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Sector 3. The Fiji Islands and the Lau Group

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Veitalathangi Point (16°47'S., 179°50'W.), the N entrance

point to Vurevure Bay, is a low promontory of sand covered with trees. A coral spit extends 1 mile E from the point. Thurston Rock, a 3.7m coral head, and Uto Mbutho, which breaks, lie 2.3 miles SSW and 1 mile S, respectively, from Veitalathangi Point.

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Vurevure Bay can accommodate a vessel up to 300 grt.

Anchorage may be taken, in 20m, black sand. A spit of coral reef projects from the shore into the middle of the bay.

From Veitalathangi Point, a distance of 6.8 miles, the general direction of the coast is NNW; a coral reef fringes the coast. Several rocks lie N of the extremity of Veitalathangi. Viumbani Island, a conical island 131m high, lies on the fringing reef 5.3 miles NNW of Veitalathangi.

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Tasman Strait, separating Taveuni from Nggamea, has been

wire dragged to a depth of 11m; however, a 3m patch lies in the strait 0.5 mile E of Veitalathangi Point. There are many detached reefs off the E side of Taveuni; one of them projects E from Veitalathangi and narrows the channel to 0.8 mile. Ves- sels in transit should keep near the Nggamea shore.

A series of unmarked reefs extend in a SW direction for 2.5 miles from a point about 3 miles ESE of Viumbani Island. The Nggamea barrier reef continues to the Tavenui shore in

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sunken patches, obstructing the S entrance to the strait, where the coral banks are comparatively shallow. Uto Mbutho is passed on the port hand when entering Tasman Strait from the S. The flood current in the strait sets to the S and the ebb current sets to the N, both at a rate of 1 to 2 knots.

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Caution.—Discolored water in Tasman Strait, caused by

sand in suspension, makes the shoals difficult to identify. 3.74 Nggamea (16°45'S., 179°45'W.), 1.3 miles E of Tave-

uni, is densely wooded and has many bays. There are several peaks on the island of nearly the same height, with one rising to 304m, the highest.

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Lauthala Island, close E of Nggamea, is densely wooded and

has several peaks of about the same altitude; the highest is 268m. The two islands are surrounded by a barrier reef. Matangi Island, 134m high, lies close N of the N extremity

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of Nggamea on the barrier reef; Motualevu Reef lies close NE of the Lauthala barrier reef.

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Motua Lailai (16°43'S., 179°34'W.), an isolated oval-

shaped reef about 1 mile in diameter, lies 2.5 miles E of Motualevu Reef.

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Nanuku Passage, the principal channel among the islands in

the NE sector of the Fiji Islands group, is 16 miles wide be- tween Nanuku Reef and Wailangilala. It is clear of dangers and deep. When coming from the N, it is recommended to make Wailangilala, which is safe to approach and which is marked by a light.

The Lau Group

3.75 Wailangilala (16°45'S., 179°07'W.), 21m high to the

tops of the trees, appears as two islands when viewed from the NW or SE. The island lies in the NE end of a coral lagoon which extends 3 miles S. The lagoon entrance, which is 0.15 mile wide, lies on the W side of the atoll. Although the channel has a least depth of 12m, less water may exist, especially on the

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Vatu Vara from W

Malima is the name given two small islets located in a lagoon 6.8 miles SSE of Naitamba Island.

The Kimbombo Islets are three small islets located in a

lagoon 8 miles ENE of Malima. Bell Reef, which breaks heav- ily on the E side, is separated from the reef encircling Kim- bombo by a deep channel 0.8 mile wide.

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Williamson Reef and Dibbles Reef lies 3.8 miles NNW and

4.5 miles NE, respectively, from the N islet of Kimbombo. Dibbles Reef has heavy breakers on its E side.

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Lookout Reef (16°57'S., 178°48'W.), 10 miles E of Dibbles

Reef, is a round coral reef awash at LW. Shallow water sur- rounds it for a distance of 0.2 to 0.4 mile, breaking heavily in even light winds. A depth of 6m was reported (2005) to lie 2 miles SE of the reef.

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Lewis Bank, with a depth of 11m; Jeffreys Bank, with a

depth of 16.5m; and Alacrity Bank, with a depth of 18.3m, lie 1 mile NW, 5.5 miles NNE, and 8 miles ENE, respectively, of Lookout Reef.

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An isolated depth of 22m was reported (2005) to lie 13 miles

NE of Jeffreys Bank. A 24m patch lies 3 miles ESE of Jeffreys Bank.

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The Exploring Isles (17°15'S., 178°55'W.) are a group of

islands surrounded by a barrier reef located about 4 miles S of the Kimbombo Islets. These islets and the associated reefs extend about 31 miles in a ENE-WSW direction. Trigger Rock, with a depth of 7.3m, lies about midway between the Kim- bombo Islets and the Exploring Islets.

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N side of the fairway. Vessels may anchor in the lagoon, in depths of 38 to 42m.

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Duff Reef, 8 miles E of Wailangilala, is about 6 miles long

and has a sand cay, 1.2m high, on its SE end. The cay may be seen at a distance in bright weather.

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Naitamba Island (17°01'S., 179°17'W.), 186m high, lies 18

miles SSW of Wailangilala. The peak is flat-topped and conspicuous. A barrier reef surrounds the island.

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Yathata Island (17°15'S., 179°32'W.), 18 miles SW of Nai-

tamba, is remarkable for its resemblance to a cap when seen from a distance. The island is surrounded by a coral reef of fringing character.

Kaimbu Island, close E of Yathata Island, is connected to it by a reef. The island rises to a height of 46m.

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Nukutolu are three islets located from 4 to 6 miles WSW of

Yathata Island. A light is shown from the farthest W of these islets.

3.76 Vatu Vara (17°26'S., 179°32'W.), 9 miles S of Yath-

ata Island, is a bold picturesque densely-wooded island, with a flat summit 314m high, which falls in steep cliffs on all sides. It is surrounded by a fringing reef, except at the S point where the surf breaks against the cliff. 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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