If you need a little break from bathing in the Caribbean sun on one of St. Thomas’s fantastic beaches or exploring some of its many historical sites, Coral World Ocean Park offers up-close and personal experience with some of the island’s native wildlife. The park has been voted “Best Tourist Attraction and Eco Tourism Activity” for more than ten years in a row by Daily News readers, and that for good reason!

Coral World Ocean Park includes aquariums, nature trails, and even an Underwater Observatory for experiencing a coral reef and spectating its natural inhabitants. If you’re feeling on the adventurous side, you can try the Sea Trek Helmet Dive and walk around underwater with a helmet, or try SNUBA, with is similar to SCUBA diving but the source of oxygen is located in a raft above the water. A variety of animals call the park home, including sea turtles, sea lions, sharks, stingrays, sea cucumbers, and of course plenty of species of fish.

The Marine Gardens are a set of 21 jewel tanks, displaying many different creatures living in their natural habitats. One of the most popular exhibits at the park is the Shark Shallows, home to plenty of baby sharks which are fed twice per day, something most guests enjoy watching. Stingray Lagoon serves as a habitat for the park’s stingrays, which can be fed by visitors after the presentation. Another popular attraction is the park’s playful sea lion exhibit. Besides marine life, Coral World Ocean Park includes a walk-through aviary with tropical birds and houses some of St. Thomas’s fascinating iguanas. If you go on one of the nature trails, make sure to wear comfortable shoes!

Coral World Ocean Park is open from 9 AM to 4 PM. General admission tickets cost $20 for adults. If you want to participate in a specific activity, such as the Sea Lion Swim or SNUBA diving, you’ll have to book these separately. Check the official website for more details.

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