Get up close and personal to history
Experience the world’s most exciting snorkeling adventure in the Exumas.
Nestled in the seabed just off Norman’s Cay since the 1980s, the remains of a former WW2 transport plane tells a remarkable story. Specifically, it tells the story of how high the empire of infamous drug kingpin Pablo Escobar once smuggled cargo to the USA as part of a drug-smuggling operation.
That is, before it came quickly down to earth when it fell far short of a runway that Escobar created himself. Fortunately, there were no casualties, and the passengers even managed to rescue their cargo before the plane came to its final resting place on a sandbar.
Quite unlike any other wreck dive, the former smuggler’s plane provides an intimate glimpse into a criminal underworld that’s gone on to inspire a hit TV series and countless acclaimed movies.
Unlike the escapades and crimes the wreck represents, there’s nothing dark or sinister about the snorkelling on offer. Quite the opposite, in fact.
A micro ecosystem
Now populated by various species of fish and coral, exploring the compartments of the submerged plane makes for a truly kaleidoscopic experience.
Ideal for beginners and more experienced snorkelers, the plane is a mere ten feet below the waterline. Remarkably warm and bright, the water is perfect for swimming in, and the nearby beach is perfect for warming up on.
Truly the preserve of yacht charter guests, the wreck is a short cruise from Staniel Cay yacht and is typically frequented by A-list travellers and explorers. Encapsulating the sheer decadence of a bygone era, this is a fitting destination for anyone enjoying a yacht charter vacation in the Bahamas.
Pablo Escobar’s Plane Wreck