Legendary Willy T. (Willliam Thonton) is a classic waterfront drinking establishment. Back in 1985 the owners, Mick and Annie Gardner, decided to open up a floating restaurant and bar on an old 100 foot wooden schooner.  They called it the William Thornton, Willy T. for short, and over the next 10 years it became one of the “must-visit” watering holes in the British Virgin Islands.

In ’96, the original wooden Willy T sprung a leak in the middle of the night and ended up on the ocean’s floor not long after.  Determined to rebuild, the owners went to Florida, bought a 120 foot steel ship and it soon became the new and improved Willy T back at the original mooring at The Bight, Norman Island.



The Willy T is a party spot with their traditional island drinks are fantastic and always served with a generous pour of rum and a smile. Dark & Stormies, Rum Punches and Bushwackers are  the drinks of the day and as the afternoon wears on, shooters and body shots become a great source of entertainment and intoxication. ”


“R” rated jumps off the top deck, laughing, screaming, music, happy hour, all leads to a great time on the Willy T. A quick google image search will give you an idea of the party that is going on there every day. And check out the video below from the infamous jump off the top deck:

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Other Activities Willy T. Day Trip

There is really good snorkeling close by. You can snorkel the Caves, Indians, the Aquarium and Tektike on the way back. You can also stop at Pirates Bight, recently named one of the top 4 “Beachfront Heavens”. You can of course also go paddleboarding, it is a really, nice calm bay. We are happy to arrange for paddleboards for your day trip to Willy T.

Day Trip St. John – Willy T. Day Trip Itineries

We can take you to Willy T. on our comfortable powerboat on a private charter. Willy T. is on Norman Island, BVI so a passport is required. There is no customs on Norman island, so need to check it at Tortola Westend (or Jost van Dyke).


A day trip to Willy T. can be combined with snorkeling (Caves, Indians, the Aquarium) or we can stop on Jost van Dyke too. It can also be a part of a Cooper Island Day Trip.


Book your day trip from St. John to Willy T. here.

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