The water at Coki Beach is usually very calm and perfect for swimming and snorkeling. The fish here are accustomed to people and have even been known to eat from visitors' hands (though feeding wildlife is not advisable). To make the most of the water, visit the on-site dive shop for an introductory diving class or a guided dive. You can also try snuba (a cross between snorkeling and scuba diving), parasailing, and stand-up paddle boarding.
Things to Know Before You Go
Lounge chairs and thatched umbrellas are available for rent, as well as all kinds of water sports equipment, from jet skis to snorkeling gear.
Amenities include restrooms with changing rooms and lockers.
Snorkeling here is good for novices.
If you’re a certified scuba diver, make sure to bring proof of certification if you want to join a dive that isn’t geared toward beginners.
A wheelchair ramp is available from the road to the sand.
How to Get There
Coki Beach is on the east side of the island on Coki Bay, next to the Coral World Ocean Park and Coki Point. There is a small parking area as well as roadside parking. There is also a taxi stand at the beach. To reach Coki Beach via public transportation, take a bus marked “Red Hook” and tell your driver you’re headed to Coral World. The nearest bus stop is about a 10-minute walk from the beach.
When to Get There
Coki Beach is usually crowded on days when multiple cruise ships are docked. On Sundays and holidays, Coki Point is a favorite spot for locals enjoying picnics and parties. To avoid the crowds, arrive early in the morning; the beach fills up quickly as the day goes on.
Coral World Ocean Park
A family-friendly attraction located right next to Coki Beach, Coral World Ocean Park features outdoor pools, aquariums, nature trails, and an “undersea observatory tower.” Visit to see the area’s marine life in displays that closely mimic their natural habitat. Many tours combine a stop at Coki Beach with a visit to Coral World.