Norman Island, in the British Virgin Islands, is said to be the island Robert Lous Stevenson used as the model for Treasure Island. This 600-acre uninhabited island is steeped in stories of pirate treasure and has been a popular stop for sailors looking for treasure and adventure of all kind. Just off Norman Island are The Indians. These large rock formations look similar to an Indian headdress and make for good snorkeling.
- The Bight – This is the main anchorage on Norman Island. This is a very well-sheltered spot with many mooring balls. It’s best to arrive early for a good location especially during the winter months.
- Kelly’s Cove – Just south of Water Point, Kelly’s Cove is a more secluded anchorage with room for a few yachts.
- Treasure Point – Many National Parks Trust moorings are available for permit holders. No anchoring is permitted due to the delicate coral.
- Privateer Bay – A day anchorage with a few mooring balls.
- Soldier Bay – Holds one or two boats.
- Benures Bay – A good overnight anchorage that is protected when the wind is from the south.
- Money Bay – A one-boat anchorage with good snorkeling.
The bays around Norman Island are all fine snorkeling and diving spots, with the most popular and famous being The Caves. The Caves are a set of several natural caves that are perfect for exploring. You can moor your boat there or you can moor at the Bight and dinghy over. Take along a waterproof flashlight for inside the caves. There is a dinghy mooring available.
- William Thornton (Willie T’s) – A 98-foot schooner that was converted into a bar/restaurant and anchored in the Bight of Norman Island in 1996. A world-famous floating party that’s ok for the kids early in the day, but just for the adults in the evening. The menu includes standard pub fare as well as local favorites.
- Pirate’s Bight – Enjoy salads, burgers, sandwiches, steaks and seafood. More suited for parties with young children than Willie T’s. Contact: Phone 284-496-7827. www.piratesbight.com