Legend plays a large part in the history of Norman Island with tales of pirates and treasure caves, although the role of the island as the model for the epic, “Treasure Island” by Robert Louis Stevenson, is perhaps the most famous legend of all. While the island is now uninhabited, farmers have in the past reared cattle there, and today the Caves are one of the most popular tourist attractions in the islands.
Comprising one of the southern islands of the BVI archipelago, Norman Island lies close to the international boundary line separating the British Virgin Islands from the US Virgin Islands. Tortola, the largest of the BVI’s and seat of Government, is seven miles north across the popular sailing waters of the Sir Francis Drake Channel.
The coast line comprises a number of bays and offshore reefs providing excellent snorkeling and diving within proximity to the island. 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. Your chartered yacht from Taylor’d Yacht Charters can bring you in close to the caves for your enjoyment.