Rhone National Marine Park

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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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Wading through the colorful coves and granite boulders of The Baths in Virgin Gorda is undeniably the most notable experience you can have in the British Virgin Islands. Travelers and experts alike agree: It's the must-see attraction of the BVI archipelago. Massive smooth ash gray boulders of varying sizes rise from the sea's crystalline waters, making a maze of sorts for travelers to wade or swim through. Climbing through the crevices and grottoes of The Baths isn't terribly intensive, but the granite boulders can be slippery so swim shoes or sneakers are encouraged. Once you reach Devil's Bay, the stunning beach clearing at the end of the rocks, you'll find shallow clear waters perfect for a little light snorkeling or restful sunbathing. 

Visitors are consistent in their praise of The Baths, calling the natural wonder "beautiful" and the beach "pristine."  Although photo opportunities are rife at The Baths, some travelers recommend saving space on your camera for a few shots of The Baths' Cathedral Room – a natural pool within a small cave. 

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