Willy T wreck

GPS: 18°20.768’N, 64°35.933’W

The Willy T, also known as the Willy Thornton, was a floating bar and restaurant, originally anchored off Norman Island. The ship was damaged during the passage of Hurricanes Irma and Maria through the islands in 2017. A new Willy T restaurant was established soon after, and the old wreck was transformed into an artificial reef by local non-profit Beyond The Reef and sunk in Key Bay in 2019, just off Peter Island. The wreck of the Willy T lies on a sandy seabed at a maximum depth of around 67 feet (20.5 meters), while her masts extend upwards to a depth of approximately 38 feet (11.5 meters). The wreck is decorated with replica pirates, both inside and outside the structure, along with replica cannons. This interactive dive site is great fun to explore – divers can penetrate the wreck, walk the plank and even “order a drink” at the on-deck bar. Schools of yellowtail snapper, bar jacks and creole wrasse are common on the wreck, while stingrays, porgies and sand divers are common on the sand.