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Sector 3. The Fiji Islands and the Lau Group

Ulsori Peak, a conspicuous rocky hill 348m high, rises 2.3 miles SE of Thakari.

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Thukini Island, 1.5 miles E of Nangano Island, stands on a

reef over 2 miles long. A track which leads NW to the passage through Great Sea Reef passes between these two islands. Mali Island (16°21'S., 179°21'E.), about 3 miles long, 1

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mile wide, and 169m high, lies 6.8 miles ENE of Thukini Island. Vorovoro Island, 77m high, is joined to its W end by a coral reef which is awash at LW.

3.61 Malau (16°21'S., 179°22'E.) (World Port Index No.

55556) is situated on shore, 0.6 mile S of Mali Island. This is the site of the Fiji Sugar Corporation bulk sugar terminal. The jetty projects 200m from shore and has a depth of about 11m at its head. Three dolphins, connected to each other by walkways, form the head of the jetty; a loading tower, which is con- spicuous, stands on the center dolphin. A wooden jetty, which was in disrepair in 1980, lies close SW of the jetty.

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Tugs, fuel, and fresh water are not available. There is a hos-

pital in Malau. An airport, with daily service to Suva, is close by the village.

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A mooring about 0.1 mile farther W is connected by a

floating pipeline with oil tanks on shore. A timber mill is situated about 0.5 mile farther SW.

Vessels using the bulk sugar terminal are loaded to a draft not exceeding 11m and are restricted to HW departures. Pilotage.—Pilotage is compulsory. Pilots are arranged via

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the vessel’s agent in Suva with a 48 hour notice given to the Suva harbormaster. Pilot boards approximately 2 miles N of Mali Pass. Arrivals and departures are restricted to daylight hours.

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Anchorage.—Anchorage is available about 0.5 mile W of

the sugar terminal, in a depth of 16m, good holding ground and protected from the trades. Vessels drawing over 6m should drop a second anchor to limit their swing.

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Caution.—There are many dangers in this area and care

should be taken when navigating these waters. 3.62 Lambasa (16°26'S., 179°23'E.), the administrative

center of Fiji’s N district, is situated on the banks of the Lambasa River, entered about 3 miles SSW of Mali Island. The town is reachable by vessels drawing not more than 2.3m at near HWS.

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Mali Pass is a wide, deep passage through the reefs NW of

Mali Island. In mid-channel, the soundings vary from 36 to 80m; the reefs on each side are steep-to. During springs, the tidal currents sets with considerable force. This passage is sub- ject to heavy ground swells.

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Initially, the passage is entered from seaward on a mid-

channel course of 165°; then the W end of Vorvo Island, bearing 145°, leads into the inner passage. Caution is advised, as once the barrier reefs are cleared, the track splits to avoid a shoal, with a least depth of 1.2m, located about 1.5 miles SW of Vorvo Island’s W end. Mali Pass should not be used if the reefs cannot be seen.

Corbett Rock, located about midway between the barrier reef and the W part of Mali Island, is small and has a depth of 1.5m. Roberts Point (16°19'S., 179°24'E.) lies 2 miles E of Mali

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Island.

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3.63 Tutu (16°14'S., 179°34'E.), an island 193m high, is connected to the mainland by a reef about 1.3 miles E of Vatundamu Point. It has the appearance of a peninsula. Kayewa, an island 71m high, covered with scrub and trees, lies 1.8 miles N of Tutu.

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of Kayewa.

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A conspicuous rock, 16.8m high, lies on the reef 1 mile NW Ndrua Ndrua (16°12'S., 179°37'E.) lies 1.5 miles E of Kaye-

wa. It has a table-topped summit, 134m high. A conspicuous rock, 31m high, lies about 0.4 mile N of the island.

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Tilangitha Harbor lies 8 miles E of Ndrua Ndrua Island. It

may be entered from the N via Tilangitha Pass, which forms part of the harbor. Deep-draft vessels can anchor in the harbor, in 27 to 37m, mud, with about 0.4 mile of swinging room. The pass is not marked and vessels should only make passage in good conditions of wind and light.

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is 26m high.

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Tilangitha Island, located on the SE end of Tilangitha Pass, Caution.—From Ndrua Ndrua Island E, there is no inshore

navigation to Tilangitha Harbor, except for boats. 3.64 Nukundamu Pass is entered about 5 miles E of

Tilangitha Pass and is about 135m wide with depths of more than 37m in the fairway. This pass, about 1 mile long, leads to Mbekana Harbor, where there is good anchorage, in 27m, mud. The passages through the reefs E of Nukundamu Pass are only available for boats with local knowledge.

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The NE extremity of Vanua Levu is a narrow, marked

peninsula, about 13 miles long. The many clearly-defined hills gradually diminish in height toward the NE. It is fronted on both sides by coral reefs which project 3 miles NE of Undu Point, terminating in a sharp point named Napotu. The seaward side of the reef is steep-to with depths of more than 183m within 0.5 mile of its outer edge.

Sausau Peak, 404m high, located 2 miles inland, about 3.5 miles E of Roberts Point, is a conspicuous grassy hill.

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Sausau Island, located on the barrier reef 3.5 miles NE of

Roberts Point, is 37m high. The island is a small rocky mound covered with grass and sparsely wooded.

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Tivi Island, about 1.5 miles E of Sausau Island, is 105m

high, rugged, and rocky. The recommended track passes be- tween these two islands.

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Vatundamu Point (16°14'S., 179°32'E.), 4 miles NE of Tivi

Island, is a rocky, wooded promontory rising to an elevation of 216m, about 1.5 miles inland. A conspicuous rock, 12.2m high, 0.3 mile N of Vatundamu Point, is connected to it by a sunken reef.

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Thorp Shoals, a number of patches with depths of less than

1.8 to 9.1m, lie 1.5 miles W of Vatundamu Point on the S side of the recommended track.

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Sausau Passage is entered about 5 miles NNW of Vatundamu

Point. This passage through the barrier reef is wide and deep, but is not recommended as the channel has not been surveyed recently, and there are many coral heads or obstructions which lie within the fairway.

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Pasco Bank, with a least depth of 4.6m, lies on the SE side of

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