Legend plays a large part in the “mystique” of Norman Island, with epic stories of hidden treasure and pirates. Norman Island, in the British Virgin Islands, is said to be the inspiration for the epic novel “Treasure Island” by Robert Louis Stevenson. While no one lives on the island and its privately owned, thousands of tourists flock to the small island daily to take advantage of excellent snorkeling at the Caves and Indians, and in hopes of finding a piece or two of buried treasure left behind from pirate days gone by.
Norman Island is located south of Tortola, about 5 plus miles by boat. On the west side of the island, there’s a gorgeous harbor called “The Bight,” which boasts calm clear waters and offers overnight anchorage. There’s an incredible restaurant on Norman Island called “Pirates Bight,” which was recently rebuilt after the original building burned down in a fire. Pirate’s Bight is also home to a small museum that houses incredible treasures found on the island, left from the days of the pirates.
The Bight is also home to the world-renown Willy T Bar & Restaurant, a floating 3-story schooner anchored in the bay. This place has a wild side, and partygoers get a little crazy as the sun goes down.