We would always take the kids to zoos & aquariums in & out of the country when they were little. But it’s been a while since we went so the kids must have forgotten. They were little then. They’ve been to Ocean Park in HK but they’ve always wanted to see the version here. So one day I took them to an impromptu visit! It was out of the blue & so out of character, which made the field trip more fun for the kids because it was unexpected.
One bright day, they were bored out of their minds just a couple of days after school break so we went for a drive. And the drive became longer than expected, we really didn’t have a location in mind. Until we found ourselves along Roxas Blvd. The most viable place was of course Manila Ocean Park! ;)
Manila Ocean Park is a marine theme park and a premiere educational facility. An integrated urban resort with marine life attractions and aqua-themed hotel, the park is geared towards an all-year, all-weather destination for locals and tourists. Everyday is a holiday and an ultimate fun place for all ages!
Check out Manila Ocean Park‘s newest and most engaging animal interaction to date! Sharks and Rays Encounter is an exciting attraction for a fun urban adventure. Located at the Acquatica area, its crystal clear outdoor pool is divided into three zones filled with various species of friendly sharks, stingrays and starfishes. Go beyond aquarium walls and have an extreme and intimate engagement with them. Choose from Aquanaut, Full Body Encounter and Half Body Encounter for this once in a lifetime experience. Dry Encounter allows you to touch stingrays without getting wet.
SHOW SCHEDULES: Dry Encounter Daily – 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM Last Entry – 4:30 PM
The kids were fascinated to encounter these graceful & flapping sea creatures up close & personal. We were able to touch the string rays which had a velvet-y / lumot-y feel. While the shark had a sandpaper texture. Did you know? The main predators of the stingrays are sharks, seals, sea lions and large species of carnivorous fish along with humans. Stingrays breed during the winter and the female stingray gives birth to live young usually between 5 and 15 baby stingrays, known as a litter.
Stingrays are a group of rays, which are cartilaginous fish related to sharks. They consist of eight families: sixgill stingray, deep water stingray, stingarees, round rays, whiptail stingrays, river stingrays, butterfly rays, and eagle rays). Most stingrays have one or more barbed stingers on the tail, which are used exclusively in self-defense. The stinger may reach a length of approximately 35 cm (14 in), and its underside has two grooves with venom glands. The stinger is covered with a thin layer of skin, the integumentary sheath, in which the venom is concentrated. Stingrays are common in coastal tropical and subtropical marine waters throughout the world.
My babyson’s friend, JASON, joined us for an afternoon of educational fun. I’m glad that they feel comfy enough around me to wanna hang with. :)
I never knew Ate was so fascinated with the marine life. At every turn she was smooching up the window with the fishies. Bagay nga talaga siyang Biologist! :P
The Oceanarium at Manila Ocean Park is home to 14,000 marine creatures from around 277 species, all indigenous to the Philippines and Southeast Asia. Its sheer size and diversity makes it one of the world’s best public aquariums. The Oceanarium is a stunning walkthrough of the watery depths featuring seven sections and containing 1,900 cubic meters of seawater.
The Bamboo Shark is a carpet shark with an adult size that approaches one metre in length. This small, mostly nocturnal species is harmless to humans. The Bamboo Shark is occasionally kept as a pet in larger home aquariums. It can grow up to 93 centimetres (37 in) long.
At the heart of Manila Ocean Park‘s Oceanarium is the main attraction – a 25 meter long, 220° curved walkway tunnel with a spectacular underwater view of amazing sea creatures swimming overhead. The water source for the Oceanarium is filtered water from Manila Bay. A special process is done to ensure that the seawater is suitable to marine life. It has an educational activity area, unique function rooms for special events and bi-level shark and stingray viewing facilities.
Jellyfishes are some of the most beautiful creatures of the ocean. They are commonly known as “dancing sea fairies”, gracefully gliding below and on the surface. The Jellies Exhibit has various species with a fascinating display of multi-media effects and breathtaking music. Know more about these transparent marine wonders who have been around for millions of years.
Jellyfish or jellies are the major non-polyp form of individuals. They are typified as free-swimming marine animals consisting of a gelatinous umbrella-shaped bell and trailing tentacles. The bell can pulsate for locomotion, while stinging tentacles can be used to capture prey. Jellyfish are found in every ocean, from the surface to the deep sea. Scyphozoans are exclusively marine, but some hydrozoans live in freshwater. Large, often colorful, jellyfish are common in coastal zones worldwide. Jellyfish have roamed the seas for at least 500 million years, and possibly 700 million years or more, making them the oldest multi-organ animal.
SHOW SCHEDULES: Monday to Friday – 10:00AM to 7:00PM Weekends & Holidays – 9:00AM to 7:00PM Last Entry – 6:30PM
Manila Ocean Park’s Penguin Quest brings you closer to the coldest and most mysterious place on earth. Take a journey to discover a world like no other. It features a walk through exhibit where you can learn more about the frozen continent, live Humbold penguins in the Penguin Exhibit and a freezing Snow Village. All these in one exciting adventure zone for the whole family.
The look soft, round, and cuddly, but beware. They peck! And hard. My babyson was pecked several times & has some bruises to show.
For an additional 300 php which you pay at the entrance to the Penguins area, you can have an encounter/photo op. You enter through the hole in the middle of the room & voila! PECK! ;))
Meet the adorable sea lions of South America as they bring you valuable information on environmental conservation. It is also a fantastic show for all, highlighting their special skills and unique characteristics plus a chance to get a kiss with a souvenir photo.
SHOW SCHEDULES: Sea Lion Show Daily 11:00AM to 11:30AM / 3:00PM to 3:30PM / 5:00PM to 5:30PM
Sea lions are highly trainable sea mammals characterized by external ear flaps, long foreflippers, the ability to walk on all fours, and short, thick hair. Their range extends from the subarctic to tropical waters of the global ocean in both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, with the notable exception of the northern Atlantic Ocean. They have an average lifespan of 20–30 years.
SURPRISE! :) Ate was chosen as the lucky guest that day & she got to interact with the adorbs Sea Lions. Arf arf! <3
She shared equal billing with the sea stars & I was really happy for her because of the interest she has shown to the sea creatures! Who knew!
And for her bravery. She got a sweet kiss on the cheek..
And on the lips as well! Ate‘s first kiss ever and it’s with a pinniped hahaha! @_@ Now THAT’s memorable dontcha think?
This summer, why not plan your vacation at Manila Ocean Park and treat your friends & family with great & affordable bundles!