New addition to the oddball collection.
Vanuatu Post has created an official Post Office with a difference. It is the world's only Underwater Post Office.
Situated within the Hideaway Island marine sanctuary, the Post Office is staffed by Post Office personnel who completed their Open Water dive training at Hideaway Island.
As the bottom of the post office sits in around three metres of water both divers and snorkelers are able to post special "waterproof postcards". If snorkelers cannot duck-dive down that far, Hideaway Island staff will be on the spot to help out.
During opening hours the cards will be cancelled/embossed by the postal staff in the Underwater Post Office. Instead of being stamped with ink to show that the card has been sent, the Post office has developed a new embossed cancellation device.
Out of hours the post cards can be posted in the underwater post box attached to the post office or taken to the main post office in town. All are guaranteed to receive the special cancellation from this unique underwater paradise before being delivered both locally and internationally.
Placed on site by Vanuatu Post, this official and currently unique postal location was opened for business on Monday May 26, 2003. A special flag floats above the site when there are postal workers in the water.
This new Post Office recognises that the Republic of Vanuatu's is made up of 83 islands and is a marine paradise. The sea is such an important part of life in Vanuatu so in addition to opening the worlds first Underwater Post Office, Vanuatu Post has issued a new stamp issue and minisheet featuring snorkelling.