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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Manila Ocean Park Visit

One of my friends Melody pinged us with some good news about 1 month and a half ago - she said she was given free tickets to Manila Ocean Park! Yaaay! But the problem is, it's just good for 2 (and there's three of us), so I decided to purchase a ticket online via Metrodeal and got myself a ticket for Pacific Sky Wonder package for P799 (syempre, nag ambag sila sa ticket ko, libre yung sa kanila e. hahaha)


Just one thing about Metro Deal before I proceed though. The ticket I got was advertised as: "Ultimate Adventure Level Up: Enjoy 10-in-1 Attractions with Manila Ocean Park Pacific Sky Wonder for P799 instead of P3250". Really? For Php 3, 250? Wow that's 75% off. But when we were already there, I looked at the price list and saw that the ticket I got was originally for Php 900 (well, at least I saved 101 pesos). Pero this is what I don't like about Metro Deal, they intentionally make the original price high to make it appear like you've saved a lot of money, probably part of their marketing strategy, we can't blame them but, yeah, it's an obvious lie I see right there. So, this made me realize I will just have to go to Metro Deal if I really need one.

Ok, so much for my rants - moving on! After church, we decided to leave for Ocean Park. We arrived there at around 4PM (which is a bit too late if you have about 9 or 10 stations to go to). I think it's best to go there at noon 'til eve. Since it was a weekend, there were many people and we spend about an hour waiting in line for our first stop - the sea lion show. The causes of delay were the long line and the system upgrade/change in the ticket booth (super tagal). Plus, Nate was sleeping, I had to carry him in my arms because we didn't bring any carriers with us (we're all women kaya magaan lang at ung need lang talaga yung dinala namin).

I forgot to bring my ID pa! I thought di na ako matutuloy. Buti na lang, pagtingin ko sa CP ko, andun pa yung SSS ID na pinicturan ko, buti nalang hinonor nila at pinaemail nalang sakin, kung hindi, nga-nga kami ni Nate!

After waiting in line, our first stop was the (1) sea lion show. Nate was sleeping when it started and (I'm so sorry baby), I really woke him up. When he woke up, he was a little grumpy but later enjoyed the show and kept clapping. ZD was so happy to see the sea lions too!


The show lasted for about 20-25 minutes I believe and we were all smiling after watching it. But since we're a bit late, we hurried and went to our next stop: The (2) birds of the prey Kingdom. It was the simplest attraction for me. It was just a wide cage where can get inside and have some souvenir photos taken. Nate and ZD had the chance to get close to an eagle but we didn't stay that long there really. I think we only stayed for about 3 minutes.


"hello Mr. Bird!"
This visit was so "in a hurry" that we had to run from one place to another! It was so difficult to settle our schedules since Melody works 6/7 a week. Our only available time was a Sunday and since we have a worship service in the morning, we had to leave in the afternoon. In fact, we still have activities in the afternoon, we just delegated it to my sister-Beb. Our next stop was the Jellyfish exhibit or the (3) penguin talk show (I forgot which went first. haha) which we did not really enjoy - as soon as we arrived in that theater-like place, we immediately left! haha! One because it was full and nobody offered a seat, two, because we haven't started the show and could relate and third, of course, we were in a hurry! haha.

The toddlers love the (4) jelly exhibit! You can see that they're in awe by looking at their eyes. Nate did nothing but point. This place is great for kids, they can learn a lot.
Don't look at my funny face here, I was trying to show Nate and ZD looking at the exhibits. Look at their wide eyes! They didn't care about the camera! haha. 
These Jellies remind me of Spongebob and Patrick! I wish I brought a net! lol. 
Then we went to (5) Yexel's toy museum. I am not a fan of Yexel Sebastian I know him as the older brother of the late Jam Sebastian. And I heard about his toy museum since two or three years ago I guess and I've always wanted to be able to visit so I made we could go there. This place is filled with so many figures from marvel to the minions to Gollum from Lord of the rings and many more.
The toddlers, didn't like the huge figures. Nate even cried when I had him stand at beside the minions
We stayed a bit longer in the museum since there's a place where we can sit and the kids could walk. It's a great place overlooking the ocean too. I wanted to even lie down and sleep! haha. After the museum we went to one of Ocean Park's highlight - the (6) oceanarium! yaaay!

