|Norman Island |
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. 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.
With an area of 610 acres, the island is approximately 2 ˝ miles long with a central ridge extending along the length of the island creating gently rolling hills with Norman Hill the highest point on the island at 427 feet above sea level. 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.
|PIRATES BIGHT |
Visit Pirates Bight bar and restaurant on your next visit to Norman Island. Open for lunch and dinner, it provides West Indian cuisine in a perfect "cast away" setting for good food and good times.