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Sector 3. The Fiji Islands and the Lau Group

The barrier reef projects 3 miles off the N and S extremity of the island and 1.7 miles off its W point.

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Caution.—Volcanic activity was reported (2002) SW of

Moala Island in position 18°46.5'S., 179°10.8'E. 3.89 Herald Roadstead, close N of the NE extremity of the

island, affords anchorage, in 37m, coral bottom. The anchor- ages off the village of Naroi and in Herald Roadstead are ap- proached from the N; bearing 189° are a set of leading lighted beacons standing on the foreshore, 0.8 mile WNW of NE Point. A dangerous rock lies 0.4 mile NE of the anchorage, about 1 mile N of NE Point. The above approach to the an- chorage will lead between two patches having a depth of 2.7m, about 1.5 miles N of the anchorage. The anchorage is reached when a cluster of black rocks off the NE extremity of the island bears 258°.

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A better anchorage is reported to exist off a village W of the

black rocks, in a depth of 31m. Range lights, in line bearing 183°, situated near a conspicuous school building and shown by request, lead to the anchorage.

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A T-shaped jetty projects NW from the W end of Naroi

village, with depths of 4 to 5m alongside the outer face. A bea- con marks a dangerous rock lying about 0.3 mile WNW of the jetty.

In the approach to Herald Roadstead the flood current sets S and the ebb N with a velocity of 1 knot.

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The barrier reef NE of Herald Roadstead always breaks and uncovers at half tide.

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A small bank, with depth of 18.3m, lies about 20 miles N of

Moala. 3.90 Navatu (18°39'S., 179°33'W.) lies 31 miles E of the S

extremity of Moala Island. It is a coral reef, which dries about 0.6m on its outer side, and encloses a lagoon.

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Totoya Island (18°58'S., 179°52'W.), 21 miles SSE of

Moala Island, almost encircles a lagoon, with a deep opening, about 2 miles across on the S side.

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The island is surrounded by the barrier reef; the outer edges

may be distinguished in many places by breakers. Off the NW and SW sides of the island, the reef lies up to 1.8 miles off- shore, and off the E side about 1.3 miles, leaving deep areas be- tween.

Herald Sound lies between the SW side of the island and the barrier reef, and is entered at its N end.

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In the extreme E part of Herald Sound, there is a narrow

channel which leads into the lagoon. The channel is about 90m wide and 46m deep, but the tidal currents attain rates of 3 to 4 knots in it.

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The channel to Herald Sound can be found by bringing the

353m peak on the SE side of the island to bear 103° when it appears in the gap of the intervening ridge of land. The sea breaking on the horns of the reef will indicate the fairway.

Anchorage can be taken in Herald Sound, in 46m. It is also possible to anchor in the lagoon.

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3.91 Matuku Island (19°09'S., 179°45'E.) lies 21 miles

SW of Totoya Island. The highest peak on the island is 385m, and a peak 1.3 miles farther SSE is 369m high. The fringing reef, awash at LW, projects off the N and SE points of the

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island to a distance of 1 mile, but not more than half that distance from the other parts.

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Anchorage.—Good anchorage can be found in Matuku Har-

bor, in 33m, on the W side of the island, with the 369m peak bearing 095°. The passage is about 0.1 mile wide and is easily seen from the masthead. The 369m peak bearing 092° leads though the reef entrance.

3.92 Zephyr Shoal (15°52'S., 176°40'W.) lies 190 miles

ENE of Undu Point, the NE extremity of Vanua Levu. The shoal is extensive, with reported depths of 16.5 to 20.1m. Less depths may exist in the vicinity, and vessels should approach with caution.

Rochambeau Bank, with a least depth of 24m, lies about 45 miles NNE of Zephyr Shoal.

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Foss Reef, with a least depth of 8.2m, was reported to lie 47 miles NE of Rochambeau Bank.

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Wallis and Futuna Islands

3.93 Wallis and Futuna Islands are French Overseas Terri-

tories. Iles de Horne (14°17'S., 178°05'W.) is formed by two islands; Ile Futuna and Ile Alofi. The islands are under the jurisdiction of the French Governor at Iles Wallis.

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Ile Futuna (14°16'S., 178°08'W.) (World Port Index No.

55630) attains a height of 762m in its highest peak. The NW coast appears bold and precipitous; on the S side a number of coconut trees are seen on a low projecting point. The NW and SW coasts are fringed by a reef on which the sea breaks heavily.

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Depths—Limitations.—A berth is available alongside a T-

headed pier extending from the E side of the bay. The pier will reportedly handle vessels up to 500 grt, but is hampered by heavy swell.

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Aspect.—Ile Futuna’s natural harbor, Anse de Sigave, is

located on the SW side of the island. The church at the head of the bay; a satellite antenna 0.4 mile ESE of this church; Les Lions, two large rocks lying close offshore on the E side of the bay; and a cascade at the head of the bay, which is often dry, are conspicuous. A set of white columns, in line bearing 028°, leads into the anchorage.

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Ile Alofi, separated from Ile Futuna by Chenal Sain, about 1

mile wide, rises to a height of 366m. A ridge of rocks extends about 0.3 mile N from the E extremity of the island. A reef ex- tends about 0.5 mile seaward from the NW coast.

Banc de la Meurthe, with a depth of 29m, lies 0.6 mile E of the E end of Ile Alofi.

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Anchorage.—During the Southeast Trades and in good

weather, the only circumstances under which anchorage is practicable, vessels may anchor, in depths of 50 to 70m, with the two columns in line, and the statue bearing 087°.

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There is anchorage in Chenal Sain, NNW of the village, with

the N extremity of Ile Alofi bearing 080°, and the W extremity bearing 247°. There is a depth of 35m in the anchorage, which is protected from the prevailing wind and sea.

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Caution.—It has been reported (1993) that depths up to 1m

less than charted may exist S of the island, due to earth tremors.

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