St. Thomas Helmet Dive Excursion Reviews
The pressure was to much for my ears, but my husband went down and had a good time. We toured the rest of Coral World and fed the birds, touched the critters in the touch tanks and had a drink at the bar. It was a nice place.
The transportation to and from the cruise port however needs some work. It's not very organized!
We were late getting there because of a traffic back up - not their fault at all!
We waited for ever for a ride back to the port though, and when a taxi showed up we decided to just take that, so we were on it ready to go and a van showed up, so they told us it was our free ride and to get out of the taxi and into the van - we hauled our bags down and crammed into the van - then they said, no get out, this is not your ride - so we squeezed back out of the van and our taxi was already gone! So we had to wait another 15 minutes or so for our ride! By the time we made it back to the port we had no time for anything else! The shops were already closing.
We did the Helmet Dive/Tour at Coral World-they gave us no time to explore the Aquarium-as soon as the Dive was over- they closed the place and we had to hurry and Run to get on the bus to leave. For the 4.5hr tour. we only did the 1hr dive-very unorganized with time management. we had to wait for others to Dive first and do there orientation and that wasted an hour. But carnival did refund our portion of the Aquarium tour which was nice-but my Daughter for a year was looking forward to the Aquarium part and never saw it. And its not like we can just drive over and go , LOL,. Also we were able to bring our Go pro down with us and that was nice to have. The instructors/divers also were very nice. The ride on the Bus was Horrible-I thought we were going to crash- very fast driver and then he was playing chicken with another bus driver and the Police was there and couldn't even talk to them. they were hitting each others bus with their hands and screaming and yelling. Neither one would Move for the other to get by. Very Rude drivers. Also on the way Back, my Son was getting on and the driver started to take off and he had a huge cut and bruise from the seat where metal was sharp that he hit trying to get on.That was not a Good experience....
Coral World staff was professional and informative. The helmet dive was fun but restricted with you only able to walk under water around a circular path via under water hand rail. There were sea life that the dive instructor was able to pull out from under rocks and corals and the instructor fed some fish along the way via a cylinder. The helmet was restrictive in movement and in viewing angle. We did the snuba diving in Grand Cayman, that was lots of fun and I highly recommend that!
When you walk onto Coral World grounds you are immediately greeted by inguanas running all over the place! They have an netted area where you could feed lorikeet birds. They'll fly right to you looking for food! There's also a hands on tank for sting rays, another hands on tank that had star fish, sea slugs and large snails. Another enclosed area that had a couple of small sharks that they let you get into. And a trail to walk around the area.