Mystery behind an abandoned Boeing 737 that sat in a field for Bali for years – so how did it end up there?
- The Boeing 737 rests in a large ditch in a field just off the busy Raya Nusa Dua Selatan highway in Bali
- It has been sitting there for years and has become a popular tourist attraction
- Locals suggested a businessman wanted to open a restaurant with the plane
- It is said that he had abandoned the project after running out of money
- It’s part of a collection of random planes in weird places in the tourist hotspot
An abandoned Boeing 737 is parked in the middle of a field in Bali and has sat there for years and is now a popular tourist attraction.
The large plane is in a limestone quarry near the Raya Nusa Dua Selatan highway, not far from Pandawa Beach – a tourist center.
Some Balinese have suggested that the plane was brought in disassembled parts and reassembled there by an ambitious entrepreneur who wanted to run a restaurant inside.
However, rumor has it that the restorer ran out of money to complete the project, leaving the aircraft abandoned in the quarry.
The aircraft is seated with runway stairs seen leaning against the main entrance.
The abandoned plane on Bali’s Bukit peninsula (pictured) has sat there for years and has become a popular tourist attraction
The Boeing 737 (pictured) lives out its retirement near a limestone quarry near the tourist hub of Pandawa Beach in Bali
The 737 on the ground near a major highway (pictured) would have had its parts brought there and reassembled on site for a tourist attraction
The plane has become a tourist attraction with a travel guide saying it’s hard to spot and sits next to a collection of shipping containers (far left)
The plane has become a tourist attraction with a travel guide saying it’s hard to spot and sits next to a collection of shipping containers.
The attached aircraft has no identification or markings on it.
It’s not the only retired Boeing 737 on the island, as other decommissioned planes have been spotted in other parts, some used as tourist attractions.
One of them rests right next to nearby Dunkin Donuts, with its wing resting on the wall of the restaurant.
A Boeing sits next to a Dunkin Donuts restaurant in Bali (pictured) 6km from Kuta Beach and was thought to be used as an event venue, or an abandoned restaurant or a blueprint for the new home of somebody
Some have guessed that this jet, which has no engines, was another abandoned restaurant idea or planned to be used as a home.
It is believed to have been around since 2007 and was used as an event venue in 2018.
Another retired aircraft was seen atop a cliff on Nyang-Nyang beach in 2021.
The plane was transported to the top of a seaside cliff in Bali last year thanks to the investment of Felix Demin.
Last year, Demin said he hoped the attraction would help revive the region’s tourism sector, which was hit hard when Indonesia’s borders were in the midst of the Covid pandemic.
He expects it to become a popular photography spot and plans to convert the plane into tourist accommodation.
The Russian entrepreneur and Bali resident told AFP the disassembled plane was about to be sold as scrap to China when he bought it.
It took a week to transport the parts of the plane to the cliff after obtaining the necessary access permits.
Demin said the project offered hope for a tourism revival in Bali, but some social media users expressed concern that it would spoil the sea view.
On the seaside cliffs of Nyang-Nyang Beach on the Bukit Peninsula was half a Boeing that was there to lure tourists, with plans for it to be turned into a villa (pictured, in 2021)
The Nyang-Nyang Beach attraction in Bali (pictured in 2021) shows disassembled aircraft parts
More Boeing jet parts are displayed on Bali’s Nyang-Nyang beach (pictured, in 2021)