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Manila Ocean Park
Wikipedia | Google | Google Images | FlickrManila Ocean Park is a family destination marine theme park located in Manila City, Philippines. Covering a total of 8,000 square meters (86,000 square feet), it is near the legendary Rizal Park . Considered as one of the best in Asia, the park is the only state-of-the-art oceanarium in the country. A tour of the oceanarium is like walking on the ocean floor, a colorful trip through the rich aquatic world with more than 5,000 varieties of marine life. The viewing tunnel is 82 feet or 82 feet long and is the biggest in Asia.
Sharks & Rays EncounterLocated at the Acquatica area, the 35-minute half body encounter allows you to hold sharks and stingrays while standing in waist-deep water at the wading pool. The 45-minute, full body encounter lets you hold and touch sharks and stingrays including the bullshark and swim full body at the outdoor pool. In the 45-minute Aquanaut encounter, you will be outfitted with an Aquanaut suit and dive into the main tank to walk and swim with marine creatures. All encounters come with a short briefing on their behavior, breeding, habitat, and feeding together with a photo, souvenir item and certificate.
Mermaid Swim ExperienceTry being a sea princess for 45 minutes with lessons on basic swimming and gliding underwater while wearing an elastic fish tail using the right breathing technique. Have your photo taken in your best mermaid pose.
OceanariumThe 7 sections of the Oceanarium houses 14,000 sea creatures with about 277 species native to Southeast Asia. A walk through the 25-meter long 220-degree curved walkway tunnel feels like a walk through the depths of the ocean with an amazing view of these marine creatures swimming overhead. Watch shark and stingrays in the bi-level viewing area and learn more at the educational activity area.
Trails to AntarcticaThis attraction includes the freezing Snow Village where you can take your photos in the snow. There is also a Penguin Exhibit featuring live Humbold penguins swimming in the water and Slide O’ Fun where you can ride on sleighs. Experience the cold and mystery of Antarctica in the country’s only penguin park facility.
Jellies ExhibitThis exhibit of jellyfishes allows a look at the graceful dancing sea fairies as they glide in the water along with relaxing music and multimedia effects display.
Fish SpaSit back and be pampered at the fish spa where dozens of therapeutic fishes gently nibble the dead skin cells on your submerged feet
Glass Bottom Boat RideRide with a group on a glass bottom boat and see the beauty of the marine creatures from the surface.
Funtasea Games and RidesA play area for kids with marine-themed kiddie rides and arcade games.
Back of the HouseAn educational tour intended for students who want to learn more about caring and maintaining marine life as implemented at the park.
Birds of Prey KingdomThe park has partnered with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources for the loan of Brahminy Kites, striking coastal birds of prey. Experience a close encounter with these winged creatures.
Mega 4D RiderIt offers a four-dimensional virtual reality ride using the most modern technology.
Amazing Stories of Yexel’s MuseumLocated at the second level, this is a toy museum owned by Yexel Sebastian in partnership with the park. It features an interesting collection of toys including Yexel’s own life-sized toy interpretations.
Symphony Light & Water ShowThis show is a combination of fire, air, water, and light against Manila Bay’s night sky using the most modern multimedia technology scheduled at 6:30 p0 feet to 7:00 p0 feet daily.
Sea Lion Show
Watch the South American sea lions' amazing skills and characteristics at a daily show scheduled from 11:00 a0 feet to 11:30 a0 feet, 3:00 p0 feet to 3:30 p0 feet and 5:00 p0 feet to 5:30 p0 feet
All Star Bird ShowGet the chance to see the thrilling tricks and stunts of cockatoos, eagles and macaws with audience participation at the bird show scheduled daily at 1:15 p0 feet to 1:45 p0 feet and 4:15 p0 feet to 4:45 p0 feet
Penguin Talk ShowThis talk show with Hamboo the Penguin uses real time digital puppetry set in a theater. The show begins every 30 minutes from 10:00 a0 feet to 7:00 p0 feet Monday to Friday and 9:00 a0 feet to 7:00 p0 feet during weekends and holidays.
AmenitiesThe mall at Manila Ocean Park has retail and specialty shops with souvenirs, toys; fashion wear, art; jewelry and electronic items. There is a duty free shop too.
More than 20 food establishments offer meals and snacks. The White Moon Bar is the perfect place to enjoy the famous Manila Bay sunset or take a dip at the Liquid Pool and Lounge. Hotel H2O Club Lounge has acoustic music at night.
Stay the night at Hotel H2O which has unique underwater and seaside room themes. Its signature rooms have large aquariums running along two walls with multicolored fish, literally letting you “sleep with the fish”.
Entrance and Attraction FeesThe encounter with the mermaids is currently offered at a discounted rate of ₱400 ($8.80) (regular price ₱1,500 ($33)) including souvenir photo. The Sharks & Rays Encounter is available at ₱800 ($18) per person for half-body while full-body and Aquanaut are both at ₱1,500 ($33) per person. It is cheaper to get packages that combine different attractions for a discounted price.
How to Get ThereThe most direct way to go to the Manila Ocean Park is to take a taxi or hire a car. A cheaper and adventure-filled alternative would be to take the LRT Line 1 and get off at the United Nations (UN) station. Cross Taft Avenue going to Times Plaza and turn right. Walk along Taft Avenue until you reach the corner of Taft and Kalaw St., then turn left. Go straight 3 blocks to Quirino Street, passing by the National Library, Rizal Park and Museo ng Maynila. Turn right after Rizal Park. The park is right behind Quirino Grandstand on the left side,
From Makati or other areas serviced by the MRT-1, stop at Taft Station, then transfer to LRT Line 1. Stop at the UN station and take the same route. Or take a PVP Liner bus at Buendia, Makati or Ayala Avenue and stop at Rizal Park, then walk through until you reach the Quirino Grandstand across from Manila Ocean Park.
Travel TipsBe prepared to get wet and bring extra clothes, a wetsuit, swimming clothes, and a towel if you plan to participate in the encounters.
It is highly recommended to make prior booking through the park’s website.
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Author: janblim. Last updated: Jan 24, 2015