Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Manila Ocean Park - going deeper

to continue with my post last April 1 on "agos" and "bahura", this time let's visit the bigger part which is "laot" or "fishing ground". here you see bigger aquariums on every side. bigger aquariums means bigger fishes or more fishes. among the biggest fish here is the Lapu-Lapu or "the grouper" which weighs 660pounds. that's like 5times heavier than one donG.replicas of sunken ships and submarine-like structures creates a surreal view of the environment. "laot" has big aquariums on every side with a big screen in the middle that showcases the different sea creatures. on one of laot's side is the entrance to the tunnel that allows you to see the sea creatures on both sides. you'll be fascinated with the big sting rays that passes over the tunnel once in a while. you will really appreciate its grace of flipping its wing-like body. this area is called "buhay na karagatan" or "the living ocean". i suggest that you take some time to look for the fishes that you saw in "bahura" in this huge aquarium filled with different species. the tunnel's end leads you to "kalaliman" or "deep" which showcases the deep sea creatures. above this area is an overhang tank filled with stingrays of different sizes. one big aquarium filled with sharks can be viewed on one side. tiger shark and starfish lives along with a group of sharks. on the second floor before you exit, is an activity area where you get to see the sharks as close as to touching them. a fish spa and a restaurant can is also available on this area. the park as a whole is one amazing experience that one cannot see from just one dive on the sea. although the sea offers a more thrilling experience of these creatures in its own environment, having an ocean park like this helps people to be more aware of how beautiful our oceans are that we need to protect it.
a view from the activity area on top of the park building is the Manila bay.
the Manila Ocean Park is not yet fully operational as of this time. Part of it is still underconstruction. a mall and a hotel will soon rise beside the park itself. the park is located at the back of the Quirino grandstand in Manila. for people who enjoy walking, it's just a walk away from the Manila hotel and the Rizal monument in Luneta.

28 comments:

Luke Wiley said...

amazing shots! great post!
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KRIS JASPER said...

akala ko di ko na namimiss ang pinas pero nung makita ko yung pics ng bldgs sa manila namiss ko bigla. iba talaga ang ingay at buhay jan. nakakamiss.

Earvin said...

Whoa Kuya Dong, super astig ang photos! Da best!Woooooooohhh!

the donG said...

Luke and Earvin, thanks.

Jasper, nice view of the Roxas boulevard skyline from the Ocean park.

MmeHaydee said...

wow! that's cool! another reason to come and visit Philippines again. Great photos btw.

biyahengpinoy said...

i will visit when it is fully operational. but it looks good to me.

about my sagada video collection dvd, i've posted a preview on the dvd menu layout so you'd have an idea on what it looks like. you can see that in my blog. thank you for the comment.

Lori said...

Wow...what great pics. Id love to see them in person. Happy WW and thanks for stopping by:)

the donG said...

haydee, thanks. we can help you get around the country once you decide to visit the Philippines.

wence, thanks. i'll check it out.

lori, happy WW. thanks.

chres said...

Nice post. Photos are beautiful and vivid. Thanks for stopping by. I like your blog.

Sandy C. said...

Those are fabulous photos! What an amazing time :) Thanks for sharing.

Laura said...

Seems like a great place - have been to several "ocean" museums and mostly they all are very much alike. This one, though, seems to have a few things I haven't seen before :-)

Ferdz said...

Seems a nice thorough walk through the Manila Ocean Park. I think it would be more promising once every thing's up and running. Somehow the ticket price should be lowered at this time since te facilities isn't complete yet.

the donG said...

Hi Chres&Sandy, thanks a lot.

Hi Laura, maybe things will even get better once it's completely finished.

Ferdz, thanks. yes, the price should be cheaper by this time but i noticed that many people still visit the park at this price. maybe because it's summer.

collapsingbarrycade said...

nice captures! you make me feel more sorry for not waiting for its public opening and deciding to go to Science Discovery Center, which turned out to be blah.

is it true that not all sections of Ocean Park are open?

the donG said...

Barry, yes. not all section is open yet. specifically the hotel and the mall part are still under construction but as for the ocean park, looks like it's almost complete (not sure what else will be added in the oceanarium).

shaikens said...

hey, i have some pretty awesome pics from my recent aquarium visit on the shaikens road trip story link.. go go go!

shaikens said...

but don't get your hopes up, yours are way better...

SandyCarlson said...

I love what you've captured here. The aquarium shots are spectacular. You have quite a talent!

Carver said...

Interesting post and you got some great shots. Looks like a great place to visit.

the donG said...

shaikens, sure. i'll check the road trip story links. thanks.

thanks Sandy and Carver.

Ely said...

Thanks for sharing the photos. My friends and I will be there on the 12th.

the donG said...

Ely, that's good. my tip for you is to really spend time reading the information displayed for each species. food is not allowed inside the park and there is no re-entry. once you live the exit that leads to the second level (where the restaurant is located), you are not allowed to re-enter the park. when we were there we spent three hours inside the park so eat a lot before you enter the park.

dodong flores said...

So, this is how it looks like inside the park. I visited Manila Ocean Park but with the long queue at the ticket booth, I opt to stay outside and take photos instead using my phonecam.
I'll love to visit this place once everything will be completed and ticket price be lowered down.

By the way, I enjoyed reading your odd things and online interviews. I'll also try to read you special articles. I hope you don't mind if I add you to my blogroll...

the donG said...

sure dong. that would be great. adding you in my link soon once i'll feature your blog on the bloggurs link.

you should have visited the park on a weekday before it opens (it opens 10:00am going there by 9:50am will do)coz when we went there, it was on a Wednesday and we were the only ones on the ticket booth.

Ely said...

food is not allowed? Thanks for the tip! mahaba pa rin ba pila? We'll be there 1pm this Saturday then off to Laguna after that.

dodong flores said...

Thanx, the donG. I already added you to my blogroll...

I don't get to be always online so I couldn't visit my "link friends" regularly. But I'll always check your site when I'm online.

Have a pleasant day and keep on blogging!

the donG said...

ely, yes food and re-entry is not allowed. when we went there it was on a Wednesday and we decided to go there by 10:00am to avoid the crowd and truly we were able to buy our tickets without the people.

so i suggest that you go there by 10:00am. take a heavy breakfast. after an hour, many people were already coming in. so i think 1:00pm will be crowded since it is the time after lunch.

dodong, thanks. no problem.

honey said...

when i'd be coming back to visit manila, i'd try to give it a glimpse there..
thanks for posting that, dong..

-honey-

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