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Saint Thomas: Coral World Ocean Park Ticket

1. Saint Thomas: Coral World Ocean Park Ticket

Come to Coral World Ocean Park and experience the beauty and magic of life under and above the Caribbean Sea. Stay dry while gazing into the ocean from 15 feet under in the Undersea Observatory or take the plunge “moonwalking” through ocean gardens with Sea Trek. See eels, giant lobsters, scorpion fish, and other fascinating sea life in the Marine Gardens and go for a swim with the playful sea lions. Enjoy the sounds and colors of the Rainbow Lorikeets and hand-feed these friendly birds. You can also encounter turtles and sharks in the water or feed the stingrays. However you choose to get up close and personal with the marine life, birds, and land critters, your visit will be truly memorable. You can also enjoy Coral World’s unique gift shops and eateries. Coral World is adjacent to Coki Beach, offering some of the best snorkeling in the Virgin Islands. Admission allows all day reentry from the beach and access to showers and locker rental.

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St. Thomas: Night Kayak in the Lagoon

2. St. Thomas: Night Kayak in the Lagoon

St. Thomas is steeped in pirate history, ghost stories, and folklore. Depart from the Mangrove Lagoon Marina and board a two-person kayak as you watch the sun dip down toward the horizon. Paddle through the winding waterways through the mangrove trees and hear spooky pirate and ghost stories. Enjoy the starlit sky as you look for stingrays, tarpon, and other marine life in the dark waters below your kayak. And keep your eyes peeled for flocks of birds returning to nest in their roosts with the setting sun. During several stops along the way your guide will take you back to the times when pirates, ghosts and jumbies (spirits of Caribbean folklore) roamed the islands. Your spine shivers as you hear the tales of some of the area's most famous pirates. From Blackbeard, Bluebeard, and Teach, prepare for a spooky experience when you kayak along the dark waters of the Mangrove Lagoon and hear tales of shipwrecks and the eerie legends that haunt the islands to this day—some of them are more than just a memory from the past. While passing the deserted and eerie Cas Cay, be sure not to pick up any spirit hitchhikers.

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St. Thomas Mangrove Kayak, Hike, & Snorkel 3-Hour Tour

3. St. Thomas Mangrove Kayak, Hike, & Snorkel 3-Hour Tour

Spend some time at St. Thomas' Mangrove Lagoon on a 3-hour tour that takes you kayaking, hiking, and snorkeling. You will not only enjoy yourself, but also learn why the ecosystem plays a crucial role in protecting healthy offshore coral reefs and local bird and reef fish populations. Paddle on tandem kayaks among the many small islands of the protected Mangrove Lagoon as your guide points out the marine life and interprets the diverse mangrove ecosystem. At Cas Cay, hike the pristine, deserted 15-acre island, which is a part of the Virgin Islands Park System, and enjoy the many breathtaking views from the coral and shell-laden beaches. Enjoy a hermit crab race and a hike to tidal pools, volcanic cliffs, and the scenic spot of a rare geologic blowhole. Then snorkel with an easy beach entry into calm, clear, and shallow waters, and see colorful marine life in the protected mangrove nursery.

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Charlotte Amalie: Flavors of St Thomas Food Tour

4. Charlotte Amalie: Flavors of St Thomas Food Tour

Indulge yourself in making your own rum cocktails. Dine your way through Charlotte Amalie and take in a full lunch progressively enjoyed across a mix of famous and hidden gem foodie haunts in the capital city near both cruise ports. Savor Caribbean classics possibly featured on your tour: flavorful curried chicken, slow-roasted pulled pork tacos, and local rum. Push your foodie IQ by trying creole “fungi” and fried yellow plantain. Dig deep into the island’s rich past of pirates, rum, and even delicious homemade cakes. Let your local guide show you around this little slice of paradise and get you involved in the local food scene so you leave with the confidence and knowledge of a local.

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Coral World Ocean Park: Dolphin Moment

5. Coral World Ocean Park: Dolphin Moment

Meet dolphins face-to-face in their Caribbean ocean habitat at the Dolphin Sea Sanctuary at Coral World in St. Thomas. Offer hand signals, touch, feed, and play with a dolphin during your dolphin moment. Personalized photos of your experience will be available for purchase after your program. This unscripted program is designed to be both personal and always unique. Step onto a submerged platform for up-close access and interact with the dolphins alongside a marine mammal specialist. Experience fun, high-energy behaviors while learning fascinating facts about these remarkable creatures. See how the staff care for the animals and how you can help protect them in the wild. Your participation in this program helps Coral World Ocean Park support critical marine life conservation efforts.

