In Vanuatu, there is an underwater post office! Incredible ... Thank you, Didier!
In Vanuatu, there is an underwater post office! Incredible ... Thank you, Didier!

A postcard mailed under the sea in Vanuatu

Dear English-speaking readers, this page is an automatic Google translation from a post originally written in French. My apologies for the strange sentences and the funny mistakes that could gave been generated during the process. If you can read French, the original and correct version can be found here PetitesBullesdAilleurs.fr

  Between Two Journeys

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!

Where is 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! ! ! ! 😃

In Vanuatu, there is an underwater post office! Incredible ... Thank you, Didier!
In Vanuatu, there is an underwater post office! Incredible ... Thank you, Didier!

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

The Vanuatu Underwater Post Office, with his postman-diver.
The Vanuatu Underwater Post Office, with his postman-diver.

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!

The post office even has its official website (in English):
Underwater Post Office - Vanuatu Post

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):

  Between Two Journeys

  1. @Corinne: mission accomplished so !! This map is "a collector" saw the road strewn with pitfalls that she traveled, since lost in the big blue during my dive, and found by a happy and anonymous hand !! I am happy !! 🙄

  2. That's right, Vanuatu (kantri blong mifala ... no joke with the Vanuatu elected Happiest country in the world in 2006) has the chic to offer improbable post offices, there is another on the banks of the Yasur, a nice volcano, active 24/365, that can be climbed almost backward so his ascent is easy.

    So obviously, the postcard is inevitable: back to the office, it is the class of the return to have sent a map of a volcano or an underwater post, to his favorite colleagues.

    Well, besides these funny things, it still pissed me off when I returned in 2009 to see that Port Vila must be the only capital in the world to have no cinema or bookstore anymore ... my time, we spent our kids lives to see 3 StarWars sessions as a result .... ahh (sigh) 🙄

    A book to send to you, urgently, Corinne: "Everisamting yu wanem save blong toktok bislama be yu fraet long askem", language method Bichelamar in comics. Collector.

    And for Didier who had the chance to visit Vanuatu, I hope you did not miss to eat a tuluk at VIla market This is the best snack IN THE WORLD .. 😮 so! if! I swear!

    1. @curious traveler: who knows? One day may be the tickets will be waterproof too !! But in any case, if I had lost one in the water, no doubt I would never have found him, for the pleasure of his new owner! 😆

    2. @Ludovic: it is true that this box also exists in Yasur, but obviously, the difference is that we can not dive into the crater !! 😉 And me, I found it very funny, even if it's for tourists (not very many anyway!) The Yasur is very accessible, and it's good for those who are not very physical: but, it is a whole other pair of sleeve, to go on the volcano Garet on GAUA (5 h of walk + 1 h dugout + 2/3 hours of ascent, on the go! Idem on Ambrym, for The Marum and Benbow (4 h + 2 h one way) and all this in difficult conditions! 😛 For Vila, everything evolves, slowly but surely !! It is currently building a huge shopping center (Chinese!) With cinema , restaurant, shops, etc. (2014/2015) But the budget still does not exist to redo the broken roads (it was planned for independence day of 30/7/2013) ... 😳 Finally, a food point of view, obviously, I am of the style tasted in local (Laplap, tarot, kava !!) I went regularly eaten at the market of Santo, but not Vila, because I was lodged Homestays and only stayed one night just before my return to France. I note for comics that I have not seen there: you know where we can find it? 🙂

  3. This hardly credible story could be the prelude to a short story written by a modern day siren ... Why not?

  4. @Corinne: Yes, of course, Vanuatu how can you not put it in your travel list. By cons diving side except on the Coolidge, it is clearly not at the level of Fiji or even the New Cal (although it hurts me to say that of the country where I grew up ... 🙁). The largest wreck in the world (The Coolidge), the most accessible volcano in the world (Yasur), the most beautiful beach in the world (Champagne beach), the best snack in the world (Tuluk made by the women of Melé in the market of Vila). Vanuatu definitely the country "more". 😆

    @Didier: I had all the trouble in the world to get the copy of the method of bislama illustrated in comics, I had found two copies at the supermarket Namba2 in Vila (100m from my old house actually) I have not seen it elsewhere. Especially since there are no bookstores in Vila or Santo.
    So you missed Vila's tuluk! Il Then you MUST go back !!!

