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Turtle Encounter Express

Price: $89.00
Child Ages 12 and under AND Minimum Height 4′ 8″
This tour can be booked up to 6 months in advance.
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Turtle Encounter Express Day Tour

Join two rescued green sea turtles for an awesome experience in their home by the sea on this on land St. Thomas port tour. Get closer than you ever could in the wild.

You will first have your orientation, where you will learn about the biology of these beautiful creatures and the threats they face in the wild as well as what to expect during your interaction with the turtles. You will then be taken into the Turtle Pool, where you will get a once in a lifetime opportunity to get a close look at these 200-plus-pound turtles. You will even have a chance to scrub their shells!

After your 40-minute turtle adventure, you will have free time to explore Coral World Marine Park, as your tour price includes admission to the park, which offers an Undersea Observatory, Caribbean Reef Encounter, Lorikeet Aviary, Stingray Lagoon, Turtle Pool and Critter Corners. Through activities, feeding demonstrations and exhibits, the park educates guests on the conservation of the ocean's environment as well as its inhabitants.

Space is extremely limited and will sell out. Book early to avoid disappointment.

Shore Excursion Size
Shore Excursion Type
Active, Water/Beach
Shore Excursion Duration
3 Hours 30 Minutes
Activity Level
Shore Excursion Leaves From
Ship Pier
Food/Beverage Provided
Rubber-soled deck or walking shoes are recommended.
Participants must be a minimum of 4'8" in height. Guests under this minimum will be denied participation and will not be entitled to a refund. Pregnant woman cannot participate in animal encounters. There are approximately 15 steps to reach the turtle pool.
5 Stars5Based On 11 Reviews Review This Tour
5 StarsSt Thomas Turtle Swim ExcursionApril 08, 2019

Reviewer: Frank Paul
Tour started off a little disorganized at the port, but ride to Coral World was very nice. Coral World was beautiful and Duncan the Sea Turtle was Awesome. Very friendly.

5 StarsTurtle Encounter ExpresFebruary 22, 2017

Reviewer: Shelly Aspeitia
The turtle encounter was amazing. My kids loved the one on one with both turtles. The director was amazing and they even allowed me inside the encounter area to take my own photos. Worth every penny!

5 StarsTURTLE FUNNovember 03, 2016

Reviewer: Mariann
What a great day! We were picked up by the ship and driven to cove. It was beautiful. Usually you only get to spend 15 minutes with the encounters but this was different. Our instructor first gave a quick info session about turtles but then brought us in the pool area and we spent at least 40 min in with the turtles. The group was small. My husband, son, another lady and myself. The resort was great too. An aquarium, Aviary, touch tanks and if you are hungry a snack bar. We had a quick snack sitting among the wild iguanas. Def go back again!!!

5 StarsWonderful Experience!June 08, 2016

Reviewer: Jiminy
My husband and I loved the interaction with the sea turtles. It was the highlight of our day at Coral World. Our guide was very informative, friendly and interesting. We recommend this excursion for anyone who would like a close encounter with the turtles. The turtles seemed to like us there too!

5 StarsAmazing encounterApril 27, 2016

Reviewer: Turtle Girl
Coral World, which hosts the turtle encounter is a wonderful little place. Educational, clean, nice people working there, and well organized. there are many exhibits and a lovely aquarium. The actual turtle encounter is something I will remember all my life! Our naturalist did a great job explaining all about sea turtles, and did a good job instructing us as to how to behave in the pool with the turtles to remain safe and enjoy our encounter. We got to spend a good amount of time with the turtles, and touch all parts of them, excepting their heads or tails. We were up close and personal! I'll never forget this experience!

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