“Discover the secrets of the sea in this world-renowned park”
The Manila Ocean Park oceanarium is found just behind the Quirino Grandstand at Rizal Park. The oceanarium opened on March 1, 2008. It occupies 8,000 square meters making it larger than the Sentosa Underwater World oceanarium in Singapore. One of the attractions of the Manila Ocean Park is the 25-meter underwater acrylic tunnel. Apart from the oceanarium, the park also has a marine-themed mall and hotel, outdoor pools, restaurants, open marine habitats and the Trails to Antarctica as part of the attractions.
The oceanarium is divided into sections namely: Agos (Flow) or the rainforest motif featuring 8 tanks of freshwater with fishes; Bahura (Reef) is an exhibition of artificial corals in 48 tanks; Laot (Fishing Ground) features a long tank with big fishes and Eagle-spotted rays; Buhay na Karagatan (Living Ocean) which is the main attraction of a 25-meter walkway tunnel featuring different marine species; Kalaliman (The Deep) which showcases the marine animals found in the Philippine’s deepest waters, Pagi (Sting Ray) featuring different varieties of the sting ray placed in an Overhang Tank and the Pating (Shark) featuring different shark species.
Also found in the park is the Aquatica Musical Fountain featuring the tallest musical fountain in the country measuring 120 feet high. It consists of 1,600 water nozzles, music, lights and special effects, water and live performance. Some sea lions also perform. Visitors can also choose to go for a snorkeling or diving adventure in the outdoor swimming pool of the park.
The Trails to Antarctica section has a penguin exhibit where visitors can view penguins swimming through the water. There is also the Slide o’ Fun for visitors who want to experience sleighing. The Snow Village is a room covered with ice and snow for those who want to experience winter in this tropical country.
The Manila Ocean Park is owned by China Oceanis Philippines Inc, a subsidiary of China Oceanis Inc Singapore. The firm has operated at least four oceanariums in China.