Sea Lion Swim at Coral World Ocean Park
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands (U.S.)
- Sea lion swim: Under the direction of skill trainers, enjoy a unique deep-water swim interaction, getting up close, and posing for unforgettable pictures with a South American sea lion in a private pool.
- A picture-perfect kiss: At the end of your experience, our sea lion will give you a big wet kiss and the photo op of a lifetime.
- Other exhibits: Visit Caribbean Reef Encounter, Sea Turtle Pool, and Marine Gardens - 21 jewel-like aquariums. During the various presentations you can pet a shark, hand feed stingrays, encounter turtles, wild iguanas and have tropical birds eating right from your hands.
- Stay as long as you like at Coral World since you provide the transportation. Coral World is open daily from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, November through April. The schedule may vary from April through October. Closed Friday & Saturdays during summer months.
About this Charlotte Amalie tour
Adorable? You bet. But sea lions are also some of the smartest animals around, in or out of the water. They're one of the few species that can respond to simple commands and physical signals. They've even been trained by the U.S. Navy to detect and locate enemy divers approaching American ships.
Your sea lion swim isn't such serious business, of course. We just want you to know that there's a lot more going on behind those big dark eyes than you might think.
The grand finale of your swim is the height of Awww: you getting a big wet kiss from the sea lion, preserved forever in a photograph. Too much for a first date? A flipper bump will do.
Lions on the move
The sea lions you'll meet will be in a more relaxed mood, but when given some space in the water and the proper motivation, these guys can really haul. A sea lion swimming at top speed can reach 25 mph – over five times faster than Olympic gold-medal swimmer Michael Phelps, on his best day.
Please make your way to the entrance of Coral World, located adjacent to Coki Beach on Coki Point at your convenience. Tour does not include transportation to/from the park.
Bring money for photos, shopping and refreshments.
A park map is provided to help you navigate through the park.
Children 12 and under must be accompanied by a participating adult.
Life jacket and swim shoes are provided. No additional equipment needed.
Complimentary parking is available for Coral World Ocean Park patrons. When presenting your voucher at the front gate, please let the crew know if you have parked a vehicle in the Coral World lot and you will be issued a parking permit that must be displayed on the dashboard for the duration of your visit.
Participants must be physically capable of walking and climbing up and down the pool ladder without assistance. Must be able to complete a short walk through the park to reach the Sea Lion Enclosure and roughly 1.5 miles of walking to view the facility.
Adventure, Family Friendly, Wilderness/Wildlife
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for travelers 5 years of age and older.
For safety reasons and the effective operation of this tour, travelers must weigh between 40 and 400 pounds to participate in this tour.
Special Medical Restriction
Participants must be able to understand and follow trainers' instructions (in English) at all times. Due to the nature of this tour, it is not suitable for pregnant women.
All travelers are required to sign a waiver before participating.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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