Dear English-speaking readers, this page is an automatic Google translation from a post originally written in French. My apologies for the weird sentences and the funny mistakes that could have been generated during the process. If you can read French, click on the French flag below to access the original text:
Surprise of the day: I received a postcard from Vanuatu. A waterproof card, sent from a post office ... underwater!
A postcard that comes from far away: Vanuatu!
"You have received a postcard, a colleague tells us that joins us at lunch time. A map that comes from far away ... " He saw that the mail had arrived in the locker of our service, at the newspaper's headquarters Ouest-France, reindeer.
I discover the postcard coming back from lunch. Someone put it on my desk.
It is Didier, a reader of Bubbles Underwater & Beyondwho sent it to me This passionate diver-traveler, had the pleasure of discovering Vanuatu, in July. We met IRL (in real life) in January 2013, at the diving lounge. I can not believe it ! At first I am very touched by this friendly attention, it is really adorable of him ...
And above all, this postcard is not trivial. Not only because it comes from the other side of the world, in full Oceania, but also because it was posted ... under the sea! I adooooore! ! ! ! ????
This waterproof postcard is made of a special material, which looks like paper but has the strength of plastic. Kitsch at wish, with a "pretty" photomontage, she represents the only and unique submarine post office of the world.
Unbelievable ! ! ! ????
The only underwater post office in the world
This is a real post office, all there is official.
It is located 3 meters deep, about 50 meters from the shore of the island of Vanuatu which bears the name of "Hideaway", Didier tells me, in the little word he writes to me on the back of the map. What a beautiful name!
To learn more about this unique post office in the world, accessible by scuba diving or snorkeling, I invite you to read this article published in 2011 on the site of Plongeur.com :
→ Underwater postman in Vanuatu, do you like it?
No, really, to receive a card posted under the water since Vanuatu, it is not banal ... And if one day I will dive there, I think that I will not resist the pleasure to post a me too . A thousand thanks for this wink traveler and underwater, Didier! ! !
Update : but the most incredible in history is what I just learned, just after posting this post, talking with Didier on Facebook. I copy-paste below his message:
"Nice that you like it, Corinne! ???? In fact, this idea came to me naturally, especially since it was original to say the least ... But the craziest thing in all of this is that I am surprised that it has reached you! ! Indeed, diving, I lost it! That means that someone found it, and put it in the box for me! Incredible and so doubly happy! ! ????"
Crazy, no? When we think of the number of things lost under the water and that we never find ... Even stronger than the bottle to the sea!
Finally, I also put below a video of the submarine post office, unearthed on YouTube (but cut the sound, the music hurts the ears):