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Rhone National Marine Park

Salt Island
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  • Type: Sightseeing, Sports
  • Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
Overall Rating: 4.0 (3.8)
Value: 3.0 (3.0)
Facilities: 0.0 (N/A)
Atmosphere: 4.0 (4.0)
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According to Frommer's, the RMS Rhone is one of the world's top shipwrecks to explore. It sailed for the last time on Oct. 19, 1867 and sank near Salt Island during a hurricane. Now, the site of the wreck and its surrounding waters are known as the Rhone National Marine Park and it's a go-to dive for intermediate to advanced divers.

You can spot the ship's bow from the surface of the sea, but you'll have to dive some 80 feet down to explore the rest of the largely intact vessel and swim among the moray eels and octopus that now call the ship home.

Regular dive and boat tours leave from the Tortola ferry terminal, and a handful of companies sponsor twice-weekly dives that leave from Virgin Gorda's dock. The average cost of a two-dive trip with equipment rental is expensive (approximately $200 to $400 USD), but according to most, the sight of the still-majestic Rhone makes it worth every penny. You can visit the RMS Rhone's official website for more information on dive times and pricing.

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