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Sector 3. The Fiji Islands and the Lau Group

via the Suva station. The pilot boards about 1.3 miles to the W of Point Reef Light.

Anchorage.—Vessels may anchor off Nakama, in 44m, with the summit of Nawi Island bearing 082°, 0.35 mile distant.

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Nyavu Passage, 10 miles W of Lesiatheva Point, is about 0.5

mile wide and deep. A ledge of rocks extend nearly 0.1 mile off the outer horn of the E reef. Beacons, in line bearing 330.5°, lead through the passage. Once through the passage there are several dangerous patches, which may best be seen on the chart.

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A bauxite plant lies on the bank of a river near the inner end

of Nyavu Passage. Anchorage has been reported to be available 1.3 miles SE of the river’s mouth, in a depth of 27m, grey mud. Kumbulau Passage, about 2 miles SW of Nyavu Passage, lies

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NE and SW. The passage is reported dangerous and full of uncharted coral heads.

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From Kumbulau Point (16°54'S., 179°04'E.), the coast

trends SW about 4 miles to Nasonisoni Island. A barrier reef lies parallel to this coast, ending about 2 miles ESE of the is- land.

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Nasonisoni Passage, between Nasonisoni Island and a

detached reef S, is about 1.5 miles long and 0.15 mile wide in the narrowest part. A vessel in transit should keep close to the S side, which is steep-to. This passage should only be used during good light conditions when the reefs can be seen. Tide rips extend up to 2 miles SE of the passage’s E end.

3.53 Namena Barrier Reef (17°05'S., 179°03'E.) extends

SSE 13 miles from the detached reef on the S side of Naso- nisoni Passage, then turns sharply to the NW and forms a lagoon 2 to 3 miles wide. North Save-a-tack Passage enters the lagoon on the E side, 6 miles NNW of its S extremity, while South Save-a-tack Passages enters the lagoon 4.5 miles NW of its S extremity. Namenalala Island, 98m high, rises in the lagoon, 1 mile E of the latter passage.

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The reef continues for another 12 miles WSW, then about 21

miles SSE to Makongai Channel. There are heavy tide rips off the SE extremity of the reef.

Vatu-i-Thake (17°23'S., 178°46'E.), an island 32m high, is located inside the barrier reef, 6.5 miles NW of its SE extremity. From Vatu-i-Thake, the reef continues in a NW direction for

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20 miles, but it begins to lose its barrier characteristics and be- comes fragmentary. Farther N the barrier form completely dis- appears, and the reefs become scattered and disconnected. On the seaward side the reef is steep-to, except as regards the latter portion, where more shoal soundings exist.

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Nandi Passage and the Vuya Passages, located 9 miles SSW

and 16.5 miles SW, respectively, from Nasonisoni Island, are available for large vessels. There are other passes through the barrier reef, but the majority are suitable only for small craft. The current sets strongly through these passages at times, and there are generally tide rips in them.

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Caution.—The N portion of Namena Barrier Reef as far W

as the Vuya Passages is comparatively free from dangers. The S portion is studded with reefs and sunken reefs that are charted, but it is possible that uncharted dangers exist; therefore, care should be exercised and a vigilant masthead lookout is necessary when navigating among them.

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3.55 Cocoanut Point (17°00'S., 178°41'E.) lies 4.8 miles

WNW of Solevu Point; it is low, with coconut trees on it. A reef extends 0.8 mile offshore between these two points, forming a breakwater to any E swell. A reef with a beacon on it is located 1.8 miles S of the above reef. Other isolated rocks and reefs are located in this area, their position may best be seen on the chart.

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Lekumbi Point (16°52'S., 178°34'E.), which terminates in a

sandy beach, lies 10 miles NW of Cocoanut Point. The coast between the two points is fringed by a reef which extends up to 0.5 mile offshore. Several reefs, above and below-water, lie within 1.5 miles of this coast.

Thakau Levu, an extensive isolated reef, lies 0.9 mile W of Lekumbi Point.

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Mbua Bay is formed between Lekumbi Point and Naithom-

bothombo Point, 4.5 miles NW. The bay is encumbered with reefs, Mbavu Reef, the largest of them lies 1.3 miles NW of Lekumbi Point. The bay offers sheltered anchorage, with the E portion having the best, in depths of 12 to 16m, mud.

3.56 Yandua Island (16°49'S., 178°18'E.) lies 10 miles W

of Naithombothombo Point. The island is 194m high and is sparsely wooded. A light is shown from the island.

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Anchorage.—Anchorage may be taken off the entrance to

Cukuvou Harbor (Strahan Harbor), in 31m, sand and coral, about 0.2 mile off the reef with the summit bearing 100°. This anchorage is sheltered from the trade winds, but is subject to a heavy swell when wind and tide are running against each other. Yendua Tambu Island, encircled by reefs, lies close off the SW side of Yandua Island; this island is 91m high.

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3.54 Wainunu Bay (16°53'S., 178°53'E.) indents the coast

of Vanua Levu from Nasonisoni Island to Solevu Point, 14 miles WSW; the bay is defined.

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The Wainunu River discharges into the bay 5 miles NW of

Nasonisoni Island, its entrance is obstructed by coral and mud flats. Thanigge, a large horseshoe-shaped reef which dries, lies near the center line of the bay 3 miles S of the mouth of the river. Several reefs and patches lie between Thanigge and the river.

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Between the Wainunu River and Nasawana Bay, 6 miles SW,

the fringing reef extends more than 1 mile offshore. There are numerous dangerous shoals outside the fringing reef.

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Nandi Bay (16°58'S., 178°48'E.), 2.5 miles SW of Nasa-

wana Bay, exposed to the S and E, is subject to strong winds and heavy seas.

