Norman Island Caves
Norman Island Caves
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Known for tales of buried treasure, these caves are appreciated even more for spectacular snorkeling adventures, with thousands of orange cup coral and red sponge covering the cave walls.
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Doug R
Towanda, IL60 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
Snorkeling at the Caves is great. Lots of interesting fish and even some sea turtles. Several cruise boats were moored the day we stopped. There were large groups of swimmers and snorkelers around and into the caves.
The water is deep so be as strong swimmer or have some flotation support.
Written April 22, 2022
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DePere
De Pere, WI488 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Snorkeled at the Indians and the Norman Island Caves on November 30 as an excursion through Celebrity Cruises. The tour had approximately 50 participants.
Of the two locations, Norman Island was our favorite. The water next to Norman Island was very calm and the clarity/visibility at the site was excellent. There are three caves at the site, two of the caves are rather shallow but the third extends quite a way into the island, so far that after exploring the entrance of the cave and swimming deeper into the cave, we decided to turn around due to the lack of light and the narrowness of the cave. We are avid snorkelers and enjoyed the uniqueness of the experience.
The Norman Caves area was large enough that it accommodated a group this size better than The Indians site. The marine life was similar at both sites. We did see a few Moon Jellyfish here which are interesting creatures to observe and present minimal danger to snorkelers. A few individuals saw a barracuda at the site, but we did not.
The Indians site had some interesting coral, but the water was choppier, and we were instructed to stay on one side of the rocks as the current is strong on the opposite side.
Written December 6, 2023
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PamRoad
Texas1,011 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We snorkeled here and were blown away by the sea life we saw. Schools of fish in the hundreds that swam very close to us! The sea life in the caves is excellent but be careful. It gets very dark and the tide can be quite strong. Definitely the place to snorkel if you get the chance!!!
Written February 27, 2020
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yosif2018
Washington DC, DC64 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Family
This is o e of the many National Parks Trust locations that make the BVI such an easy crusing location. Tie up to a buoy and you are swimming distance from a cool pebble beach, caves, and fish all around. Water is not rough. Good before or after the Indians if tu spend the night before in The Bight.
Written January 25, 2020
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SaltyMeagan
St. John3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Business
I work on a tour that frequents The Caves of Norman Island (AKA Treasure Island).... I enjoy every single visit! There are 3 caves... The Northernmost cave is the only dark and creepy one... the Southernmost cave is one where Pirates treasure was found (and documented... not a myth)... the cave between the two is more of an amphitheater... not much of a cave at all but is home to an abundance of BEAUTIFUL coral! Here is a link to more pictures: https://www.flickr.com/photos/130959271@N04/albums/72157649338375253/with/18564559828/
Written June 30, 2015
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ChefTIO
Arizona151 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2012 • Couples
Before coming here we stopped at the Indians for about an hour of snorkeling. Honestly I wish we would have stopped here first. (This was our first time visiting both places). The caves are unique in their own right. They all go back from 10 to maybe 30 feet. Need to let your eyes get adjusted to the dim light when swimming in. Some unique rock, coral and fish the farther you go in. The wall has some nice spots to explore as well. This was a tough act to follow when stopping at the Indians first. We fell in love with that place. It is all good in the end. If we make it back to BVI / USVI this will be a must stop.
Written November 27, 2012
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Highroads Traveler
Philadelphia, PA947 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
It's pretty cool when you approach from the sea to check out something as awesome as the caves at Norman Island. Our catamaran cruise brought us right to the tip of the island and by the caves so we could get a seaward look at those bad boys.. really great!
Written October 30, 2019
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Dewaardenzijngast
48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
Just snorkel into the cave and use an underwater light. We spotted a nice reef shark, lobsters and 1000's of small silver fish. A large bunch of tarpons where awaiting us when we came out of the cave. Must do if you like snorkeling!
Written July 7, 2019
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tnbelle2016
Chattanooga, TN194 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016 • Couples
Was on a cruise excursion to the site and was amazed at the beauty of the reefs, the fish, cliffs, and caves. We got to watch a huge sea turtle eating on the reef, tons of all types of colorful fish, and several crabs and sea worms. We then drifted into the largest cave with bats on the ceiling as the fish and rocks turned into shallow sandy areas, you could stand up but the cave didn't go too far. We then swam out and snorkled into the next one that was very short.

There were several tour groups there feeding the fish so they would be all over you in some spots. I love the angel and parot fish wich was very abundant.

Be very careful, as the waves can push you into the rocks or high reefs, there is no sandy beach.
Written June 12, 2016
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Tracey S
Peterborough, UK16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2016 • Couples
Really enjoyed the snorkelling here, the water was crystal clear, the coral was some of the best I have seen and the fish are so inquisitive. We picked up one of the parks mooring buoys just outside the caves and although the caves are not very deep they were dark and you will need a torch. We saw shoals of fish with the torch, but you could really appreciate them when you started to come out of the caves and the light from outside shone into the water illuminating all the fish and coral. Definitely worth the visit and some of the best snorkelling we have seen in the BVI.
Written March 6, 2016
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