Sea Lion Encounter

Time With Animal
15 Minutes
(Total Duration
50 Minutes*)
Group Size
All Ages**
Includes check-in, orientation, interaction, and photo processing; animal time 15 minutes.
Children under 10 must be accompanied by a participating adult – one child per adult
If the child is unable to stand securely/still the accompanying adult will be required to carry the child for the duration of the program
Guests 10-17 years do not need an adult accompanying them to participate but must have a waiver signed by a parent or guardian.

Enjoy an All-Ages Interaction With a Sea Lion

The Sea Lion Encounter is your chance to stay dry while meeting our South American sea lions up-close. Our sea lions are very social, and will come right up to you, allowing you to touch, snuggle, and pose for the cutest pictures ever. Spend quality time playing sea lion games, feeding them fishy treats, and learning all about these incredible animals.

What to Expect

  • Meet South American sea lions up close and face-to-face through touch and play activities.
  • Hands-on sea lion interaction that takes place on dry land.
  • Offer hand signals, touch, feed, and play with sea lions during this unforgettable experience.
  • Our unscripted program is designed to be both personal and always unique.
  • Learn how we care for these amazing animals and how you can help protect them in the wild.
  • Personalized photos of your experience will be available for purchase after your program.
  • Your participation in this program helps Coral World Ocean Park support critical marine life conservation efforts.

Restrictions & Requirements

Participants must understand basic instructions in English in order to safely participate.
For the safety of our guests and animals, only paid participants are permitted in the sea lion area.
Our photographers will take photos of your experience. Photo packages will be available for purchase at the Go Fish gift shop following your experience!
Personal cameras, cell phones and other belongings can be stored in guest locker and are not permitted in the program.
Please remember to use only Coral Safe Sunscreen in the USVI – It’s the law.
Please review our Terms & Conditions prior to booking an activity.
If you don’t find what you are looking for, please contact our reservations team at 340 775 1555 ext. 233.
If you are visiting on a cruise ship that offers this activity, please contact your cruise line directly to make your reservation.
To discuss making program reservations for a guest with special needs, please contact us directly:, 340-775-1555 ext. 233, or 340-228-1367.

Customer Reviews

Melanie Gorin
It was amazing
We did the sea lion encounter and it was amazing. The staff are so knowledgeable and you can see their passion and love for these animals. Would definitely go back
Melanie Gorin
The best part of our visit!
Definitely worth booking an extra activity. Check out the shows they offer! We did the sea lion show and it was the best part of our visit!
Kayleigh Cockburn
An absolute must for a visit to St. Thomas!
My husband and I had so much fun at Coral World and our sea lion swim! Remo, Freddie, and Romulo were such handsome and polite gentleman. All of the staff were very friendly and knowledgeable. You can really tell they care for the animals and about conservation. An absolute must for a visit to St. Thomas!

Check out More Activities*

*General admission is included with every purchase of an activity!