St Thomas Shore Excursion: Coral World Ocean Park General Admission Ticket

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  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 3 Hrs
  • Departure Time :
    Coral World is open from 9:00am to 4:00pm
  • Departure Details :
    Coral World Ocean Park, 6450 Coki Point, St Thomas, Virgin Islands 00802, USVI
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


If you're arriving to St. Thomas via a cruise ship and only have one day, why don't you spend a few hours exploring a water park? Coral World Ocean Park is perfect and fun for people of all ages, so jump off your ship and come explore 5 acres (217,000 sq. feet) of aquatic paradise!

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There's so much to do at Coral World! You can stay dry while viewing an extraordinary array of marine life in the open ocean through the windows of the undersea observatory or get wet with Sea Trek, the ultimate helmet dive! Pet a shark, touch a starfish or sea cucumber, swim with the amazingly agile sea lions and have in-water encounters you'll never forget!

Other exhibits include the Caribbean Reef Encounter, Sea Turtle Pool and Marine Gardens; 21 jewel-like aquariums displaying a wide variety of marine life, from tiny seahorses to giant lobsters.

Coral World is adjacent to Coki Beach, which offers some of the best snorkeling in the Virgin Islands. Admission allows all day re-entry from the beach and access to showers.

See the "itinerary" field below for more info on the exhibits included in the general admission ticket.

Other activities which are available for purchase within the park include Sea Trek, Shark Encounter, Snuba, Turtle Encounter, Sea Lion Encounter, Sea Lion Swim, Semi-Submarine and more!

Please note: this is an admission ticket only and grants you access to all exhibits within the park. Additional activities are available at an extra cost.

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.



Marine Gardens:
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.

Touch Pool:
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.

Shark Shallows:
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.

Stingray Lagoon:
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!

Turtle Pool:
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.

Critter Corners:
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.


Souvenir map

Undersea observatory tower

Unlimited access to the park and beach


Hotel/port pickup and drop off

Food and drinks

Additional activities inside the park

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Traveler Reviews

  • 09-Apr-2015

    Our guide was great, but the Ocean Park was a little disappointing. It was much smaller than we thought it would be... We did enjoy the snorkeling and beach next to the Park though!

  • 14-Dec-2014

    This was a neat park where petting stingrays was included in the general park admission, as is a pool where you can feel starfish and sea urchins. Underground aquariums had a variety of sea creatures to see. Cab fare is currently $9/person each way to get there (20-25 min). Confirm with your driver before getting in that you are going straight back to the cruise ship if you're on a time limit (not related to the actual park)! Small iguanas wandering all around, which was fun. At the beach, umbrella rental was $10 and lounge chairs were $5 each. Park staff were friendly and helpful.

  • 03-Aug-2014

    Very enjoyable afternoon, the people at Coral World were knowledgeable about the sharks and other aquatic life. The young man who took us in shark shallows was awesome! Only negative $20 taxi ride per person on top of the admission price!

  • 16-Apr-2013

    This is a small park and doesn't take long to do...There is no transportation there from Viators so you have to catch a taxi or shuttle and that can be expensive if more than 2 people going....I would like Viators to provide transportation to and from and then you don't have to worry...but we enjoyed ourselves

  • 20-Feb-2013

    We very much enjoyed Coral World. Unfortunately our friends who were to join us were caught in the bad snow storm that hit the east coast! They missed the cruise and vacation with us. I contacted Viator for refund of 2 tickets we could not use but I recieved no response from them I am disappointed.

  • 17-Jan-2013

    the facility was a little small and worn, but the kids enjoyed the sea-lion show

  • 02-Nov-2012

    It would have been nice to have been met at the port gate and be a round trip included in the price since I have mobility issues but the excursion was at my pace and very enjoyable. Considering the time of year, it was very pleasant and comfortable.