Manila Ocean Park is the first marine theme park and the only oceanarium in the Philippines. It is located at Manila Bay behind Quirino Grandstand, Luneta, Manila. I have been longing to come to this place, as you know, I love the sea and everything in it. Manila Ocean Park is a great educational place to learn stuff about our ocean. So with my friends, we went there last April 23, 2017.
You can buy tickets upon entrance. They offer packages and promos there. However, I got mine from metrodeal.com for ₱499. My metrodeal voucher includes 5 attractions such as the Oceanarium, Sharks & Rays Dry Encounter, Jellies Exhibit, Sea Lion Show, and Symphony Evening Show.
We chose to watch the Sea Lion show first since this attraction has scheduled time (11:00 AM to 11:30 AM, 3:00 PM to 3:30 PM, 5:00 PM to 5:30 PM). We watched the talented sea lions impress the visitors as the host says something against water pollution and the destruction of marine habitats. They performed several acts such as dancing, swimming and acting. At the end of the show, one adventurous visitor was chosen to meet and greet the sea lions and ended it with a kiss.
Next, we entered the Jellies Exhibit. The Jellies Exhibit introduces you to the different jellyfish species from all over the world. The room is dark with the lights coming from the tubes and glass windows where the jellyfish gracefully swim. It’s calming to watch them swim as a violin recording plays in the background.
After this, we felt hungry so we decided to eat first before coming to the next attraction. Thankfully, there were lots of food stalls and restaurants inside Manila Ocean Park, from high-end to affordable foods. We ate Sisig, an all-time favorite Filipino dish. Aside from food stalls, there were also souvenir shops inside. They also sell clothes and gadgets. I bought a power bank because my phone’s battery went empty which explains why I don’t have pictures taken inside the Oceanarium.
The Oceanarium is Asia’s largest underwater viewing tunnel where they feature a stunning display of marine life. Different species of fish, starfish, sea horse, eels and a whole lot more are displayed there. There were windows there were you can put your hands inside and little fish would bite your dead skin cells out. By “bite” doesn’t mean it hurts, you would actually feel a tinkling sensation.
And finally, we had interacted with sea creatures at the Sharks and Rays Dry Encounter. We saw two big sharks resting at one end of the aquarium. We also had a chance to touch the slimy surface of the rays there. We weren’t able to watch the final attraction in our voucher, the Symphony Evening Show, since it starts at 6:30 pm, which is way too late for us.
It was an educational adventure, therefore it is highly recommended for kids. Anyway, adults can also enjoy the place. Thanks to my friends for coming with me. Till our next adventure.