Manila Ocean Park opens this February

(Reference: The Manila Ocean Park website and Inquirer.net)

After the long wait, officials of the Manila Ocean Park has finally announced that it would be opening next month, February. This must be in time for those who want to have an underwater celebration of  Valentines Day.

The Manila Ocean Park will be the country’s first marine themed complex and it’s oceanarium is assumed to be the largest ever in Asia. It is located behind the Quirino Grandstand at Luneta. A very good spot since it is very accessible for those who are strolling along Intramuros and Rizal Park.

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The much-talked about oceanarium of the park is divided into seven parts. The Agos (Flow) is an artificial waterfall that has eight different tanks displaying a variety of marine flora and fauna. Next stop is the Bahura (Reef), which  will be featuring the magnificent Philippine underwater rainforest. Containing four big different aquariums, Laot (Fishing Ground) on the other hand, will be exhibiting an assortment of fish in all sizes and colors.  And, if you want to experience the feeling of Israelites passing by the Red Sea, the Buhay na Karagatan (Living Ocean) is for you. You will be enjoying a 25-meter trip strolling along the underwater tunnel full of interacting marine creatures.

A glimpse of the Oceanarium

While for those of you who haven’t met the Barracuda or the “Tiger of the Sea,” you will be able to see it face to face in Ang Kalaliman (The Deep). Be amazed at its size and compare your smile with its well-known toothy grin. The next part of the oceanarium is quite similar to the Buhay na Karagatan, you will also be walking beneath sea creatures in the Overhang Tank. You might probably also get tired looking up at them and marveling at their beauty. The last part of the oceanarium might leave you awestruck as you watch and gasp at the large sharks you’ll encounter in Pating (Shark).

All the marine species that will be seen in the oceanarium are taken from the Philippine waters. This only proves that our country is truly the center of marine biodiversity.

Well, the Manila Ocean Park is not only about the Oceanarium. As you have seen in the site map, it also has two Open Marine Habitats where you could go diving and snorkeling. In fact, there’s also a mall for those who love shopping and can’t get enough for it. And, also a concourse plaza for events and concerts.

Admission for the Oceanarium costs P350.00(php)kids and P400.00(php) for adults. I guess educational trips, package trips have discounts. For these inquiries and more,  just visit the Manila Ocean Park website (click the link above).

This P1-billion project is all thanks to China Oceanis Philippines Inc., a subsidiary of China Oceanis Inc. Without their brilliant idea of establishing the park in the country, we would still be spending lots of money to go abroad just to experience and witness scenes of the underwater life. China Oceanis Inc. is the same Singaporean-registered firm that operates four oceanariums in China.

Whew! Now I have every reason to be seen near Luneta again. hahaha.. I definitely should check this place out.

11 Responses to “Manila Ocean Park opens this February”


  1. 1 michael February 24, 2008 at 8:39 pm

    where is the manila ocean park located. Please give me the exact location. Thank you

  2. 2 hermalditaness February 26, 2008 at 9:32 am

    Hi Michael,

    Manila Ocean Park is located behind the Quirino Grand Stand of Rizal Park also known as Luneta. You can know more about going there if you checked out their official website. The link is posted also in this blog entry.

  3. 3 christine magalong March 2, 2008 at 6:53 pm

    hi,i would like to know how much is the entance fee.tnx

  4. 4 hermalditaness March 5, 2008 at 8:30 am

    Hi Christine,

    Entrance fee in the oceanarium is P2oo.oo (php) for adults and P350.00 (php) for kids.
    🙂

  5. 5 hermalditaness March 5, 2008 at 8:31 am

    Christine,

    Ooops sorry about the mistake. it’s P400.00 (php) for adults and P350.00(php) for kids

  6. 6 christine mae golpe March 7, 2008 at 10:04 pm

    hello… can we bring food inside??? If not, what is prohibited items inside??? thanks

  7. 7 hermalditaness March 8, 2008 at 8:24 am

    Hi Christine Mae,

    I’ll check that with the Oceanarium’s admin. In the meantime, I advice you not to bring food just to be sure. Anyway, in case you get hungry, they got a nearby mall.🙂

  8. 8 claire April 25, 2008 at 6:44 pm

    can we bring camera

  9. 9 hermalditaness April 26, 2008 at 9:02 am

    Yes Claire. You could bring your camera.🙂

  10. 10 rebecca July 2, 2008 at 10:03 pm

    how much the entrance fee,for 2 fam.1st fam 1 adult and 3 kids,2nd fam.2 adult and 3 kids 20 yrs,16yrs and 10yrs old?meron bang discount?

  11. 11 fervilyn de vera July 29, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    hi there! how much the entrance fee for adults, and the kids?


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