Coral World's slogan "Get up close and personal" couldn't be more appropriate. See tons of marine life without ever getting wet. See and learn about the beauty and magic of Caribbean marine life in a stunning setting. View life on a coral reef from their unique underwater observatory. Visit the shark pool where you can pet a shark or hand feed a stingray. Visit with the Lorikeets which will flock to your arm when offered a cup of nectar. And if you don't mind getting wet bring your bathing suit so you can swim with the sea lions or try a Sea Trek Helmet Dive. When you are ready to relax, have lunch at one of the restaurants and shop for a special souvenir at one of the unique gift shops.
This Ultimate Caribbean experience begins with a wild ride in the Pinzgauer, a six wheel drive Swiss military transport, to the top of St. Peter Mountain and ends with the world famous "Yo-Yo' zip. See the incredible island views from eight aerial platforms, fly high on six exhilarating ziplines and maneuver two breathtaking skywalks as your professionally trained guides lead you through the experience of a lifetime. Tree Limin' Extreme is the only way to fly on the island. www.ziplinesthomas.com
St. Thomas is widely known as the best shopping spot in the Caribbean and one of the ten top shopping areas in the world! Many duty-free bargains can be found at prices that are below stateside with no sales tax making it worth your while to spend one of your vacation days perusing the shops in Downtown Charlotte Amalie, Havensight Mall, Red Hook, Crown Bay Center or Yacht Haven Grande. The duty-free allowance is $1,600 per person including children. So a family of four can take back $6,400 worth of duty-free purchases.
If you're visiting for a few days be sure to leave yourself at least a half day for relaxing and sunbathing on Magens Bay Beach. Noted as one of the worlds most beautiful beaches by both Conde Nast and National Geographic it is a must see. Lots of things to do besides swimming and sunbathing like hiking the nature trail, kayaking, paddle boat and sailboat rentals. A nice bar and restaurant with a shop for chair rentals, suntan lotion, bathing suits and much more.
Some of the fun things to do on surrounding islands include the Dolphin Discovery which takes place on the British Virgin Island of Tortola, just a ferry ride away. Reservations should be made in advance and tell them you are coming from St. Thomas. Your ferry ride will be included in the price. A passport is required for this trip. You will swim with the dolphins in protected, shallow waters. Other activities are: playing golf at the famous Carambola Golf course on St Croix (take the Seaplane over); Visiting the unusual rock formations called The Baths in Virgin Gorda; snorkeling or diving the "Wreck of the Rhone" in the British Virgin Islands.
Virgin Islands Ecotours Explore America's Paradise with kayak,hike & snorkel multi-eco adventures in three unique locations. Watch for wildlife while paddling through St. Thomas' Mangrove lagoon, enjoy a hermit crab race, a rare geologic blow hole and snokel in a shallow coral-fringed mangrove nursery. Caneel Bay's tour offers you the best that St. John has to offer with three fun activities: paddle in turquoise waters, hike tropical trails and snorkel over coral reefs with turtles, all in one afternoon! History buffs will enjoy exploring above and below the water at Hassel Island boasting centuries old Forts and ruins in the middle of Charlotte Amalie's harbor.
Trunk Bay is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the world and as such is one of the most popular beaches on St. John. It features a 225-yard long underwater snorkeling trail. Underwater plaques along the trail describe the various species of coral. There is a bathhouse, snack bar, souvenir shop and snorkel gear rentals are available. Lifeguards are on duty daily. There is a small entry fee. Kids 16 and under are free. Take the ferry from Red Hook to Cruz Bay and then a taxi or the bus to Trunk Bay.
Magic Ice, is now St. Thomas' "Hottest Place to Cool Down". This Caribbean-themed, Scandinavian-inspired gallery crafted entirely of ice, is ranked #1 attraction in Charlotte Amalie on Trip Advisor. The dramatically-lit sculptures feature life-size figures, sea creatures, furniture you can sit on, a frozen slide and a bar that looks like a shipwreck. All made from ice and accompanied by sound, music and images. Visitors are provided with warm gear to withstand the Arctic chill and at the end of the tour there's a complimentary drink at the 'ice bar'.
They say the best way to explore a new place is through running. Find out why with a guided running or power-walking tour through the most scenic & historic areas of St. Thomas. Soak in rich history & stunning views of Charlotte Amalie harbor on the Historic Waterfront 5K tour, or savor views of St. John & nearby islands on the all-terrain East End-eavor 5K. Each social tour comes with a moisture-wicking shirt, bottled water, photos, and concludes with a Cruzan rum cocktail -- a salty workout deserves a sweet reward! activeislandvi.com
Snorkel / Scuba
Being on the water enjoying the sun, sea and sand is one of the major reasons to visit the VI. There are many ways to enjoy the water. If you are a certified diver...or not...there are dive shops which will take you to beautiful underwater dive sites including including historical shipwrecks. There are resort certification programs which will get you diving right away. Or you can rent an underwater submersible Scooter which requires no diving experience at all.
Charter a powerboat with or without a captain with choices in size from small 25' "self-captained" to the luxurious 45' Sea Ray motor yacht where you will be pampered all day long. Most captained powerboat and sailboat day charters will provide you with drinks, lunch and snorkel gear. Most charters will provide snorkel instructions.
Sportfishing! The Virgin Island waters hold many records for the largest fish ever caught. Marlin, shark, tuna, wahoo, dolphin are all found in these waters. Half and full day charters are available. Some St. John companies will come to St. Thomas and pick you up. For information on companies offering the above, along with phone numbers, see the activities and watersports pages.
Escape to another world with wind in your sails and adventure in your dreams! Deciding whether to go to St. John or to the British Virgin Islands on a day sail will take some consideration. Neither of those choices will disappoint you. The waters of the Virgin Islands are known as some of the best sailing waters in the world. And no matter where you end up, you will totally enjoy your day. Of course staying within the boundaries of the United States Virgin Islands will not require you to pass through any customs areas where a passport may be required. And there is plenty to see and enjoy without leaving this area. Most sailing yachts leave from St. Thomas' East End/Red Hook area. Most boats offer drinks, lunch, water toys, snorkel gear and instruction along with a shady area on the boat to take a breezy afternoon snooze.