Norman Island, British Virgin Islands

Norman island offers two great snorkeling experiences: The Caves and The Indians. The Caves of Norman Island are the legendary location of buried pirate treasure. Rising from the water, their cavernous mouths invite the adventurous snorkeler to explore walls encrusted with cup corals and brilliantly-colored sponges. The reduced lighting in the caves brings out some colors ordinarily seen only at night. The Indians are pinnacle rock formations off Pelican Island. Their name derives from their similarity to the feathers of an Indian bonnet. This site is rich with sea life, including a shallow “fish bowl” where swirling clouds of silver bait fish are pursued by jacks and snappers.