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Norman Island

It’s said that Norman Island was the place that Robert Louis Stevenson had in mind when he wrote Treasure Island and it’s easy to see why – it just seems like the kind of place where you might run into some swashbuckling pirates and stumble across buried treasure. If you’re bringing children with you, make sure to bring a copy of the book for story-telling sessions in situ. Located directly south of Sunsail’s base at Wickham Cay II on Tortola, Norman Island is an attractive spot with rolling hills and picture perfect beaches.

The island is uninhabited, except by wild goats. The Bight, on the west side of the island, is a safe and sheltered anchorage offering excellent snorkelling at the famous Caves and partying on the infamous Willie T replica schooner. Other good snorkelling and diving spots to be investigated on a Norman Island yacht charter are at The Indians (four dramatic rock pinnacles), one of the top sites in the BVI, the east side of which houses a spectacular ‘fish bowl’ in the shallows where damselfish pursue schools of blue tang.  Experienced snorkelers may fancy the challenge of the underwater tunnel that leads out from the ‘fish bowl’. The Indians feature extraordinary corals such as elkhorn, brain and star, and sponge-covered ledges that are home to schools of trumpet fish and blue chromis.

At Pelican Island, shoals of baitfish are pursued by their predator fish which in turn are dive-bombed from the air by pelicans. Ringdove Rock, Angelfish Reef and Sandy’s Ledge are worth checking out too, with Sandy’s Ledge being particularly good for novices who will have been inspired by their visit to the Caves. On land, there is a good hike from the Benures Bay anchorage over the hill to Monkey Bay, another excellent snorkelling spot, and a hike up Spy Glass Hill is worth it for the breath-taking 360 degree view of the Sir Francis Drake Channel and surrounding area that you get from the top.  
 

 

Mooring:

  • Moorings and anchorages are plentiful. You can anchor in the northeast and southeast areas of The Bight outside the mooring fields.
  • Dinghy dockage is available at the Willie T and also at the Pirates’ Bight restaurant.

To Do:

  • Snorkelling
  • Diving
  • Partying

Facilities:

  • Touring power boats will deliver essentials including fresh bread. They tend to make their rounds in the early evening.