Rhone National Marine Park#8 in Best Things To Do in British Virgin Islands
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The RMS Rhone is one of the premier shipwrecks to explore. The vessel sailed for the last time on Oct. 19, 1867, and sank near Salt Island during a Category 3 hurricane. Now, the site of the wreck and its surrounding waters are known as the Rhone National Marine Park (the sole park of its kind in the British Virgin Islands) and it's a go-to dive for intermediate to advanced divers, though there are sections that beginners can enjoy as well.
You can spot the ship's bow from the surface of the sea, but you'll have to dive some 90 feet down to explore the rest of the largely intact vessel and swim among the moray eels, turtles and octopus that now call the ship home. Several divers were in awe of how much of the vessel is still intact, with even experienced scuba pros saying it's the best dive they've done. Others say that the experience was almost eerie, especially for travelers that read about the sinking of the ship prior to their dive.
The wreck can be found about halfway between Salt Island and Dead Chest Island, south of Tortola. Regular dive and boat tours leave from the Tortola ferry terminal. The average cost of a dive trip with equipment rental is expensive (around $130 or more per person) but – according to most – the sight of the still-majestic Rhone makes it worth every penny. You can visit Dive BVI's website on the Rhone for more information on dive schedules, times and pricing.
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