Sea Turtle Encounter at Coral World Ocean Park
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands (U.S.)
- Seaside turtle lagoon: This enclosed tank is designed to simulate a turtle habitat on a smaller scale, and provides great views of the water and island coast.
- Education: Our crew member teaches you about these gentle giants of the seas and how they eat, live and interact. Feel free to interact with them yourself!
- Other exhibits: There's plenty to see when you're done, including the Marine Gardens, Stingray Lagoon, Shark Shallows, the Caribbean Reef, and more.
- Plan your visit: 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
You won't find them eating pizza, running the sewers, or fighting crime, but our Green Sea Turtles are just as interesting as any of their teenage mutant brethren.
Weighing in at around 150 pounds, these massive creatures are surprisingly graceful in the water for their size.
Once you've gotten comfortable in the lagoon, our instructor will give you the nod and you can feel free to express your affection for your new friends – even give their shells a scrub. Coral World is proud to assist with the rescue and rehabilitation of these gentle giants of the sea. People frequently bring sea turtle hatchlings to staff members for protection, and we've also helped turtles that have been injured by boat propellers, human mistreatment, and other dangers that these animals face every day. A portion of your Turtle Encounter ticket goes to turtle conservation efforts, so thanks for helping preserve this endangered species for future generations.
A long-awaited homecoming
Female sea turtles will often swim thousands of miles to get back to their original birthplace and lay their eggs. Some species travel up to 10,000 miles, swimming the entire length of the Pacific from Asia to the U.S. Not being the fastest creatures in the sea, it's a marathon that can take as long as six months.
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. Swim shoes are provided. No additional equipment needed.
Participants must be physically capable of walking and climbing up and down a steep staircase without assistance. Must be able to complete a short walk through the park to reach the turtle pool 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 all ages.
Must be at least 4'8" tall to participate in this activity.
Special Medical Restriction
Participants must be able to understand and follow trainers' instructions at all times. There are no medical restrictions, but we do ask all participants to be aware of their physical fitness, limitations and understand this activity is rated moderate.
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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