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Normand Island, BVI: Cave Diving

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Norman Island is an uninhabited island at the southern tip of the British Virgin Islands Archipelago. It is known for its three shallow caves at the base of the island's cliffs. These caves are perfect for exploring by snorkel and once inside certain caves, you get a night-dive experience because it's so dark you can't even see your own hand in front of your face.

Norman Island is also referred to as Treasure Island because author Robert Louis Stevenson used it as inspiration for his famous 1883 novel, Treasure Island. The island itself also has a documented history of pirate loot being stowed and found there.

Armed with a flashlight and a guide, I explored the caves at Norman Island. The swim from the boat to the caves was an underwater adventure itself as I saw shy eels, trumpet fish, a couple of octopus and some sea urchins along the way.

If you look at the pictures below, you'll see that the colors of the coral on the cave walls are extremely vibrant because they have not been bleached by the sun. Shine a flashlight in to some of the nooks and crannies and you'll spot a spiny lobster like I did. If you happen to point your flashlight upwards, you'll be shocked at just how many bats are hanging upside down for the cave ceilings. Below are three pictures, but click here to see the rest of the Norman Island cave diving photos.

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