Saint Thomas: Coral World

photos of the US virgin islands

The beautiful Islands of Saint Thomas and Saint John

Photography by Gary Wonning

Coral World was inaugurated in the 1970s.  Since then It has been one of St. Thomas’ most important tourist attractions.

In 1998, workers at Coral World began breeding Seahorses.

Please click on the photos to see beautiful photos of Saint Thomas.

Rescued Sea turtles are some of the more popular residents of Coral World

The ocean park consists of an open-water system where water flows through each of the exhibits and back out to the ocean. 

Coral World Marine Park in St. Thomas incorporates all the world famous features: Marine Museum, Shark, Stingray and Turtle Pools, Touch Pools, and naturally – The Underwater Observatory.


Coral World St. Thomas was destroyed by Hurricane Hugo in 1989 and was fully renovated by Coral World International. In 1995 Coral World St. Thomas was hit again by Hurricanes Marilyn and Louis. In 2017 Coral World was again destroyed by Hurricane Irma. Each time, it has fully recovered and remains one of the top destinations when visiting Saint Thomas.

Exhibits include the Caribbean Reef Encounter an 80,000 gallon circular tank open at the top for the natural elements to filter in. Marine Gardens which has 21 smaller tanks displaying ocean life in the Caribbean. Shark Shallows a nursery for adolescent sharks. A stingray pool where guests can feed the stingray after the presentation. 

Growing up on a dairy farm in southeastern Indiana, Gary traveled very little until midlife, when the opportunity became available to him.

Grabbing his camera and a bag full of equipment, he began his vision quest traveling to most areas of the United States and several countries abroad.

Along the way he collected several thousand photographs that he wants to share with everyone.

Gary decided the best way to accomplish his goal was to publish photo documentaries on the various areas of the world he has visited.

What will follow will be several photography books, who knows how many will wind up in his collection.

To contact Gary:


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