Coral World Ocean Park

Coral World Ocean Park, Smith Bay: Hours, Address, Coral World Ocean Park Reviews: 4.5/5

Coral World Ocean Park
4.5
Nature & Wildlife Areas • Zoos • Aquariums
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9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Voted top attraction in the V.I. since 2004. Get up close and personal with the beauty and magic of Caribbean marine life in a stunning setting. View life on a coral reef from the unique Undersea Observatory. Hand feed a rainbow lorikeet! Add-ons, Dolphin Trek, Dolphin Splash or moment, Dolphin Kayak, Sea Lion Swim or Encounter, Shark Encounter, Snuba Dive, and Sea Trek Helmet Dive. Open Friday to Wednesday in season 9am - 4pm. Off season hours (May to October) vary.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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Seaturtle
5 contributions
Dec 2021 • Family
We did the Dolphin Splash and Swim! Our crew of 5 (2 adults and 3 kids) spent an awesome morning at Coral World Ocean park. As other reviews mention, the park is quite small and is easily doable in 60-90 minutes. We got there soon after it opened and the park was almost empty. This allowed us to get all of the indoor stuff done before the crowds arrived. Be wary of going when cruise ships are in, because when we left the park was packed with cruise tourists. The Dolphin swim was so, so, so much fun! Our trainers, Erin and Jasmine, were so knowledgeable and friendly! We swam with Loki, a super friendly dolphin who performed his tricks with enthusiasm. Our photographer (unsure of name) was great at his job and the photos turned out great! You do have to pay for the photos, for our group of five, it cost $180 for 86 photos. You cannot take off bad photos to bring down the price. There is an option to buy just 3 photos ($80). There is no video. Just a suggestion: since the swim takes place in a very public area, you could have one member of your group who’s not big on swimming stay back and video everybody else (we had random strangers taping us). The whole experience is very photo oriented, but still super fun! Highly recommend Coral World Ocean Park.
Written December 31, 2021
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Good day seaturtle27, Thank you for spending time at the park with our dolphins and our Animal Welfare Specialists Erin and Jasmine. We appreciate your review. Happy New Year!
Written January 6, 2022
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Voldypoo
3 contributions
Jun 2021
We did both the Sea Lion Swim and the Dolphin Trek. Sea Lion Swim was amazing, a lot of one on one time with two different sea lions, lots of photos and the chance to spend time in the pool with them, perform several tricks and a lot of touching time! Beware, the photo package is very pricey ($60). The Dolphin Trek was okay in comparison. A pretty cool experience wearing the underwater helmets, but the dolphin enclosure is pretty bare (really only dolphins in it) and you are not allowed to reach out and touch the dolphins. Honestly felt a bit similar to just seeing dolphins through the glass at an aquarium. Since it is similar in price to the encounter or swim with dolphins, I would recommend doing one of those over the Dolphin Trek.

Coral World by itself is not all that interesting, it's not very big and you can only see the dolphins during a small window of time. You also cannot see the sea lions unless you book the Swim or Encounter. The extra activities/encounters are what really make the experience. Highly recommend doing one of them, one of our favorite days on the trip!
Written June 13, 2021
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Good Day 56voldypoo, Thank you so much for spending your time with us and for leaving your five-bubble TripAdvisor review. We greatly appreciate it. Warm regards.
Written June 14, 2021
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Makenzie B
1 contribution
Aug 2021 • Couples
My husband and I paid for the Dolphin Swim and Splash. The day of our booking there was a tropical storm warning and we had to travel from St. John on the car barge. Long story short, we missed our time so my husband spoke to one of the ticket ladies and she pulled every string she could to get us in on one of the remaining days we were there. We still had to pay a $50 rebooking fee but let me tell you, it was worth every penny. The session itself seemed expensive, but it includes general admission to the entire park so it makes sense. NOW, the dolphin experience itself was amazing! You got to be in the water with the dolphin (and a trainer of course), give them the signal to do tricks, feed them, pet them, etc. My husband has swam with dolphins before in Miami, FL and he said this was even better than that. Not to mention, the trainers were all so kind and knowledgeable. We got to ask all kinds of questions and talk to them about their jobs, it was obvious they love it. This is also totally okay for kids to do too. I would absolutely recommend this experience!
Written August 11, 2021
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Good day makenzieb03! August can be a challenging time for weather for sure! Thank you so much for visiting and for leaving us your FIVE-BUBBLES. We greatly appreciate it! Warm regards.
Written August 13, 2021
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Jana R
94 contributions
Feb 2022 • Couples
We came on a weekday and did the Snuba experience in the afternoon. I’m glad we did it, but I definitely think the park should provide more information beforehand about logistics and what to expect. It’s just little things. For example, I heard two other parties besides us ask if we needed to rent lockers during our snuba or dolphin experience or if our belongings would be taken care of. They were — the snuba guide locked them in a bin during the experience. That’s great, but why not tell people that up front when we buy our tickets, so we don’t spend the money on a locker? Also, why not make sure at check in, before the experience begins, that everyone is able to complete the waiver forms in advance? We had not received the waiver forms in advance and our guide seemed frustrated/impatient that the paperwork wasn’t ready to go. I don’t blame him — it was a waste of his time to have to shepherd us through paperwork that should have been handled online or at the ticket booth.

