12-13 December 2016
Next day, we got up early to enjoy what’s left of our H2O stay. The plan was to check-out early & leave our things in the car, spend the whole day at MOP then drive back to Tarlac in the evening.
In addition to the 4 complimentary tickets we got from the hotel, I also purchased extra MOP tickets via Metrodeal. (There were different options depending on budget & number of attractions)
For our group, I bought the ‘Ultimate Adventure’ package which includes the following:
Manila Ocean Park’s Ultimate Adventure is valid for entry to the following attractions: Oceanarium, Trails to Antarctica (Penguin Exhibit & Christmas Village), Jellies Exhibit, Birds of Prey Kingdom, Fish Spa, Shark & Ray Dry Encounter, Amazing Stories of Yexel’s Museum and Liquid Buffet
We presented our vouchers at the redemption booth and in return, they gave us bracelets to be scanned whenever we entered a specific attraction.
Shark & Ray Dry Encounter
This is a glass pool wherein guests can freely interact with stingrays without the hassle of getting wet. There were also sharks inside but not sure if we could ‘play’ with them as well. Scary!
This served as sort of a passage way between the main entrance and Oceanarium. Apart from the greenery, there are also giant aquariums with various species of fish.
Jungle Trek was nice albeit short.
According to MOP website,
“The Oceanarium is home to 14,000 marine creatures from around 277 species, all indigenous to the Philippines and Southeast Asia. Its sheer size and diversity makes it one of the world’s best public aquariums. The Oceanarium is a stunning walkthrough of the watery depths featuring seven sections and containing 2,600 cubic meters of seawater. At the heart of a 55-meter journey inside the Oceanarium is the main attraction – a 220° curved walkway tunnel with a spectacular underwater view of amazing sea creatures swimming overhead. The water source for the Oceanarium is filtered water from Manila Bay. A special process is done to ensure that the seawater is suitable to marine life. It has an educational activity area, unique function rooms for special events and bi-level shark and stingray viewing facilities.”
I must agree, they really have a diverse collection of marine animals. It was entertaining to see a lot of them — all shapes & sizes — in one place.
However, it was too crowded and noisy when we were there (a.ka. students on their field trip). Worse, it was uncomfortably hot inside to the point that we wanted to go out na agad. Nakakahinayang lang because we were really looking forward to see the Oceanarium, specially the tunnel.
We thought we were being smart to visit on a weekday, yun pala mas maraming tao. I am not against students/ field trips pero sana they should assign a staff by the entrance to limit the people coming in. It would have been better to wait in a queue rather than missing out on all the fun kasi siksikan and maingay sa loob.
It was our first time to a try fish spa so we were really excited for this one. We removed our shoes, sat around the shallow pool, then the tiny fishes started nibbling on the dead skin cells from our feet. It felt weird at first but we eventually got used to it 🙂
Trails to Antarctica (Penguin Exhibit & Christmas Village)
This attraction is well, mainly about Antartica. As soon as we entered, we were welcomed by a walkway filled with photos and other what nots about the coldest continent in the world.
And yes, we met real penguins. They were very cute and playful. Gab & Nina even had the chance to feed them (for a fee of course)
After feeding the penguins, we headed to Christmas Village. We lingered in the cold temperature long enough to rest our tired feet.
There was also an area where kids can play with pretend snow.
Unfortunately, picture taking wasn’t allowed in some areas of Christmas Village. Official photographers lang daw ang pwede. Alam na!
Amazing Stories of Yexel’s Museum
We were already tired by the time we reached Yexel’s museum so myself, MIL and her sister opted to wait this one out. Too bad we missed the interesting 3D art and life-sized characters.
Hmm, I wonder how much it cost Yexel to build his collection.
From Yexel’s museum, there is an escalator that leads down to Jellies Exhibit.
The walls & pillars are filled with different species of jellyfish. It was really mesmerizing to watch them ‘dance’ in colorful lights & soft music.
Birds of Prey Kingdom
Whew, down to the last one…
From their website,
“Manila Ocean Park’s newest attraction called the Birds of Prey Kingdom features one of the most stunning coastal raptors in the country, the Brahminy Kites (Haliastur indus) locally known as Lawin in Tagalog and Banog in the Visayas region. Have a close encounter with these winged wonders within a unique bird sanctuary as they perched in a hanging bridge along the coast of Manila Bay.
Manila Ocean Park has entered into partnership with The Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau (PAWB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) through the loan of Brahminy Kites (Haliastur indus) species for public education, appreciation and other conservation- oriented purposes.”
These birds were definitely huge and intimidating! They were scattered everywhere, some even flying above us. I think they’re already used to seeing people kaya relaxed lang sila.
So that’s it. Too bad we missed the sea lion show. Gab badly wanted to watch it pa naman. We’ll come back for that next time 🙂