The Straits of Mackinac Underwater Preserve lies at the northern tip of Lakes Michigan and Huron and tries to preserve Michigan’s shipwrecks for later generations. Over the years, a large number of ships have submerged in the Straits, many of them have yet to be discovered.
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Scuba Diving in The Wreck of RMS Rhone, Salt Island, British Virgin Islands
The Wreck of RMS Rhone is one of the most famous wreck dive sites in the Caribbean. RMS Rhone was a royal mail steam packet ship that was wrecked in October 28th, 1867 on the western coast of Salt Island during a hurricane. As Salt island is uninhabited, the only way to visit this dive spot is through the larger islands of the British Virgin Islands. Tortola is the largest island and provides many scuba diving schools that organize visits at the Wreck of RMS Rhone.
Scuba diving at the Wreck of RMS Rhone requires an intermediate skill level that you will definitely catch up with if you take some lessons. There are many experienced instructors that will help you by giving the appropriate tips.
The length of the ship is 95 m/321.5 ft long and it is lying at a depth of 25 m/82 ft. The underwater visibility is very good. You may take your camera with you and take some photos of this amazing variety of coral and marine life all around the ship. The average temperature of the water is at 27.2°C/81°F. As Salt Island is in the Caribbean Sea, it has a tropical climate. So the temperature is high throughout the year with small differences between winter and summer. The currents are usually calm.
The hurricane period, lasting from June to November, influences weather conditions, giving in an unstable and unpredictable forecast. Nevertheless, this weather impact lasts for a short period. Don’t miss this out-of-common dive in the wreck of RMS Rhone in Salt Island.
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