There is a snack booth by the shark feeding area with prices posted, including sodas for $2 each. That’s a good price for the island, so we ordered one, and the woman charged us $3.75 for it. When I asked about this she said that only *some* sodas were $2, and the others were $3.75. This really rubbed me the wrong way. Maybe the price has gone up. Maybe canned sodas are one price and bottled sodas are another? Unclear. But in any case, why not change the sign accordingly? It feels ad hoc (or that they’re price gouging, which I really hope is not the case).

Having said that, the park was interesting and worth a visit. The highlights for us were the enthusiastic dolphin guides, who seemed so excited to teach people about dolphins. The underwater feeding session was also great. You can see the park in about an hour and a half or two hours, including some of the feeding sessions.

FYI, there’s a really nice beach right next door, Coki Beach.
Written February 12, 2022
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Good day Jana R., Thank you for spending your time with us and for your honest feedback. We appreciate your visit and your TripAdvisor review. I'll be forwarding your tips for a better visit to our Guest Services Manager. We're always looking to improve. Warm regards.
Written February 14, 2022
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Sightseer208421
2 contributions
Jul 2021 • Friends
I paid @ $40+ for me and adult daughter to enter. Line was slow and attendant impersonal. She acted like she hated her job and people. Finally got fed up and left the line to purchase my ticket online which included a service fee. Walked around but most of the exhibits were temporarily closed and the ones that were opened had very little to see. Walked through the place in less than 30 minutes. Wanted to see the dolphin show. The 1st time we went to enter the exhibit, the sign said temporarily closed but we overheard someone say later that we had about 10 minutes left to see the show so we rushed over to see the show but got there too late. Then learned that they are opened for 1 hour, then closed for 1 hr. and then opened again for 1 hr. Absolute madness. Finally we went to the dome shaped aquarium which looked like crap. It needs a complete renovation and paint. My daughter was apprehensive to enter. She kept saying we are in a dome under water and I feel as if the glass will break and water will come rushing in. It felt unsafe. We didn’t stay there very long. The best part of the visit was watching other people walk under water with a special helmet. I would have liked to experience that but that would have been an additional cost of over $150+ per person. Final thoughts… Shame on the park/government for advertising and charging a fee to see crap. Shut the place down and renovate. It’s a great concept but needs a full renovation!
Written August 1, 2021
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jopeng415
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Dec 2021 • Family
I never book excursions from cruise ships because they're overpriced, but this is one time that I wish I hadn't gone out on my own. Our ship itinerary showed us docking at 11am so I booked a 2pm Sea Trek tour. Unfortunately I didn't realize that our ship time was an hour behind local time, so we didn't dock until 12pm. I paid $130 for roundtrip shuttle for 6 of us and I quickly emailed them as soon as I knew. They responded and said they switched our time to 1:15pm (12:15 ship time). There was no info on where to meet the guide so I assumed it would be very obvious. We spent half an hour walking around looking for them. Some transportation guys tried to help us out and couldn't find them either. We finally took a shuttle for $60 because we didn't want to miss our tour. We arrived 10 minutes late and had to wait another hour for the next tour. Then we were split up so some of us had to do the very last tour. By the time we were done, the park was closed and we didn't get to look around. Then the shuttle driver wanted us to pay him when he dropped us back off at the cruise terminal. When we explained that we already paid, he seemed confused (even though Coral World sent us with him) and he asked us how we got there. He was upset when we explained that we didn't see him and caught another shuttle over that we paid for on our own. He told us that he was waiting for us that morning, so he obviously wasn't told about the time change. He then demanded that we tip him, which we were going to do anyway, but felt it was very unprofessional for him to ask us. We ended up losing out $60 on transportation costs.
