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.
Please note: Guests wishing to participate in this tour must be advanced divers and present their advanced dive certification card and show proof that you have dived within the last 2 years. If you have not dived within this period, you may alternatively take a refresher course prior to your cruise. Guests should be in good physical condition. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests, those with mobility concerns, or those with back or neck problems. Bathing suits should be worn under a cover-up and guests should bring their own towel. Hats, sunglasses, sunscreen and flat, comfortable shoes or aqua socks are strongly recommended. Diving equipment is provided. Guests taking part in any water activities do so at their own risk and responsibility and the local operator requires that all participants sign a liability waiver before being permitted on the tour. Dependent upon prevailing weather and sea conditions, alternate diving sites may be substituted. This tour may not be exclusive to Oceania guests.