Moana Feels at Manila Ocean Park!

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I have this phobia for the deep blue sea. It’s commonly known as thalassophobia.

What lies below the deep blue frightens me but the curiosity has always been present. Discovery is indeed a remarkable thing. Despite my many fears, as much as possible I want to learn a lot of things in life. Sea creatures, for one.

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Manila Ocean Park is the country’s first world-class marine theme park and a premiere educational facility. An integrated urban resort with marine life attractions and aqua-themed hotel, the park is geared towards an all-year, all-weather destination for locals and tourists.

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The view outside Manila Ocean Park.

It houses a variety of animals, some you can even interact with! They not only have fishes, there are penguins, birds, reptiles, and many more. I visited MOP (Manila Ocean Park) weeks ago and it was an unforgettable experience. Not to mention I only witnessed less than a half of what MOP has to offer.

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Indo-Pacific Tarpon
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Arapaima

MOP provided an excuse for my fear. I was able to witness and learn what I could not dare explore in the deep blue. I swear, I marveled at every tank I pass by. The whole time I was in the park “How Far I’ll Go” was the only thing that kept playing in my head.

I took a lot of pictures and I posted it all because I wanted you guys to get a closer look. Scroll down to see the gallery!

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Red-bellied Pacu. They looked like Piranhas at first glance.

Can you find Dory?

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Yellow Angel Fish, Clown Tang, Sailfin Tang, Moon Wrase, Blue Tang
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These dreamy coral reefs gave me mermaid feels. Look at those tones!
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Seahorses

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Star and Stripe Puffer Fish
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Manila Puffer/Narroline Puffer Fish
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Played with this persistent bud for almost a minute. Here’s a Blue-spotted Puffer Fish.
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Garden Eel and Razor Fish
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A classy tank for starfishes! Chocolate Chip Starfish and Tiger Cowrie
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Pajama Cardinal Fish
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These are Whitetip Reef Sharks. Also known as nurse sharks, they say they don’t bite.
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The Oceanarium Tunnel

The Oceanarium is a stunning walk-through containing 1,900 cubic meters of seawater creatures of about 270 species, all indigenous to the Philippines and Southeast Asia. It’s one of MOP’s main attractions. The walkway surrounds you of sharks, stingrays, and other creatures.

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The Jellies Exhibit was one of my favorite. Jelly fishes are also known as the “dancing sea fairies”. I never saw a jelly fish up close. The ones I saw in MOP, they were of different sizes and colors. The exhibit had colorful cylinder tanks each with dancing jellies.

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Humboldt Penguins

Trails to Antarctica is the first penguin park facility in the country. It also has a walk through exhibit where you can learn more about the frozen continent.

There’s still a few left for me to explore in Manila Ocean Park. I was short in time back then. But I’m still grateful for the experience! It made my Manila getaway more awesome. Most of all, it made me feel like a kid again. Thank you Manila Ocean Park. I’m sure to come back for more MOP moments!

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1. You will need one whole day if you want to get most out of Manila Ocean Park.

2. I suggest go for a few of the grandest packages. They may be quite expensive but hey, the more experience the better.

2. For more information on their attractions and encounters, visit here.

3. For more information on their tickets, packages and promos, visit here.

Laus Deo!

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