The last time I went to Manila Ocean Park was around 5 years ago. Ever since then, I hadn’t looked back, or thought of visiting again. However, one day I found myself browsing through their site and I saw that there were some new attractions that weren’t there the last time I visited. So, fast forward to the present. It was a bit of a spur of the moment thing that we ended up going to Ocean Park. I had suggested to my mom that we go, and surprisingly, she agreed.
We arrived there at around 4PM. Originally, we were planning on getting the Deep Sea Rush 6 (worth 580 pesos) tickets which includes the following attractions: Oceanarium, Back of the House, Jellies Exhibit, Sea Lion Show, Sharks & Rays Dry Encounter, and Symphony Evening Show. We were just in time for the Sea Lion Show, however, the cashier told us that if we availed of this package, we wouldn’t be able to see two of the attractions included, namely the Back of the House and Sharks & Rays Dry Encounter because they were already closed. So, instead of that package, we opted to buy Ocean’s Madness 4 (worth 600 pesos) tickets instead, which includes the following attractions: Oceanarium, Trails to Antartica (Penguin Exhibit & Snow Village), and Symphony Evening Show.
Some of the creatures you can see once you enter ‘Bahura’, or ‘The Reef’. There’s a stingray, zebra moray eels, and a lionfish.
It was hard to take photos of them, especially since they tended to move a lot. Anyway, it was a bit hot inside, but not unbearably so. I think that this part of Ocean Park didn’t really change much from my last visit.
A really big fish. I don’t know what it’s called. As it swam to my level, upon closer inspection, it looked as though it has teeth.
A school of fish.
These fishes all share the same tank. There are a lot of big fishes inside, and it was actually quite calming to watch them just swim around.
All About Penguins. Some facts and trivia about these creatures.
Trivia about Antartica.
As we arrived at the Penguin exhibit, it wasn’t much to look at. In fact, the glass was so smudged that you can’t really see much of anything at all, much less see the penguins inside. However, we opted to have a chance to experience in feeding the penguins and having a little photo op with them too. For 500 pesos (this is good for 3 people already), you can feed them, as well as get your photos taken. I think that it was a pretty good deal, as you can also ask the photographer there to take photos using your own phones or cameras. That, and there didn’t seem to be a time limit there, so if there’s no one waiting to go after you, you probably can stay longer. Do note however that once you don’t have any fish with you, the penguins would go looking for food elsewhere. Or socialising. Or doing other penguin-y things.
This is some parts of Snow World. I don’t know, but I was expecting it to be bigger? Still, true to its name, the place was very cold.
When you exit, you’ll be greeted with the park’s gift shop. Some toy owls that you can take home with you.
There is also a restaurant-bar there. When we went, most of the customers were foreigners. The view was nice, and with the crowd and ambiance, it almost seemed as though you’re not in the Philippines anymore.
The exit sign.
We still had one last attraction to go to, namely the Symphony Evening Show. There were a lot of people, mainly children and teens who were having their field trip.
These photos don’t do the show justice. It lasted for around 30 minutes, and though not great, it was enjoyable at the very least.
I did enjoy my trip to Manila Ocean Park. As it was a weekday, it was easy to take photos and to enjoy the attractions as it wasn’t that packed. I think that both adults and children alike would enjoy looking at different kinds of fishes.
To view ticket prices and packages, you can click this link here.
Manila Ocean Park is located at 666, Behind Quirino Grandstand, Luneta, Manila, Metro Manila 1000, Philippines.