Explore the wreck of the Rhone, which sank during a hurricane in 1867 and now lies on the ocean floor in two pieces at two different depths. Board the dive boat right at the pier and steam across the sea to Salt Island, where the Rhone was dashed upon Black Rock Point in a violent hurricane in 1867. When the boiler exploded, the ship split in two and sank to the ocean floor, scattering artifacts along the way. The stern came to rest in 35 feet of water; the bow drifted slightly deeper to 80 feet.
It takes two dives to thoroughly see the Rhone, a 310-foot steam ship that once carried mail and passengers between England and the Caribbean. On the first dive, you'll explore the ghostly bow section, which is nearly intact, including the prow, mast and lifeboat davits. The cavernous interior may look familiar as some of the most dramatic scenes in the movie "The Deep" were filmed here. The waters are usually teeming with jacks, grunts and sennets, a barracuda-like fish with a yellowish hue and exaggerated eyes.
After a break, you'll dive in shallower waters around the stern and other remnants of the ship, such as the boiler, deck supports and massive propeller. Almost every surface is covered in a kaleidoscope of vibrant coral and sponges, which attract a variety of brightly colored fish. Following your amazing underwater adventure exploring the Rhone, one of the Caribbean's best dive sites, you'll cruise back to the pier, enjoying some snacks and refreshments along the way.