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Vanuatu opens the worfirst underwater post office

Vanuatu has unveiled what it claims to be the world's first underwater post office providing jobs for four dive-accredited postal workers operating in shifts.

india Updated: Jul 01, 2003 10:29 IST

Vanuatu has unveiled what it claims to be the world's first underwater post office providing jobs for four dive-accredited postal workers operating in shifts.

But it isn't as silly as you might think -- provided you buy special waterproof postcards available from shops on terra firma here.

Then you scuba dive three metres down to have your postcards embossed with a waterproof stamp, specially created by Vanuatu Post to celebrate the 83-island archipelago's status as a marine paradise.

Vanuatu Tourism described the fibreglass post office as being surrounded by beds of coral and shoals of multicoloured fish in a marine sanctuary off Hideaway Island on the oustkirts of Port Vila.

It is all aimed at drawing attention to the diversity of Vanuatu's underwater world, and easily accessible dive sites.

"The landscape beneath the waters mirrors that found above: mountainous terrain with plunging cliffs, grottoes and overhangs, huge caves and intricate interconnecting underwater tunnels formed by frozen lava -- and life abundant over all," Vanuatu Tourism says.

"Sea fans, soft corals and acropora gardens, plate corals and sponges and thousands of curious fish" are there for all to see.

"Then there are wrecks! Planes, an old square rigger sailing ship, a destroyer and of course the mightiest shipwreck in the world, the SS 'President Coolidge'. Come with us on a voyage of discovery as you explore the world below Vanuatu's seas.