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 5.9 miles to the southeast of Road Town.

Nearby Restaurants

Guests visiting this wildlife reserve will have no problem finding a meal, since you will find a broad selection of restaurants near this attraction. Deadman's Beach Bar & Grill, which offers Caribbean dishes, is also the most convenient option for visitors of this nature preserve. Deadman's Beach Bar & Grill is only about a mile and a half from this wildlife reservation, so stop in and place your order. Tradewinds Restaurant and Cooper Island Beach Club Restaurant are some more refreshment choices near the wildlife reservation. At Cooper Island Beach Club Restaurant you and your party can't end your meal without ordering a plate of their specialty, seafood, among others.

Nearby Attractions

Those who enjoy nature preserves, and have the energy to view some others, might consider a trip to Dead Chest National Park and Fallen Jerusalem National Park; the first and closest of which is a mile to the west of this wildlife reservation. Other nearby activities include VI Maritime Museum, which is four and a half miles away Tortola. You might want to also consider heading over to St. Phillip's Church, which is another attraction close by.

If a visit to the Rhone Marine Park isn't enough to keep you busy all afternoon, the following table shows the closest options.

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.

Address

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

Phone

(284) 852-3650

Website

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

 

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