Underwater post office [Staffed]
Last updated: November 15, 2017 at 18:03 pm
Vanuatu Post Hideaway Island (Port Vila) – The post office is only 50 m (164 ft) offshore and at just three metres below the surface. Thousands of visitors have posted one of the special waterproof postcards available in Vanuatu. The cards are collected regularly by one of Vanuatu Post’s four trained scuba divers and “canceled” underwater with an embossing cachet. Mail that requires a normal Underwater Post Office date stamp is canceled in the Main Post Office. Since opening in 2003, the underwater post office has received over 100,000 visitors. The underwater branch is manned daily for usually about an hour, longer on cruise ship days or with demand. “I love working at the underwater branch,” says VPL’s Samuel Robert. “It’s great fun and really pleasing to see so many visitors each day who cannot believe their eyes!”
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Jeffrey Gallant is the Editor-in-Chief and Records Keeper of the Diving Almanac. He is also a contributing editor of DIVER Magazine, and the scientific director of the Greenland Shark and Elasmobranch Education and Research Group (GEERG). Jeffrey started diving in 1982.