When your ship docks in St Thomas take the family on a shore excursion to Coral World Ocean Park. A general admission ticket gives you access to all of the aquatic park's exhibits, including its 21-tank Marine Gardens (home to hundreds of sea creatures), Shark Shallows—where teenage lemon, nurse, reef and blacktip sharks feed and swim—and Stingray Lagoon. You can also touch starfish, meet iguanas and tortoises, learn about the nesting habits of sea turtles and so much more.
- General admission ticket to Coral World Ocean Park
- Free time to explore the park and participate in optional activities
What To Expect
Explore the underwater world at Coral World Ocean Park while keeping your feet planted firmly on dry land. With your admission ticket, you have access to the 21 separate exhibits that display a wide variety of marine life, from giant crustaceans to petite, delicate seahorses.
Admission allows full-day re-entry from the adjacent Coki Beach, home to some of the best snorkeling in the Virgin Islands.
Please note: this admission ticket grants access to all the regular exhibits in the park. Additional activities, such as the Semi-Submarine, the Sea Lion Swim, the Sea Lion Encounter, Turtle Encounter, Snuba, Shark Encounter and Sea Trek are available at an extra cost.
Please see the Itinerary section below for full details on all the exhibits.
This excursion is located just a short taxi ride away from the cruise port so you determine the time you return to your ship in St Thomas. Please allow yourself ample time to enjoy the excursion and ensure your timely return to the port. This excursion is not covered by our Worry-free policy.
This gallery of 21 jewel tanks provides intimate and stunning views of hundreds of marine species in their unique habitats. Watch entranced as these marine creatures exhibit behaviors you would have a hard time seeing in the wild. Try to spot the superbly camouflaged scorpion fish and peacock flounder.
Get your hands wet while you gently handle starfish, pet a sea cucumbers, meet a hermit crab and other touchable sea creatures. An aquarist is on-hand to answer your questions.
Undersea Observatory Tower:
The only one of its kind in the Caribbean, the air-conditioned Undersea Observatory Tower stands 100 feet (30 meters) offshore. Descend 15 feet (4.5 meters) beneath the sea to the Undersea Observatory and view the ever changing life on a natural coral reef. At mid-level, visit the Deep Reef Tank and from the top level enjoy spectacular views of the St. Thomas shoreline and neighboring islands. From the Undersea Observatory, you have a unique opportunity to stay dry and watch totally non-captive fish and other marine creatures as they go about their daily activities on the reef completely unaware of your presence.
Caribbean Reef Encounter:
This 80,000 gallon coral reef aquarium encircles you as you enter the air-conditioned Caribbean Reef Encounter. The aquarium is open to the elements, which means the thousands of reef animals that are housed here receive natural day and moonlight and experience rain just like a natural reef would.
One of the most popular exhibits, this large pool is home to juvenile sharks. View a variety of sharks from above and below through a large underwater viewing window as they gracefully circle the pool or rest among the rocks. The inhabitants of the Shark Shallows may include nurse, lemon, blacktip and reef sharks. Friendly and knowledgeable marine operations staff will tell you about the current inhabitants and the twice a day feeding schedule. This is a unique opportunity to learn about these amazing and very misunderstood animals and even pet a baby nurse shark with the assistance of one of the staff.
See if you can find all the stingrays that live in the Stingray Lagoon. Masters of disguise, the Southern Stingrays bury themselves in the sand for camouflage. Look for the hint of an eye or tip of a tail showing in the sand to discover them. Watch as these gentle, graceful creatures glide around the pool seeming to fly through the water. They often slap their “wings” against the wall of the pool hoping for a handout of fish!
Rescued as hatchlings in October 1997, the green sea turtles were first introduced to water at Coral World. Smaller than the palm of an adult hand at that time, today each weighs well over one hundred pounds. Watch in awe at these magnificent creatures and learn about their eating and nesting habits during the daily feeding presentations.
Spend some time with the native iguanas in Iguana Alley, the native ducks, tortoises and brown-throated conures on the Nature Trail, and the not so native but very lovable Rainbow Lorikeets in the Lorikeet Garden.