Get up close and personal with our lovable South American sea lions in this unique deep-water swim interaction. No waist deep platforms here, our guests jump right in and swim with the sea lions! Our sea lions at Coral World Ocean Park in St Thomas are very affectionate and will swim right up to you, allowing you to pet them, get up close, and pose for some unforgettable pictures.
Our program is designed to be both personal and unique, making our Sea Lion Swim unlike any other marine animal interaction! Free admission with purchase of Sea Lion Swim
Program duration: 75 minutes including check-in, orientation, interaction, and photo processing (animal interaction time: 25-30 minutes)
Interaction time is approximately 50% on land and 50% in the water
Sea Lion Swim maximum capacity: 10 guests per animal
Photo opportunities: individual posed photo, group/family posed photo (water), group/family posed photo (land), numerous candid photos of the experience (photo flash drives available for purchase)
What to Know:
Participants must weigh 50 pounds.
Each child under the age of 13 must be accompanied by a participating 18 year-old adult (1 child per supervising adult).
Participants must be able to understand basic instructions in English in order to safely participate.
Unfortunately, non-participating observers are not allowed into the sea lion area (for the safety of our guests and animals).
Personal cameras, sunglasses, cell phones and other loose objects are not permitted. There is an area to put your personal belongings.
Coral World staff will take photos of your experience. Flash drives will be available to purchase at the retail store.
Bring or wear: swim wear with cover-up; towel
If you are coming from a cruise ship and this tour is offered through your cruise line, you must book through the cruise line.
Will the sea lion give me a kiss?
He will if you want one! All of our guests will get an individual photo opportunity with the sea lion. The setup is variable, and if you have something specific in mind, we’ll do our best to accommodate you. If you want a kiss as your individual photo, just let the trainer know!
I’m physically challenged. Will I still be able to participate?
Yes, but you may not be able to go into the water, depending on your particular challenge. Our sea lion pools are deep-water, without shallow platforms. We enter and exit the pools using a ladder along the wall of the pool. If you are unable to climb up and down the ladder, you will not be able to go into the pool. However, we often have guests who participate fully in the program and choose to stay out of the water, so even if you can’t go in, you can still enjoy the program!
I’m not a strong swimmer. Will I still be able to participate?
Yes! All of our guests wear lifejackets while in the water with the sea lions, and we often have complete non-swimmers enjoy our program. If you are uncomfortable in the water, even with the lifejacket, you have the option of holding onto the pool side, the entry ladder, or can even choose to stay out of the water completely. In any case, you can still enjoy the program!
Can I request to meet a specific sea lion?
Unfortunately not. Our sea lions rotate between interaction programs, shows, training sessions, and other fun activities, so they never know what they’re going to get to do next. Keeping their day random is one way to ensure their experiences are fun and positive, and keeping their activities spaced out ensures they don’t get bored with their routine.
I’ve been to Coral World before. Will my sea lion experience be the same as last time?
Probably not. We try to make every program unique, as this makes it much more fun for our animals! Our sea lions all have different personalities, and we often cater programs to allow them to be the most successful and enjoy their time with you as much as possible.
Get Up Close & Personal
Coral World will be open daily from 9am to 4pm November-May. Summer schedule may vary.
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