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Sector 3. The Fiji Islands and the Lau Group

encloses a lagoon about 5 miles in diameter. Deep water lies to the W of the reef.

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Tides—Currents.—The tidal currents in the area N of Cha-

rybdis Reef set strongly and are irregular in direction. Tide rips occur over parts of the reef.

3.35 Nananu-i-Ra (17°17'S., 178°13'E.), an island 73m

high, lies 2.5 miles NE of Volivoli Point, and Nananu-i-Thake lies SE of Nananu-i-Ra and on the same reef. The recommend- ed track passes between these islands and the main island. Depths—Limitations.—Nananu Passage, an opening

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through the reefs about 2 miles N of Nananu-i-Ra, is marked by beacons, in line bearing 169°. The coral heads on the E side of the passage are easily seen, but the coral heads on the W side cannot be seen until they are abeam.

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Ellington Wharf (17°20'S., 178°14'E.) is situated on the S

side of the recommended track, 0.6 mile SSE of the W extremity of Nananu-i-Thake. A depth of 5.2m is charted along the face of the 44m T-head wharf. Patches, with depths of 7.7m and 8.7m, lie 0.3 mile and 0.35 mile ENE, respectively, of the head of the wharf. In 1982, it was reported that the berth was disused and the wharf was falling into disrepair.

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Anchorage.—Anchorage may be taken in the bight formed

between the two islands and the reef, in a depth of 16m, blue mud, good holding ground.

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Caution.—A shoal, with a depth of 6.3m, lies 1 mile E of

Ellington Wharf. The recommended track leads N of this shoal, then between a chain of reefs and Thakau Levu on the NE side. A shoal extends 0.15 mile SE of Nananu-i-Thake’s SW end and has depths of 5.5 to 8.4m.

3.36 Navolau Passage lies S of Thakau Levu; the pass is

about 0.2 mile wide between two reefs. A spit, with a depth of 8.1m, extends 130m E from the NE corner of the reef on the W side of the passage.

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Viti Levu Bay (17°25'S., 178°16'E.) is about 2 miles wide

and recedes 3 miles. There are some shoals lying off the shore reef on the NW side of the bay and an isolated shoal near the middle of the bay. The depth in the center of the bay is 22m, shoaling gradually to the head. A remarkable thumb-shaped hill, about 197m high, is located on the W shore of the bay.

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Caution.—Uncharted dangers exist within the bay. 3.37 From Viti Levu Bay the coast trends 4 miles SE to

Nggaralase Point (17°27'S., 178°20'E.) and is free from dan- gers in the fairway.

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Nggaralase Point is a conspicuous dark headland, 123m

high. The coast to the SE, between Nggaralase Point and Tana- vuso Point, about 10 miles SE, is broken up into several small bays and inlets.

Tandruku Island, 10.7m high, is located on the fringing reef off a low, rocky point, 2.5 miles SSE of Nggaralase Point. The inshore route between Nggaralase Point and Tanavuso

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Point requires local knowledge. It has been reported the bea- cons marking the passage cannot be relied on.

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Tanavuso Point (17°34'S., 178°29'E.) is the extremity of a

spur; the shore reef extends 0.4 mile in a N direction from the point. Vessels should give the point a wide berth.

There is good anchorage on the W side of Tanavuso Point in 16m, just W of a small shoal lying off the shore reef.

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3.38 Between the Nananu Islands and Tanavuso Point, the

barrier reefs consist of two irregular lines of coral reefs and sunken rocks. Mariners should keep to the inshore passage.

Dangerous rocks lie about 2.3 miles NNE and 2 miles NE, respectively, of Tanavuso Point.

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Vatu-i-Ra, NE of the barrier reef, extends S from a position

14.5 miles ENE of Ellington Wharf to a position 4.5 miles NE of Tanavuso Point.

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Vatu-i-Ra Islet (17°19'S., 178°28'E.), 30m high, lies near

the N end of the lagoon formed by the vast collection of small reefs that comprise Vatu-i-Ra.

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Vatu-i-Ra Channel is a deep channel, with a least width of 3

miles, that separates Vatu-i-Ra from Vanua Levu barrier reef to the NE. This channel has not been surveyed recently, but the center of the channel has been used regularly by deep-draft vessels.

The narrow part of the channel has drying reefs on each side which are marked by lighted beacons.

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A current caused by the Southeast Trades enters Vatu-i-Ra

Channel and flows through Bligh Water in a NW direction. The rate attained is from 0.5 to 1.5 knots.

Thakau Ndavui, about 3 miles E of the S extremity of Vatu-i- Ra, is a circular reef 1 mile in diameter.

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Moon Reef (17°32'S., 178°32'E.), nearly 1 mile in diameter,

is separated from the S end of Vatu-i-Ra by a channel about 0.4 mile wide.

The SE extremity of the barrier reef lies about 1 mile SW of Moon Reef and is marked by a beacon.

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Between Tanavuso Point and Tailevu Point (17°39'S.,

178°36'E.), 9 miles SE, the coast is sandy, with coral and mud flats extending 0.2 to 0.3 mile off it.

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Tova Peak, 647m high, stands 1.5 miles S of Tanavuso Point.

It is fang-shaped when viewed from the E or W, but sharp from the N; it slopes down gradually to the coast.

Tailevu Point is low and sandy. A group of buildings are situated on the rising ground behind the point.

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The water off this section of the coast is encumbered with

numerous rocks and shoal patches whose positions are best seen on the chart.

3.39 Price Patches (17°33'S., 178°35'E.), with a least

depth of 2.4m, lies 4 miles offshore about 2 miles SE of Moon Reef. Star Reefs, with a depth of 0.6m; Cox Reef, with a depth of 0.9m; and Elsie Reefs, which dries in places, lie 1.5 miles SE, 3.5 miles SSE, and 4.5 miles SE, respectively, from Price Patches.

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Nggoma Island, located 0.4 mile NE of Tailevu Point, is 41m

high. The islet is fringed by a reef which extends 0.2 mile off the NW end. A reef lies 1.3 miles N of Nggoma, and a detached reef lies about 0.3 mile E of the island.

Knott Reef, which dries, lies on the NW edge of an extensive reef, 1.5 miles NE of the recommended track.

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Naingani (17°35'S., 178°42'E.), 6.3 miles NE of Tailevu

Point, has a defined summit, 184m high, at its NE side. Reefs extend 5 miles SW and 3 miles NW from Naingani.

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The coast between Tailevu Point and Verata Point

(17°51'S., 178°39'E.), 12.5 miles S, is fringed with mangroves and coral reefs, and mud flats extend off it.

The water between this coast and Ovalau Island is thickly strewn with coral reefs and sunken rocks. Navigation is dan-

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