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Get an up-close sea lion encounter during this shore excursion at Coral World Ocean Park in St Thomas. During this out-of-the-water experience, see their humorous behavior and learn about these marine animals from your nature guide. This tour includes full-day admission to Coral Reef Ocean Park, a great family-friendly activity during your time in port.


  • 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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What You Can Expect

St Thomas Shore Excursion: Sea Lion Encounter at Coral World Adventure Park

St Thomas Shore Excursion: Sea Lion Encounter at Coral World Adventure Park

During the time that your ship is in port in St Thomas, make your way to Coral World Ocean Park for your sea lion encounter.

Meet the expert sea lion trainer for an introduction to this fascinating species: Otariidae Otarniinae. Pet, play with and feed with them during a 20-minute encounter; even get a get a kiss or play soccer with the playful animals.

Take home a photo flash drive of images of you hanging with your new marine friends. 

Along with your sea lion encounter, enjoy full-day admission to Coral World Ocean Park. See the Itinerary field below for more details on the exhibits and attractions in the park. 

This activity is just a short taxi ride away from the port, so you determine the time you return to your ship. 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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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.

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

We had no idea what to do with our kids 5/8 at St. Thomas. I found this, and did not do much research, other than the fact we would be able to spend 20 minutes or so 1:1 with a sea lion. Kids had a blast, they even had a photographer who captured a lot of memories for us.. We ended up just buying the USB drive for 75 with all the photos.. Seemed like a great deal compared to the cost of photos onboard the ship.. The staff at Coral World were well educated, knowledgable, and most of all passionate about the animals they care for.. The place is undergoing some renovations, but even though it seems a bit run down, the staff make up for it 100 ...

Martha W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

I highly recommend this excursion! It was awesome. My sister and I did this excursion and loved it. How often to you get to even see these marvelous sea lions much less swim with them! If we ever go back to St. Thomas I would do it again!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2013

The tour guide Dave was great and he taught you about the history of French and Dutch side of the island. He stopped at two beaches to give you time to shop or go on the beach...This was the best of my whole cruise tours..

Mary C USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2013

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.

Brent B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2011

This encounter was fun for all members of my family and the staff at Coral World were amazing!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2011

So much fun! Our Sea Lion was Omar and he was a riot. We had the opportunity to play with him. The whole experience was hands-on and a lot of fun!

JennyC United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2011

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!

Vicki D

4 star rating: Recommended April 2012

This experience was a once-in-a-lifetime. We interacted with Franko, a 450 pound adorable sea lion. He was very agreeable and we thoroughly enjoyed our visit with him.

Brian T

3 star rating: Worth doing September 2014

My wife and I had fun playing with the sea lions, however, we were only given about 15 mins of time with them; too short a time to really enjoy it. The trainers were very friendly and the sea lions performed some funny tricks for us. The rest of Coral World is just OK. Beware of the many wild iguanas crawling all over the park - I almost stepped right on one!

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