Back to the BVI

Yesterday (Saturday), we left Salt Pond Bay on St. John and headed to Roadtown to clear in.  Afterwards, we thought we would just pop over to Peter island and anchor at either Great Harbor or Little Harbor or Deadman’s Bay (yes, it does sound lovely).  The two “harbors” were packed.   We could have squeezed in, but it wasn’t appealing.  Deadman’s bay was rolly rolly rolly.  So, we headed around to Norman Island thinking we would grab a mooring in the popular “Bight”.  There were a few available, but Privateer bay to the south looked pretty open.  It was. We found a great spot to anchor in the southern corner and loved it.   So, we only made a few miles net progress to the east in 7 hours.

Privateer Bay, Norman Island, BVI

Privateer Bay, Norman Island, BVI

The view and sunset was great.  The waves crash through the rocks to the south so there is a cool background sound.  What a lucky find.  This morning we were the first one at the famous caves.  These are the caves that Robert Louis Stevenson wrote:

“And thereupon we are entered the cave.  It was a large, airy place, with a little spring and a pool of clear water, overhung with ferns.  The floor was sand.”

They are famous also for rumors of treasure finds in the caves.  They were fantastic.

Norman Island Caves

Norman Island Caves

Norman Island Caves, BVI

Norman Island Caves, BVI

Caves, Norman Island, BVI

Caves, Norman Island, BVI

It was dark inside, so we took our dive light.  Once your eyes adjusted, you actually didn’t need the light since the opening provided enough light.  Amazing to think of Robert Louis Stevenson in these same caves.

Caves, Norman Island, BVI

Caves, Norman Island, BVI

 
The fish outside the caves were also quite impressive.  We have heard people talk of snorkeling as like swimming in an aquarium.  This was the first time it seemed like that to us.

Norman Island, BVI

Norman Island, BVI

Sometimes the gopro doesn’t focus when the waves push us around.  This is the result.

Norman Island, BVI

Norman Island, BVI

We are off further east today in the BVI and may not have internet connection.  So, we aren’t sure when we will post again, but we’ll keep hitting the spot tracker.

 

 

 

 

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One Response to Back to the BVI

  1. Lucy Brown says:

    Norman Island, home of Pirates Bight Bar, Restaurant, and Gift Shop, is perhaps most famous for being the inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel, Treasure Island. However, Norman Island also has a rich documented history of acting as a hiding spot for Pirate booty.Documented history for the island dates back to the early 18th century when a Spanish galleon called Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe buried 55 chests of silver coins after the crew mutinied aboard the ship.

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