July 5, 2014
1127 FIJI - Natadola Beach
Located in the South Pacific Ocean, at about 2,000 km northeast of New Zealand's North Island, and comprising 332 islands and 522 islets, Fiji is endowed with forest, mineral, and fish resources, being a developing country with a large subsistence agriculture sector. Tourism has expanded rapidly since the early 1980s and is the leading economic activity in the islands. The largest island and also the site of the nation's capital, Suva, is Viti Levu, home to 70% of the population (about 600,000) and the hub of the entire Fijian archipelago. Its size is comparable with The Big Island of Hawaii or slightly smaller than Connecticut.
The centre of the island is forested and includes the nation's highest peak Mount Tomanivi (otherwise Mount Victoria) rising to 1,324m, but it has also beaches. Natadola Beach (the Coral Coast) is considered one of Fiji's best beaches, featuring pure white sand, clear azure waters, all-tide swimming and reef snorkeling, and many much-needed shade trees and horses for hire. As most of the Fiji islands, Viti Levu has bathtublike lagoons lapping on coral sands draped by coconut palms. Unfortunately, the lagoon is shallow at low tide, thus limiting watersports for half the day.
About the stamp
The stamp, depicting a mangrove heron (Butorides striata), is part of a 1995 definitive series of eight on Fijian land birds. Stamp was overprinted with a new rate in 2006.
sent from Suva (Viti Levu / Fiji), on 11.06.2014