Saturday, June 13, 2015

Coral World - St. Thomas U.S.V.I.

As I was reading about St. Thomas,and things to do in the island,
one of the activities that caught my attention was Coral World
and their list of water activities.
Coral World is a small Ocean Park,
they have various water activities such as
  • Sea Trek - Helmet Diving a fun concept where they put a helmet on your head which traps air so that you can go down up to 25 feet on the ocean floor and see marine life, and what's great with helmet diving none swimmers can do this activity,

  • Snuba - it gives you complete freedom of movement and ease of breathing under water as the air tanks are located at the surface being carried on a raft,

  • Swim with the Turtles

  • Turtle Encounter

  • Shark Encounter
  • Sea Lion Swim/Encounter

I shared this information with my children,
 and of course Little Taz' attention was caught immediately
by the Sea Lion Encounter.
It's a perfect interactive activity for him and my husband
 without me worrying of him drowning, being the overly protective parent that I am.
I booked the activity, they went, and had tons of fun.
Little Taz was raving about the experience.
We were the coolest parents after this activity.

The South American sea lions were gentle, and affectionate.
My husband and Little Taz were able to snuggle and pet the sea lions,
they played games, and they were able to feed them some fishy treats.
Coral World does not allow personal cameras,
but they will take photos for you for a fee.

While the boys were enjoying the Sea Lion Encounter,
my daughter and I explored the Critters Corner 
and had our little encounter with the beautiful Lorikeets.
This birds are very sociable and we were able to hand feed them.
We purchased a cup of nectar for a small fee.

We then walked across the Lorikeet Garden
where we found a bunch of pre-historic looking creatures
The Iguanas.
You will find Iguanas everywhere in the island.
You will find them on Sea Grapes and some on rocks.
They were all over the park and they are not afraid to come up to you.
It's mostly the other way around,
people run away when the Iguanas come close to them.

And if you're lucky, you get to find Mr. Hermit Crab on one of the rocks too.

This is Coral World's air conditioned underwater observatory.
It descend 15 ft. underwater to the reef.
My children enjoyed watching the guests that opted for Snuba and Sea Trek.
So if you're not a strong swimmer, afraid to go underwater, or just don't want to get wet,
the observatory is the best way to enjoy the underwater sea life.

It didn't take us long to explore Coral World.
 2 hours without activities, and add another 1 hour if you opted for one. 
So we headed down to Coki Beach adjacent to Coral World.
We were more excited in feeding the fish.
We were told that the fish loves to eat Dog Biscuits,
and they would come up to you to feed. read more ...
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Program duration for the Sea Lion Encounter:

- 50 minutes, including check-in, orientation, interaction, and photo processing (animal interaction time: 15-20 minutes)
- Each child under the age of 13 must be accompanied by a participating adult.
- Unfortunately, non-participating observers are not allowed into the sea lion area.
- Personal cameras are not permitted, but Coral World staff will take photos of your experience for   you.

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