Vanuatu ResortsPanda 2009 HK Exhibition

Mystery Island

Issued : 06.03.2014
Price per Unit (piece): $ 7.80
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In this, the first series of stamp issues on “Vanuatu  Uncovered”, Mystery Island is the perfect introduction to the more unusual  destinations in this astonishing archipelago.

altKnown correctly as Inyeug, this tiny island measures only a few hundred metres wide and about 1km long and is the airstrip for Aneityum, Vanuatu’s southernmost island. Air Vanuatu services the island from Port Vila and Tanna and this service plus the many cruise ships that visit during the season, have seen Mystery Island’s location become less of a mystery. During World War II, this small, uninhabited island was used as a landing strip for the allied forces. US troops built the runway for their air force in the 1940s as World War II raged throughout the South Pacific. The “mystery” is said to have derived from the fact that the air strip is impossible to see from the sea and therefore it took some time for the Japanese to determine where all the planes were coming from.

alt Today Mystery Island’s guardians welcome tourists as friends and these locals from nearby Aneityum enjoy the attention and the income from travellers who arrive by plane and ship. They provide string band music and lots of stalls selling souvenirs, handicrafts and food as well as the more unusual things like story telling and hair braiding. Visitors that want more than markets, can snorkel in turquoise waters, photograph the unusual flora and fauna or just stroll amongst the palm trees while enjoying the surf breaking on the surrounding reef.

Nobody lives permanently on Mystery Island although short term bungalow stays are possible. The Island is deliberately kept this way to ensure that tourism in this unspoilt paradise, remains bouyant. On average Mystery Island hosts three cruise ship visits a month. It's just enough to give the local economy a boost without ruining the traditional way of life… and this is just what the ni Vanuatu and the visitors want.


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Parameters of Product: Stamps
Designer Denise Durkin, Wellington, New Zealand
Printer Southern Colour Print, Christchurch, New Zealand
Process Offset lithography
Stamp Size 42.58mm x 28.45mm, two vertical and two horizontal.
Mini Sheet size 196mm x 83mm. Stamps exclude International Post bars.
Perforation Gauge
Paper Tullis Russell Yellow Phosphor 103gsm
Denominations 90, 100, 130, and 200 vatu. M/S is 520 vatu.
Period of Sale 28 March 2009 for a period of 2 years.
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