Norman Island, British Virgin Islands
The British Virgin Islands, about 50 (mostly uninhabited) islands and cays, are one of the Caribbean's most popular destinations. Norman Island, made famous by John Louis Stevenson's classic pirate tale Treasure Island, is best known for its geological formations known as "The Caves." A highly photographed snorkelling site, schools of colourful fish literally swim right along with you while exploring the three caves with interesting coral and mineral formations.
In the large bay called the Bight, are moorings for boats and a unique floating restaurant, fashioned from an old schooner as well as a pirate-themed restaurant ashore. The Bight is one of the most protected anchorages in the region although Soldier Bay, Benures Bay and Money Bay provide secluded anchorages given the right conditions. Treasure Point, at the southern entrance to The Bight, comprises a rocky headland along which the famous caves can be found at the base of the cliffs allowing access to snorkelers.
Things to See & Do
* The Caves
* The Bight
* Pirates Bight Bar & Restaurant
* Willie T floating bar & restaurant
Cruise Season – Jan - Dec
Currency – $US (USD)
Language – English
Land Area – 250 hectares
Population – 21,000 (BVI’s)
Electricity – 2 perpendicular flat pins USA style or with a round pin below
Time – GMT minus four hours
International Country Telephone Code – + 1 284 49
Port Location – Ships dock and anchor in Tortola. The pier can only hold 2 ships, however, so if more are in port, it will require tendering. Both pier and tender drop-off are located directly in Road Town, the capital of Tortola. Many daysail boats and dive companies as well as bareboat and crewed charters offer service to the Norman Island area.
Transport Links – Access to the island is via the international airport at Beef Island or in St. Thomas, USVI with direct flights to the US mainland. There is a regular ferry service between the USVI and Tortola. Ferry service to the outer-islands is convenient and economical, but outer-island air service is limited.