Cooper

This small gem in the British Virgin Islands provided much of the white cedar used in rum barrels.  Today, it is known for superb snorkeling and diving in the waters around Cistern Point and Little Carvel Rock.

 

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Though there are forty mooring balls located within Manchioneel Bay, they fill up quickly as this bay is a central location for scuba divers looking to explore "Wreck Alley" - the site of several sunken vessels now serving as artificial reefs for local fish species.  

On the internationally known wreck of the RMS Rhone, divers still come across artifacts from when the ship sank in 1867.  In her prime, she was a 310 foot sail-steamer used to carry passengers, mail, horses, and cargo.  Just 2 years after setting sail, the RMS Rhone was caught in the San Narciso Hurricane, a Category 3 storm that sent the ship to her resting spot in 85 feet of water just off shore from Cooper Island.

One of the top recreational wreck dives in the Caribbean for its historical interest and abundant marine life, the RMS Rhone is a special open and relatively safe wreckage worth exploring.