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The British Virgin Islands are home to the wreck of the RMS Rhone which served as the site for the underwater scenes in the 1977 Nick Nolte film The Deep. The Rhone is the best-known and most visited dive site in the islands. Lying just west of Salt Island, the Rhone is a former Royal Mail Steamer that sank in a hurricane on October 29, 1867 with the loss of nearly all lives. A spectacularly large 310 foot (94m) steamer in her previous life, she's now a three-site dive, with each chunk resting at varying depths, from 20 to 80 ft (6 to 24 metres).

Apart from the Rhone, the British Virgin Islands are home to several other shipwrecks, the most notable of which are the Chikuzen, a collection of four purposely sunk wrecks in Wreck Alley off Cooper Island, the Inganess Bay, the Fearless, the rarely dived Parmatta, and an aircraft off Great Dog Island. In addition to wreck diving, the British Virgin Islands has the usual plethora of coral reefs that one would expect in a Caribbean diving destination. The best time of year for diving in the British Virgin Islands would be in winter, as this provides the clearest water conditions, although temperatures will be slightly colder.