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Dive Review of Dive BVI/Sea Dream II in
Virgin Islands/RMS Rhone

February, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by David L Maislen, CA, US (2 reports)
Report Number 5933
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Austrailia, Bonaire, Kona, Maui, Oauhu, Andros, Florida, Channel Islands,
Fiji, Domonica, Nassau, Turks & Caicos, Saba, Malta, 
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, cloudy  
Seas
choppy  
Water Temp
69   to 71    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 60    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Divemaster let the dive, but competent divers could do their own thing. 
Arrive at the boat with 500 psi.  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
yes 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
1 or 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
2 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
Comments
Great photo ops, but limited boat support...no fresh water rinse bucket.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
N/A
Food
N/A
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
N/A  
Snorkeling
1 stars  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
Beginners
3 stars   
Advanced
4 stars    
Comments  
If you only have time for one dive trip in the BVI, the RMS Rhone is it.
Dive BVI has been leading dives on this spectacular wreck since 1975.
Numerous artifacts deposited on October 29, 1867 are still visible today.
Youll also see where the 1977 film classic The Deep was shot and get to
swim through the amazingly intact bow section as well as under the stern
near the large 15 ft propeller. You really get a feel for the size of the
RMS Rhone when you swim down the length of the massive driveshaft towards
the engine box and gears. 

At least two dives are required to experience all the Rhone has to offer.
Your first dive is 25  30 minutes at 75 feet on the bow section. After
your mandatory 3 minute safety stop, youll enjoy a nice surface interval
and be treated to the story of the Rhone. This is probably the most
educational surface interval you'll ever experience.  The divemaster put a
lot of research into the history of this ship and takes great pride in the
story-telling of the ship. 

The second dive begins at 70 feet in the mid section where youll see a set
of giant marine wrenches.  A giant green moray and several octopus live in
this portion of the wreck. There's plenty to see and do on the wreck
including touching port hole #26...this is the port hole for cabin #26
where the only passenger survivor was located out of 300 passengers aboard
when she went down.  It is considered good luck to rub the visible shiney
brass portion of the porthole in clockwise motions...three times around the
porthole.

During the second dive a very nice sized spotted eagle ray swam by us.
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