Manila Ocean Park


Considered to be one of the amazing places to spend the day with the whole family, the Manila Ocean Park enlivens thousands of visitors a day and allows them to experience the awe-inspiring marvels of the ocean by showcasing the wide variety of sea creatures, corals and a whole lot of ocean stuffs.

The Manila Ocean Park is an oceanarium in Manila, Philippines. It is owned by China Oceanis Philippines Inc., a supplementary of China Oceanis Inc. which is a Singaporean-registered company that has operated four oceanariums in China. It is situated behind the Quirino Grandstand nearby Kilometer Zero, across Rizal Monument in Luneta Park. It opened on March 1, 2008. In terms of floor space, the 8,000 square meters (86,000 sq ft) oceanarium is bigger than the Sentosa Underwater World oceanarium in Singapore, and features a 25-meter (82 ft) underwater acrylic tunnel.

Manila Ocean Park

Manila Ocean Park

Manila Ocean Park is open all year round, including all holidays from 8:00 am to 8:00pm in most of its sections (see other opening time below). But operating schedule is subject to change without prior notice, so be sure to call them prior to visiting the place if you want to be sure or or you may visit their website at http://www.manilaoceanpark.com/

Inside Manila Ocean Park, one can see the Philippines Crocodiles, which are slowly becoming extinct, are also preserved at Davao Crocodile Park in Davao and Crocolandia in Cebu.

A much smaller version of the Manila Ocean Park in terms of sea-life preservation can be found in Mactan, Cebu. It is known as Mactan Aquarium and the visitors can experience feeding the sharks.

Swimming and Fun

If you want to swim and have fun with the family, you can choose to visit “Swimming and Fun” Pool in Manila Ocean Park. Jump and float into the inviting waters of their swimming pool. Refresh and invigorate with fresh sea breeze from Manila Bay and swim with your entire family in the sparkling blue water from running jets in one of the bay area’s largest swimming pool.

Manila Ocean Park Swimming Pool is open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm only. During weekdays the entrance fee per person is P180.00 while on weekends it is P200.00.

Souvenir Shops

Souvenirs

Souvenirs

Manila Ocean Park has several souvenir shops spread throughout the building. One is located near the main entrance door and another one is located in the 2nd floor of the building. A wide variety of souvenir items are available – from shirts, mugs, necklaces, stuffed toys, puppets, shoes, sandals, slippers, bags and lot more.

Musical Fountain Show

It is a synchronized and alternated display of water, lights, fire and fireworks comparable to Sentosa’s Songs of the Sea in Singapore. For more information, check my Musical Fountain Show blog.

Weather Policy

Manila Ocean Park reserves the right to make decisions to delay, postpone, shorten, or cancel a show. Tickets are non-refundable under any circumstances.

Show Policy

1. Show length is between 25 to 30 minutes for both Marine Life and Musical Fountain Show.
2. Seating is on a first come, first serve basis.
3. Ticket rates are both for adults and kids.
4. Expect to get wet during the Musical Fountain Show.
5. Guests are liable for the safekeeping of their valuables and personal belonging while inside the venue

Regular Rates

Admission Counter

Admission Counter

Swimming and Fun

P180.00 (Weekdays)
P200.00 (Weekends)

Pool Hours – 8:00am to 5:00pm

Musical Fountain Show

P250.00 (Weekdays)
P300.00 (Weekends)

Showtime – Wednesday to Sunday at 6:30pm

Marine Life Habitat

P150.00 per head (any day)

Showtime – 9:00am, 11:00am, 2:00pm, 4:30pm

Oceanarium

P400.00 per head (any day)

*Children 24 inches (2 feet) below are free of charge

Zoocology

Zoocology Animal Bones

Zoocology Animal Bones

Inside the Manila Ocean Park is a section that they call Zoocology. It’s an animal bone and skin museum where one can experience to be an archaeologist for a day for only P99. Zoocology also features moving robotic animals which they call Zoobotics and they also have a short film-showing about animals and archaeology.

Snacks

There are plenty of snack booths and restaurants inside Manila Ocean Park. Hotdogs with soda/juice are the best-sellers. Purefoods Tender Juicy Hotdogs, Mc Donalds, Fruit Magic and Pizzaiolo are some of the stalls you will see inside.

