RMS Rhone Snorkeling
The 8th most popular snorkel dive spot in British Virgin Islands.
Sunday 2 April 2017 06:31 GMT
Southwest of Cooper Island off Salt Island, the snorkeling in Lee Bay offers the chance to view the wreck of the RMS Rhone. The Rhone when down in a hurricane in October 1867 when it hit Black Rock then split into two. It is considered by many snorkelers to be the best viewed snorkeling wreck in the Caribbean. The wreck is visible about 30 feet down where you can spot the propeller. It is best accessed by small boat and there are moorings in Lee Bay - the blue mooring buoys offer the best snorkeling. While snorkeling over the RMS Rhone wreck, you may encounter sea turtles, squirrelfish, stingrays, and eagle rays.
To reach the snorkeling in the British Virgin Islands by air, you will need to fly into either Virgin Gorda Airport (VIJ) or nearby St Thomas Airport (STT) in the US Virgin Islands. Virgin Gorda Airport is served by inter-island flights from San Jose, Puerto Rico (SJU) by Cape Air and Seaborne. St Thomas Airport has flights from mainland US and also from San Jose. There are several regular ferry services connecting St Thomas with Tortola and Virgin Gorda. In addition, there are BVI inter-island ferries interconnecting Virgin Gorda, Tortola, Jost Van Dyke and Anegada. When leaving BVI, there is a $20USD depature tax that must be paid in cash.
Overall, RMS Rhone is the 8th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 27 snorkeling dives in British Virgin Islands.