A surging megacity full of honking jeepneys, brightly colored tricycles, and an all-around crazy energy, the Philippine Manila is a sensory overload that visitors either love or hate. Here’s how to ensure you love it, even if you have one day.
Manila Ocean Park
Rizal Park, Manila, Philippines
Manila Ocean Park is divided into multiple sections and offers both attractions and experiences. Don’t miss the 82-foot-long (25-meter-long) viewing tunnel containing sharks, stingrays, eels, and a large variety of fish. Other highlights include the multimedia jellyfish exhibit and the sea lion show. The park also offers a chance to get up close and personal with their underwater residents, from dry encounters with sea stars, rays, and sharks to partially or even fully submerged encounters, where guests wear special diving helmets with pumped-in air. Or try the fish spa, where tiny fish nibble dead skin off your feet or hands.
Each attraction or experience charges a fee, and depending on what catches your interest, you can purchase tickets for individual attractions or experiences or choose passes that bundle multiple attractions and experiences. Bundles can sell out, so purchase them earlier in the day, or ahead of time.
Things to Know Before You Go
Manila Ocean Park is a must for families with children and animal lovers.
Flash photography is not allowed in the oceanarium.
Outside food and drink is not permitted inside the park.
There is no re-entry to attractions or experiences.
How to Get There
Manila Ocean Park is located behind the Quirino Grandstand in Rizal Park. It’s easiest to take a taxi or jeepney there. To get there by public transit, take the LRT to United Nations Avenue or the bus to Swagman.
When to Get There
Manila Ocean Park is very popular, especially on weekends and public holidays. Visit during the week for fewer crowds. Stay for Symphony, the daily multimedia light and water show at 6:30pm.
Shows and Experiences at Manila Ocean Park
A number of the entertainment options here are shows, such as the Sea Lion Show or the All Star Bird Show, and experiences, such as the Mermaid Swim Experience or the Aquanaut Voyage, on set schedules. Check the schedule before you start your day to best plan your route and avoid disappointment.
- Intramuros Walled City
- San Agustin Church and Museum
- Fort Santiago
- Casa Manila
- National Museum of the Philippines
- Rizal Park and Shrine
- Binondo (Chinatown)
- Cultural Center of the Philippines
- Roxas Boulevard
- Chinese Cemetery
- Ayala Museum
- Manila American Cemetery
- Art in Island Interactive Museum
- Blanco Family Museum