Hotel H2O

Hotel H2O

Hotel H2O

Hotel H2O is a hotel located inside the compound of Manila Ocean Park. If you feel like taking a break from the bustling metropolis, Hotel H2O is the perfect place to be. It is a refreshingly unique refuge to calm your drained senses. Indulge in the hotel’s stylishly designed rooms and aquarium-themed suites to take pleasure in a “fabulous, fluid, and forward-looking” hotel experience. Treat yourself to a day of pampering and invigoration in the hotel’s Zenyu Eco Spa, or enjoy the best of Asia’s flavors and Singapore’s hawker style dining at Makan Makan Food Village.

Manila Ocean Park Oceanarium

The Oceanarium is one of the main attractions inside Manila Ocean Park. It is one of the many reasons why both locals and foreigners flock to Manila in the Philippines. On a normal day, without availing the package prices, the regular rate is P400. Children 2 feet to 4 ½ feet is P350, while children 2 feet and below is free of charge. Senior Citizens can enjoy a 20% discount if they have a valid ID and those who are a resident of Manila have a 10% discount if they can present a valid ID.

At the Oceanarium Tunnel

At the Oceanarium Tunnel

Oceanarium Rules

1. No Flash Photography
2. No Food and Drinks
3. No Running
4. No Smoking
5. No Pets
6. No Tapping of the Glass

Bouying and Jim2x having fun

Bouying and Jim2x having fun

What you will see

Inside the Oceanarium of Manila Ocean Park, you will see a wide array of sea creatures from stingrays, turtles, small and big fishes, crocodiles, clams, live shells and many other different kinds of species from all over the world.

Avatar - Tree of Voices

Avatar – Tree of Voices

One interesting location before reaching the main underwater acrylic tunnel is going through a place similar to the “Tree of Voices” in the movie Avatar by James Cameron. It is actually a mini-forest with thousands of hanging vine in it and many people usually get caught in the area just to take pictures.

Tree of Voices at Manila Ocean Park

Tree of Voices at Manila Ocean Park

Once you are inside the Bahura, a section of the Oceanarium, you will see hundreds of aquariums with different types of fishes with different colors and a wide variety of sizes and shapes. Your senses will surely be stimulated once you see these beautiful sea creatures that you’ve never seen before in your entire life.

Each aquarium has its own unique coral and stone designs which makes it very attractive for the onlookers and most probably the fishes themselves. For your knowledge, there are 27,000 sq. km. of coral reefs in the Philippines. It is a host to about 488 species of corals out of the 500 known coral species in the world, 971 species of benthic algae, and a third of the 2,300 known fish species. So let’s love the sea and help in rescuing the reefs by not polluting the waters and never put garbage or human wastes into the sea.

The main part is the 25-meter underwater acrylic tunnel where most of the kids and adult stay to take a look at the stingrays, which are a large venomous ray with large barbed spines near the base of a thin whiplike tail capable of inflicting severe wounds – but at Manila Ocean Park, the stingrays are safe because the spines were removed. Together with these stingrays are other fishes that are 6 inches to over 3 feet tall.

Helmet Diving or Marine Walk

Helmet Diving or Marine Walk

One can also experience helmet diving (just like the helmet diving or marine walk in Boracay we experienced in February 2010) at a price of about P1,500 per dive. Someone will guide you when you submerge inside the aquarium so you can avoid getting the sea creatures angry and violent. The visitors will look at you like celebrities and take pictures of you like crazy once your inside the tunnel. The helmet dive is 100% safe because prior to diving you will need to master the underwater signals so that the guide will know if you’re doing fine or not.

Kid’s Learning Area

Kids Learning Area

Kids Learning Area

Inside the Oceanarium, one can also find the Kids Learning Area where children can read the different ways to help save the sea creatures. They can also join in activities such as developing arts and crafts through drawing and painting, storytelling, games, film-showing and puppet show.

Fish Spa and Manila Port

Once you’re done stimulating your senses inside the Oceanarium, take time to take a deep breath at the exit area and watch the port of Manila and its large ships. Upstairs is the Fish Spa, a physically rejuvenating and relaxing way to enjoy a foot spa together with your family and friends. It is called as such because it literally uses Doctor Fishes (which are also known as Nibble Fishes) to take away your dead skin cells. For more information visit my Fish Spa blog.

