Naitaba

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Naitauba Island shown in the Lau Islands

Naitamba Island[1][2] (Naitauba,[3] Naitaba[4]) is an island of the northern Lau Islands of Fiji. It is a triangular shaped island approximately 2.4 km (1.5 mi) in diameter.[5] The island is volcanic with coral and rises to 186 metres (610 ft) on a flat-topped hill toward the southern end of the island.[6] The island is forested and coconuts were grown commercially for copra. There is a barrier reef completely surrounding the island.[6]

History[edit]

In 1965 the actor Raymond Burr and his partner purchased 1,625 hectares (4,015 acres) on the island,[7] where they raised copra and cattle.[8] This land was sold in 1983 to Johannine Daist Communion for the use of Adi Da,[9] with a purchase price of $2.1 million.[10]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Naitamba Island (Approved)" Naitaba at GEOnet Names Server, United States National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
  2. ^ Henderson, George Cockburn (1933) The Discoverers of the Fiji Islands: Tasman, Cook, Bligh, Wilson, Bellinghausen J. Murray, London, page 203, OCLC 56000674
  3. ^ "Naitauba (Variant)" Naitaba at GEOnet Names Server, United States National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
  4. ^ "Naitaba (Variant) " Naitaba at GEOnet Names Server, United States National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
  5. ^ Bartholomew, John George (1890) The Royal Atlas & Gazetteer of Australasia T. Nelson, London, gazetteer page 35, OCLC 25600847
  6. ^ a b United States Hydrographic Office (1916) Pacific Islands Pilot Volume II (Eastern Groups) US Navy, Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C., page 462, OCLC 36732916
  7. ^ Mersmann, Andrew (April 2008) "Robert Benevides: Raymond Burr Vineyards, Sonoma County, California" Passport Online, last accessed 23 November 2010
  8. ^ "Raymond Burr Vineyards History". Raymondburrvineyards.com. Retrieved 30 March 2010. 
  9. ^ Duke, Lynne (12 June 2005). "Deep Throat's Daughter, The Kindred Free Spirit". Washington Post. Retrieved 23 November 2010. 
  10. ^ Stanley, David (1992) Fiji Islands Handbook (3rd edition) Moon Publications, Chico, California, page 192, ISBN 0-918373-92-1


Coordinates: 17°01′S 179°17′W / 17.017°S 179.283°W / -17.017; -179.283