Nabouwalu

Situated to the north of Madre (Nabouwalu) (344). on the western side of Ono, this bay provides easy access and a safe anchorage at its head in about 8 metres, mud inside an isolated rock that is marked by a perch The bay provides a good base to explore Great Astrolabe Reef. There are two sandy beaches that provide other anchorages in other than westerly winds. One lies about 1.5 miles south, and the other immediately north. Bodi are part of the vanua of the village of Nabouwalu. The turaga ni...

Toba Ni KorolevuBA

Although there is a small reef harbour about 4 miles cast from Toba Ni Soso, the next major entrance is Korolevu Passage. Toba Ni Korolevu (Figs. 4 and 5) is a bay with essentially two arms, each about 3 miles long One runs away to the west, the other generally north. The entrance to the bay is through a reef passage, about 200 metres broad, which is deep with sleep to sides. The inner end of the passage is marked by bcacons on either side, both with topmarks missing. Ihere is a natural transit...

Galoa Harbour

Although the old Plan BAI03 has now been withdrawn, little difficulty should be encountered entering Galoa Harbour using chart BA 74S. Most of the beacons shown have lost their topmarks but arc otherwise visible. The inner harbour, north-west of Galoa, provides a tranquil anchorage and access to the south end of the runway that now cuts across the isthmus where the original village of Vunisea once stood. A dosa anchorage to the present Vunisea will now be found in the north-west arm of North...

Ovalau to Savusavu

After departing from the north of Ovalau or from Levuka, proceed via Makogai Channel or Wakaya on inlo die Koro Sea. A vessel may then sail via Namenalala. where there is an exclusive resort, at which yachts are not welcome and a bird sanctuary, or pass outside the Namcna Barrier Reef, sailing direct for Savusavu. The Koro Sea has a reputation for being decidcdly rough at times and is also subject to tidal streams that can be quite strong. Generally, with average visibility, there are ample...

Kadavu and The Great Astrolabe Reef

The island of Kadavu. often nicknamed by Fijians 'New Zealand I-ailai, lies about SO miles south of Suva It is about 30 miles long, 5 miles wide, and lies generally east west At its western end is its highest point, a most conspicuous peak named Nabukelevu, and this peak or the light on Cape Washington, close westward, is usually the first land sighted by yachts arriving in Fiji direct from either Australia or New Zealand At its eastern end there extends to the northward, for about 19 miles, a...

ToberuaBA

A yacht would be unlikely to visit Toberua unless proceeding to Bau Waters via Toberua Passage. The islet of Tobcrua is entirely occupied by the Toberua Island Resort This is an exclusive hideaway resort with accommodation for about 40 guests. Yachts arc welcome to anchor off and make use of the bar and restaurant by prior arrangement with the manager, Mr. Michael Dennis. The best anchorage is in the area near the resort boats, in about 10 metres. An alternative, a little further away, is on...

Navigation in Fijian Waters

The following scction deals with those aspects of navigating a yacht in Fiji that are common to all areas It does not cover the subject in the detail to be found in the Admiralty Sailing Directions, Pacific Islands Pilot Vol II., or the United States Sailing Directions for the Pacific Islands -Volume 2. The range of tide within Fijian waters is between about 1.4 and 2.5 metres. It is semi-diurnal (two highs and two lows per day) with little diurnal inequality. Tidal streams arc generally...

Ucuna Naigoro to Ono or Kavala

On rounding Ucuna Naigoro there are four beacons along the eastern end of Kadavu as far as Manuqiwa only that off Manuqiwa carries a topmark. The beacons are left alternately shoreward and seaward with the bout steering 328 for the transit of the right-hand edge of Manuqiwa and Waisalima Point (View 5). View from the vidnlty at Ucuna N goro View from the vidnlty at Ucuna N goro I .caving the shoreward beacon off Lagalevu village to port, alter course to leave the last beacon to starboard, and...

Toba Ni Korolevu to Ucuna Naigoro

There arc three bays that provide safe anchorage for yachts, die best being the one with the village of Matasawalevu at its head. A good, snug anchorage, in about 12 metres, can be found north of the southern headland, Vatulutu. Vatulutu is in fact an island, connected to Kadavu by mangroves. A dinghy passage was reported (1992) to exist through the mangroves It is also understood that a small time-share resort is planned for the island which has two fine sandy beaches facing cast towards...

Suva

CSuva and the surrounding area do not lie in the Eastern Division but, as it is the preferred Port of Entry and the logical place from which to begin a cruise through the Eastern Division, it has been included in this section together with the other few anchorages that may be used during a passage cast. As the capital of Fiji, the scat of government, the administrative centre for the Central District, and Fiji's largest port, it can be safely said - If you can't get it in Suva you can't get it...

North Coast of Vanua Levu

If proceeding to the north coast of Vanua Levu from Viti Levu, the shortest open water passage is from Nananu passage, north of Ellington Wharf and the nearby islands of Nananu-I-Ra and Nananu-I-Cake, to the island of Yadua. some 27 miles northward. In normal visibility, the summit of Yadua can be seen as one departs from Nananu passage Nananu passage, about 0.25 miles wide, is well charted on BA387, however BA379 or BA38I arc also sufficient as there are two leading beacons, bearing...

Taveuni

Tavcuni, the Garden Island, is one of the four major islands of Fiji for which a permit to visit is not required. Nevertheless, it is most unlikely that one would come to Tavcuni and not embrace some of the offshore islands in the itinerary for the trip, and in the name of continuity it is just as well to list it in any schedule The administration of Tavcuni is divided between Waiycvo and Somosomo, which arc within three miles of each other in the centre of the north-west coast The district...

