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 an ideal stretch of sand located in the British Virgin Islands, 6.0 miles southeast of downtown Road Town; it is six miles (nine and a half kilometers) to the southeast of Road Town.

Nearby Restaurants

And, one of the most exciting possibilities while spending a few hours exploring the area could be enjoying fare at a restaurant within traveling distance of this wildlife reservation. The most convenient eatery to Rhone Marine Park is Deadman's Beach Bar & Grill, which serves up Caribbean dishes. It is just around a mile and a half from this nature preserve, so check it out and enjoy a meal. Tradewinds Restaurant and Cooper Island Beach Club Restaurant are some of the other nearby lunch and dinner possibilities. At Cooper Island Beach Club Restaurant you should make it a point not to leave without taking a bite of their specialty, seafood, among others.

Nearby Attractions

Visitors that are a fan of wildlife reservations, and would like to see others, might consider seeing Dead Chest National Park and Fallen Jerusalem National Park; the first and closest of which is 1.0 miles away from this wildlife reservation. You'll find at least one or two additional attractions in the area, including VI Maritime Museum, which is four and a half miles away Tortola. You might want to also think about making the trip to St. Phillip's Church, which is another attraction nearby.

There are options for close-by activities so you won't run out of things to do. The following table contains a list of attractions nearby.

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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