Norman Island Caves

The Bight, Norman Island, British Virgin Islands

The Bight, Norman Island, British Virgin Islands

Norman Island is reputed to be the inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson’s pirate novel Treasure Island. There are many stories of buried treasure on the island but most notable of these is a treasure chest found by a local family taking shelter from a storm in The Caves. While treasure has not been discovered in recent years (or even documented in history for that matter) the Norman Island Caves are now a popular snorkeling area.

We spent an hour in the afternoon at the The Caves. These were quite impressive and certainly entering the one long and deep cave was cool. We were lucky in that when we first arrived not many people were there but after exploring the area a little I decided I wanted to revisit the deep cave and swim to the back. Unfortunately when I arrived there were about a dozen tour boat snorkelers in fluorescent green lifejackets clogging the entrance. Very colourful but a real nuisance as well, the cave is narrow and a bit tight with lots of people at the entrance. Fortunately they all turned around as soon as the cave started to get dark, it must be pretty scary deep inside the channel. The back of the cave was quite uneventful with only a few small fish and a sandy beach area at the very back. It was still interesting however although no treasure was to be found on this trip.

Boats at anchor in front of The Caves, Norman Island, British Virgin Islands

Boats at anchor in front of The Caves, Norman Island, British Virgin Islands

As is usual in the BVI the sunset was spectacular with a nice warm breeze coming down Sir Francis Drake Channel. Certainly The Bight would be an easy area to spend more time than we really have.

Another stunning sunset, Norman Island, British Virgin Islands

Another stunning sunset, Norman Island, British Virgin Islands

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