Rules Regulations and Customs

Nukulau Island Fiji

There are three ports of entry into Fiji - Suva, l.autoka or Levuka. The latter has little to recommend its use as it is a relatively small town with limited provisioning facilities and is less than one full day's sail from Suva. The choice between the remaining two will probably be dictated by the direction of a yacht's approach to Fiji Lautoka being ideal for those arriving from Vanuatu or New Caledonia If entering at Suva it may be necessary to sail for up to two or three days afler making...

Nukulau Passage And EastwardBA

Llie track through Nukulau Passage is not difficult and is adequately marked by bcacons. A yacht may proceed directly southward, leaving Makuluva to port, until about one to two miles clear of the outer edge of the reef, when course can be set to the eastward to clear Nasilai Reef Care must be taken to give Belcher Rocks a wide berth. An alternative track to the north of Makuluva, leading into Rewa Roads, shortens the distance to the eastward by about 3 miles. It is generally into the...

Tdlagkca Naews

After a short time course can be adjusted to 017 , steering between Nos A and 3 beacons as shown on the chartlet. Fig 23 Round No.3 beacon to starboard about 70 metres off and steer about midway between Nos.l and 2 beacons on a course of 069 with Borowaqa 617 , near the village of Visoqo, astern This course will lead to the deeper water of Tilagica Harbour A yacht may then choose an anchorage, with some lee from the prev ailing wind, in a depth of less than 10 mctTcs, about 0.5 miles west of...

List of Coloured Plates

The camera symbol C 1 is inserted in the text where the plates below Colour Plate Description Facing Page Mana I agoon looking North-west. Front Cover Suva - Royal Suva Yacht Club looking South. 36 Suva Harbour from Tradewinds showing Daveta Levu. 37 Nukulau and Nukulau Passage looking South. 52 Makogai - Dalice Bay looking towards Daveta Yawa-L.evu. 68 Ovalau - levuka and Na Tuban looking South-west. 69 Gau - The view from Centre Passage looking East 84 Uluvia from the East Bau Waters . inside...

Savusavu BA

Cm The town of Savusavu is situated on the southern shore of Nakama creek at the eastern end of Savusavu Bay. It is a pretty spot and the town has grown considerably over the past few years. Of signal importance to cruising yachts is the Copra Shed Marina, and Savusavu Yacht Club, which is situated in the recently restored and renovated Copra Shed, the town's oldest and most historic building. Although not on a par with Suva or L utoka, the shopping is quite adequate and Savusavu makes an...

Namenalala and Savea Tack PassagesBA

Should a yacht wish to break the voyage at Namenalala, she should enter the Namcna Barrier Reef at South Save-a-tack Passage and depart via North Save-a-tack Passage. View 15. Approach to South Save-a-tack Passage Approach Naincnalala on a coursc of 059 , with the summit of the island in transit with Hill 150 Trig View 15 . This will lead to the best entrance. A clearly visible beacon, without a topmark, marks the southern side of the entrance. A small submerged, detached reef, probably...

Adavaci Passage and the Western Side of VanuabalavuBA

Adavaci Pussage provides access to the lagoon on the western side of Vanuabalavu but it requires a lengthy approach through the reefs and is not an easy route. There is a beacon on the southern side of the entrance and a course of 066 approx. on the south-eastern end of Yanucaloa provides a fair lead, but good visibility is essential. The opening over the lip is narrow and only carries about 8 metres of water. Safe passage may be made down the western side of Vanuabalavu as far as the village...

Susui

About 3 miles south-east from lomaloma is the island and village of Susui, with a population of about 100. The anchorage off the village on he eastern side of the bay. a little to east of the school, is in sand in a depth of about 5 to 8 metres. It is well protected from the prevailing weather and has a fine sandy beach. The senior member of the village is the Tui Susui. Although the village also has a Turaga ni Koro, it is to he former that one should present the scvusevu. The anchorage is a...

Vanuabalavu The Exploring lslesBA

At the northern end of the Lau Group is a collection of six islands, named on British charts The Exploring Isles. They are sunounded by a large barrier reef and. outside the Yasawas, provide some of the best beaches and cruising in Fiji. The largest of the islands is Vanuabalavu. At its northern end is a large freehold plantation that is cunently being redeveloped as a privately owned, exclusive, marine-oriented tourist resort. Al the present time, in line with the Provincial Council decision...

Naidi

Hie Namale Plantation Resort is situated on the eastern headland of Naidi Bay, only about 5 miles by road from Savusavu, along the Hibiscus Highway. The bay is about 15 miles by sea. The entrance to the bay is directly north from the sea for the centre of the gap between two headlands. The anchorage is sand and mud, in 3 to 5 metres with excellent holding. A yacht owned by the resort will often be seen at anchor in the bay. Unfortunately the bay is often subject to residual swell from the...

Contents

Edition. vti Chapter 2 - Rules, Regulations and Customs 11 Documentation Required on Arrival 13 Proforma of HM Customs Supplementary Information 14 Responsibilities Of The Skipper 16 Chapter 3 - Navigation in Fijian Waters 27 Part Two - Suva,The Central and Eastern Division Nukulau Passage And Eastward 44 Chapter 5 - Kadnvu and The Great Astrolabe Reef 45 Toba Ni Korolevu to Ucuna Naigoro 55 Ucuna Naigoro to Ono or Kavala 56 Ono and The Great Astrolabe Reef 60 Chapter 6 -...