Rhone Marine Park

Rhone Marine Park, the British Island's only marine national park, is located just off Salt Island and spans 800 acres including Dead Chest Island. Home to a ship wreck that has become a favored dive locale,

The wreckage site is 310 feet long and 40 feet wide, and is split into two parts. The first section is located at Lee Bay and includes decking, rigging, the steam engine, and the propeller. The Anchor, meanwhile, is located outside Great Harbour. The depth of the dive ranges from 30 to 90 feet.

Rhone Marine Park revolves around a Royal Mail Steamer wreck which sunk in 1867 with 125 people board during a hurricane. Divers enjoy exploring the wreck site, with the bonus of finding examples of a fringing reef habitat and sea grass beds.

Location

Rhone Marine Park is located in the British Virgin Islands, 6.0 miles southeast of downtown Road Town; it's six miles (nine and a half kilometers) to the southeast of Road Town.

Nearby Restaurants

If you find your belly rumbling during your visit to the nature preserve, don't worry -- you're going to find a great concentration of restaurants in the vicinity. The nearest restaurant to Rhone Marine Park is Deadman's Beach Bar & Grill, which has a menu full of Caribbean food. It is just about a mile and a half away, so stop by and enjoy a meal. Tradewinds Restaurant and Cooper Island Beach Club Restaurant are some more dining options close-by. At Cooper Island Beach Club Restaurant you and your party should not ask for your check without ordering a plate of their specialty, seafood, among others.

Nearby Attractions

Vacationers that are a fan of nature preserves, and would like to see others, should consider Dead Chest National Park and Fallen Jerusalem National Park; the first is 1.0 miles to the west of this nature preserve. Other nearby activities include VI Maritime Museum, which is four and a half miles away Tortola. Also, you might consider visiting St. Phillip's Church, which is another attraction in the area.

There are options for close-by activities so you won't run out of things to do. The attractions closest to this location are found in the following table.

Attractions Near Rhone Marine Park
Attraction Type Distance Direction Location Island
VI Maritime Museum Museum 4.4 mi. (4.0 km) NNW 2.5 mi. East of Road Town Tortola
St. Phillip's Church Historic Site 4.7 mi. (2.3 km) NW Kingstown Tortola
Old Government House Museum Museum 5.7 mi. (0.7 km) NW Road Town Tortola
Josiah's Bay Plantation Historic Site 5.9 mi. (3.8 km) NNW 2.4 mi. Northeast of Road Town Tortola

More Information

Cost

Although the national park does not technically cost anything to enter, most divers participate in a tour hosted by a third party dive guide. Costs for these vary greatly.

Location: Off Salt Island, the British Virgin Islands, None

Phone

(284) 852-3650

(284) 494-2069

Website

http://www.b-v-i.com/NationalParksTrust/

 

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