sting rayyyy!!!


break time! The toddlers asked us for recess! haha

After oceanarium, we headed to (7) trails of Antartica. Since I did not make any research about ocean park, we had no idea what's in these attractions. When we were going to trails of antartica, I was like "there better be a cold place there"! or I will burn the place down! haha. We were all tired we almost didn't want to go anymore. Good thing we went there because it was one of the nicest in Ocean Park for us. Nate and ZD love this place, ZD even went back inside when we were returning the jackets! I wish we could stay longer. It was so cold inside, we all loved it!




After trails of Antartica, we hurried to our last attraction - the (8) Musical Fountain show. It was nice but we didn't finish it anymore, we went home before the show ended because we were all very hungry and tired plus the kids started getting fuzzy.

What we missed:
During this visit, we missed the fish spa, the sharks and sting rays,  the marine life habitat and the all star bird show. Which is why it's best to go there at noon so you don't miss any of the attractions.

What we love: 
We all agree we love the trails of antartica the most, the sea lion how then the oceanarium, yexel's museum and the jellies exhibit.

What we didn't like: 
We were not very happy with the birds of the prey kingdom, and the penguin talk show.

Package and rates:
1. DEEP SEA RUSH (5 attractions for Php 550 )
*Oceanarium
*Sea Lion Show
*Marine Life Habitat
*Jellies Exhibit
*Musical Fountain Show

2. SEA BREEZE EXPRESS (8 attractions for Php 700)
*Oceanarium
*Sea Lion Show
*Marine Life Habitat
*Jellies Exhibit
*Musical Fountain Show
*All start bird show
*Of prey Kingdom
*Penguin Talk Show

3. PACIFIC SKY WONDER (10 attractions for Php 900)
*Oceanarium
*Sea Lion Show
*Marine Life Habitat
*Jellies Exhibit
*Musical Fountain Show
*All start bird show
*Of prey Kingdom
*Penguin Talk Show
*Trails to Antartica
*Yexel's Toy Musium

Manila Ocean Park is located: 
behind Quirino Grandstand
Luneta Manila Philippines 1000
Trunkline:  +63 2 567 7777
Facsimile: +63 2 567 2309
Email: inquiry@manilaoceanpark.com
To view their location map, click here

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16 comments:

  1. I can feel your rush as I read your entry. I have never been to the toy museum when we went there last time. And yeah, I didn't enjoy the penguin talk show either.

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  2. The Artartica was not there, yet when we went there. I have to bring the kids there while they are still on vacation.

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    1. Yes! It's one of the nicest attraction there now.

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  3. Would love to revisit Manila Ocean Park and this time with our youngest.

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    1. I'm sure you can go back there soon with your youngest kiddo. :D

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  4. This was the birthday treat for me of my hubby 2 years ago and we also got the tickets via metrodeal. And you're right that the price is unrealistically high!


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    1. I know right! It's funny and absurd at the same time! lol.

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  5. I want to visit the Yexel's Toy Museum there. We have visited Manila Ocean park na kasi, yun na lang hindi.

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    1. I'm sure your son will love the museum!

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  6. Ohhhh! So that's Yexel's Toy Museum. I was wondering where those storm troopers and minions are at. :) Thank you so much for sharing - will put this on my bucketlist!w

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  7. Ahh so fun - kahit rushed! I really wanted to go there but the last time we were in Manila, super tight ng schedule namin. Your post is really helpful! :D

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    1. Thanks maan! :D Yes, we still enjoyed it kahit mabilisan! haha.

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  8. I haven't been here in a while and I noticed that they've added a lot of attractions! Will definitely check it out soon as we can! :)

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