I’ve wanted to go to Manila Ocean Park ever since I heard they have sharks. But we were waiting to see if they’d get dolphins as well LOL. Then I spotted a deal on their website: Php550 for a package that includes the Oceanarium, Sea Lion Show/Marine Life Habitat & the Jellies Exhibit. It was a great deal considering that the regular rate for the Oceanarium is Php500, Php150 for the Jellies and Php150 (or was it Php250?) for the Sea Lion Show. I wasn’t really interested in the Sea Lion show, but I did want to see their habitat, so it was a pretty good deal 🙂
Hubby got our tickets from SM tickets, so we could avoid the long lines at the MOP ticket counters. We forgot all about them LOL until a week before the promo expiration date. So we went early on a Friday, March 15, the last day of the promo, hoping there wouldn’t be any school trips scheduled that day.
How to get to Manila Ocean Park: (from Quezon City) We took the LRT1 from Munoz to UN Ave. (Php20 each) then a cab to MOP for Php80. Not sure if there are jeeps in the area, but it was hot and we didn’t want to get stuck in traffic 😛
When we got to the park, we went straight to the ticket counter to claim our tickets. Vouchers & SM prepaid tickets have to be exchanged for actual tickets at the small counter to the right. The process is a bit slow since you have to present a valid ID and fill out a form before they give the tickets. If the regular lines are long, then this line is probably shorter.
Finally, giddily clutching our tickets, we walked into the main building:
First stop, the Oceanarium. The ticket lady was insisting we watch the Sea Lion show first as one was about to start. She seemed somewhat insulted when I said, thanks, but I didn’t want to see the Sea Lion show o.O
Finally, the fishies! 😀 (I apologize for not being able to name all the fishies properly; when you get there you’ll see signs with their names & details :D)
Make sure you spend as much time as you want in each section, because you won’t be allowed to go back once you’ve passed through. This is why it’s better to go on a weekday, early in the morning, and make the Oceanarium your first stop. It can get crowded, especially in the tunnel, and you’ll be pushed forward whether you like it or not. Since we came early and made sure we got into the Oceanarium before the field trip kiddies (they were lining up at the Ghost House when we came in), we took as much time as we wanted in each area 🙂
So, that’s it for Part 1! Next, the Fish Spa & Jellies Exhibit! 🙂