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Manila Ocean Park: An Oceanarium Entrance Fee/Admission Rates
Tutubi, the skeptical type when it comes to press releases when he was disappointed on the absence of oceanarium announced during the construction of Mall of Asia (MOA), is now excited on the impending opening of Manila's own oceanarium, called Manila Ocean Park, that's set to rival, even upstage, Singapore's Underwater World, Hong Kong Ocean Park, Bangkok, Thailand's's Siam Ocean World and KL's Aquaria (Malaysia), all four Tutubi wasn't able to visit due to his priority over things of historic and cultural attractions. The only close one he has was his visit to Subic's Ocean Adventure
According to the press release and video shown on TV, the park is divided into several sections: rainforest-themed Agos (flow) with an aritifical waterfalls, Bahura (reef) with its artificial reef, Laot (fishing ground), Kalaliman (the deep) with deep-sea fishes and creatures like barracudas, sharks and rays. No whale sharks are to be featured there so you have to visit Donsol for the whale shark interaction (Tutubi's most cherished experience in 2003 that he's yet to post in this blog). The main attraction is a 25-meter long walkway tunnel with 220-degree curved glass walls.
Entrance fee, as reported, cost P350 for students, and P400 for regular patrons. US$1 is around P42 as of this time so this is much cheaper than Underwater World Singapore's Sg$19.90, HK Ocean Park's HK$195 and even against Siam Ocean World's 450 Baht admission charge.
With all the attractions and the affordable price, expect Tutubi to be one of the first one to troop there once it's open.
The whole facility, once completed, will also have a hotel and mall right in the heart of the old city of Manila near Rizal Park.
Manila Ocean Park is owned by China Oceanis Philippines Inc. whose parent company is currently operating four oceanariums in China.
Entrance Fees: PhP400 for adults (about $10)
PhP 350 for children
How to get to Manila Ocean Park:
For those awaiting the opening in December this year, the oceanarium can be reached, commute way, just as you would come to Rizal Park (Luneta) since it's just just behind Quirino Grandstand. The nearest LRT station is UN Avenue. Jeepneys plying Taft Avenue is also near but those passing through Mabini and M.H. Del Pilar in Malate are nearer the place.
Directions by car/taxi, same as going to Quirino Grandstand in Rizal Park.
Will post Manila Ocean Park pictures once Tutubi visits the place :P
UPDATE Manila Ocean Park opened on March 1, 2008. Tutubi's Manila Ocean Park pictures/photos of the place coming soon...regarding taking pictures and photography, SLR/DSLR cameras are allowed provided no flash is used.
Manila Ocean Park Holy Week Schedules:
Manila Ocean Park will be open over the Lenten holidays, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday; and 9 a.m.-9 p.m. on Black Saturday and Easter Sunday. March 20 - 23, 2008
I've been to HongKong's Ocean Park and Singapore's Sentosa. Very educational mga parks na ito. And it will indeed be a delight to have one in the Philippines. Rich tayo sa natural resources, sana ma-emphasize sa park ang nature conservation!
anonymous, avoid riding the taxis :P seriously, a taxi ride to manila ocean park from malate will probably cost about P60. alternatively, on mabini st (or is it del pilar), ride jeepneys with signboard Quiapo and alight in Luneta (rizal park), walk to your left towards Quirino grandstand where manila ocean park is located just behind the grandstand. it's even walking distance from the US embassy and various restaurants like harbor view