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Reefs, rocks and wrecks punctuate sail into Suva

By Susan Scott

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, May 05, 2014

~~<p>SUVA, FIJI &raquo; Officially Fiji consists of 322 islands, but if your definition of island includes underwater atolls, coral banks and partially submerged islets, the number rises to 844. And although our nautical charts note every (we hope) island, atoll and reef, some are so small that they look like mere smudges on a map. As a result, it feels as if we're running a giant obstacle course with our much-loved 37-foot ketch, Honu.</p>
<p>Last week as Craig and I left Tonga, we drew our route on our GPS chart plotter to Fiji's capital, Suva. What's that? we wondered, squinting at a speck along our course line. When we increased the map's scale, it showed an atoll with a central lagoon but no visible islands.</p>
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SUVA, FIJI » Officially Fiji consists of 322 islands, but if your definition of island includes underwater atolls, coral banks and partially submerged islets, the number rises to 844. And although our nautical charts note every (we hope) island, atoll and reef, some are so small that they look like mere smudges on a map. As a result, it feels as if we're running a giant obstacle course with our much-loved 37-foot ketch, Honu.

Last week as Craig and I left Tonga, we drew our route on our GPS chart plotter to Fiji's capital, Suva. What's that? we wondered, squinting at a speck along our course line. When we increased the map's scale, it showed an atoll with a central lagoon but no visible islands. Login for more...



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