There aren't many things that can compare to sitting in the cockpit of a Boeing 737 as fish swim by!
Chemainus, British Columbia is home to the Boeing 737 artificial reef. Sunk in 2006 by the Artificial Reef Society of British Columbia, the 737 is a unique dive site to say the least.
The plane was a former Canadian Air passenger plane, bought by, and donated by Air Canada once it had retired from service. The plane was cleaned, stripped of all harmful materials by experts, and sunk at a specific location off the BC coast as a marine life habitat.
The plane sits on 11 foot high stilts, making the fuselage about 70 feet deep. You can swim under its entire 100 foot length or wingspan before exploring all around it. It is stripped of all seating, but has overhead compartment areas and complete with rear cabin toilet!
Though the artificial reef has been there for 11 years now, life is minimal, but present. Orange and white plumose anemones, with a scattering of fish are the main residents, but that will change with each passing year. Over time, the former 737 will become a home to many more species.
For divers, however, the main attraction here is the chance to explore a passenger jet beneath the emerald waters of British Columbia.
For charters to the Boeing 737 contact Shepherd Charters.