My First Visit To The Manila Ocean Park


My first visit to The Manila Ocean Park was sometime around April in 2012. I think it was Holy Week then, and since my family and I stayed in the city, we decided to go check it out after having lunch at the Dampa on Macapagal Avenue. P4034428

We didn’t get to catch the  shows outside, but we were able to check out the penguins and all the fish inside. There was also a bonus  croc and a turtle.

The first area we went into is where they kept mostly fresh water fish, like the golden arowana below.




There were vines and ferns inside, giving it a very tropical rainforest vibe. There were some stairs that led to a platform where the crocodile may be viewed.



This freshwater area then leads into a dark room illuminated only with lighted fish tanks containing salt water fish. There were some low tanks outside the entrance that had a few small sharks and some starfish.





Inside this dark room were tanks that housed smaller salt water fish, like the puffer fish and lionfish. The lionfish tank was one of my favorites tanks in that room. There were also tanks that had mussels and sea horses.




I found Nemo in one of the tanks!

IMG_5863Sadly he swam away from me as I was trying to take a photo. I guess he’s a little camera shy. These eels, however, don’t seem to be at all. They all came out of their hole just as soon as I approached their tank. IMG_5873


These sacks are shark eggs. The silhouettes are developing shark embryos.

IMG_5864From there, we moved on to a larger area with bigger tanks that contained larger salt water species, such as sharks, mantas, and gigantic groupers. IMG_5875

Speaking of sharks, there quite a lot of them there. Here is the shark tank. I think the shark on the bottom was sleeping, or resting. It was just on the tank floor while most of the other sharks were swimming around.



After seeing the fish, we went to the see the penguins upstairs.

IMG_5891There’s a long corridor that leads to the entrance. It’s filled with all sorts of pictures and trivia, including maps and checklists of things to bring if you plan to go an an Antartic expedition. IMG_5893


There’s a big slide to the left of the door once you step inside the penguin’s area. On the far end of the room is the penguin enclosure. The middle of the room opens to the fish area below.


The penguins were enclosed in a large enclosure made of acrylic. The tank had some water for the penguins to swim in if they felt like it. I was actually pretty fun to watch them as they darted through the water.

Inside the enclosure was a tube where patrons cuold pop through and feed the penguins while having their photo taken. I didn’t go in, but my brother, his wife and daughter, my sister and her boyfriend, lined up and took turns. I just stayed outside and snapped away.


To the right of the penguins’ enclosure was a big door that lead into the Snow Village. Or as I like to call it, the “Giant Freezer” because that’s what it basically was. They gave us thick jackets to wear inside, but it wasn’t enough to protect us from the cold. It was totally freezing inside! Well it’s not surprising since it was a giant freezer, after all. Elsa would have felt  right at home.

Inside were some snowmen, fake pine trees and some benches dusted with “snow”.



After spending a few minutes in there, taking photos and almost freezing our butts off, we went on to the gift shop because it was just next door. And since it was almost closing time, we had to rush looking at things to make it to the till. We left soon afterwards.


Because we got in late in the afternoon, we missed the birds of prey and one of the shows outside. I think it was the sea lions show. Regardless, it was still a pretty enjoyable time seeing what the Manila Ocean Park had, even though we didn’t get to see all of the attractions. Besides, that gave us  plenty enough reason for a second visit, which we did a few weeks later.