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Underwater post office is open for business

Posted on Thursday, 10 August, 2017 | Comment icon 13 comments

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Located off the coast of Vanuatu, this unique post office allows you to send postcards underwater.
The peculiar establishment, which is situated 10ft beneath the surface of Mele Bay, opened in 2003 after the postmaster came up with the idea over drinks with a local resort owner.

Open to anyone with the ability to actually reach it, the post office offers scuba divers and swimmers with sufficient lung capacity the opportunity to post waterproof post cards entirely underwater.

"Every week hundreds of postcards are dropped off at the underwater post office," said postal manager Vira Timbaci who is responsible for ensuring that the mail gets collected each day.

"The number goes up when cruise ships come into port."

A flag displayed at the water's surface indicates to visitors that the post office is open for business while a post box is available on terra firma for those without sufficient diving experience.

"Swimming to the post office is a great way to see the local sea life," said Timbaci.

Source: Smithsonian Magazine | Comments (13)

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Comment icon #4 Posted by fred_mc on 10 August, 2017, 14:10
I remember reading about an underwater post office already several years ago, don't know if it was this one or another one.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Almighty Evan on 10 August, 2017, 16:02
Unless one can send mail to this post "office", it's nothing more than a mail box at which a person person (politically correct term for mailman, thanks, Johnny Hart) picks up outgoing mail. 
Comment icon #6 Posted by third_eye on 10 August, 2017, 18:11
Dangit ... I thought it was an underwear Post Office ... ~
Comment icon #7 Posted by paperdyer on 10 August, 2017, 20:13
New Orleans may want to look into these in case the levee breaks again due to storms.
Comment icon #8 Posted by RoofGardener on 10 August, 2017, 20:16
What a completely fatuous concept 
Comment icon #9 Posted by BeastieRunner on 10 August, 2017, 20:59
Come get me when I can get mail from it.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Sundew on 11 August, 2017, 15:26
It's all fun and games until a Tiger Shark eats the postman....
Comment icon #11 Posted by Torviking on 11 August, 2017, 21:41
Here's my postcard now send it off and make it snappy.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Captain Risky on 11 August, 2017, 22:06
...don't you mean snapper.
Comment icon #13 Posted by MissMelsWell on 14 August, 2017, 1:30
If I remember correctly, there's an underwater post box in the Maldives too.  My daughter lived in Vanuatu for a while... Theyre all jacked up on kava and funny ideas. They're also often ranked as the happiest people on Earth.

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