This interactive aquarium and water-sports center lets you experience a variety of sea life and other animals. There's a new 2-acre dolphin habitat, as well as several outdoor pools where you can pet baby sharks, feed stingrays, touch starfish, and view endangered sea turtles. During the Sea Trek Helmet Dive, you walk along an underwater trail wearing a helmet that provides a continuous supply of air. You can try "snuba," a cross between snorkeling and scuba diving. Swim
with a sea lion and have a chance at playing ball or getting a big, wet, whistered kiss. You can also buy a cup of nectar and let the cheerful lorikeets perch on your hand and drink. The park also has an offshore underwater observatory, an 80,000-gallon coral reef exhibit (one of the largest in the world), and a nature trail with native ducks and tortoises. Daily feedings take place at most exhibits.
Coki Point north of Rte. 38, 6450 Estate Smith Bay, Estate Frydendal, St. Thomas, 00802, U.S. Virgin Islands
Feb 16, 2006
Coral World is not a cheap two dollar attraction, but once you get inside and look at all the maintenance and upkeep of all the exhibits, you begin to understand where the money goes. Our two kids aged 5&8 really enjoyed the feeding times, as they got to hand feed the stingrays, and pet a baby nurse shark. Our daughter enjoyed the roving tame iguanas, which seemed to enjoy attention and petting! The green sea turtles were magnificent creatures, and
I'm sure this is one of the only places that one could see them up close. The indoor tanks were well maintained and contained a vast variety of sea creatures from sea horses to giant spiny lobsters and moray eels, all displayed in a very natural setting. No tiny tanks here. The ladies doing the feedings were well versed in their field, and I would not be surprised if they were marine biologists. Their focus is on preservation and conservation of the marine environment. Overall a very enjoyable and informative place. If your kids are only into x-box and roller coasters, take them somewhere else, as they might actually learn something here. My only advice would be to eat before coming as the food booth was very expensive with a burger, fries and a coke costing $10.50 (mutiply that by the number of people in your family!)
Mar 30, 2004
We were wholly unimpressed by this "Marine Park" - it's very small and unimpressive. Although if I had kids with me I would have definitely taken them - they would have really loved it. Otherwise it was nothing extraordinary.