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Leading Peak, 5 miles NW of Nandi Bay, and Nandi Bluff,

in line bearing 308.5°, lead through Nandi Passage to the anchorage off Nandi Bay. Nole, a reef rising from deep water and drying 1.2m, lies 3.5 miles SE of Nandi Bay and close S of the above track. Anchorage can be taken near the entrance to Nandi Bay, but care should be exercised in this area due to rocks and shoal patches.

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Solevu Point lies 2.5 miles SSW of Nandi Bluff.

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The Vuya Passages are located about 5 miles S of Solevu

Point. There are several passes through the barrier reef in this vicinity, but only the S one is recommended. The S side of the recommended passage is marked by a concrete beacon, 7.3m high. This passage will accommodate vessels drawing 9m. Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36  |  Page 37  |  Page 38  |  Page 39  |  Page 40  |  Page 41  |  Page 42  |  Page 43  |  Page 44  |  Page 45  |  Page 46  |  Page 47  |  Page 48  |  Page 49  |  Page 50  |  Page 51  |  Page 52  |  Page 53  |  Page 54  |  Page 55  |  Page 56  |  Page 57  |  Page 58  |  Page 59  |  Page 60  |  Page 61  |  Page 62  |  Page 63  |  Page 64  |  Page 65  |  Page 66  |  Page 67  |  Page 68  |  Page 69  |  Page 70  |  Page 71  |  Page 72  |  Page 73  |  Page 74  |  Page 75  |  Page 76  |  Page 77  |  Page 78  |  Page 79  |  Page 80  |  Page 81  |  Page 82  |  Page 83  |  Page 84  |  Page 85  |  Page 86  |  Page 87  |  Page 88  |  Page 89  |  Page 90  |  Page 91  |  Page 92  |  Page 93  |  Page 94  |  Page 95  |  Page 96  |  Page 97  |  Page 98  |  Page 99  |  Page 100  |  Page 101  |  Page 102  |  Page 103  |  Page 104  |  Page 105  |  Page 106  |  Page 107  |  Page 108  |  Page 109  |  Page 110  |  Page 111  |  Page 112  |  Page 113  |  Page 114  |  Page 115  |  Page 116  |  Page 117  |  Page 118  |  Page 119  |  Page 120  |  Page 121  |  Page 122  |  Page 123  |  Page 124  |  Page 125  |  Page 126  |  Page 127  |  Page 128  |  Page 129  |  Page 130  |  Page 131  |  Page 132  |  Page 133  |  Page 134  |  Page 135  |  Page 136  |  Page 137  |  Page 138  |  Page 139  |  Page 140  |  Page 141  |  Page 142  |  Page 143  |  Page 144  |  Page 145  |  Page 146  |  Page 147  |  Page 148  |  Page 149  |  Page 150  |  Page 151  |  Page 152  |  Page 153  |  Page 154  |  Page 155  |  Page 156  |  Page 157  |  Page 158  |  Page 159  |  Page 160  |  Page 161  |  Page 162  |  Page 163  |  Page 164  |  Page 165  |  Page 166  |  Page 167  |  Page 168  |  Page 169  |  Page 170  |  Page 171  |  Page 172  |  Page 173  |  Page 174  |  Page 175  |  Page 176  |  Page 177  |  Page 178  |  Page 179  |  Page 180  |  Page 181  |  Page 182  |  Page 183  |  Page 184  |  Page 185  |  Page 186  |  Page 187  |  Page 188  |  Page 189  |  Page 190  |  Page 191  |  Page 192  |  Page 193  |  Page 194  |  Page 195  |  Page 196  |  Page 197  |  Page 198  |  Page 199  |  Page 200  |  Page 201  |  Page 202  |  Page 203  |  Page 204  |  Page 205  |  Page 206  |  Page 207  |  Page 208  |  Page 209  |  Page 210  |  Page 211  |  Page 212  |  Page 213  |  Page 214  |  Page 215  |  Page 216  |  Page 217  |  Page 218  |  Page 219  |  Page 220  |  Page 221  |  Page 222  |  Page 223  |  Page 224  |  Page 225  |  Page 226  |  Page 227  |  Page 228  |  Page 229  |  Page 230  |  Page 231  |  Page 232  |  Page 233  |  Page 234  |  Page 235  |  Page 236  |  Page 237  |  Page 238  |  Page 239  |  Page 240  |  Page 241  |  Page 242  |  Page 243  |  Page 244  |  Page 245  |  Page 246  |  Page 247  |  Page 248  |  Page 249  |  Page 250  |  Page 251  |  Page 252  |  Page 253  |  Page 254  |  Page 255  |  Page 256  |  Page 257  |  Page 258  |  Page 259  |  Page 260  |  Page 261  |  Page 262  |  Page 263  |  Page 264  |  Page 265  |  Page 266  |  Page 267  |  Page 268  |  Page 269  |  Page 270  |  Page 271  |  Page 272  |  Page 273  |  Page 274  |  Page 275  |  Page 276  |  Page 277  |  Page 278  |  Page 279  |  Page 280  |  Page 281  |  Page 282  |  Page 283  |  Page 284  |  Page 285  |  Page 286  |  Page 287  |  Page 288  |  Page 289  |  Page 290  |  Page 291  |  Page 292  |  Page 293  |  Page 294  |  Page 295  |  Page 296  |  Page 297  |  Page 298  |  Page 299  |  Page 300  |  Page 301  |  Page 302  |  Page 303  |  Page 304  |  Page 305  |  Page 306  |  Page 307  |  Page 308  |  Page 309  |  Page 310
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