The Manila Ocean Park is the Philippines’ first world-class marine theme park. It is located behind the Quirino Grandstand in Luneta, Manila. It offers a variety of marine life attractions such as the oceanarium, jellies exhibit , sea lion show and more. They offer package theme park rates which range from PHP400 to 1,100. It also houses an pool and lounge — Liquid and Hotel H2O with it’s famous aquarium-themed rooms. The park is open on M-F (10:00AM to 9:00PM), weekends and holidays (9:00AM to 9:00PM).
I believe the best time to visit the theme park is on weekdays since it is always so jam-packed during the weekends. Despite long lines, visitors can buy tickets pretty quickly and the park has a lot of staff eager to help guide you to the attractions.
I especially enjoyed the jellies exhibit since I have always been fascinated with them as a kid. We also went to see the sea lion show which I have to say was quite trying because of the heat and the crowded bleachers. The oceanarium itself was very nice but due to the number of people inside all at the same time, it was also pretty uncomfortable and it got pretty warm inside.
It was my second visit to the Manila Ocean Park and despite the number of people, I still enjoyed the visit. Hopefully, they will be able to expand it so that it doesn’t get too crowded especially during weekends and holidays. I think that for the Philippines’ first venture into aqua-themed parks, this was pretty good.
I have been to only one other oceanarium, the Osaka Aquarium and even though it doesn’t quite match it yet, it comes in pretty close. It is also a lot more affordable. I’m giving it a 4/5 and I recommend taking kids to see it.