It was one of those boring Saturdays when my cousin texted that we should tour our cousin from the province at Manila Ocean Park. Boredom-Saver!
And after 1.5 hours and 76 Pesos, I arrived at the back of Quirino Grandstand and was back in Manila Ocean Park. It was the third time I’ve been here but still excited to go inside and view the fishes. Ever since I had milk on my lips I liked watching about ocean fishes on TV. Now that the milk on my lips have molds, the passion for looking at fishes grew stronger.
We payed 400 Pesos each and went inside. We first saw the giant Arapaimas. I then heard a child shouting and running away, it was my nephew running back to the entrance while pushing his stroller because he was afraid of the Arapaimas. Haha…
Went in further and saw the starfish. It says ‘Touch gently’. My nephew’s mother carried him and said to touch the starfish, but he was still afraid and kept shouting. Hehe…
We proceeded with the walk and went inside a darkroom with lots of aquariums. This was where we saw small colorful fishes. The following are the fishes that caught my attention.
We then saw one of the main attractions of the park, Buhay na Karagatan (The Living Ocean), which features a 25 meter underwater tunnel, where you will see various fishes from a different point of view.
The aquarium felt smaller compared from the first and the second time I went through it. I observed what happened and saw something at other side of the aquarium.
Maybe I was wrong, it was a year ago since I was there. Maybe it was really that big. Tell me if you knew if it did get smaller.
Then a unique fish with arms and legs went into the aquarium. Oh, it was people who availed of the aquanaut activity. I want that too!
Since I do not have extra money and underwear with me I could not join them. But that does not stop me from swimming inside the Manila Ocean Park.
Weird thing was one of my cousins studied culinary arts and she was always saying that the fishes looked nice to cook. I agree!!! They look delicious. Let’s just not overfish just because of our own selfish hunger.
P14.00 – LRT2 from Santolan to Recto
P12.00 – LRT from Doroteo Jose to U.N. Ave.
P50.00 – Taxi from U.N. Ave Station to Manila Ocean Park
P400.00 – Manila Ocean Park Entrance Fee
P50.00 – Taxi from Manila Ocean Park to U.N. Ave Station
P12.00 – LRT from U.N. Ave Station to Doroteo Jose
P14.00 – LRT2 from Cubao to Recto
P148.00 – Extra Money for Snacks
P700.00 – Total Expense
Manila Ocean Park
Location: At the back of Quirino Grandstand, Luneta, Manila
Tel. No.: (02) 567 7777, (02) 567 2309
From Cubao, ride the MRT to Taft Ave. Station (P14) , transfer to LRT and ride to U.N. Ave Station (P12). Then ride a taxi to Manila Ocean Park (~P50). You may opt to walk along Luneta Park but it’s a 2.4km walk.
There are taxis waiting near the entrance of Manila Ocean Park, but usually they do not want to use their meters and are too pricey. You may want to walk to Roxas Boulevard (200m) and get a taxi there to U.N. Ave Station. Then back the way you came.
P120.00 per person for 20 minutes
Open from 10AM to 8PM, but the last customer must enter at 7:45PM
P995.00 per person for 10 minutes
+P350.00 for pictures (25 shots in a CD)
Bring extra underwear when you want to do this.
Available from 11AM to 7PM.
Are you bored at home? Now you know where to go. 🙂