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Swim with sharks in the lagoon at Coral World Ocean Park during this shore excursion on St Thomas. Spend 30 minutes in a tank with some of the sea's most infamous predators, taking bragging rights home with you. This tour includes full-day admission to Coral World Ocean Park's other exhibits. 


  • 30-minute shark swim shore excursion in St. Thomas
  • Includes admission to Coral World Ocean Park
  • Once in a lifetime opportunity to swim with the ocean's greatest predator

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What You Can Expect

St Thomas Shore Excursion: Swimming with Sharks at Coral World Ocean Park

Swimming with Sharks at Coral World Ocean Park

Disembark from your cruise ship at the St Thomas' port and make your way to Coral World Ocean Park. 

Join Coral World Ocean Park's staff trainers for a short information session. Learn about shark biology and behavior, as well as how to best interact with them while you're in the tank. Change into your bathing suit and don a snorkel and mask.

Slip calmly into the Shark Shallows to enjoy your 30-minute swim with a variety of juvenile sharks. Watch as they circle the tank, following schools of 'feeder fish' that will soon be their next meal. Enjoy being up close to these legendary predators that occupy the top spot on the oceanic food chain. Be sure to have some photos taken to go along with your bragging rights, so you can prove to your friends and family back home that you really did swim with sharks.

After your half-hour adventure is over, climb out of the tank and dry off. Admission to Coral World Ocean Park's other exhibits is included in your tour, so spend the day checking out the variety of other fascinating marine exhibits. See the itinerary field for descriptions. 

When you are finished exploring, hail a taxi for the short ride back to the cruise port. You are responsible for your own return to the St Thomas cruise port in time to catch your departing ship.

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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.

Customer Reviews

Joao L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

This was extremely worthwhile! I had great fun in the shark tank with my niece. We learned lots about sharks and have newfound respect for these awesome creatures! The park is a hoot.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2015

I had so much fun. I learned a lot about sharks, their environment, and getting to share their environment with them was amazing.

Dolores D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

It was wonderful. You could spend time with these magnificent creatures. If you were in the open water, it may take a half hour to see just one. Tour guide was excellent. Only regret, I couldn't touch them

Diane C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

The Shark Encounter was an awesome experience. The other exhibits in the park were very interesting. Very memorable!

lea m

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2013

excellent experience. i've dived with sharks before in a cage (hawaii). here the sharks are small and actually were more afraid of us then us from them. i didn't feel scared at all and entered the water tank easily. lots of sharks moved around us and even one too friendly stinga ray. the photos are amazing ! best excursion i've done on this trip.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2013

If you have swimming with the sharks on your bucket list. This is the best way to do it. Our guide Jake made sure we were safe at all times, even with him nudging the stringray and sharks to move around the tank. There is no touching of the sharks or the stingray. It is eyes only and it was amazing.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2011

The thought of swimming with sharks is terrifying, but the guide put me at ease. I learned quite a bit about sharks that I didn’t know before. This was a great experience.

JennyC United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2011

We did both the Shark Swim and Sea Lion Excursion at Coral World - definitely time for both when on a cruise ship. This was a little daunting to begin with, but you quickly got comfortable with the sharks, knowing they are more scared of you than you are of them! I learned a lot about sharks, and that is the goal of this experience! Highly recommend...

Bandit USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2011

Excellent adventure. I'm glad I did it!

Gaye W

4 star rating: Recommended August 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!

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