Thursday, November 30, 2023
Scuba DivingHurricane Debris Turned Into Dive Sites In BVI

Hurricane Debris Turned Into Dive Sites In BVI


The British Virgin Islands have come up with an innovative way to deal with the debris created by Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017.

The non-profit “Beyond The Reef” has started turning various destroyed ships and vessels into unique and interesting dive sites.

The debris is turned into interesting artifacts, like a “sharkplaneo,” which is half-plane and half-shark and is constructed from three derelict aircraft from the airport. The three aircraft have been turned into a Bull Shark, a Hammerhead Shark, and a Black Tip Reef Shark.

The new artifacts are not just interesting features of dive sites but also serve as artificial reefs, attracting and supporting new marine life and boosting the local reef.

In the future, “Beyond The Reef” plans to turn the destroyed “The Willy T” floating bar into an underwater pirate ship playground.

Beyond The Reef” asks that divers who experience their works to purchase a US$5/~£3.8/~€4.2 souvenir ticket, with the proceeds going toward teaching local kids how to swim.

Sam Helmy
Sam Helmy
Sam Helmy is a TDI/SDI Instructor Trainer, and PADI Staff and Trimix Instructor. Diving for 28 years, a dive pro for 14, I have traveled extensively chasing my passion for diving. I am passionate about everything diving, with a keen interest in exploration, Sharks and big stuff, Photography and Decompression theory. Diving is definitely the one and only passion that has stayed with me my whole life! Sam is a Staff Writer for