(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.
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.
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.