Exit area - View of Manila Port

Exit area – View of Manila Port

Promotion Packages

Regular promotions are up for grabs at Manila Ocean Park. Discounted prices for different shows and attractions awaits both domestic and foreign tourists. Packages such as combining two shows/activities in one day can save you a lot of money. Be sure to check out Manila Ocean Park’s website regularly.

Contact Information

For more information about Manila Ocean Park, you may call them at telephone numbers (+63)(2)567-7777 and (+63)(2)567-2309.

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Agos Section

Agos Section

Ang Kalaliman Section

Ang Kalaliman Section

Angel Fish

Angel Fish

Aquarium of Large Fishes

Aquarium of Large Fishes

Aquarium of the Bird Wrasse

Aquarium of the Bird Wrasse

Aquarium of the Orbiculate Cardinal Fish

Aquarium of the Orbiculate Cardinal Fish

Aquarium with a variety of small fishes

Aquarium with a variety of small fishes

Bouying, Jimjim, Lisa & RC at Agos Section of Manila Ocean Park

Bouying, Jimjim, Lisa & RC at Agos Section of Manila Ocean Park

Bouying, RC, Lisa, Jim taking a rest

Bouying, RC, Lisa, Jim taking a rest

Bright Aquarium

Bright Aquarium

Bungee Fun

Bungee Fun

Colorful Aquarium

Colorful Aquarium

Colorful Fishes

Colorful Fishes

Does that woman think RC and Jim are celebrities

Does that woman think RC and Jim are celebrities

Eel

Eel

Fine Dining Restaurant at Manila Ocean Park

Fine Dining Restaurant at Manila Ocean Park

Firefish

Firefish

Fishes in the deep waters

Fishes in the deep waters

Fishes that swims upside-down

Fishes that swims upside-down

Giant Arapaima

Giant Arapaima

Giant Clam

Giant Clam

Giant Grouper

Giant Grouper

Golden Eel

Golden Eel

Hundreds of Fishes

Hundreds of Fishes

Information at the bottom of each aquarium

Information at the bottom of each aquarium

Jim Ray taking a pic at the large fishes

Jim Ray taking a pic at the large fishes

Jim, Lisa, RC & Bouying at Manila Ocean Park

Jim, Lisa, RC & Bouying at Manila Ocean Park

Large Globe

Large Globe

Larger Aquarium

Larger Aquarium

Lisa and I at Manila Ocean Park

Lisa and I at Manila Ocean Park

Lisa and RC at Manila Ocean Park

Lisa and RC at Manila Ocean Park

Lisa taking picture at the large fish

Lisa taking picture at the large fish

Longhorn Cowfish

Longhorn Cowfish

Long-spined Tripodfish

Long-spined Tripodfish

Looking at the school of fish

Looking at the school of fish

Looks like a scene in one of hollywood's movies

Looks like a scene in one of hollywood’s movies

Manila Ocean Park Jeepney

Manila Ocean Park Jeepney

Manila Ocean Park Logo

Manila Ocean Park Logo

Manila Ocean Park Prices

Manila Ocean Park Prices

Mark and Lisa at the 25 ft aquarium

Mark and Lisa at the 25 ft aquarium

Mark and Lisa at the Oceanarium Tunnel

Mark and Lisa at the Oceanarium Tunnel

Mark and Lisa with the School of Fish

Mark and Lisa with the School of Fish

Nemo - Clownfish

Nemo – Clownfish

On the way out

On the way out

Orbiculate Cardinal Fish

Orbiculate Cardinal Fish

Oscar Fish

Oscar Fish

Philippine Crocodile

Philippine Crocodile

Philippine Crocodile Information

Philippine Crocodile Information

Pond with Starfishes and Whitespotted Bamboo Shark

Pond with Starfishes and Whitespotted Bamboo Shark

Porcupine Fish

Porcupine Fish

RC, Lisa, Jim2x & Bouying at the Tree of Voices

RC, Lisa, Jim2x & Bouying at the Tree of Voices

Reef Stonefish

Reef Stonefish

Sea Horse

Sea Horse

Sharkhead Stingray

Sharkhead Stingray

Shells at the Pond

Shells at the Pond

Spotted Garden Eel

Spotted Garden Eel

Stairs to another section

Stairs to another section

Stingrays

Stingrays

Tiger Fish

Tiger Fish

Two stingrays and a Chocolate Chip Sea Star

Two stingrays and a Chocolate Chip Sea Star

Warm-colored aquarium

Warm-colored aquarium

Wonderful Fish at Manila Ocean Park

Wonderful Fish at Manila Ocean Park

Wood Carving

Wood Carving

Manila Ocean Park Souvenir Shop

Manila Ocean Park Souvenir Shop