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St. John: Shuttle, Beach and Snorkel at Honeymoon Beach

6. St. John: Shuttle, Beach and Snorkel at Honeymoon Beach

Take a short safari shuttle ride from the entrance of Caneel Bay and arrive at Beautiful Honeymoon Beach. Check in at the beach hut and grab your rented equipment. Once you've been decked out with your mask, snorkel, fins, and a flotation device, you can begin to explore the beautiful coral reefs on both ends of the recently-enlarged beach. Bikinis on the Beach Beach Bar & Grill is now open and is the only beach side dining on St John. Virgin islands Ecotours operated the only beach side watersports center on St John, and while here you can also rent kayaks, SUPs and relaxing pool floats. Experience one of the best beaches in the Virgin Islands National Park at the exclusive Caneel Bay Resort's Honeymoon Beach on St. John's North Shore, only one mile from Cruz Bay. 

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Charlotte Amalie: Historic Main Street Food Tour

7. Charlotte Amalie: Historic Main Street Food Tour

Ten tastings are included on your guided walking food and cultural tour. Locally owned and operated restaurants, specialty food shops and the best mixed drinks in the Caribbean are just a few of the highlights included on this mouthwatering foodie experience. By the end of our tour, you’ll be navigating the streets of Downtown St. Thomas with ease knowing exactly where to go for that local island flavor minus the tourist traps. These tours also include historical information and fun facts about St. Thomas’ rich culture. You’ll learn about the island’s Danish history and influences and walk through our 350 year old city as you traverse transformed warehouses that now house jewelry stores and restaurants.

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St. John: Caneel Bay, Kayak, Hike, & Snorkel 3-Hour Trip

8. St. John: Caneel Bay, Kayak, Hike, & Snorkel 3-Hour Trip

Explore the beautiful Virgin Islands National Park, which covers 60% of St. John and serves as the backdrop for your 3-hour kayaking, hiking, and snorkeling adventure. On this trip, you will see many beautiful white sandy beaches shaded by sea grape trees and coconut palms, as well as tropical forests providing habitat for more than 800 species of plants. Your guide will lead you on a snorkeling trip that exposes you to hundreds of exotic tropical fish living in the waters, and will share with you why this area is an important UNESCO biosphere reserve. You will also have time to kayak in the waters, and walk along the natural trails lined with the area's native flora and fauna. This tour has limited availability, so please be sure to make your reservation early so you don't miss the date(s) you want.

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St. Thomas: Island Tour with Mountain Top and Magens Bay

9. St. Thomas: Island Tour with Mountain Top and Magens Bay

After being collected from your cruise port or accommodation, you will begin your tour by heading to the highest point on the island, which will offer spectacular views and photo opportunities. Mountain Top is located on Crown Mountain at 2,100 feet above sea level, making it one of the highest points on the island. You can choose to indulge in a world-famous banana daiquiri, as well as take advantage of some great duty-free shopping. Mountain Top offers hundreds of selections of duty free items, from jewelry, t-shirts, and alcohol. Following this free time, you will head to Megan's Bay. Magen's Bay Beach is often voted one of the top beaches in the world. The beach has one mile of soft white sand and clear, blue water which is just ready to explore. Included on your beach tour are two stops for photos and scenic viewing opportunities.

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Saint Thomas: Swim with Dolphins at Coral World Ocean Park

10. Saint Thomas: Swim with Dolphins at Coral World Ocean Park

Swim with dolphins in their natural habitat and learn from experts about these beautiful creatures at Coral World Ocean Park. Meet dolphins while standing on a submerged platform in the sea sanctuary, where you can touch, feed, and play, and ask a dolphin specialist everything you want to know. Take an optional dip in with the dolphins, where you can wear a mask to see them underwater. Snap photos of your experience, which you can purchase after the program. After your dolphin swim, spend the day enjoying the rest of Coral World and learn about local marine life in Saint Thomas. Marvel at these magnificent animals in the underwater observatory, Caribbean Reef Encounter, and shark shallows. Meet more sea creatures up close in the touch pool, or stroll along the boardwalk to nearby Coki Beach.

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What people are saying about Saint Thomas, US Virgin Islands

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 184 reviews

We had an amazing time with Tegan. The hike was beautiful and not too strenuous. Tegan was extremely knowledgeable about local wildlife, flora, history and folklore. Following the hike we kayaked to Caneel Bay where we snorkeled for about an hour, swimming with multiple green sea turtles, a sting ray, coral reef and loads of colorful and interesting fish. We kayaked back to Honeymoon beach just in time to view the sunset. Couldn't recommend enough

Ken was very knowledgeable and accommodating. He showed us the highlights and suggested a very nice spot for lunch. We ended up not taking advantage of Meagan’s Beach because it was far too crowded on the day we were there. Overall, an excellent way to tour St. Thomas in a limited time.

Gerard was terrific! He was so full of historic information and you could tell he really loves St. Thomas. The food and drinks were very good and all the proprietors were so friendly. You could tell Gerard has a great rapport with everyone.

Jane was an excellent tour guide. She was quite knowledgable about St. Thomas. And the food was fabulous. Highly recommend.

Welcoming staff. Engaged my teen son in conversation about his t-shirt. Clean grounds. Fun observatory.