Norman Island

Norman Island is located 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. The island may have been named after a pirate who bought it sometime during the early 18th century. The island is uninhabited and privately owned.

Anchoring at Norman Island, BVI
Anchoring at Norman Island, BVI.

Despite not being inhabited, the island is well known to sailors for its calm waters. The Bight is one very popular anchorage, and 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. The menu offers lunch and dinner options as well as cocktails.
  • 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 into the Norman Island Caves. The Caves consist of three caves at the water level in the rocky cliffs right around the corner from The Bight. Here you can snorkel among tropical fish and swim in the narrow caverns.
  • Hike around the island. Although Norman Island is small, it has almost 12 miles of fantastic walking trails.
  • Play pirate for a day and search for buried treasure. You never know what you may find!


Many mooring buoys near the island are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Your captain may call ahead to ensure there is a buoy available.

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