Coral World Undersea Observatory Tower - Atlas Obscura

Coral World Undersea Observatory Tower

A rare underwater observatory in the Caribbean that provides breathtaking views of vibrantly colored aquatic life. 

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Coki Beach is situated along the northern St. Thomas coast in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The hilly green terrain of Thatch Cay and the upward curve of the western side of Coki Beach hugs the clear water of Coki Bay.

A few strokes offshore, divers find themselves surrounded by snapper, parrot fish, squid, and other marine life zipping over a vividly hued tapestry of urchins, coral, and anemone.

There is an alternative for those who aren’t inclined to take the plunge and would prefer to stay dry. At first glance, it appears that a UFO landed on the surface of Coki Bay, but it’s an attraction unique to Coki Beach throughout the entire Caribbean.

Coral World, an aquatic park adjacent to the beach, is home to a magnificent Undersea Observatory Tower that looks out upon a natural coral reef. It draws an immense variety of sea creatures to the lower level. Turtles, barracuda, tarpon, schools of silversides, and more can be seen. Occasionally, humpback whales can be seen from the top level of the tower.

No matter the vantage point, it’s an unforgettable experience.

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