Apr 24, 2014

Walk Through The Manila Ocean Park’s Oceanarium

25 meter long walkway tunnel

I never thought I can pay another visit to Manila Ocean Park after my encounter with sharks and stingrays received numerous comments from some environmental group and concerned citizens. For a not so mainstream blogger like me, it was a mixed emotion to get overwhelming comments. I was happy I gained more hits, but on the other hand I felt bad to be labeled someone taking part in promoting animals in captivity. Perhaps I should write about that experience and realization, soon. But for now, let me show you Manila Ocean Park's Oceanarium and what I learned after the walk through.

Oceanarium, simply, is a large aquarium. I experienced it for free after we received invites to swim like a mermaid, another fun attraction at the park.
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 walk-through of the watery depths featuring seven sections and containing 1,900 cubic meters of seawater.  
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. (Source)
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The Experience

The Oceanarium was a fun experience. Though for me, it would be more exciting if done in the wild. I once tried swimming with fishes in El Nido. It.was.totally.amazing! The fact that you and the fishes are in the same environment; feels so freeing. I hope everyone can experience the same thing. However, not everyone is willing or not everyone have the courage to try.  

Seriously, while the crowd was enjoying their walk through the  220° curved walkway tunnel over their heads, I was wishing I can pass through the glass and swim with them. I really really envy those who can swim with these sea creatures in the ocean. I am more than willing to trade jobs with them.

Oceanarium, in my point of view, is the nearest venue in the metro to educate people particularly children, of what creatures can be found in the sea. Not all kids are privileged to experience diving. At least at MOP, they can see and realize the marine life and its value to our planet. Perhaps, when they grow up and get more curious, they can take part or do something to save and protect the marine ecosystem. 
Show Schedule:
Monday to Friday – 10:00AM to 9:00PM
Weekends & Holidays – 9:00AM to 9:00PM

Manila Ocean Park is located behind Quirino Grandstand, Luneta Manila Philippines 1000
To check their promos and rates check on their website: https://www.manilaoceanpark.com/

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