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Manatu Island .:. an Irukandji simulator by Xay Tomsen

Manatu Island ~ a virtual world sim in Second Life by Xay Tomsen

NOTE: This page is about Manatu Island in Second Life. You can find the InWorldz version here: Manatu Island in InWorldz.

Manatu Island map

  • Size: 6.5536 hectares
  • Grid: Second Life
  • Online: 2007-2009
  • Use: Residential
  • Terrain: hand terraformed

Manatu Island was the eighth sim I built on the Irukandji continent in Second Life.

Part of Tamita State, the island followed on quickly from the vastly successful Alantay Island, and given that success, I terraformed and laid out the parcels on Manatu Island in a similar format as well.

Perhaps needless to say, the properties on Manatu Island were quickly snapped up, and like Alantay, it became one of the great success stories of Irukandji's time on the Second Life grid.

Aboyo River enters Manatu Island from Tiamo Reef 2008

Manatu Island remained online for over two years and during its time, Manatu Island supported a population of around 20 landowners from USA, Australia, Mexico, The Netherlands, UK, Russia, France, and Spain.

We often jokingly referred to Manatu Island as the local branch of the United Nations, though in hindsight, that diversity was probably typical of most of the Irukandji islands.

Of the landscape, Manatu Island was essentially a series of small atolls separated by waist deep canals.

The slightly deeper Aboyo River, which doubled as an underwater section of the Trans Irukandji Causeway ran through the island from Tasman Sea in the east, then turned sharply north to flow into Tiamo Reef.

Regions that adjoined Manatu Island were Sulawesi Bay, Pinjarra Island, Tiamo Reef, Mount Aboyo Island, and Tasman Sea.

Not surprisingly, when it came time to build another version of the Irukandji Continent some years later on the InWorldz virtual world, I again created a sim called Manatu Island. It too would proves successful, but not in the way this version did.

I hold no particular fondness for the latter version, but nearly ten years since the original, there is still something beautifully haunting about it.

Irukandji Ministry of Heritage and Culture

Perhaps no more tribal and colonial history has been written about any other region of Irukandji than Manatu Island, from how it gained its name, to civil war, and to the eventual independence of the kingdom. You can read its history in Tales of Irukandji.

Below are a few more photographs of Manatu Island from the era. If you would like to explore more of the Irukandji continent, check out the main Islands of Irukandji page.

Andrew Thompson a.k.a. Xay Tomsen

Manatu Island Photo Gallery

Photo shoot for Calypso clothing at Manatu Island
Photo shoot for Calypso clothing at Manatu Island
16 June 2007
Aboyo River at Manatu Island 2009
Aboyo River at Manatu Island 2009
9 June 2009
Eastern shore of Manatu Island
Stilt cabin on eastern shore of Manatu Island
29 July 2009
Recreant family plot
The historical Recreant family plot at Manatu Island
23 July 2009