Bali has multiple abandoned Boeing 737s with mysterious origins

  • While famed for its beaches and culture, numerous abandoned Boeing 737s are cropping up around Bali
  • They’ve gradually become tourist attractions and even hotels
  • But nobody knows how they got there


Published on Jun 19, 2024 at 10:14 PM (UTC+4)
by Amelia Jean Hershman-Jones

Last updated on Jun 20, 2024 at 12:58 PM (UTC+4)
Edited by Tom Wood

While famed for its beaches and culture, numerous abandoned Boeing 737s are cropping up around Bali – and nobody knows how they got there.

One appeared out of nowhere, spending years in a quarry before becoming a luxury hotel.

In fact, they’ve all become tourist attractions – but how did they get there?

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The most famous of the abandoned Boeing 737s

The most photographed is perhaps the Boeing 737-200 that sat in a carved limestone quarry for years.

It was in a hidden spot along Jalan Nusa Dua Selatan, five minutes from Pandawa Beach.

According to, the Boeing 737-200 was built in October 1982.

It entered service with Arkia Israeli Airlines in March 1983 before Dan-Air London took it on at the end of that year.

In March 1993, the 737-200 went to Mandala Airlines before it rebranded as Tigerair Mandala in 2011 and ceased operations three years later.

By this time, PK-RII had already stopped flying – but nobody knows why.


It then turned up several years later in the spot it is now, allegedly moved to the former quarry in March 2013 by an Australian owner hoping to turn it into a tourist attraction.

But how did it come unnoticed? If rumors are to be believed, the Bali 737 arrived in parts and was reassembled there before the owner ran out of cash or interest.

After nine years it was purchased by Russian developer, Felix Demin, in 2021.

It was then moved to Nyang Nyang Beach the following year.

It is now the famous luxurious Private Jet Villa overlooking the Indian Ocean.

More abandoned 737s in Bali

There are other Boeing 737s that have cropped up around the country.

There is a 737-300 at Kedonganan Beach that was built in 1996 and delivered to Virgin Express.

The aircraft is a former Sriwijaya Air jet, with registration PK-CKM.

It saw operations with easyJet Switzerland, Pace Airlines, Air China, and other operators.

It was involved in a runway accident in Yogyakarta, on the Indonesian island of Java, in 2011 and written off due to the ensuing damage.

It was then shipped to Bali by an Indonesian entrepreneur.

It’s thought he either wanted to turn it into a home or an plane-themed cinema and restaurant.

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Meanwhile, there’s another abandoned Boeing 737-200 in a field in Jembrana in West Bali.

While locked up, tourists can climb on the wings and get close.

However, there are reportedly plans to develop the area and erect a library, restaurant, and café, with the aircraft as the main attraction.

Alternatively, it’s thought that it could be turned into a private villa.

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Amelia Jean Hershman-Jones

London-based Amelia cut her journalistic teeth covering all things lifestyle, wellness and luxury in the UK capital. Fast-forward a decade and the experienced content creator and editor has put pen to paper for glossy magazines, busy newsrooms and coveted brands. When her OOO is on you can find her spending quality time with her young family, in the gym or exploring the city she loves.