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 found near the middle of Dead Chest Island, 5.3 miles southeast of downtown Road Town; it's five miles (eight and a half kilometers) to the southeast of Road Town.

Nearby Restaurants

Of course, one of the most exciting possibilities while spending an afternoon exploring the area could be sharing food at a restaurant within traveling distance of the nature preserve. Tradewinds Restaurant, which serves Caribbean food, is very close-by, making it a great option for nature preserve visitors. It's maybe about less than a mile away, so grab a table and enjoy a meal. Deadman's Beach Bar & Grill and Cooper Island Beach Club Restaurant offer additional nearby lunch and dinner possibilities. At Cooper Island Beach Club Restaurant you and your companions should make it a point not to get up and go without ordering a plate of their specialty, seafood, among others.

Nearby Attractions

Visitors that are a fan of nature preserves, and would like to see others, might consider a trip to Rhone Marine Park and Sage Mountain National Park; the first is 1.0 miles away from this wildlife reservation. Other types of local activities include VI Maritime Museum, which is four miles away Tortola. You might also think about visiting St. Phillip's Church, which is another attraction not far away.

Nature preserves are a great attraction to visit, but there's plenty else to see during your stay. The following table includes other attractions close-by.

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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