Dead Chest National Park

Many people know of Dead Chest Island and don't even realize it, but it is true. It has been made famous by the "pirate" song that goes something like this: "15 men on Dead Man's Chest, yo ho ho and a bottle of rum." Of course, that is just hearsay, but many believe that the island of Dead Chest Island got its name after famed pirate Blackbeard left 15 men ashore the island with only a bottle of rum after a mutiny.

Uninhabited by humans, Dead Chest Island is a popular spot for snorkelers and novice divers because of the calm waters. The corals that lie beneath appear to resemble a garden, and Dead Chest West is known for its mazes of coral.


Dead Chest National Park is located in the heart of Dead Chest Island, 5.3 miles southeast of downtown Road Town; it's 5.2 miles to the southeast of Road Town.

Nearby Restaurants

There are many eateries to select from in the neighborhood near the nature preserve. Tradewinds Restaurant, which serves up Caribbean meals, offers convenient access to this wildlife reservation. The restaurant is only about less than a mile away from this nature preserve, so check it out and enjoy a meal. Deadman's Beach Bar & Grill and Cooper Island Beach Club Restaurant are some more restaurant options within reach of the nature preserve. At Cooper Island Beach Club Restaurant you and your companions should make it a point not to end your meal without ordering a plate of their specialty, seafood, among others.

Nearby Attractions

Travelers who like wildlife reservations, and are interested in visiting others, should consider going to Rhone Marine Park and Sage Mountain National Park; the first and closest of which is a mile to the east of this page's attraction. Other types of local attractions include VI Maritime Museum, which is four miles away Tortola. You might also want to consider heading over to St. Phillip's Church, which is another attraction nearby.

Wildlife reservations are nice for a few hours here and there, but there's plenty else to see during your stay. The table below lists other attractions that are closest.

Attractions Near Dead Chest National Park
Attraction Type Distance Direction Location Island
VI Maritime Museum Museum 4.1 mi. (4.0 km) N 2.5 mi. East of Road Town Tortola
St. Phillip's Church Historic Site 4.2 mi. (2.3 km) NNW Kingstown Tortola
Old Government House Museum Museum 5.0 mi. (0.7 km) NW Road Town Tortola
Fort Charlotte Ruins Historic Site 5.2 mi. (0.8 km) NW Road Town Tortola

More Information


You can visit Dead Chest Island from sun up to sun down.


There is no charge to visit Dead Chest Island, however, many people visit the dive sites that surround it with a tour group. The prices of these groups vary.

Location: Dead Chest Island


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