It’s that time of year again… and while Shark Week memes take over social media, the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) is eager to bring visitors face to face with actual sharks.
At Coral World Ocean Park on the island of St. Thomas, adventure-seekers can hop into the water with juvenile sharks (cue “Baby Shark”) and interact with them. Through an educational experience, visitors will submerge themselves in a recreated shark nursery and snorkel with various species. With a controlled environment in just 4 feet of water, it’s an exciting and accessible way for visitors to dip their toes into the world of sharks.
Coral World Ocean Park covers 5 acres with nature trails, educational aquariums, and other marine life encounters. In addition, proceeds from tickets purchased go to conservation efforts in the USVI.
For a wilder experience, USVI Shark Diving takes swimmers out into the beautiful Caribbean waters to observe sharks in their natural habitats alongside experienced guides. With launch points on both St. Thomas and St. John, this is just another amazing way dive into the USVI’s natural resources safely and responsibly.
The USVI wants visitors to know that these often-misunderstood creatures are so much more complex – and way gentler – than we think. Travelers can make any week shark week with these immersive experiences in the USVI.
For those seeking thrill and excitement, this destination is certainly a top choice as it does not require COVID-19 testing and does not require a passport for citizens of the United States. Get in touch if you’d like more information on shark experiences and conservation in the USVI.