May 4, 2015

Manila Ocean Park: Quick Visit

With an area of 8000 square meters, Manila Ocean Park is Philippines first world-class marine theme park and a premiere educational facility. It is conveniently located behind the Quirino Grandstand at Rizal Park (Luneta Park) in Manila. They are open from Mondays to Fridays (10:00am to 9:00pm), Saturdays and Sundays (9:00am to 9:00pm), and their rates ranges from Php150 to over a thousand depending on the activity or package you'll get. We got our all-in ticket for only Php500; I was told that the regular price for that was Php900. We got it from Robert’s sister at discounted price.


Manila Ocean Park offers a number of attractions, close encounters and shows. It was too crowded when we were there. Robert’s sister’s company had an event that day, so after seeing two attractions, we decided to just go home. We will surely go back though to use the remaining tickets we have. For now, let me share with you our exhausting but fun experience at Manila Ocean Park.

OCEANARIUM
Home to 14,000 marine creatures from around 277 species, this is where our quick tour started. A 25 meter long, 220° curved walkway tunnel with a spectacular underwater view of amazing sea creatures swimming overhead - is the main attraction of the oceanarium. I was completely stunned, I felt like I was under the sea (I dreamt of becoming a mermaid when I was a kid! Ha-ha!). Lots of reef life, from the smallest to huge ones – fish, rays, sharks and some interesting specimens like sea dragons. 


THE AMAZING STORIES OF YEXEL’S MUSEUM 
Located at the second level of Manila Ocean Park, Yexel’s Toy Museum is truly a perfect place for toy enthusiasts and children of all ages. Inside the museum you’ll see Iron Man’s room (Tony Stark’s walk-in closet filled with his Iron Man suits), and also popular familiar images from Minions (greets you as you enter the museum), Spiderman, Chipmunks, The Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Game of Thrones and many more. I am going to visit this section again. If you visit Manila Ocean Park, make sure to visit this area, you’ll be so sorry if you fail to see this attraction. 


Honestly, I tried to take good photos but I wasn’t able to do that. The crowd was so crazy; it was so hard to move around. Because there's a company event, the queue for each attraction is more than a kilometer-stretched and was unorganized so we decided to just leave. But we will go back, for sure!  I will update this post as soon as we complete our next visit.  

Location and Contact Information:
Manila Ocean Park
Behind Quirini Grandstand, Luneta Park, Manila
Phone Number: +63-2-567-7777
Fax Number: +63-2-567-2309


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