Swimming With the Sharks in St. Thomas at Coral World Ocean Park


St. Thomas is one of the most beautiful destinations of the Virgin Islands. There is magnificent blue water and breeze from all elevations of this Caribbean island. While sitting or playing in the warm water of the island is a must, you have to make your way to Coral World Ocean Park and "swim" with the sharks. Truth be told, they are the ones that do most of the swimming while you stand or snorkel around them.

Coral World Ocean Park is a preservation facility, a nursery to many of the islands native animals, but the sharks are what most people gravitate to while visiting. You can look at them from above in the real "shark tank" or from below on a lower deck.

To get into the shark encounter, there is an additional fee, but for those who are cruising or plan ahead travelers, you will find it best to purchase the excursion on the ship or on Viator.com for a discounted price. This will give you admission to Coral World and the ability to swim with the sharks. However, it is best to ensure you meet the height requirement of 4' 8", pay attention in the orientation session and be respectful of the sharks.

The sharks are two to four feet in length. We quickly learned the more still you are, the more they swim around you. However, the more you kick up, the more they will be likely to defend themselves. Thankfully, we went for the slow motion. In fact, I stood around more than my husband who spent more time snorkeling around the coral and in the tank.

The experience is one that will increase your heart rate for sure, but a memory you will not forget.

Have you had a chance to swim with the sharks before? If so, where? We're looking for our next place to safely encounter these majestic creatures.


Ebony T. Grimsley-Vaz is the Creative Director and Owner of Above Promotions Company. She is also the author of "Because You're Small: Effective Marketing Strategies for Immediate Implementation" which is sold onAmazon, Barnes & Noble and other stores, a contributor to various media outlets and a lover of all things cool in Tampa Bay.