Canary Wrasse

Canary Wrasse

Philippine Green Mussel (Tahong)

Philippine Green Mussel (Tahong)

Study Area

Study Area

Nice Corals

Nice Corals


This page is last updated on Jun 3, 2015 @ 12:01 pm
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Mark Anthony Maranga Mark Anthony Maranga is a Web Designer based in Cebu, Philippines. He sells Balloons and Party Supplies in Mandaue City, Cebu and explores the Philippines tourist attractions. During his free time he take pictures and write blogs. Check his website design portfolio and know more about him.

  1. Jayson Ocean Man says:

    I haven’t been in Manila Ocean Park but I plan on going there this August. Hopefully I can allocate time for me and my friends to go there, though I think among the three of us, I’m the only one who did not go in that theme park yet. Great informative blog! I can’t wait to see the sharks up close. @.@ Time to face my fears

  2. Jaypee says:

    Nice blog mark. This one will be a big help. Thanks.

  3. jason says:

    the one you mention as oscarfish is a Trimac Cichlid… said to be one of the genes that produces the flower horn…

  4. crookedkid says:

    great post and pics

    cheers

  5. enzo prudencio says:

    well detailed, and very informative thanks for posting and sharing your experienced. 🙂 keep it up!

  6. Simon says:

    Hello. This is so informative. Thank you for posting your experience. Just want to ask, how long does it take for you to enjoy Oceanarium? We’re thinking of getting a package so we’re really planning the sequence of activities we will do. Also, we’ll be going there on peak season, this December 21st. Near Christmas so we really expect a lot of people. The activities included in the package are: oceanarium, fish spa, sea lion, jellies, penguin exhibit and musical fountain. So what’s your idea of a good activity sequence? Thank you. Haven’t been there so I really don’t know how far each locations are to each other. Thank you in advance!!

  7. may says:

    am planning to go there this december.really informative blog!!!!

  8. joy grande says:

    Hope that you post infos such as specific areas or activities included per packages for Whole day experience, sun saver and moonlight adventure…

  9. Mitch says:

    Very true! Makes a change to see someone spell it out like that. 🙂

  10. raymond yap says:

    it’s a nice place for the whole family! a must visit place this summer!

  11. SFS says:

    I love taking my daughter here! Not only is it close by but it is also fairly reasonable in price. We have yet to stay at the H20 hotel but hopefully we can check it out sometime this year. Great place for kids!

  12. A visit to a marine park is a place not only for the young but also the young at heart as well. If you happen to be a sea animal lover, then it can be quite a thrill once you step inside the big aquarium and commune with all sorts of undersea creatures.

  13. Faith says:

    i heard they have a shark tank now, and you can actually go underwater with the sharks (in a cage, of course.) ocean park sounds fun! i just might pay the fishes a visit!

  14. rain says:

    sobrang ganda ng pics mo mark. this blog about manila’s ocean park is very detailed and very informative. sampung bagsak! d best…

  15. Tyler says:

    You are a genius Mark! Such an awesome information about the Ocean Park. You have a nice set of pics. I know you used flash in some of the photos even though “no flash photography” is allowed.

  16. -genev- says:

    You are such a great blogger. You’re posts inspires me a lot. Soon I’ll visit Manila Ocean Park to check those great fishes which I only see in Discovery Channel. Kudos!

  17. Dina says:

    Wow Mark!!!

    Manila Ocean Park is such a wonderful place. Your blog post is soooo informative and I love the pictures. I bet you took a lot of time uploading those pictures… Keep up the good work and I’m surely sharing this to my friends.

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