Turtle Encounter Express
Turtle Encounter Express Day Tour
Join two rescued green sea turtles for an awesome experience in their home by the sea on this 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, Marine Gardens, 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.
Please Note: The Marine Gardens, Lorikeet Aviary and Shark Shallows are closed or under renovation due to hurricane damage.
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!
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!!!
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!
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!
The turtle encounter was hands on and our turtle Duncan was very engaging and she liked that we were in her pool and would swim to us and let us rub her shell and neck and she gave plenty of picuture opportunities for some great momentos of the turtle encounter. We had a nice long time in the turtle pool and the guide was very knowledable about turtles. The stairs into the pool are quite steep and deep so be careful getting in. Great time for all ages!!!