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“A Should-See When In Manila” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Manila Ocean Park

Manila Ocean Park
Behind the Quirino Grandstand Luneta, Manila, Luzon, Philippines
632 5677777
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Ranked #11 of 30 activities in Manila
Type: Aquariums
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: From a spectacular marine themed park, Manila Ocean Park has finally evolved into Metro's Holiday Destination where everything is all about Life and Living.An array of exciting attractions, enticing view of the bay, enriching marine life exhibits, entertaining dining and lifestyle shapes to mold into an integrated resort destination. Manila Ocean Park is proud to have a marine-themed park in the country that houses Life of the best of both under and over the sea!
Useful Information: Stairs / elevator, Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Manila, Philippines
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“A Should-See When In Manila”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

I have been here a number of times, over the course of several years, when out of town guests come to visit. As a result, I have see the park expand dramatically over the last 4 years or so. There are new shows, a fancy hotel/spa, more restaurants and shops (including a CD-R King selling cheap computer parts!?), a new pool, bird exhibit, and so on.

This is a place where you can spend the whole day (and an easy $100 US per person) visiting all kinds of fun things. There is the expected fish exhibit, though the aquariums are old and not well maintained. The sharks and rays are OK too, though nothing spectacular. The "Big tank" with the walk-through tunnel is nice, there are lots of things to see and the aquarium is well decorated and in good condition, so there are lots of photo opportunities (please remember, No Flash). When there are a lot of kids, though, the noise is deafening in the tunnel.

There is an Antarctic exhibit with some penguins (you can feed them and get photographed for an additional fee), an ice slide, and a very large freezer with snow on the floor, decorated with snow and Christmas props, for photo opportunities (take your own, or get professional photos for a fee). Jackets are provided as part of the entrance fee, and you can stay as long as you like. On a hot day, it feels good to "chill out" for a while.

There is a "Dive with the Sharks", a "Glass Bottom Boat", and a "fish spa" where small fish nibble at your feet. These can be fun, and entertaining, depending on your preferences. There is a Jellyfish exhibit, showing different types of jellyfish, some in tanks with colored lights or mirrors. They are quite fascinating.

The Birds show and cage is also quite interesting, as it shows native species of birds of prey, and their skills at catching food "on the fly". The sea lion show is fun and entertaining, and worth the price of admission.

There is a "4D" (or maybe they're up to "5D" now) motion ride, similar to other theme parks, where riders are in a car that moves in 3 dimensions while surrounded by video screens.

There is, of course, the usual gift shop with lots of overpriced merchandise. Sadly, most of it can't be found elsewhere, so we usually end up buying some.

I have found that most exhibits will sell you tickets at their door, so there isn't any reason to buy them at the entrance. This way, if you look at the attraction and like it, you can pay on the spot, but if you don't, then you haven't already spent the money for it. I usually buy the 3-item package (600 php now) and then go from there.

Visited March 2014
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“A Great Way to Spend the Day !!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

We had a great time spending the whole day at Manila Ocean Park. Based on your interests there are different tickets prices. Attractions include : aquarium, penguin, eagle, shark, stingray, fish spa, and shows : birds, sea lions, and the grand finale. Everything is fun and informative. Emie really enjoyed the fish spa and the Grand Finale show was a wonderful spectacle. Besides the attractions, they have various places to eat and shop. I highly recommend everyone, whether your single, couple, or family to spend a day here and I promise you will have so much fun and probably learn a few things to.

Visited April 2014
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“Nice and picturesque aquarium. But looking pretty worn out”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Nice and educational but looks pretty worn out. Good for children but adults may find it boring. Still good value-for-money if you want a family outing that would teach the kids about marine life and how to preserve the ocean environment

Visited July 2014
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“A must when in Manila!!! ”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Great place to visit for both adults and kids! I enjoyed it and so does my kids ages 11, 8 and 5. The sea lion show must not be missed. It was a great show. When buying tickets though, you can get good deals online through MetroDeals or just walk in and buy tickets. Don't buy deals/promo that includes Liquid Restaurant buffet since there are better places to dine in within the complex. Otherwise, you'll end up wAiting in long lines before you could enter the restaurant, specially on weekends and food there is not worth the wait anyways. We waited an hour before we could be seated and ended up having lunch past 1:30 pm. Aside from that, the entire experience was awesome!

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“Ocean Creatures”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

There was a comprehensive selection of fish displayed here. Be inches or centimeters away from a shark or watch in amazement at the pulsing jellyfish as the coloured lighting shows them up in the dark! Quite a good display!

Visited April 2014
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