It is hard to believe that mailboxes have been created underwater around the world but there are many that exist. With technology such as email, text along with other forms or real-time messaging, it is strange that there is a need for mailboxes. For the last decade, the use of mailboxes have declined but there is still a great enough demand for them to continue until technology improves even greater.
It is very strange that underwater mailboxes exist as to collect your post you have to literally put on scuba gear to get to them. They are completely different and below we will show you where the best underwater mailboxes are located.
1 – Vanuatu, Hideaway Island
As well as having an underwater mailbox Vanuatu also has one at the top of a live volcano. It was the first place that established an underwater mailbox which is 3 meters under the water. People who live their or are on holiday can send letters or postcard specially designed to be waterproof. To post or collect they must dive down to the mailbox, if unable to do so there is staff on hand that will do it for you.
2 – Japan, Susami Bay
The Susami Bay underwater mailbox is under 33 ft of water and used to be the deepest underwater mailbox. The Bay is a small town of around 5,000 people and its main industry is fishing. The underwater mailbox was created back in 1999 and is still used to this day. Since its inception, it has received 32,000 packages and on average 1,000 – 1,5000 per year are delivered.
3 – Malaysia, Pulau Layang-Layang
The underwater mailbox located in Pulau Layang-Layang is the deepest found anywhere in the world with a depth of 131ft. It has only been installed since 2015 and there are plans for more in the region. They are hoping that it will help to attract diving tourist to the area with is a diving paradise.
4 – Norway, Risor
You are not going to have to be afraid of the cold to pick up your post at the underwater mailbox at Risor in Norway. The town is extremely small but has a stunning coast located in Southern Norway. It is surrounded by lots of hills and small lakes.
This underwater mailbox provides a lot more than the others listed above as it functions fully as a post office. It is the only one of its kind in the world and if you like to sample unique and crazy things, it is well worth a visit. If you do tend to go, it will have to be during the summer as it is only operational then.
It is 13 ft underwater and sits next to a pier and it is constructed from an old diving bell. It enables it to keep dry while been underwater. When it was first introduced it was a great success but over the year the numbers of posts have dwindled and costs have increased. It closed on a temporary basis during 2011 but the local tourism businesses along with the tourism board got together and all contributed to keeping it open.