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Norman, Willy, + a bunch of caves.

Turns out, we love Norman Island! Not just for the roomy spots we’ve found to anchor in a sea of $30 mooring balls or for the super comfortable night’s sleep we’ve enjoyed on repeat occasions in this large protected harbor known as The Bight, but also for the hilarious antics that regularly go down at Willy T’s, as well as the pretty fab snorkeling opportunities around the island.

Normans is great, I tell ya!

Oh, I almost forgot, we also love it for the floating solar powered flash light we found one night while dinghying Oliver to shore. Finder’s keepers! ;))

If you’ve been to the BVI’s, then you know Willy T’s is an institution around here. And if you come to BVI and don’t go to Willy T’s, you’re probably not much fun (sorry!) and you’re freaking missing out on the quintessential floating party bar. It’s the real deal.


^^Willy’s on a pretty morning. Pre party-goers.^^

Honestly, I don’t have much of a clue about who the heck Mr. William Thorton is or how the bar came to be. I’m sure you can google the heck out of that if you care to. What I do know is that is Willy T’s is definitely NOT PG rated. Hah! ;)) It’s pretty much made it’s mark by dishing out risqué body shots, placing tattoos on not-so-conspicuous body parts of drunken patrons, and simultaneously allowing free diving festivities (i.e. the naked kind) to take place off the back of the boat/bar.

Seriously. And it’s all in good fun!

There are some super awesome bartenders at Willy T’s and, clearly, some extreme people watching in which to partake.

Luckily for us, we had the best seat in the house after carving out a perfect patch of sand to anchor directly next door to Willy T’s. This allowed us the opportunity to lounge in our cockpit with our cheaper beers (mind you when we weren’t actually at the bar ourselves) and still witness all the craziness taking place.

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^^Watching it all go down from the comfort of our boat.^^

Somehow, we also found time to participate in some not-so-crazy shenanigans and made a quick dinghy trip around the corner of Norman’s to visit The Caves!

We heard from a few cruisers that the caves are known for tales of buried treasure…and who are we not to check out these legends ourselves. After snorkeling and scoping out the underwater caverns, it was nearly impossible not to imagine a treasure chest hidden in these caves, but sadly, no pirates booty or gold nuggets were found this go round.

The snorkeling and exploring, however, was worth the quick ride over (minus the surprise small bloody gash on my ankle from one of the sharper cave rocks).

We, of course, brought the GoPro along for some underwater photos and here are a few favs from the day…


Oh, and in case you’re wondering, we snorkeled the Indians too, but that’ll have to wait for a future blog post.

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BrittanyJanuary 26, 2015 - 2:02 pm

Beautiful pics! And hooray for the flashlight find…love the Willy T! I’ve made that jump MANY times 😉

Ed & Cheryl CarterJanuary 26, 2015 - 6:01 pm

Sally & Jerry say we should hook up with you guys. We think we saw you going out of an anchorage as we came. We are in VG now but we’ll be around BVI for 2 more weeks before heading east. Hopefully we meet up. We are a 40′ Caliber cutter-rigged sloop,, ecru hull/blue sunbrella, with Texas Flag. That should narrow it down. And, of course, all that cruiser things mounted all over the boat.

Mary GraceJanuary 26, 2015 - 8:14 pm

Once again, your pics are beautiful! We get back to the BVIs on Feb. 20th and your photos make the wait more difficult! But please keep posting!
Mary Grace

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