Thursday, April 26, 2007

Underwater post office




This was found in Gadling the Traveler's weblog
Underwater Post Offices and Mailboxes Around the World

Posted Apr 23rd 2007 1:36PM by Willy Volk
Filed under: Scuba Diving

Underwater post office with the proliferation of WiFi and cell phones, does anybody mail postcards or "real letters" anymore?
Well, I have to admit, I do "write" a real letter or post card every now and then, right "M"?
If you are one of those people that love to get snail mail from a friend or send it, there is a unique place you can send it from.

1. Vanuatu Post created the world's first Underwater Post Office. Situated within a marine sanctuary off Hideaway Island, this Post Office, staffed by a postal employee, can receive mail if you are a visiting diver or snorkeler. The best part? The lines are always short.

2. On Japan's southeastern coast, there's a mailbox 33 feet beneath the water -- the deepest mailbox on record. Each day, the contents are collected from the box, which reportedly contains as many as 200 pieces of mail. Conveniently, the group who developed this post office also invented Surumail: edible, squid-flavored postcards.

3. Malaysia's Reef Dive Resort has set up what it believes to be that country's first underwater mailbox. Any mail sent through this mailbox is sealed inside a plastic bag and postmarked with a special stamp.

4. St. Thomas, USVI, has an underwater post office inside its Underwater Observatory, which means you can get the "underwater stamp" without getting "underwater wet."

5. Paradise Island, in the Bahamas, boasts an underwater mailbox adjacent to a spiraling 100-foot tower.


How cool is that?
Let me know if any of you have had the opportunity to visit one of these underwater post offices.


Have a wonderful day!
~xo

14 comments:

Michael Dingler said...

I will indeed provide testimony that you do actually send real mail on occasion. Hear Ye. Hear Ye. However, I've never gotten an underwater postmark...hint hint

Kirsten N. Namskau said...

We live in a crazy world ...

rob said...

Is it still April 1st in Alabama? ;)

jiggs said...

Just thinking about mailing something underwater gets me so wet. ;)

john said...

That's really cool.Who is the Postmaster there? Aquaman !

danny said...

i like to sleep with underwater postman.

it's a hard habit to break.

EBEZP said...

That is way cool! Oh and wet! Oh and allegedly real!
Nice 1 Lee Ann

JLee said...

What happens when they "go postal"?

Crabby said...

Yanno, I wonder if there's a newpaper office down there too. My paper keeps getting here so wet the print runs together and I have to hang it over chairs to dry. I assumed the paper delivery gal just slobbered a lot but....

hotboy said...

What?!!! Hotboy

BeckEye said...

Thank goodness. I can't count how many times I've been deep sea diving and suddenly remember that I have a letter to mail out.

Neo said...

Snag - Wow, I thought you were joking until I read that. How odd!
Now you can get water in your ear and pickup your bills! Genius!!

Peace & Hugs,

- Neo

Malnurtured Snay said...

I wish I had the opportunity to use an underwater post office.

Fame said...

alrighty then