Are your kids interested in learning about sea animals? The Manila Ocean Park in the Philippines is an oceanarium with marine life attractions and educational facilities. My family went there in 2017. Read about our fun experience!
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My husband and I have always thought of bringing our kids to Manila Ocean Park. My toddler is already interested in animals and sea creatures. However, we postponed and rescheduled this trip so many times over. So when my dad said he’d love to help us take care of the kids, we said yes, let’s finally do it. Let’s go see the sea animals this Saturday!
Why We Chose The Deep Sea Rush Package
We decided to buy the Deep Sea Rush package (Php 590) since we wanted to make our trip short but sweet. It included the following 6 attractions:
Back of the House
Sea Lion Show
Sharks and Rays Dry Encounter
Symphony Evening Show
What We Brought With Us
- Ergobaby carrier
- Breastfeeding cover
- Diaper Bag
Entering the Park
We got there at 2:00 in the afternoon. We easily found a parking spot because their parking area was pretty huge. When we got to the entrance, I noticed that there were plenty of large cooling fans with mist, which reminded me of the ones they had at Disneyworld Orlando. It was a pretty hot July day, and those fans sure brought me a lot of relief from the heat. The facility is pretty much PWD-friendly, so I was really glad that there was a ramp leading to the entrance- which made carrying a stroller easier for us.
We paid for our tickets at the counter, and the staff honored my dad’s senior discount. My toddler paid full price since he’s over two feet tall. My 2- month- old got in for free.
First, we went to the Oceanarium. They had plenty of different kinds of fish imported from other countries. Of course, my kid’s favorites were Nemo, Dory, Seastar, and Seahorse. He got a little bit scared when he saw the manta rays and the sharks, but he soon got over his fear.
When my baby started to get hungry, I was even able to nurse him while I was walking through the underwater exhibit! I used my Inangscollection nursing cover.
It was almost 3:00 when we finished going through the exhibit. We took the stairs to the second floor to get to the next attraction. My husband folded the stroller and my dad carried my kid. When we got to the top, I realized that there was actually an elevator for PWDs and strollers. Anyway, we thought we had time to catch the 3:00 Sea Lion show but we decided to just go to the 5:00 one since the stadium was pretty far from where we were. We just took a snack break at one of the kiosks. We bought a nacho combo meal for Php 70 (nachos + soda), a Nestle Drumstick, and a Gatorade.
My toddler went on three moving rides which cost Php10 a token. The Pelican and the Police Car were among those rides that were working.
Exhibits We Skipped
We decided to skip the Back of the House exhibit because my husband said that there really was not anything to see back there.
We continued walking after we had our snack break and went past the Trails of Antarctica (penguin exhibit + Christmas village) and the Yexel Toy Museum, which were not included in our ticket. My toddler loves the Minions, so we took a photo in front of the “Ba-bas”.
Next stop was the Jellies Exhibit, which was basically a dark room with mirrors and huge tanks and pillars of lighted jellyfish. The overall effect was very pretty. I did get a little dizzy probably because of the dark and also because there was not enough air conditioning or ventilation inside. Still, I managed to nurse my baby for the second time while I was walking through the exhibit. Can’t even imagine how I did that but I did!
Sharks and Rays Dry Encounter
At 3:30, we went outside to the front of the complex to see the Sharks and Rays Dry Encounter. There you can get a chance to touch the sharks and the rays. There were trained staff to assist anyone who wanted to do that. We did not touch the fish but we were able to see a shark up close, which was pretty cool.
At 4:00, I was already feeling very hot and tired. I took a bathroom break in one of the public bathrooms near North Park. It had tissue paper, which was great, but there was no soap at the sink. Good thing I brought some hand sanitizer!
We had merienda at the North Park because it had seats and airconditioning. The food and service were “meh”. No reason to come back.
Souvenir Toy Bucket
My husband and toddler went to the bathroom for a diaper change and came back carrying a souvenir toy bucket filled with plastic sea creatures. It was a good deal for Php 210. I like that it’s educational and relatively cheap.
Sea Lion Show
Finally, at 5:00, we went to the stadium to see the Sea Lion Show. It was cute and entertaining for the most part. The sea lions and the seals (yes, there’s a difference) performed adorable tricks such as clapping, waving, and synchronized jumping. At around 5:30, my toddler was already becoming restless so we decided that it was time to call it a day. We did not get to see the Symphony Evening Show because it was getting late and it was already starting to rain. The adults were also feeling very exhausted already.
Overall, I would give this trip a 4 out of 5. It was a fun afternoon and it was worth the trip. A word of advice: a half day with very little kids is enough for a complete and fun experience.
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