Thursday, January 27, 2011

Cocos (Keeling) Islands New Stamps on Boats

The remote Cocos (Keeling) Islands are dependent upon boats in their daily life and are also a haven for water-based activities. This stamp issue features four types of watercraft used around the islands. 

Jukongs (60c) These Malay sailing boats are an end result of generations of Scottish and Malay adaptations. The bottom is broad and bears a keel of about 150mm. Larger jukongs are sailed at least once a year during Hari Raya festivals.
Small boat ($1.20) Small boats are popular with the younger generation and are ideal for travelling across the lagoon or similar short trips.
Glass-bottom boat ($1.80) This Glass bottom-boat allows tourists to observe the unique marine life swimming beneath them.
Yacht ($3.00) Numerous yachts visit the islands each year, particularly those making around-the-world voyages. Direction Island is an ideal sanctuary. 

Issue highlights
This is the first time a stamp pack has been produced for a Cocos (Keeling) Islands stamp issue.

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