Manila Ocean Park Reviews
Mermaid Swimming at the Manila Ocean Park, and also a FISH FOOT SPA Aug 28, 2014
Our 10-year old daughter always wanted to swim like a mermaid after watching mermaid TV shows, so we decided to take advantage of the "Mermaid Training" at the Manila Ocean Park last July 2014. It was offered during the summer, and was just a few hundred pesos (maybe less than US$20?), but the experience was a fun-filled 45-minute trainer-guided adventure in a tank filled with filtered saltwater from the Pacific Ocean and some wild sea fish. I know, because I also wore the mermaid "tail" along with my son and daughter but I am NOT going to post the pictures here on TravBuddy, haha...
This was our first time in Manila Ocean Park and we have been to many aquariums/waterparks around the world. This place has a lot of potential because it is a huge place, near Manila Bay and many of the 4-5 star hotels nearby. It is of course very expensive to maintain the fish so the place really needs support from everyone visiting Manila. But considering everything, I think they have done a great job in having such an attraction for kids in Manila.
Our "mermaid trainer" said that a lot of kids from Europe and also from nearby Asian countries have taken advantage of the program, taking more than one lesson. At the end, they offer you to buy the disc with all the pictures and this is how they earn extra.
The park has several "themes" and the ticket you bought will indicate where you can enter. Don't miss the jellyfish exhibit, that is my favorite. I was also surprised to see a sawfish which is listed as an endangered species. And also, we enjoyed the fish spa where fish nibble at your feet! Haha, we had a lot of giggles from the kids (and us) with that.
They also have a sea lion show and I would like to congratulate the presenters for a job well-done. They speak in English and the kids enjoyed their jokes, very much like how other international aquariums/waterparks present their shows.
For those with kids, this is a great place to visit! It will be a nice break from all the traffic and busy malls of Manila :)
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Manila Ocean Park - Skip it for now. Mar 29, 2008
First of all "park" is a misnomer for this attraction, It's more like a box.
For someone who loves oceanariums, this one is a big disappointment. So, for those like me who've been to other asian oceanariums, keep your opinions (for the time being) about Sentosa Underwaterworld, HK Ocean park, the Aquaria in KLCC or Siam Ocean World, Manila Oceanpark to yourselves. Manila Ocean Park is not in that league yet.
It was in March that I went there with family, and for someone who is used to the manila heat - man it was unbearable and the crowd was just to much to take. The park is promising but there are many things that still need improvement, i just wonder why they had to open it to the public half-baked. There were lack of signages, tour guides, exhibit labels... just plain chaotic. The lack of people's knowledge to disable their camera's flash feature was at it's most annoying best! It was difficult to get good pictures, there's a lot of people getting in my frame.
As for the functioning areas of the park:
1) The exhibits were average-ish, though I did like the part where i got to pet the rays. I like that.
2) There's a fish spa (P100) where you can have fish nibble on your feet's dead skin cells.
3) The overhang tank will leave you with a "that's it?!?!" experience.
4) The Ozeano Restaurant offers a variety if cuisines. It's the only place where you can cool down as of this writing.
You can finish the whole exhibit in 30 mins. Not worth the entrance fee.
I know it is unfair to give this kind of review for the park as it is still quite new and incomplete, but it would be more unfair for my experience don't you think? Next year I'm going back and perhaps i will have a more positive review for it. I'm looking forward to the improvements. But for now, I advice you to skip it.
Adults : Php 400.00
Kids (4.5 ft and below) : Php 350.00 ( i don't really get the height requirement. what if the kid is tall for his age?!?)
To help you get the best out of MOP, here's the scheduled completion of the park (accdg to wiki. I don't know how accurate it is):
First Phase – Oceanarium had its soft opening date on March 1, 2008.
Second Phase – includes the marine-themed mall and the hotel, to open in mid to late 2008.
Third Phase – the open marine habitats which are set to open in the second quarter of 2009.
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