I am ashamed to admit this but I have never snorkeled the sunken treasures site located less than 5 minutes from our Tahiti anchorage. You are probably thinking, WTF? Yes, we have anchored in the same spot in Tahiti for 3 years at least 2 dozen times! Yet, I have never been to this super cool spot!
We gather our friends Thomas and Marika (from “Scooter”) and we make the short trek to the snorkel spot. Directly under the dinghy is the first of two sunken ships. I jump in to see the shell of a rather large ship. The smaller of the two ships is located 30 meters away near the airplane.
Strategically placed together are the Cessna 172 airplane and the smaller ship. The two ships did not prove to be very interesting as they had no coral growth or wildlife on or around them.
Matt decides he wants to fly the plane so he snorkels down 10m (30’+) while Thomas goes down with my GoPro.
Matt has to wiggle into the cockpit, but manages to give us a thumbs up.
The plane proves to be far more interesting to shoot from all different angles. If you look closely, you will see that the tires are still on the plane!
Rumor has it that on April 16, 1995, following an emergency landing, this plane sank near the runway of the Tahiti airport. Now it remains at the site of the Aquarium with two other boats and a work station in 10 meters of water.
Next to the plane is the strangest thing….a small desk with a lamp, adding machine, pencil cup and an apple computer (complete with keyboard). We’ve been saying that internet is hard to find in French Polynesia – but this shows we exhausted all possibilities!
Just because it is such a cool shot, here is a single photo of Matt at the desk after he pounded it when he realized he had no connectivity.
We also had lots of super curious fish coming to check us out.
And we found a beautiful heart made of coral because we love Tahiti.
We say farewell to Fakarava after some fabulous shark dives. Events from this blog post occurred toward the end of March 2022. Our blog posts run 10-12 weeks behind actual events.