Cruise in the British Virgin Islands in the very wake of Pirates! For indeed the islands of Norman and Peter Island were home to many pirates and the setting for the famous children’s book, “Treasure Isle”, by Robert Louis Stevenson. Snorkel in the caves on Norman Island where the very treasure is said to have been buried, and anchor in Deadman’s Bay off of Peter Island, next to Dead Chest, the setting of the marooning of mutinous pirates, left with no more than a bottle of rum. Yo Ho Ho.
The Bight in Norman Island was an oft used hidey hole for real pirate ships, as the pirates could sit aboard their ships positioned well into the island behind the bluffs of The Bight, always ready for surprise attack. Today, on your yacht charter after anchoring in The Bight, just around the corner, are a series of caves said to be the inspiration as the location of the buried treasure, described in Robert Louis Stevenson’s famous book Treasure Isle. Easily visited by ships tender, the caves offer a fun afternoon of snorkeling and exploring and always the question of “could it have been”?
Next door to Norman Island is Peter Island with the glorious Deadman’s Beach. At the head of Deadman’s Bay, Deadman’s Beach is a mile-long, crescent-shaped beach with towering coconut palms that overlooks Dead Chest and Salt Islands. It’s now part of Peter Island Beach Resort and a private and secluded stretch of pristine beach for resort guests, and visiting yachtsmen anchored in Deadman’s Bay.
Just off Deadman’s Beach at the side entrance to Deadman’s Bay is Dead Chest Island. Dead Chest is the supposed setting for the marooning of mutinous pirates, described in the popular poem by Allison, and then put to music in the 1901 play of “Treasure Island”, which was inspired by Stevenson’s book. This song is now well known to any school child.
“Fifteen men on a dead man’s chest
Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum
Drink and the devil had done for the rest
Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum”.
Peter Island Resort’s beaches boast protected waters for excellent windsurfing, sailing, snorkeling, and other water sports. Little Deadman’s Bay and Beach is an extension of its senior and is a preferred spot for world-class snorkeling.
Unlike the pirates of yesteryear, visit their historic haunts, but also enjoy the area through swimming, snorkeling, and exploring rather than hiding treasure, on your yacht charter of the British Virgin Islands
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