If you're arriving to St. Thomas via a cruise ship and want to spend the day with fascinating marine animals, head over to Coral World Ocean Park and experience the sea lion encounter. This shore excursion includes admission to the park and a 20-minute on land encounter with sea lions. People of all ages enjoy spending time and playing with these magnificent animals so book this St. Thomas shore excursion today!
Shore Excursion Highlights
- 20-minute sea lion encounter shore excursion in St. Thomas
- Includes admission to Coral World Ocean Park
- Spend time playing and feeding the sea lions
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Sea lions are a very friendly and entertaining species of aquatic mammals - both in the water and on land!
Don't miss the opportunity to feed, pet and play with the sea lions at Coral World. During the 20-minute encounter you might play a quick game of soccer or get a fishy sea lion kiss! You'll also have the chance to take home a photo flash drive of you and your new friend (own expense).
Your sea lion encounter also includes full day admission to Coral World Ocean Park. See the "itinerary" field below for more info on the exhibits included in the general admission ticket.
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.
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Coral World Ocean Park, a short taxi ride away from the cruise ship port
Departure Time (local time)
At your leisure
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- Admission to Coral World Ocean Park
- Sea lion encounter
- Orientation and interactive deck time
- Port pickup and drop off
- Gratuities (optional)
- Food and drinks (available for purchase)
- Photos (available for purchase)
- Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
- Children 12 and under must be accompanied by a participating adult
- Actual time spent with the sea lion is 20 minutes
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.
You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
Local Operator Information
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Recent Reviews from Other Travelers
The beach aside of Coral World was incredible -- the grandkids 9 and 7 just loved all the fish in the water as did I. They food to feed them and the fish swam around you to eat -- my grandson got awesome pictures under the water of them. It was clean and the folks were great. The lady who took care of our group found us someone to braid my granddaughters hair. You could rend umbrellas, chair and locker at the beach. Coral world is aside of the beach a 5 minute walk. It was wonderfull too the Larakeet bird exhibit was really cool, we enjoyed feeding them birds as they sat on your shoulders and head. The sea lion encounter was great!! the kids as did we never saw a Sea lion like Franco he had a mane like a lion and was hugh. The kids were just thrilled to feed him. The trainer and photographer made the experience memorable and we got the USB ($40) well worth it of the session we had. A great day on St Thomas.
This was an amazing experience! We jumped in a taxi from the cruise ship port and made it to Coral World in about 30 minutes. We got to meet and play with Omar, a very friendly sea lion. This was a very personalized experience and one I would highly recommend! You've never been kissed until it's by a Sea Lion!
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