    1. Well ... well for the comics, but thank you for the answer! 🙁
      To go back there ?? Ah! But if I could, I'd always be out on the other side of the world! 🙄
      As for diving in Vanuatu, a subject that interests Corinne to the highest degree, I am not sure that this would be the ideal destination for our diver! This is not a spot among the most famous! For lack of time, I did only 2 dives, one on the wreck of the "USS Coolidge" and the other on "One million dollars point": I did not find that awesome! It is true that the conditions were terrible: rain, wind, swell, visibility very bad ... In short, not a good memory for me. In addition, I find the dive club very "limit": equipment in poor condition, briefing almost non-existent, weird levels, and do not trust the computer! Never seen ! I chose Santo Island Diving because it's the only one that has a boat !! And yes, with Allan Power for example, (other club) it's swimming you have to go there! A little training course! That's less of a point of view. Still, I keep an excellent memory of Vanuatu for everything else! 🙄

  5. @Didier: Mouais, Santo Island Diving, not sure it's the best choice, it's the new ones this may explain this, having a boat is not at all important, knowing it's a diving from the edge! 😆
    Allan Power is the discoverer of this wreck, he himself totals 15,000 dives on it and his senior guides a minimum of 5,000 each, unlike SID, they have a "laid out base" in front of the Coolidge and an artificial reef that allows do the steps with blocks of safety. Doing a dive with Alfred or Garry is a real pleasure and a fun party, nothing to do with a supposed training commando, on the contrary, I also plunged Coolidge at Allan Power with a photo editor Lonely Planet which was really in roots mode discovery (and by comparison, it is usually a former bifinal mid-alcoholic mi-mytho who advises the SID in Santo on the French forums, likely that you had some information a little ... hmmh ... biased on the part of the character).
    Also, it's unfortunate that you did only one dive on the Coolidge, Allan Power offer a 3-day program to get used to the depth and to show you around the most interesting places, with the diving bridge-walk "discovery", you can not really realize the complexity of the place, there are quite strange atmospheres, Alien spaceship type, and I do not even talk about night diving with phosphorescent fish. 😯
    Otherwise Aquamarine are the specialists of Tek and they have a very good experience of Coolidge in trimix or rebreather.

    That Vanuatu is not always consistent at the level of diving is what I said above, however the Coolidge is very clearly a must even for those who like me do not like wrecks and there is when same matter to make more coral dives on the side of PortVila in Moso, Lelepa or on the Tongoa wall.
    Knowing that Corinne does not stop at the dive aspect sensu stricto, I think she would find no harm in balancing her time underwater with land aspects well above the average of other Pacific islands , whether cultural or natural. 😉

  6. @Ludo: My choice to go to SID was not only related to the boat: they are the only ones who make wreck dive and reef dives (and here, though, it takes a boat!) 😉. And I absolutely wanted to do both! Unfortunately, a busy schedule and weather conditions decided otherwise! 😡; As for the gugus you want to talk about, it's a certain "Laurent" is not it? But to me, old briscard, we do not do it! I quickly realized who I was dealing with before leaving! Confirmed on the spot by local contacts. So, no, no influence from him in my choice! As for Aquamarine, it does not really have the rating ....
    No regrets not to have done more on the Coolidge, the rest has largely met my expectations! 🙄

  7. Too good to see that, I sent exactly the same postcard too from Hideaway Island in Vanuatu, and I also sent it from Mount Yasur to Tanna. Moreover, I want to add that all around the post office underwater, it is also the most beautiful corner of snorkelling of Vanuatu (well almost the only one). And the comments of Didier and Ludovic are very interesting. Indeed, Corinne, the Pacific will surely please you a lot, and it is necessary to devote several months to it. I had the chance to sail sailing from Fiji to Australia. And it's in Fiji, that I spent my PADI open water, in the Yasawas, superb. And a few weeks later, I was diving on the Coolidge and indeed, I think that Allan Power is very competent and that to do several dives is really worth, I did 4 over 2 days and went to see "The Lady" at 42 m and the swimming pool at 55 m, an incredible experience.

    1. @Emilyz: Arf, thank you for all these details ... You make me dream with your suggestions for the Pacific. It will be necessary for me to release time, a next day, to take advantage of it as it is necessary ...
      8)

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