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The Manila Ocean Park - The Philippine's First Oceanarium

The Manila Ocean Park is a marine-themed complex which includes an oceanarium, hotel, resort, mall, events center, spa, snow village, animal shows and many other attractions. It is located in the heart of Manila, just behind the Quirino Grandstand at the Rizal Park.

The oceanarium is home to 10,000 marine species indigenous to the Philippines and Southeast Asia. It covers an area of 8,000 square meters (86,000 sq ft) and features a curving 25-metre (82 ft) underwater acrylic tunnel which offers an amazing underwater view of sea creatures and their habitat.

The oceanarium is divided into several sections, each displaying different fresh water and marine species in aquariums designed to mimic their natural habitats:

Agos (Flow) – a rainforest motif complete with 8 tanks of freshwater fishes.
Bahura (The Reef) – exhibition of artificial corals in 48 tanks.
Laot (Fishing Ground) – features big fish and Eagle-spotted rays in a long tank.
Buhay na Karagatan (Living Ocean) – where the 25-metre long walkway tunnel and one of the popular attraction of the oceanarium is located.
Kalaliman ( The Deep ) - showcases marine animals found in the deepest parts of the Philippine's waters.
Pagi (Sting Ray)– variety of rays fly over while you're under this unique Overhang Tank.
Pating (Shark) – features several species of shark.

The Jellies Exhibit offers a unique experience.  Watch different species of jelly fishes gracefully dance in their tanks. Designed with the newest technology in lighting, music, and multimedia effects, the Jellies Exhibit is truly an educational destination by day and a unique recreational destination by night.

Aside from aquariums, the Manila Ocean Park also features some of the world's most exciting animal shows like the Sea Lion Show and the All-Star Bird Show.

One of the park's most recent attraction is the Acquatica Musical Fountain, touted as the Philippines' first and tallest musical fountain. It shoots water to as high as 120 feet and also features the largest water and laser show consisting of over 1,600 water nozzles; water, music, lights & special effects; backed by live performance.

Another new section of the park is the Trails to Antarctica, which features a Snow Village with a freezing temperature of -15°. There is a 42 meter long ice slide called Slide o 'Fun and a Penguin Exhibit home to Humboldt penguins.

There is also a four-star hotel, aptly named Hotel H2o, where guests can either choose a room with an aquarium wall or a panoramic view of Manila Bay.

The Sunset Quay Mall is the first marine-themed mall in the Philippines, offering varied dining options from its 25 restaurants and great finds at its 30 unique shops.

Get a relaxing massage from tiny fishes at the Fish Spa. The fishes gently nibble away dead skin on your hands and feet which helps healthy new skin to grow.

Have wholesome family fun at the largest swimming pool in the bay area. Enjoy the cool waters with running jets and magnificent views of Manila Bay.

Manila Ocean Park Photo Gallery

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