Norman Island is an island at the southern tip of the British Virgin Islands archipelago. It is one of several islands reputed to be the inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson’s pirate novel Treasure Island. In fact, it is said that the island was named after a pirate who bought or leased it sometime during the early 18th century.
The island is uninhabited. However, it is popular for sailors because of the surrounding calm waters. The Bight is one anchorage that is frequented. Its lovely white beach and two restaurants/bars make this the perfect stop for an afternoon or evening.
The weather is always warm on the island with an average high temperature of 86 °F and an average low temperature of 78 °F. The windiest month is July and the rainiest month is October.
Norman Island: Things to see and do
- Dine on the beach at Pirates Bight Restaurant & Bar or have drinks on the water at the legendary floating bar The Willy T. Or, have dinner at the William Thornton, a floating restaurant named for the architect of the US Capitol building.
- Snorkel or dive the Norman Island Caves. The Caves consists of three caves in the rocky cliffs right around the corner from The Bight. Here you can snorkel among tropical fish and swim into the narrow caverns.
There are numerous mooring buoys in place that may be used on a first-come basis. For this reason, be sure to allow plenty of time to anchor.