Manila Bay area has seen a lot of changes over the last few years. Some for the better and some for the worse. But one of the real good things to happen is the building of the new Ocean Park, which just use to be an old jetty come local market a few years before.
When you walk up the stairs to the entrance to the Manila Ocean Park you know that Manila has tried very hard to make this something special and enticing. They have tried to make it up to the standards of other great Ocean Parks throughout the world, especially their near neighbours in Thailand. The entrance hall is stunning. It is a huge dome shaped that echoes and has small restaurants in one half and also the entrance to the main complex. To the left you can see many small shops and stalls selling so much merchandise it makes you feel like you are at a beach area.
The complex has its very own hotel cleverly named H20 and has upstairs some amazing restaurants all in one specially designed hall. There is even a veranda that you can sit in very comfortable seats and watch the sunset over manila bay. The bar is called White Moon bar and is not cheap, but is a stunning place to enjoy the atmosphere of Manila Bay.
But for most visitors it is the Manila Ocean Park they have come to see and the fish and displays that bring thousands of people every day to this major Manila tourist spot. The oceanarium has a floor area 8,000 sq. ft., and is largest aquarium facility in the Philippines. Inside the park there are many varieties of marine creatures, such as sharks, and invertebrates indigenous to the Philippines.
There is also a 25-meter long underwater tunnel.
1. Aquarium facilities: Agos (Flow), Bahura (Reef), Laot (Fishing Ground), Buhay na Karagatan (The Living Ocean), Ang Kalaliman (The Deep), Pagi (Stingray), Pating (Shark). This attraction features freshwater fishes, corals, a 220-degree walkway tunnel with big fishes and stingrays.
2. Activity Area: Shark Viewing Area, Fish Spa, Glass Bottom Boat Area, Aquanaut
3. Aquatica – a light and fountain show that focuses on the importance of taking care of marine life
4. Open Water Swimming Pool
Directions to Manila Ocean Park:
There are no public means of transport that pass through Manila Ocean Park. As we advise that you walk through Rizal Park/Luneta in Ermita, I highly encourage you to take a leisurely walk.