Metro Manila: Manila Ocean Park (Part 2)

The Fish Spa at Manila Ocean Park (2nd Floor)

After exiting the Oceanarium, you go up a flight of stairs and enter a wide open space with the Fish Spa, Shark Encounter, Quix snack shop & the entrance to Trails to Antartica. Tickets for the Fish Spa (Php150 each) are sold at the Quix snack shop. Then you give your ticket to the guy at the Fish Spa entrance, you’re given a small towel for wiping your feet, and go straight in. It bothered me a bit that they don’t even check people’s feet when they go in. You remove your shoes at benches around the pools, and none of the staff check your feet ๐Ÿ˜ They don’t have facilities for washing your feet before you dip your feet in the pool o_O

One of 2 fish spa pools. The other one is much nicer, next to the open railing, with a view of the ocean. But there was a group of friends already there chatting away and we didn’t want to intrude ๐Ÿ˜›

The doctor fish swarming over hubby’s feet & nibbling away! It really tickles for the first minute or so, but then you get used to it and it feels very soothing ๐Ÿ™‚

After 15 minutes, the staff member calls your name and you get out of the pool. After drying our feet thoroughly, we left the Fish Spa with tingly feet (LOL) and passed through the Trails to Antartica entrance, as it’s the only way through to the next section of the mall.

You can pass through here free of charge; the actual paid Antartica attractions have a separate entrance.

Lots of cool trivia & knicknacks on the walls

Next, the Jellies Exhibit! Before you go in, a staff member will insist you have your picture taken in an alcove that will make it look like you’re in a jellyfish tank o_O Again, he seemed a bit insulted when I declined. Yeah, I know it’s free, but just because it’s free doesn’t mean I have to do it if I don’t like it ๐Ÿ˜

Jellyfish tanks: like a room full of lava lamps ๐Ÿ˜€

Teeny weeny jellyfish that change colors!

Life Cycle of a Jellyfish

A room full of the best “lava lamps” ever LOL. There aren’t really that many tanks; the trick is done using mirrors. So be careful in this room as you might bump into a mirror or two.

After exiting the Jellies room with swirling heads, we had lunch at Makan Makan (review to follow). Then we walked around the mall to check out the souvenir shops ๐Ÿ™‚

Note: The way that the mall is set up, you can go up to the 2nd level after exiting the Oceanarium, but to go down there’s only one route that takes you inside Makan Makan, past Seriland, and down the escalator, then through a gauntlet of GHASTLY tacky shops & kiosks selling random kitschy things that aren’t even vaguely marine-related. Since we went up and down several times to go to Makan Makan, browse the souvenir shops, etc., we had to pass Tacky Ave. several times. Kaloka lang. I hope MOP management rethinks this blatantly commercialized tactic and opens another route because it is truly annoying ๐Ÿ˜›

/rant over/

Entrance to Birds of Prey (1st floor, near the mall entrance)

Aren’t they ADORABLE?! We bought a little eagle :3

More bird-related goodies

View outside the mall

Souvenir shop area on the 2nd floor. We bought a small fluffy stingray & a baby turtle plushie, fridge magnets, and a shark tee for my daughter ๐Ÿ™‚

Asian Ghost House, near the entrance & ticket booth

On our way out, we decided to check out the Marine Life Habitat, since we had tickets for it ๐Ÿ™‚

The sea lions hamming it up for pictorials. I was a wee bit disappointed here because they only let the sea lions out for pictorials, and we only got to see them playing in their habitat for a few minutes ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

On our way out to hunt for a cab. Bye, MOP! See you next time ๐Ÿ˜‰

There are still ongoing deals at SM Tickets and the MOP website for various packages, depending on which attractions you want to see, as well as vouchers on Metrodeal, etc. Shop around and compare so you can snag the best deals ๐Ÿ˜‰

Manila Ocean Park

SM Tickets

Metrodeal MOP Deals

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