The tour itself was pretty good, although the camera on our first tour stopped working, and we were rushed out of the park at the end of our second one so we didn't get to look at the pictures. Just as well since we would have had to pay for two sessions of photos since they split our group into two (you don't pay per picture, you get the whole session of everyone in your group, so half of our pics would have been of strangers)
Written January 1, 2022
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Good day jopeng415, So happy to hear that you were able to enjoy your time with us despite the transportation issues. We greatly appreciate you spending time with us. Happy New Year!
Written January 6, 2022
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alpenglowgirl
Syracuse, NY16 contributions
May 2021 • Family
Where Coral World is located is not a good area. We bought our tickets from home online before we arrived to Saint Thomas. When checked into our hotel, they informed us we would receive a 20% discount off of our tickets. There was nothing we could do at that point because we had already purchased our tickets ahead of time and Coral World said we couldn’t get our discount. So if you do buy your tickets to Coral World before you arrive, you might want to check with the hotel you’re staying in before you buy the tickets to see if you get a discount. We did a shark encounter, a snuba thing and an underwater walk with helmets on that we could breathe through. all of these cost money to do and you do not need to buy a separate admission ticket because that is included in these activities. My 11 year old son loved the shark encounter and the snuba the most. I only did the shark encounter and the helmet things that i can’t remember the name of now. I liked it but i didn’t love it. it freaked me out a little bit to be in that helmet 20 feet under water. there wasn’t much to see down there either. But for our 11 year old, our time at coral world was fun and he really enjoyed it. If you have more than one day, you can go there on two different days since you don’t have to pay for admission anyway. that’s what we did. also parking is a nightmare because apparently people park in the minuscule coral world parking lot and go to the beach nearby. so there isn’t anyone paying attention to who is parking in the lot and people park there who aren’t supposed to, and then coral world customers have to park down the road and walk past many people hanging out on the side of the road smoking weed. it was a great walk to take our 11 year old on, lemme tell ya. The whole experience of parking far away from coral world because their lot was full and then having to walk up to coral world past locals who looked like they may or may not decide to break into our car as soon as we walked away from it was just annoying. coral world is like a few hours on its own and then the experiences are all longer. when you book your activity make sure you see how long the actual time is though. if it says it is 75 minutes, the fine print tells you it’s 25 minutes in the water. just read the fine print so you’re not surprised when you get there. most activities require an adult with someone under 12 to do except for snuba i think. we brought our own goggles and snorkels but if you don’t have them, you can borrow theirs. also if you have water shoes or crocs, bring them. otherwise you’ll have to wear their crocs.
Written May 26, 2021
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CrstnBeach
CrstnBeach18 contributions
Feb 2022
We spent most of the day at Coral World, as we had a dive at Coki Beach in the morning and then a "Dolphin Moment" in the afternoon. Scheduling was a bummer because they only had 10:30 or 2:30, so trying to coordinate this with scuba diving nearby left us with a few hours in the middle of the day. The Sea Lions were at 2:00 and so we couldn't do two encounters either.

My kids went to every animal's trainer talk, some of them twice. They loved each one.

The cafe staff were friendly, service was quick enough and the food was not fancy but just fine.

