Not to be confused with New Kelp City.

Kelp Forest is a large forest that is on the outskirts of Bikini Bottom and the edge of Bottoms Up. It first appears in the episode "Club SpongeBob." It also appears in numerous SpongeBob SquarePants video games.


Instead of trees, there are huge kelp plants. It appears to be more like a jungle than a forest. It is inhabited by a large range of plants & animals. Inside, there is a meadow that SpongeBob, Patrick, and Squidward used as a camping area when they were trapped here in "Club SpongeBob."

Role in series

"Club SpongeBob"

Kelp Forest is the main setting of the episode. SpongeBob, Patrick, and Squidward land in it after Squidward tries to leave SpongeBob's clubhouse and accidentally causes the tree that it was on to bend and fly the clubhouse into the forest. Squidward attempts to escape. When he gives up, he tries to
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survive. SpongeBob and Patrick follow the advice of a toy called the "Magic Conch Shell." They do nothing until a conveniently timed airplane crash causes them to gain food because the pilot dropped the load, which were picnic supplies.

Squidward attempts to eat the food, but the Magic Conch Shell won't allow him to, nearly making him starve to death and making him angry. Eventually, a Forest Ranger arrives to save them, but he also follows the advice of the Magic Conch Shell, which leads the four to do nothing.

"Bummer Vacation"

Kelp Forest appears again when Mr. Krabs tries to get SpongeBob out of sight. When Krabs has had enough of SpongeBob's schemes to sneak back into the Krusty Krab, he tells him that he will take him home. However, they drive past SpongeBob's house and end up in Kelp Forest. Using SpongeBob's spatula, Mr. Krabs tells SpongeBob to go fetch it and SpongeBob does, but before he can get back, Mr. Krabs is gone.

"To Save a Squirrel"

Kelp Forest is the main setting of the episode once again. SpongeBob and Patrick try to survive after falling out of Sandy's truck. In the end, Sandy reveals that it was a test to see if they were strong enough to survive.

"Eek, an Urchin!"

After a run in with some sea urchins, SpongeBob is tasked to get rid of them. He goes farther away from the Krusty Krab and eventually comes to the Kelp Forest. He calls Mr. Krabs, who tells him to go farther.

"Food Con Castaways"

When SpongeBob, Patrick, Squidward, and Mr. Krabs are trying to get to the Food Con, SpongeBob and Patrick grow tired, and
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Squidward suggests to Mr. Krabs that they stop at the forest for the night. They only have one Krabby Patty left, and Patrick, Squidward, and Mr. Krabs want to eat it, but SpongeBob won't give it to them, as the Krabby Patty is for the Food Con. When they chase SpongeBob, they run out of Kelp Forest and make it to the Food Con.

"Cave Dwelling Sponge"

SpongeBob and Patrick are going for
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a nature walk in the forest and discover an ice cave. The titular sponge, Spongy Spongy, is found in this cave.

"Don't Feed the Clowns"

After concluding that the little clown is not fit for a job, SpongeBob cuts some kelp in Kelp Forest, using a machete, and reveals the nearby slapstick plains, which the little clown happily enters.

"Pineapple RV"

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Kamp Koral

The Kelp Forest will be the main location of the upcoming "Kamp Koral" spin-off.

Role in video games

Battle for Bikini Bottom

Kelp Forest appears when SpongeBob has to save some campers. In the PC version of the game, the robots kidnapped Gary and kept him in the forest.

The Yellow Avenger

Kelp Forest appears when SpongeBob has to hide something for Patrick, get some kelp for Gary's snail food, and deliver some pickles to customers who got Krabby Patties that don't have pickles on them.

Bikini Bottom 500

Kelp Forest is one of the race tracks' themes.

SpongeBob's Atlantis SquarePantis

Kelp Forest appears in the DS version.

SpongeBob's Truth or Square

Kelp Forest appears as the location in the second level titled "Meeting Sandy Cheeks."

In-show history

In "SB-129," there is a small area in which the Primitive Sponge either ate or lived. This area might be where Kelp Forest began.

Notable areas

  • Kelp Swamp is a large swamp in the middle of Kelp Forest. It consists of various islands alongside the swampy waters.
  • Kelp Caves are a large cavern in the middle of Kelp Forest. To get here, one must go across the bridge that is located in the Kelp Swamp. It is slightly maze-like in design.
  • Kelp Vines are an area outside of Kelp Caves, consisting of a large vine slide. Mermaid Man is the world record owner of the slide for reasons unknown.
  • Club SpongeBob Camping Area is a clearing in the middle of the forest, which was briefly inhabited by SpongeBob, Patrick, and Squidward after they were hurled here by SpongeBob's kelp tree.
  • Kelp Forest Road is a road that runs through Kelp Forest. It is only seen in the episode "Bummer Vacation," when Mr. Krabs drivez SpongeBob far away from the Krusty Krab in an attempt to keep him from coming back until after his vacation time is up. It is most likely the road that is used for hikers.


  • "The String"- The kelp forest was presumably destroyed when SpongeBob unraveled all of Bikini Bottom and the Milky Way with the string.


