One of the best family destinations in the Philippines, Manila Ocean Park is as fruitful a journey through the aquatic that one can imagine. A tour through the oceanarium reveals an astounding variety of fish and marine life: over 5,000 kinds in all. The viewing tunnel is the biggest in the region, spanning 82 feet (25 meters), and contains stingrays, colorful seahorses, sharks and loads of attractive reefs. The experience of passing through the tunnel is like walking along the ocean floor.
Another recommended feature at the Ocean Park is its newest attraction: the marine life habitat and sea lion show. Open daily, the show features five new South American Sea Lions - with names like Isabel and Sandra - which are a dazzling addition to the park as they talk and clap their way into visitors' hearts.
For a more interactive experience, you can make an appointment at the fish spa where you submerge your hands and feet into a pool filled with dozens of little fish that gently nibble away at dead skin. Common in most Southeast Asian countries, this age-old form of skin therapy may tickle, but feels nice after a little while.
Consisting of a sprawling 86,000 square feet (8,000 square meters) of park space, the Ocean Park is located just near Rizal Park. Considered to be a little pricey at the end of the day, each of the exhibits requires paying a fee. For the fish spa, the fee is a mere $3.64 per person, while the oceanarium costs $9.70 per adult and $8.50 per child. These attractions are open daily and sometimes on the holidays, making for a convenient day out.