Manila Ocean Park Philippines

Manila Ocean Park – not just for the kids

Manila Ocean Park is an oceanarium located in Ermita, Manila (behind the Quirino Grandstand at Rizal Park). In terms of floor space, it’s massive. At 8,000 square metres (86,000 sq ft), it is larger than the Sentosa Underwater World oceanarium in Singapore. It also features a 25-metre (82 ft) underwater acrylic tunnel (source: Wikipedia).

There isn’t too much I can write about Ocean Park that can’t be found on their website. However, I will say that this is one of the Manila’s biggest attractions. It is well and truly a state of the art oceanarium. There are many attractions such as the Aquanaut Voyage, Sea Lion Show, Swimming with Sharks and Stingrays, as well as a Birds of Prey and Creepy Crawly Insect Encounters.

Sleep with the fishes

Another feature of the area is the Hotel H2O, which is right next door to Manila Ocean Park. With marine-themed rooms that allow you to literally “sleep with fishes”, this is the most unique hotel in the Philippines and allows you to fully capture the ocean and marine experience.

Manila Ocean Park is definitely a place worth a visit as there are also other local attractions in the area, namely Intramuros and Rizal Park, which I have covered in other write-ups. If your budget allows, spending the night at Hotel H2O is also an amazing experience

Manila Ocean Park Philippines

The view from my favourite (seafood) restaurant in Manila, Harbor View Seafood Restaurant. This is taken from the jetty. Here you can dine with glorious views looking back towards Roxas Boulevard and the Pasay City skyline. You also have amazing views across Manila Bay.

Manila Ocean Park Philippines

The jellyfish display is an amazing spectacle. Different coloured lights illuminate the jellyfish.

Manila Ocean Park Philippines

The 25-metre (82 ft) underwater acrylic tunnel is a massive feature of Manila Ocean Park

Manila Ocean Park Philippines

The fountain outside Manila Ocean Park is a brilliant display when the sun goes down

How to get there

Depending on where you’re staying in Manila, this will determine how you will get to Manila Ocean Park. The easiest way in most cases would be to take Uber or a taxi, which is affordable and easy to get. A fare from Makati to Ocean Park should cost no more than P300.
For the record, Ocean Park is about 10kms from Makati, which could take anywhere from 30-60mins in Manila traffic.

Dezza´s Tip

If you are into seafood, then you must check out my favourite restaurant, Harbor View Seafood Restaurant, which is a five minute walk from Manila Ocean Park. With a covered jetty stretching out into Manila Bay, which is available for dining, this really makes for an all-encompassing ocean experience.

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