The “Bitin” Manila Ocean Park Experience

Last October, I finally got the chance to visit one of the most popular places in Manila. This place is the Manila Ocean Park. Me and my beloved celebrated our anniversary there because she also wants to see the Manila Ocean Park.

How to go to Manila Ocean Park

Manila Ocean Park is located just beside the Quirino Grandstand, at the place between the grandstand and the Manila Bay. For those who have their own vehicle, Manila Ocean Park is very accessible and has ample parking spaces. However, the reverse is true for commuters that do not want to take a taxi cab.

Manila Ocean Park can be reached by riding any jeepney or bus that passes through Taft Avenue. Just tell the driver that you are going to Rizal Park. Alternatively, you could also ride the LRT line 1 and go down the U.N. Avenue Station. Then, you must walk through Rizal Park and cross the Quirino Highway to reach Manila Ocean Park. The reason for this is that buses and jeepneys pass through Taft Avenue, which is on the other side of Rizal Park.

Entrance Fees

Manila Ocean Park offers different kinds of package. Each package contains different combination of places that you can visit. The packages that the park promo offers are: Moonlight Adventure (500 pesos), Marine Life Encounter (500 pesos), Sun Up Saver (600 pesos) and Ultimate Experience (800 pesos).

For the price of each showcase, please go to the Manila Ocean Park website.

For our visit, we availed of their Marine Life Encounter promo. Just for 500 pesos per person, we can go to the Oceanarium, Jellyfish Tanks, and the Marine Life Show. I just wished that they also included some free snacks.

What to See Inside Manila Ocean Park

The major attractions inside the Manila Ocean Parks are the Oceanarium, Jelly Fish Tanks, Marine Life Shows, Marine Life Show. I will talk about these attractions in the succeeding posts. During the night, Manila Ocean Park is visited because of its Musical Fountain Shows, which the park brags as best as the musical fountain shows in other countries.

There is also a swimming pool, food booths where you could buy some snacks, and a fine-dining restaurant managed by Tamayo’s Catering.
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Ozeano Fusion Restaurant

Other activities includes underwater diving (wearing an aquanaut's suit), glass boat ride, and fish spa, which uses small fishes that will eat the dead skin and dirt off your feet.

All in all, me and my beloved enjoyed visiting the Manila Ocean Park. However, I felt “bitin” because Manila Ocean Park is not as grand as it was shown in TV and posters.

I will talk more about the Manila Ocean Park in the next posts, so please stay tuned.

23 comments:

  1. hay naku... nagyayaya ang kapatid kong pumunta dyan pero sabi ko next time na lang... hahah magastos kaya... imagine 800 per head then 5 kami... aww... sakit sa bulsa nun haha

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  2. allowes bang magdala ng camera sa loob??? kasi kung hindi allowed.. eh sayang naman... di mo ma-aapreciate ng todo kasi wala ka remembrance di ba?

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  3. looking forward to your next post about the Ocean Park

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  4. Haha...mahirap talaga mag-Ocean Park ang mga taong nagtitipid.

    One time pa lang kami pumunta dun at baka matagalan bago bumalik uli't

    Pwedeng magdala ng camera dun pero bawal ang flash photography sa Oceanarium, yun nga lang, hindi naman sinusunod ng mga tao yung prohibition na iyon kaya go go pa rin sila sa kaka-picture ng may flash.

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  5. Di pa ko nakapunta jan. Ang mahal pala at may package package pa. Happy New Year!

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  6. No photo of your beloved? Wink! Wink! LOL!!!

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  7. @Anney:

    Mahal talaga ang Manila Ocean park. Kaya nga minsanan lang ang pagdalaw dito eh. At saka meron pang mga areas na under maintainance. So ang maganda eh pumunta ka na lang kapag tapos na ang maintenance

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  8. @STP:

    Hehe...yeah. No pictures of my beloved. ^_^

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  9. Yup! MAganda nga kaso yun nga dinedevelop pa kasi talaga... babalik na lang uli ako pag full blast na! tutal the price will continue to increase din naman... hehehehhe... pero dapat sulitin na lang talaga ang pagpunta dun! hehehehehhehe

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  10. Tama ka d'yan parekoy. Mas maganda umulit sa Manila Ocean Park kapag naayos na nga nila.

    Noong pumunts ako last time eh still under construction pa yung ibang parts dun sa Jellyfish area nila.

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  11. Ayoko pmunta dyan masyadong mahal. hehe

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  12. @Raffy:

    Oo nga eh. Ang mahal dito. Kaya isang bese lang kami pumunta at matagal pa bago maulit, kung mauulit.

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  13. So did you get to see the Musical Fountain Show?

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  14. @Foong:

    No, we did not see the Musical Fountain Show. We don't have enough time. Maybe next time.

    Bitin means - not enough.

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  15. Guys, yung price dito, hindi na sya mahal compare mo sa entrance fees sa ibang bansa.
    For your info, ung manila ocean park oceanarium ang pinakamalaki sa asia/south east asia. mas malaki pa kaysa dun sa nasa hongkong singapore at thailand...
    Kaya, kung sinasabi nyo na mahal dito, nagkakamali kayo kung icompare nyo sa ibang bansa na sobrang mahal....

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  16. Anonymous

    Thank you for the info.

    Yep, mas mura nga siya compared sa oceanarium ng ibang bansa. OK yang comparison mo para sa mga foreign tourists pero sa mga nakatira dito sa Pinas eh mahal pa din ang rate.

    But then I can still say na sulit din naman yung gastos sa Manila Ocean Park.

    Ang wsh ko lang sana ay hindi siksikan yung mga tao dun sa underwater tunnel.

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  17. At sa ibang bansa, iba ang price once na citizen ka, discounted...tourist lang ang nagbabayad ng mahal. Not all Filipinos can afford the price, pang may pera lang ang pamamasyal sa tulad ng Manila Ocean Park. Kulang pa ang minimum na sinasahod.

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    1. Tama ka. Dito sa Thailand magkaiba ang entrance ng mga local tourists sa foreign tourists. Yung mga Thai, sa mas mura sila nakapila. Yung mga foreigners sa mas mahal na entrance fee sila.

      I think applicable iyon sa mga temples at pasyalan na operated ng gobyerno nila. Kaya yung mga Thai ay sa mas murang entrnce fee sa dahilang yung operation ng mga government-managed tourist spots ay bayad na ng taxes nila.

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    2. Ang Manila Ocean Park ay pinapatakbo ng isang private company so I think hindi basta makapagbigay ng discounts, maliban na lang kung gustuhin ito ng mga may-ari.

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  18. Sana nga may discount ang mga Pinoy para naman di tayo dayuhan sa sarili nating oceanarium.

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    1. How I wish na mamigay ng discount. Gaya ng sinabi ko sa comment sa taas, ang Manila Ocean Park ay pinapatakbo ng isang private entity kaya hindi mapwersa 'yan magbigay ng discuonts. Umapela na lang tayo sa kanila na bigyan tayo ng discounts. :-)

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  19. may discounts and packages na.

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