Roads and Bligh Water. This passage leads between the NW extremity of Tavutha Reef and a reef on the N. The S side of the passage is marked by two conspicuous rocks 1.5m high, which appear as a single rock from most aspects. A beacon is situated on the SE extremity of the reef on the N side. Good anchorage, in about 30m, grey mud, is available in the bight E of Yavena Passage.

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Eastward of the delta of the Mba River, the coast takes a NE

direction for 5 miles, where it forms a headland terminating in

Vatia Point (17°22'S., 177°50'E.).

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Vatia Wharf, at the head of which lies the Empressa Gold-

mine Berth, is a T-headed wharf which lies about 3.5 miles SW of Vatia Point. The pier extends about 230m offshore; the head of the pier is about 30m long. In 1989, a depth of 9.1m was reported alongside the wharf.

Vessels should approach the pier from the SW with the range beacons in line bearing 059°.

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Pilotage.—Pilotage is recommended for the fairway to this berth. See the Navula Passage, in paragraph 3.21, for details. Vatia Headland is high, rugged, and partly wooded, with a saddle hill, 267m high; higher hills rise farther inland. The bight between Vatia Point and Nathilau Point (17°22'S., 178°01'E.), 11 miles E, is encumbered with reefs. Sali Sali, an extensive reef which dries on its outer edges, lies

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0.2 mile ENE of Tavutha Reef. Manava is situated on its W side. 3.33 Davy Rock (17°22'S., 177°50'E.), a small coral patch

which dries 1m, lies on the S side of the fairway, 1.3 miles NE of Vatia Point.

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Manava Passage, between Tavutha and Sali Sali, is only 0.3

mile wide, but a depth of 24m can be carried through it on the recommended track.

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Vendrala Reef, E of Sali Sali, is steep-to on its S edge and

dries 0.5m at LW. The passage between the two reefs is dan- gerous.

Olatha Reef lies on the S side of the recommended track, with its NW extremity 1 mile E of Davy Rock.

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Thakau Moi, 1 mile N of Nathilau Point, lies close E of Vendrala. There is a cay, awash at HW, on its W end.

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Nukurauvula Passage lies between Vendrala and Thakou

Moi. A depth of 10.9m is charted in the N entrance about 0.3 mile NW of the rocks on the NW extremity of Thakau Moi. The sand bank on the W end of Thakau Moi is a mark for the channel in calm weather; the sea seldom breaks on the reef. Occasional small tide rips occur in the S part of the passage when the tide is against the wind.

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Nukurauvula Passage is the best in this area and is marked by beacons on either side.

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From Nathilau Point the coast preserves the same character-

istics for 10 miles to Volivoli Point (17°19'S., 178°11'E.), the N extremity of Viti Levu.

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Mathuata, 122m high, about 1 mile NE of Nathilau Point, is

connected to the main island, 0.8 mile S, by a reef that is awash at LW. There is anchorage W of the island, in 24 to 29m, mud. Tovu lies on a reef 1 mile ENE of Mathuata; it is 61m high

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and is covered with grass and trees. 3.34 Malake (17°19'S., 178°09'E.), 4 miles ENE of Tovu,

is 220m high, covered with grass and casuarina trees, and is surrounded by a fringing reef.

The passage between Malake and Thakau Vatu Latha, imme- diately to the N, is clear of dangers and is marked by beacons.

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Malake Passage, through the barrier reef NW of Malake, is contracted by a coral patch and a cluster of sunken rocks lying in its N entrance.

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Anchorage.—Good anchorage will be found, in 22m, mud, close S of the W extremity of the island.

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Charybdis Reef (17°11'S., 178°02'E.) lies in Bligh Water about 5 miles N of the barrier reef. The reef is just awash and

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