Sunday, December 5, 2010

Manila: Manila Ocean Park

When I first heard that the Manila Ocean Park, a marine park, recently opened in my city, Manila, I thought that that was so first world. Parks of this kind that I know of only existed in countries like the US, Spain and Japan. To be inside one of those tube aquariums, I thought, I would have to travel to those countries. Suffice it to say, that no longer applies.

Manila Ocean Park

Admittedly, our marine park is smaller than those in first-world countries. And it is. Depending on how fast you walk, you'll probably be able to go through the whole park in half an hour. But then I thought, hey, we got enough biodiversity in our seas to fill our marine parks with.

Arapaima, Manila Ocean Park

The park starts off big, literally. The first aquarium is that of three giant freshwater arapaima, a tropical fish normally found in the Amazon. They are big. I mean, Nat Geo Monster Fish big. I particularly enjoyed seeing them up-close because I am a huge fan of the show.

Manila Ocean Park

After the freshwater aquariums, you move on to a gallery of smaller ones, with a lot of interesting-looking fishes. Some elegant, some with elaborate fins and spines, some snaky, and some cute. I think this part would definitely be most enjoyable to kids.

Manila Ocean Park

Manila Ocean Park

Manila Ocean Park

Then, there are the ugly and scary ones. A rock fish which you would totally mistake for a colorful sea rock. Unfortunate, really, because they're poisonous. There's thing tank, too, full of sharks. Two or three of those sharks are so huge they can swallow a child whole. Really scary.

Manila Ocean Park

Manila Ocean Park

Manila Ocean Park

After the seawater fish gallery, you come up this huge atrium, the walls of which had huge built-in tanks of deep-water fishes. Some of them, I thought, looked plump enough to make good dinner. Haha. The atrium then leads off to the tube aquarium, which I very much enjoyed. You can tell by now that I am a fan of larger-than-life marine creatures.


The 400-peso entrance fee (350 for children) is not bad, actually. Well, I got in at a 50-percent discount because the company I work for chose the park as the venue for its year-end party. But I'd pay 400 for it. I'd pay a little more if I could actually get inside one of the tanks and be really up-close and personal with the marine life. Fortunately, they do have this activity. Aquanaut Voyage, they call it. One of these days, maybe.

Manila Ocean Park


Hi there, traveler! Did you like this post? Got any comments? Do leave me a message below. A RETWEET or a LIKE would be very much appreciated, too. Sharing buttons can be found at the beginning of this post and below.
You can also subscribe to this site to get new posts via email:
 

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...