Top Ten Caribbean Classic Adventures

Shipwreck Dive the BVIs
By Paris Permenter & John Bigley

It's one of the most picturesque shipwrecks anywhere, the shape of its hull and tall mast are still perfectly recognizable under layers of coral. Thanks to the movie The Deep, the RMS Rhone, which lies under the surf in the BVIs, just might be the most famous sunken ship, as well. This 310-foot steamer broke in two pieces and sank in an 1867 storm off Salt Island. Today, it's a national park, crusted in coral and operating as a marine-life motel. The bow lies at a depth of about 80 feet and includes the crow's nest and cargo hold. Swim inside for a look at rooms occupied by colorful parrotfish, snapper, and grunts. The stern lies in shallower waters and can be seen by snorkelers who can easily view the prop shaft and propeller in the clear water. Bring your "C" card; dive certification is required.


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