Norman Island: An Excellent BVI Yacht Charter Destination
In the British Virgin Islands, Norman Island is said to be the inspiration that Robert Louis 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 kinds.
Just off Norman Island is The Indians. Thesegiant rock formations look similar to an Indian headdress and make good snorkeling.
Besides occasional rain showers, the weather on Norman Island is warm to hot and humid. However, the heat is tempered by the constant blowing of trade winds. Be aware that hurricane season in the British Virgin Islands runs from June to November. Hurricane Irma certainly hit all of the BVI hard, but almost everything has been rebuilt to be newer and better than ever.
Places to See
William Thornton (Willie T’s) – A 98-foot schooner that has been converted into a bar/restaurant and is anchored in the Bight of Norman Island. This world-famous floating bar is ok for kids early in the day but just for adults in the evening. The menu includes standard pub fare as well as local favorites. And, of course, order a Zeus Juice, a mix of tropical fruit juices with a generous amount of Willy-T rum.
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.
Things to Do | Norman Island, the British Virgin Islands
Snorkel and Scuba Dive. The bays around Norman Island are spectacular snorkeling and diving spots, with the most popular and famous being The Caves and The Indians. You will undoubtedly be in awe of the abundance of colorful fish.
Hike. Pack a day pack with some water, a snack, and sunscreen and venture up to Spyglass Hill, a spot supposedly used by pirates as a lookout over the surrounding waters. You may also want to wear a hat since there is no shade along the trail.
Kayak or SUP. The calm water around the island is perfect for gliding along and taking in the scenery.
Treasure hunt. You never know; real pirate booty may be hidden on the island.
Some recommended BVI Catamaran Charters suited to experience Norman Island…
The British Virgin Islands is a fabulous area for yacht charter. There are so many great destinations all around you and within reach including; Virgin Gorda, Peter Island, and Jost Van Dyke. Just through the Sir Francis Drake channel, you can visit the USVI island of St John.
Marinas and Anchorages | Norman Island
TheBight. This is the main anchorage on Norman Island. This anchorage has a good shelter with many mooring balls. It’s best to arrive early for a good location, especially during winter.
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. An excellent overnight anchorage, protecting you from southern winds.
Money Bay. A one-boat anchorage with good snorkeling.