Kelp Forest is a large forest that is on the outskirts of Bikini Bottom. 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 is found in this cave.

"Don't Feed the Clowns"

After concluding that little clown is not fit for a job, SpongeBob cuts some kelp in Kelp Forest, using a machete, and reveals a colorful world full of clowns, which little clown happily enters.

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.


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 BottomRock BottomNew Kelp CityAtlantis

Bikini Bottom Areas

Goo LagoonJellyfish FieldsKelp ForestDead Eye Gulch

Bikini Bottom Residence

120 Conch Street122 Conch Street124 Conch StreetSandy's treedome3451 Anchor WayMrs. Puff's houseBetsy Krabs' houseGrandma SquarePants' house

Bikini Bottom Establishments

Barg'N-MartChum BucketKrusty KrabMermalairMrs. Puff's Boating SchoolBikini Bottom MallGoofy Goober's Ice Cream Party BoatHatsReef CinemaBikini Bottom JailBikini Bottom High SchoolBikini Bottom HospitalGymThe Salty SpitoonAdult Learning CenterBottom of the Hill Community