St. Thomas was pretty, but not spectacular. In retrospect, maybe we should have ferried over to St. John. We chose the Coral World shore excursion which lasted about 5 hours including transportation. Part of it was a semi-submersible ride among a coral reef and we saw some pretty cool tropical fish. The kids especially liked the sawfishes. It also included access to the Underwater Enchantment and Ocean Park, where they touched starfish and sea cucumbers. It was fun. The guides were lackluster though and there were iguanas everywhere which was great (for the kids) or not great (for mom). I guess it depends on your perspective. Lol.
A word of warning to the parents though about St. Thomas in general. The only means of transportation on the island besides boats is open-air, open-side trolley taxis. This means playing defense the entire ride as the drivers are driving like maniacs on bumpy windy roads and the family is sliding around on bench seating without seatbelts. THD and I were hanging on to all three of our babies for dear life. It was stressful.
We did the shark encounter which included admission to the park. The encounter was great (you do not get to touch the sharks), we spent a lot of time in the water with them. The photos they took were great and the flash drive a great deal with all the pics included. We also walked to Coki beach and snorkeled for a bit. But it was crowded. All in all a great half day on St Thomas.
In St Thomas, we took an RCI excursion to Coal World, mostly because it was accessible for my dad. The port itself was lovely and well maintained. There were plenty of shops to browse while we waited for the tour operator. The transportation was very good, an open air bus. Not terribly informative during the drive but that was fine with us too. Coral World is small, not a lot of food choice so if you have allergies or picky eaters bring something. It can easily be seen n the 2 hours allotted. Coki Beach is right next to Coral World. Nice beach and some in our party stayed to enjoy it rather than shop downtown. A word of warning though, don't wait for too long after Coral World closes to look for a taxi if you stay at e beach. Our friends got the very last one in an empty parking lot only a short while after closing.
think this was called coral world land and sea
we were driven to this site in a old converted pickup truck with bench like seats on truck
there was no narrative no information about island as we driven to the boat
we were suppose to be able to see coral and sea life under water we did not see any colorful coral some fish ride back no narrative as well
This was an interesting day. Coral World is sort of an aquarium/ nature rehabilitation centre. It's quite run down and some exhibits are a bit sad looking. Overall though, we enjoyed the day here and they also have a lovely beach area.
The park has so much potential, but it is quite run-down. There are many aquariums and wildlife to view, but tanks are dirty, buildings are old and cracky. The semi-submarine was cool, but we could not see very much because the water was cloudy. Plus, we did not go out very far--just kept going in circles seeing the same things. I would rather have spent more time on the boat and gone out further rather than spend most of the time at the park.The park was not close to the ship either. It was a very scary 30 minute ride each way up and down steep mountains on very narrow roads.
The Coral World is okay if you are limited to walking, it's self guided you can probably complete it in 20 mins or less, unfortunately we got there too late that we missed the seal show which was at 10am and then we had to leave and the next show wasn't til 2pm. We just hoped over to Coki beach and did some snorkelling which was nice.
It was a good tour that was not very time consuming. The tour is self guided, (which I prefer) Getting to the transport to Coral World was a bit like being herded. There was a significant amount of confusion at the port because a lack of communication. Our driver was really friendly and made sure we knew when to meet back up with him and where to find him at the end of the excursion. We skipped the beach (it was Easter Sunday) and returned to the port to shop and walk around a but.
14 people in a van many of whom had physical limitations was not a good experience.We assumed that the driver would give a description of the area on the way to the site but that did not happen.
Coral world has limited activity.Aside from the feeding of the fish there was very little to do.
We had 1 1/2 hours at Coral World. I was able to see three exhibits and then had to leave. For some reason, the people who were going to Butterfly Farm also only had limited time. The people going to the beach after had 2 1/2 hours. I could have spent 4 hours at Coral World.
More for kids than adults but they loved this boat tour more (our crew was great!) and Coral World was the perfect size for my 7.5/4.5 year olds to walk around and explore. Probably wouldn't rush back but for our first time as a family on the island wanting to do something more than just go the beach, this was a fun day all together.
Coral World was pretty dilapidated - but the sea lions were fun. We saw the sea turtles and sharks, too. There is an exhibit where you can pick up large conch shells that house critters, and pet sea cucumbers. The iguanas that populate the area are really cool - and we saw lots of chickens. The iguanas are considered the squirrels of St Thomas (we were told). Lots of birds to see. Small gift shop.
Coral world was interesting and very informative. Favorite was a sea lion visit and training session by a very interesting guy who explained a lot about the training and keeping the sea lions engaged and interested. Then we had a couple of hours to spend on Coki Beach were the we found the service extraordinary! Chairs and Umbrella set up near the water line $25, buckets of beer and lunch served at our seats, water was beautiful.
Coral world was cute. We didn't do any of the interactive adventures, but it was perfect for our 3 year old. The price was fair (in my opinion) but it took quite a long time to get there on a shared bus with others.
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