A few observations that I don't think has been mentioned so far. Long time ago, before gps was operational, I did the passage
from Apia to Assau. Already in Apia I was told by several yachties about the dangerous pass into Assau, and that I better be prepared to bypass the harbour if the swell was up. Timing is essential, I left Apia, together with a few other yachts late in the afternoon and arrived off Assau mid morning for best light (about 70 miles). In my case there was not a problem at all, as the trades and swell was down.
I don't think I would have entered in a situation similar to the one visible on the GE pictures. A danger
here is that intuition and gut feeling can lead you to the wrong conclusion. It is natural to stay halfway between breakers, but in this case you have to have the breakers on the main reef very close on your port side. I use to tell myself "Stay with the devil you know", in situations like this. Normally the swell reveals the dangers if you know what to look for, but not necessarily so in this case, as the dangers to starboard are protected by the main reef from the swell. The GE pictures illustrates this fact. This is not an unusual situation, the entrance to nearby Niuatoputapu in northern Tonga
comes to mind.
This is a situation when looking at the gps is totally useless. Once you are committed to enter, concentrate 100% on steering
and what you see with your eyes, so that you can react instantly. It could make a difference.