Virgin Islands: Snorkeling Norman Caves
Our last Saturday at the Virgin Islands, we headed over to Norman Island. Norman Island was supposedly the inspiration for the book “Treasure Island” and is home to the floating bar the Willy-T. Most importantly, according to our ship’s crew, Norman Island has the best snorkeling site in the British Virgin Islands. Our entire clan, including the water weary ones, piled into the tender and we went snorkeling at The Caves.
Snorkelers at Norman Island Caves (Photo by jalawebber)
Snorkeling the caves was AMAZING. I had seen plenty of washed up coral on the beaches of Virgin Guana and Peter Island and now I got to see what those creatures looked like alive. Resurrection… on a time delay.
The diversity under the surface was incredible. There were so many different types of fish to look at. Ahead of time, one of our crew members described the experience to me. I found her description amazingly accurate:
“It is like swimming in a fish tank.”
Snorkeling with fish (Photo by Walkabout Polly)
Lots of fish (Photo by Walkabout Polly)
There were so many colors– many of them extremely vivid. And you had every range of texture in the mix. There were delicate, silky purple plants(?) swaying with the gentle tide and then on the other hand, spikey little black urchins camped up in the harsh rock crevices. There was so much to see, so much to explore and so much to get inspired by. I felt like I was floating over a miniature forest.
Coral Reef at The Bight in Norman Islands (Photo by jalawebber)
The Caves at Norman Island (Photo by jalawebber)
This outing was definitely one of the highlights of my trip. I highly recommend it. You get to see dead things live. You get to swoop effortlessly over an entire world and absorb all its goings-on. And if by chance, you happened to have a can of Cheez-Whiz on you, you are worshiped by all the fish around.
Snorkeling at The Caves must be what it feels like to be God.