When you are on a holiday in the Island of the Gods, you might have these listed on your must-visits: beaches, cultural dance shows, temples, luxury resorts, nightclubs. Perhaps, little did you know that Bali has another alternatives worth to visit, especially if your interests include exploring local abandoned places that cost you just the gas for your scooter.
We have some of those, specifically abandoned planes in Bali that are deserted mysteriously which can make you wonder about the whys and the hows they are left that way. And no, these are not aircraft graveyards, in case that pops out in your mind, but we suggest to visit these when the sun’s up still, because, well, who knows what happens when the dark comes to the places?
Watch the clip below to see how the abandoned plane nearby Pandawa Beach, South Kuta looks like:
The Abandoned Plane on the Street, Kedonganan (next to Dunkin Donuts)
A deserted plane is spotted next to Dunkin Donuts on Bypass Ngurah Rai. The plane’s tail is visible from the street, surrounded by red barriers. An alley leading to some houses separates it from that American coffeehouse.
The plane was left all alone among bushes and wild plants. There was a strange vibe emanated from the site, and it got stranger when our eyes observed the locked and dark windows on its body. We hoped to find somebody from one of the houses close by to get some answers to our questions, but nobody was around. From our previous research, the plane first caught attention two years ago when it first “landed” there. It was said the plan was to turn it into a restaurant, but the reason it has been left incomplete without any single hint of ongoing development remains a mystery.
A man walked up towards us, he seemed like just another visitor. We asked if he knew something about the plane. He had no clue, but he once heard it was not an actual plane. “It looks like a plane from the outside, but I heard it’s all made up, including the interior,” he said.
Here's the exact location of The Abandoned Plane next to Dunkin Donuts on Bypass Ngurah Rai on Google map
The Abandoned Plane Nearby Pandawa Beach, South Kuta
Pandawa Beach in Kutuh, South Kuta, does offer wonderful white cliffs view with Balinese-styled statues carved inside it. But if you would love to seek out some remote, silently hidden places nearby the touristic beach, this abandoned plane would be a good option.
It takes 5-minute drive, less than 1 km away north the beach’s entrance. The abandoned aircraft was located in a limestone valley on a side of the street, concealed behind barriers as if it had some work-in-progress project inside. Unlike the one in Kedonganan, this plane is not visible from the street, but several container boxes scattering on the street’s side might show you the clue of the location.
The spot used to have many food stalls on early days of the plane’s arrival, but the only one we found was an old woman sitting at a rickety hut on the street. Apparently, that old woman of few words sold some drinks in a cooler box she had with her. She was asking if wanted some drinks, but the box kept shut and she didn’t show us what drinks were available. We asked her how to get the plane view, and she directed us to a short track up to a hill. We just went ahead to the hill and said we would get the drinks some time later.
The rocky stair track led us to the upper part of the cliff. Some cows were grazing around the track.
When we reached the top, two boys were taking photos of each other and trying to find a perfect background for their selfie shots. Shortly after, they left. Wood fences were built to separate visitors at the edge. From there, our eyes gazed down the cliff and found the plane in the valley.
Once we went down to go back to the street, a young couple were about to hike up. The old woman selling drink had gone.
We were lucky to meet Pak Ketut, a middle-age man sitting on his bike among the container boxes. We found out that he was one of the men hired to keep an eye on the site daily.
Out of curiosity, we asked him about how long the plane had been there and where it was from. “It’s been 2 years. An Australian owner brought it from Surabaya in small pieces, then they were put together here. The plane belonged to one of the national airlines,” he said.
So, how come did it end up abandoned like that? Pak Ketut told us the plane had been set up as a restaurant, but the building permit has not been authorized yet.
“And the containers? What is inside them?” we pointed 5-6 big boxes with certain codes on them. He said, “Restaurant stuffs. Tables, cutleries, you name it,” We were quite surprised. All preparations are ready, but it’s so sad seeing it deserted. What if all those stuffs get rusty by time? “No, they won’t, as they are securely kept inside,“ he said. “You see there is another container next to the plane. It would be where the kitchen takes place,” he explained further.
We could see a pile of broken chairs at one corner of the site. The chairs were supposed to be repaired, but now they were just dumped there.
On the first days upon its arrival here, the plane attracted abundant of curious people. They were able to take pictures closely, exploring the site. Photos started going viral and the owner decided to isolate the location as if it was a construction site, and hired some men to make sure the area’s security.
Here's the exact location of The Abandoned Plane at Pandawa Beach in Kutuh on Google map
The Abandoned Plane Rooftop Bar, Kerobokan
If you stop by at the traffic light at the junction of Jalan Raya Semer-Kerobokan, you will see a plane head on the top of a glass-walled store, just behind the police station. A year ago, the plane used to be a special exterior of a rooftop bar above a shopping mall named The Gate 88, but it is abandoned now. Not much known about the plane, the short-lived bar, or the shopping mall, but the Facebook page of The Gate 88 suggests that the place is no longer operated. According to tripcanvas.travel on Instagram, the bar was closed per January 2016.
Here's the exact location of The Abandoned Plane Rooftop Bar, Kerobokan on Google map.
Bonus: The (Real) Plane Restaurant, Gianyar
The concept of plane restaurant goes real in Keramas Aero Park Inflight Restaurant in Keramas, Gianyar. Freshly opened in late October, the restaurant quickly gains many customers for its unique dining experience. You can find more about Keramas Restaurant on their Facebook page.
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