Our "Dolphin Moment" was fine, not great. Paying $600+ for 3 adults + 3 kids, we expected it to be longer and more interactive. Half of the booked hour was waiting for every person (17 people, across Dolphin Moment and Dolphin Swim) to arrive, get on lifejackets, get shoes, use the bathroom, watch the promotional video... The trainers kept asking if we had questions but didn't offer a lot of information unprompted.

Our family member wasn't allowed to get close enough to take photos, we had to use the park photographer. Then, they tell you the photo package cost depends on how many people in your group (not that any of us got individual photos, mind you...). Although there was a chance to review the 100 photos in the non-air conditioned shop afterwards, its not really practical. So we spent $80+ on the digital photos and learned our heads or entire people are cut off in any of the close ups, most of the pictures are of our backs, not even each of the three kids feedings were captured, etc. Buying prints was also an option, at $60 for three pictures (but you would still have to weed through the 100+ photos to find what you'd even want to print).

I'm happy to pay for the experience, but the surprise $80 for a poor photos at the end left a bad taste in my mouth, especially since they wouldn't allow others in our group to come and take our own. I'm glad the money keeps the park going but it was a shame at the end of the day to feel like we got ripped off.
Written February 16, 2022
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DanielleLVR
5 contributions
Mar 2021 • Family
I wish I had read the review written two days ago about the dolphin swim! My two children (and husband bc the kids were too you g to go alone) did the swims me play with the dolphins program. $600 later they were so excited to “swim” with the dolphins. Even for a few seconds. This did NOT happen. In fact, they each only got to touch a dolphin for about 5 seconds in total (I video recorded the entire experience so I know for sure). While the instructors were very knowledgeable if you asked a question and extremely caring for the dolphins, every single move and interaction you have is a pose for a Photographer they have on the dock in the hopes you buy photos after. Be prepared the photos were $120 for ALL of them in our family group or $80 for 3 (not digital) just print. Needless to say, this park has the potential to be Sooooo amazing if it was just a bit more authentic for the guests and not so much about taking your money. $600 plus $120 for for photos is a lot of money for 6 seconds of hanging with dolphins in my opinion. So if that’s worth it to you, then go for it.
Written March 21, 2021
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Hi Maps590273, We never like to hear that we have guests who leave Coral World unhappy with their visit! We certainly apologize for your unpleasant experience and would certainly like to make it up to you if you should ever return to St. Thomas. All of us at Coral World pride ourselves on the customer service we provide to all our guests. Our job is to not only educate and take good care of our visitors but also to provide them a once in a lifetime experience with our animals. Thank you for your feedback on your visit especially the costs of your pictures. Our gift shop is actually owned by an outside company that set our photo prices based on similar facilities. We'll make sure that your comments are heard. Please pay us another visit in the future. Warm regards.
Written April 5, 2021
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Karen T
Milwaukee, WI26 contributions
Dec 2021
My mother, 63 yrs, and myself 35, paid for the interactive dolphin swim. This was both our first time swimming with dolphins and we enjoyed it. There were 10 of us total and they split us into two groups that went in the water at the same time. Some of the time the dolphin was with the other group and the guide for our group was talking to us about her and vice versa. They made it clear that it was voluntary for the dolphins and that they do not allow the guests to be pushed by the dolphins or "ride" them. The only down fall was the cost of the pictures as they don't allow you to take your own phones/cameras down to the swim area. For 3 pictures they charge $80 and for all of them, we ended up with 40 digital photos, and they charged us $100 which seemed very expensive to us after having paid for the swim and a gratuity to the guides. There were lockers and showers for use during and after the swim.

Outside of the swim the park itself was rather small and did not take us long to get through and see what other animals they had there. There was an area where we were able to go into a bird habitat and paid $3 to get a cup of nectar to hold for the birds to drink out of. We were going to the airport right after our swim and we were able store our luggage behind the front desk as well.
Written December 19, 2021
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Good day 286KarenT., Thank you so much for hanging out with our dolphins and their Animal Welfare Specialists. We pride ourselves on giving each of our guests not only an experience they'll long to forget but an educational experience as well. We appreciate your visit and your TripAdvisor review. Happy Holidays!
Written December 20, 2021
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