Exploring Norman Island and the Indians!
Norman Island is situated at the west end of the Channel Islands of the BVI, which include Norman, Peter, Salt, Cooper and Ginger Islands. Norman Island is said to be the inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson’s book “Treasure Island”.
Come find your Treasure!
This is one of our favorite places to snorkel, hike and just relax. The Bight on Norman Island offers a protected bay with nothing on the island except for a Restaurant and Bar, The Pirate’s Bight, but lots to do and see. For example, there is a trail behind the restaurant that leads to the top of the island and back down the south side; it can take up to an hour to reach the top or you can spend several hours by hiking to the beach at Money Bay. From the top of Norman Island you can look down on the south bay and see turtles and rays swimming in the shallow bay below. If hiking isn’t on your agenda, there is a nice beach in front of the restaurant that is perfect for a relaxing swim or lounging while sipping on a tropical frozen beverage. The calm waters in the Bight also make it an ideal place to try paddle boarding or kayaking.
There are several snorkeling areas on Norman, the most popular being The Caves in Privateer Bay. There are some very colorful fish in this area; it is not unusual to see a school of Blue Tang, various species of Parrot fish, blue headed wrasse, Spanish hogfish, Queen Angelfish, and many other fish along with different corals. Visibility here is usually very good. You can also snorkel inside The Bight, visibility can be good, plus you never know what you may see. The last time we were there we came across an octopus that was out for a swim. We were able to watch it swim and change colors for over 15 minutes.
Another treasure on the island is The Willy T. This floating restaurant and bar is a fun place to go for a drink, watch people jump off the back and maybe, try jumping off too!
The four red rocks on the west side of Pelican Island, just NW of Norman Island, are known as The Indians. When the seas are calm this is another good spot for snorkeling. There are numerous fish and coral in this area, well worth the trip.