Manila Ocean Park is a famous marine theme park in the Philippines that opened in March 2008 owned by a Singaporean-based firm, China Oceanis Inc. It is a go-to place for locals to hang out with family and friends because of the park’s proximity to the historical Luneta Park. For foreign tourists, Manila Ocean Park is a great way to see the diversity of marine life species in the Philippines and Southeast Asia, especially when visiting for a limited time.
You can reach Manila Ocean Park either by train, bus, jeepney, or private car and can be easily accessed if you are near Manila’s famous landmarks. It is located at the back of Quirino Grandstand in Luneta Park near Manila Bay and a few minutes away from the walled city of Intramuros. Manila Ocean Park can be a bit busy during the weekends as it is also the usual venue of educational trips of Philippine schools.
The 8,000 square meter floor space of Manila Ocean Park is teeming with exhibits and multiple attractions, the 25-meter underwater acrylic observation tunnel, and its massive Oceanarium as the main highlights. The Oceanarium has about 14,000 aquatic creatures of more than 200 endangered species in the Philippines and Southeast Asia. The glass tank is filled with 3000 cubic meters of seawater filtered from the nearby Manila Bay.
Manila Ocean Park houses giant fishes, sharks, eels, jellyfish, starfish, and stingrays with attractions such as birds, sea lions, and penguin shows. Visitors can also touch selected animals and watch them do basic tricks.
The Jellyfish Exhibit is stationed separately, and the jellyfishes are in an enclosed cylinder glass. What attracts the visitors is the way it illuminates into neon colors. Manila Ocean Park also has its Fish Spa section where tourists can soak their feet in a pool filled with fish.
As the first ocean theme park in the Philippines, Manila Ocean Park does not disappoint its expectant spectators. There’s also an attraction called “Trip to Antarctica” for visitors to know more about penguins and walk on ice. Famous, especially to children, is the balancing, dancing, and various tricks of the birds and sea lions.
Admission to Manila Ocean Park depends on the attractions you want to visit. It is more convenient to book tickets online as the entrance to the park may be crowded during holidays and weekends. You may also make side trips to the nearby gardens of Manila after a day of touring the Oceanarium.