Breathing underwater and walking across the ocean floor like it’s your own octopus garden isn’t hard – if you’re Sea Trekkin’ at Coral World.
Staging from the "tower," the sun-scorched and friendly Sea Trekkin’ crew took me through a brief but thorough orientation after which, with a 72-pound helmet that functioned as both air-bubble and lifeline, I made my descent into the depths (17 feet, straight down, give or take). Thanks to the buoyancy created by the air being pumped into my helmet from up above, the 72 pounds felt like nothing. And while everything from my neck down was wet, the helmet kept my hair, my face and, most importantly, my glasses dry. And there, like a spaceperson in a bathing suit, I walked around for 25 minutes in this amazing, quiet blue world.
A Note On Sea Trekkin’: Coral World is the only place in the Virgin Islands where Sea Trekkin’ can be done. My guides explained that since operations began in the late 90s there have been no injuries. They also said that often times people with disabilities that prevent them walking on land have no trouble, with a little extra help, doing the tour. There are never more than 8 people on a Sea Trekkin’ tour.
Just What You Need to Know
Hours: Coral World is open every day all year, barring dangerous weather, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Ticket sales end at 4 p.m. daily.
Best time to go: Weekends may be more crowded at Coki Point, and afternoons may be quieter than mornings.
Time commitment: About an hour.
Admission: Admission is $18 for adults, $9 for children ages 3 to 12, and free for children under 3 years old. Sea Trekkin’ is an additional $50 per person.
ATM on-site: Yes.
Gift shop: Yes.
Parties and Special Events: Coral World is available for weddings, birthday parties and other special events.
Parking: There is limited free parking.
Taxi: A taxi ride from Havensight is about $10 per person; from Red Hook it’s about $6.
Other attractions nearby: Wave runner rentals, Coki Beach Dive Club, Coral World Water Sports (with kayaks, parasailing, glass bottom boats and more).
6450 Estate Smith Bay
St. Thomas, VI 00802
Phone: (340) 775-1555
Toll Free: (888) 695-2073
Fax: (340) 775-9068
Web site: http://www.coralworldvi.com