Couplerific goes to Manila Ocean Park (Part 1)

Holla everyone! I know by this time you have started searching, planning or booking your trips for summer season. Pretty sure everyone is excited for their most awaited vacation! Tell me who is not? (Killjoy)

This January we just celebrated our Nth anniversary as bf-gf at the Manila Ocean Park. We spent at least 9 hours gallivanting around this amazing park. The package we availed includes 10 attractions for only Php 799 through an online deal. Yey! Happy anniversary to us! #Couplerific

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Days before our visit I made our itinerary because I know we could enjoy just one attraction so much. I don’t want us to end up not able to see all 10. I suggest you do the same (make your itinerary) so you can track if you are running out or still have more time to spend in one attraction. That way it would be easier for you to make adjustments when needed. First rule when travelling – Plan Ahead.

First on our list was the Oceanarium and Jellies Exhibit. By the way, it was Alger’s first time to enter this park while it’s my third. So I am excited for him.

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Even so, I was still astounded to see those beautiful underwater creatures up close. Although I can sense their sadness because for all we know they really don’t belong inside those tanks.

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This is nautilus (not the character from the League of Legends online game), I am talking about the mollusk living in deep water. Considered by many to be a living fossil, a distant cousin to squids, octopus, and cuttlefish; it can use jet propulsion to attain speed of over two knots. Is that fast enough for species underwater?

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There are fish that have honorable names too! Like this yellow-striped cardinalfish. I wonder if they have archbishop too. (JK)

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Hand salute to Sergeant Major! They have five black bars resembling the insignia of a Sergeant Major in the military services. According to written facts male sergeant majors guard the eggs during the four days incubation period prior to hatching.

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Seahorses are considered fish guys. Not a swimming horse. HEHE They are said to be monogamous (which is rare to humans nowadays, Ooops! I meant to say unlike other fish) and they mate for life.

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And these two are my favorite. When I held my camera they both swam near me and posed. Lionfish is venomous and its sting is extremely painful to humans, but rarely fatal. Ouch!

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In my observation, Oceanarium stayed the same since my first and second visit aside for this “magic tank” where you can insert your hand and let the doctor fish suck & nibble your skin.

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In case you want to know how it feels. It doesn’t hurt, its ticklish. His big smile is my proof to that.

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Be enchanted by these dancing fairies inside the jellies exhibit. We learned that jellyfish do not have brains, heart and blood so it’s amazing that they have existed here on Earth for million years.

[Note to future visitors: Please do not use camera flash when taking photos of these lovely creatures it is the least you can do for them. They are unfortunate enough to be put inside tanks for human pleasure so let’s take good care of them.]

Next attraction was the Trails to Antarctica and Snow village. This is new to me, we were both excited to see penguins-for real, the Humboldt penguins! These flightless birds are just so adorable.

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For your #ootd I suggest you wear a crop top inside the Snow Village. It’s definitely the most brilliant idea! LOLs! Nahh, I am  just being sarcastic.

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It was so cold but we enjoyed the weather inside so much.

We watched all the animal shows too. The Penguin Talk Show (This is virtual. Penguins do not speak human language.), Amazing Bird Show, and Sea Lion Show.  We had so much fun watching the smart animals perform.MOP16

We had the chance to touch the sting rays,

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and the sharks too!

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The truth is, we did not though I wanted to.

Then, we went inside the sanctuary of one of the most mighty birds in the country, the Brahminy Kites (Lawin)!

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After we indulged ourselves with alluring animals we visited Yexel’s Museum too. Will talk about it on my next post. 🙂

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We ended MOP adventure watching the magical symphony evening show. Manila Ocean Park is indeed a great place for everyone, may it be an educational trip for kids, a recreational place for family and peers, or a dating place for couples like us.

It was our best date ever, yet.

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When I almost thought a good day was over he gave me a bouquet of flowers! (Syempre kilig much si girl. HAHA)

Chia

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11 thoughts on “Couplerific goes to Manila Ocean Park (Part 1)

  1. Sea creatures have something that makes me feel peaceful. Just by watching them swim or make a slight movement, or when they rest…

    That’s a unique, romantic date by the way. I only know a few couples who would consider an oceanarium a romantic place. But for travelers, in general, i believe we definitely find it special. Romantic at that!

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    • Thanks Sony. Couples who wouldn’t find ocean parks romantic are just too OLD to have fun. Haha Just kidding.

      I felt the same. Sea creatures and birds are so free. They live a simple life. Too simple to the point it’s envious.

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  2. Sea creatures have something that make me feel peaceful. Just by watching them swim or make a slight movement, or when they rest…

    That’s a unique, romantic date by the way. I only know a few couples who would consider an oceanarium a romantic place. But for travelers, in general, i believe we definitely find it special. Romantic at that!

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  3. Thank you for siting that link! I would really like to try going to this place. It’s my son’s birthday and I think, he would really love it!

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