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

Dive BVI/Sea Dream II, Feb, 2011,

by David L Maislen, CA, US ( 2 reports). Report 5933.

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
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
UW Photo 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
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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