BVI Trip: April 6 – Peter Island To Salt Island To Virgin Gorda

April 6th, 2009 · 4:41 pm @   -  No Comments

We pulled anchor early the next AM to head over to Salt Island to dive the wreck of the Rhone.  Salt Island is an uninhabited island which historically was used to mine salt from the 2 large salt ponds on the island.  The RMS Rhone sunk in 1867, and is one of the few wreck dives where you can see such large portions of the ship’s structure. We were snorkelling only but free dove to 65 – 75 feet and could touch cannons, hatches etc. A great dive. Make sure you hike up the hill by the large salt pond on Salt Island to get the amazing views of the small cove on the north east side of Salt Island.

We then cruised a round Cooper and Ginger Island and over to Fallen Jerusalem.   Fallen Jerusalem is a great spot to anchor swim and snorkel, and it doesn’t get near as crowded as the nearby and more famous Baths on Virgin Gorda.  I’m not sure what caused it, but there are literally tens of thousands of dead conch shells on the bottom at Fallen Jerusalem, making for an interesting snorkel. We stayed anchored there, but took the tender over to the Baths. This is an interesting hike through many aquatic caves, but I recommend going first thing in the morning, or it is likely to be totally overrun by tourists and very crowded. We then returned to the Moonshadow, and sailed over to Savannah Bay, our anchorage for the evening. After some wakeboarding behind the tender and some cocktails, we were treated to an epic sunset, with great views of Tortola and the Dogs.


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