St. Thomas Coral World Tour Excursion Reviews
good value, spend at least two hours. Booked on line. Easy transportation availability to/from ship.
Boarded bus, given history of Island with guide on bus. Coral world was great. Given a map on arrival, and very helpful staff. Large park with nature trails, sea turtles, many land tortoises, underwater aquarium was great, many levels to view, and great sea creatures. Snack bar, restrooms, Not crowded. Next to Coki beach, easy walk to beach.
Booked a Sea Trek adventure but unfortunately we missed it due to the ship. THe itinerary had us in at 10am (which normally means 10am Island time) but we actually arrived 11am ship time/ Noon Island time and we couldn't disembark till 12:30 and our Sea Trek was set for 1pm. With traffic it took us almost 45 minutes to get to Coral World. By the time we arrived our tour had been given away. Coral World was great and refunded our Sea Trek fee (we had to pre-pay) and we just paid to go in Coral World. It was fun but I probably wouldn't paid the taxi fee ($10/per person) to go there without doing an excursion. Afterwards we went next door to Coki Beach....which I was hesitant about because of the reviews I read. It was a little more "ghetto" as people referred to it but not bad overall. Next time I would choose something different but I really wish we could have done the Sea Trek.
Coral World is a fun excursion that would be great for families. There really is not time to visit the beach, as promised. However, there is much to see at Coral World, and the feeding schedules are timed so you can visit each of the exhibits in turn.
It was worth the price of admission just to see Santa in dreadlocks with a scuba tank, feeding fish in an artificial reef exhibit.
Coral World was a very pleasant surprise. Much more to it than thought. Not just a commercial venture. Conservation efforts impressive.
We enjoyed St. Thomas, our next port. We decided to take a tour to Coral World and Coki Beach. Coral World is an ocean park dedicated to education and preservation of marine life. It was uncrowded, clean, and had beautiful and informative exhibits. Coral World provides lockers and showers for beach goers at Coki Beach, a few steps away. Coki Beach was quite crowded as there were 3 cruise ships in town on that day. They charged $15 for 2 lounge chairs and an umbrella. The snorkeling was the best I've experienced in a very long time. The coral formations were beautiful, the variety of fish were colorful and plentiful. I'd go back in a heart beat just for the snorkeling.
Extremely disappointed. We did the Coral Land and Coral Sea. We paid over 100.00 for this. We were picked up at the dock after waiting for 30-40 minutes. We were told to meet at Station 5. The sign for station 5 was leaned against the railing of the pier about 3ft off the ground. It was blocked by 2 people who were not aware it was even there. We walked back and forth and asked a couple of workers who both gave us different answers on where to find the Station. Anyway, we finally got into a CAB which was a F-250 chassis with open air seating in the back which would hold about 20 people. He took us to the far side of the island. We were instructed to meet at the stingray pond for the Coral Seas Semi Submarine at 3:30. We went inside the park where there was a hot dog stand, a small tank with a few baby sharks, nurse sharks and a few fish, the "Underwater Observatory" aka A Joke, a small touch pool with some sea cumbers, start fish, and sea urchins, a gift shop which had an attendant who wished you had not joined her, an aquarium building with a few tanks, two parrots, a couple of turtles, and the stingray pond with 4 rays. The highlight was the semi submarine, but there really was not much to see. This was billed as kid friendly and for the most part it is. My Son begged me to take him to beach and I probably should have saved the 100.00 and took him there instead. There was little or no additional time to actually see the island.
Great day! The exhibits were great and it was clear that the animals were well cared for. The iguanas that don't leave you alone while you're eating are a little annoying, but it's all part of the experience. We had a great time and would do it again. Only downside is that we could have used another hour.