Employee of the Month game install screen

Kelp Forest in Employee of the Month install screen

  • Kelp Forest is displayed on the boot-up/installation window for the Employee of the Month game, although it is not a location in the game. There is also a restaurant located on top of a quaint hill that's rising out of Kelp Forest, called "Sublime Seafoods."
  • Due to the thickness of the kelp and the size of the forest, it is very easy to get lost here.
  • The backgrounds of the "The Thing" and "Hide and Then What Happens?" title cards resembles Kelp Forest.
Locations (VE)


Bikini Bottom (Dead Eye GulchBikini BottomshirePlanktopolis) • EncinoRock BottomBottom's Up!Tentacle AcresNew Kelp CityBass VegasDullsvilleFar-Out-VilleUkulele BottomAtlantisShell CityBurbank

Bikini Bottom Areas

Bikini AtollJellyfish FieldsGoo Lagoon (Mussel Beach) • Kelp ForestSand MountainIndustrial ParkSulfur FieldsDutchman's TriangleDavy Jones' lockerMake-Out ReefMt. BikiniMt. Bikini BottomBikini Bottom Tar PitsMount Climb-up-and-Fall-offRippers' ReefBrain Coral FieldsThe County Line

Bikini Bottom Residence

SpongeBob's housePatrick's houseSquidward's houseMr. Krabs and Pearl's houseSandy's treedomeMrs. Puff's houseFlying Dutchman's shipHarold and Margaret SquarePants' houseGrandma SquarePants' houseBottomite housesSquilliam's towerMrs. Tentacles' houseBetsy Krabs' houseBubble Buddy's houseDoodleBob's houseOld Man Jenkins' houseNorma Rechid's houseBlue SquarePants' houseBlackJack's houseFast mansionMs. Mildred's mansionWidow Duncan's house

Bikini Bottom Establishments

Krusty Krab (Rusty KrabKrabby O'Monday'sKrusty Krab 2) • Chum BucketMrs. Puff's Boating SchoolBarg'N-MartGoofy Goober's Ice Cream Party BoatReef CinemaShady Shoals Rest HomeMermalairSea NeedleRecreation CenterBikini Bottom Recreation CenterBikini Bottom SchoolBikini Bottom High SchoolBikini Bottom UniversityBikini Bottom MallBikini Bottom Post OfficeBank of Bikini Bottom BankBikini Bottom MintBikini Bottom JailBikini Bottom Police DepartmentPolice StationBikini Bottom Fire DepartmentBikini Bottom HospitalBikini Bottom AirportBikini Bottom LibraryBikini Bottom SupermarketBikini Bottom BakeryBikini Bottom GarbageBikini Bottom MoversFirst Nautical BankBankCourt HouseBikini RealtyHotelLarry's GymGymThe DumpPoseidon Elementary SchoolAdult Learning CenterBottom of the Hill CommunityFlower archBikini Bottom Zoo (Oyster Stadium) • Bikini Bottom MuseumBikini Bottom Museum of BoatingHook MuseumFry Cook MuseumStuffGrab-it MartDinerJuice BarFancy!KelpshakePizza CastleShell ShackFlabby Patty ShackSea Chicken ShackRusty's Rib EyeStinky BurgersCemeteryFloater's CemeteryKRUMGlove World!Glove UniverseCoral CarnivalValentine's Day CarnivalFun ArcadeBikini Bottom ArcadeToy BarrelIce CreamIce CreamBunny BunsThe Wash!Sizzling Spring SaunaFancy SpringsPamper IslandSunny Shore ResortsSuper Mega Mall WorldBikini Bottom Outskirts Outlet Mega-MallBassCar Baytona 400PlaygroundPalace of PranksMagic ShopNear Mint Comic BooksBigshot RecordsAngry Jack's Shell EmporiumJewelry StoreFlower ShopPerfume ShoppeNoses 'n ThingsTom's TooleryHatsWigs & HairpiecesBikini Bottom Folk VillageSeashell ParkSnail ParkPet ParkFish Hooks ParkFast Food ColiseumMedieval MomentsThe Main DrainTough TavernThe Salty SpitoonWeenie Hut JuniorsSuper Weenie Hut JuniorsWeenie Hut GeneralBikini Bottom Pillow FoundryMattress DiscountMattresses & Then SomeRest HomeGrandma's Tea HouseOld Man Jenkins' barnShelly SuperhighwayKing Neptune's castle

Non-Bikini Bottom Locations

TexasMoonPoseidomeKarate IslandInferno IslandSun-N-Fun IslandBikini Bottom TriangleGranny's houseTea ParlorNowhereGreat Barrier ReefCharted Caverns of LemuriaThe Remote IslandKahmamoku CoveSandy's islandIsland in the SkyServis StashunThug TugIce CreamThe TrenchWinchell ApartmentsVats of Acid "R" UsPatchy's houseDon's Import Store & DelicatessenThe Poop DeckNickelodeon Animation StudioNowhereDoodle DimensionFly of DespairHorned Forest

Video Game Locations

Goo Lagoon PierVillain Containment System AreaRock Bottom MuseumTrench of Advanced DarknessSki LodgeGuppy MoundFlounder HillRevenge of the bride of Plankton's other BrainKelp SwampKelp CavesKelp VinesFlying Dutchman's Graveyard (Graveyard of Ships) • SpongeBob's dreamPatrick's DreamBikinos BottosDoodle Patrick's houseSquid Doodle's houseDoodle Grandma SquarePants' houseUptown Bikini BottomBikini Bottom OutskirtsRay's Organic Tanning SalonWSEA TVRusty AnchorMarlin's CaveSardine's SundriesOxygen SpringsWaverly HillsCarlton Ritts' houseCowfish Craig's shackSublime SeafoodsNeptune's ParadiseDead LandsUndersea DesertKelpazoic JungleSand StadiumTentacle Acres Cocoa ShopShipwreck ReefConstruction siteHigh Rise apartmentsChum WorldMonster CavernsMount TritonWhelk-MartDriving You Nuts!SpongeBob's pineapple gardenSquirrel Museum of NutsMuShip GraveyardSeed ShopSpice ShackTreat Shop • • The Center of the EarthSix Clams Adventure LandOkey Dokey CorralHotel Deep SixFin LockerHotel Deep SixThe Mysterious Old Abandoned Factory

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