“All my bags are packed, I’m ready to go.” Going on a vacation is always a good idea. We are lucky to live in a country rich in marine life and underwater resources.
Here at SHY Philippines, we are going to take you to the Philippines’ newest, largest and deepest oceanarium located in the magnificent island of Visayas, south of Metro Manila – Cebu Ocean Park!
The first marine theme park in the islands of Visayas and Mindanao has finally opened its doors last August 24 at the bustling SM Seaside City. Occupying 1.5 hectares in the heart of the city, it boasts of a larger and deeper water volume compared to Manila Ocean Park and could accommodate 3,000 people at a given time. In fact, its main oceanarium is more than thrice the size of the Manila Ocean Park and it even has a 7.2-meter deep viewing tunnel with a 360-degree view at its “Deep Tank Lagoon” where you can watch a mermaid show live. It houses more than 200 species of animals including marine creatures, insects, birds, and reptiles.
Its world class facilities include educational displays and encounters, an amphitheater, a food hall, and spacious function halls. The park will showcase multi-animal shows such as “Seatrek”, “Glass Bottom Ride”, “Stingray Interaction”, “Mermaid Swim Encounter”, “Bird feeding”, “Fish spa”, and even a “Crocodile cage”!
For the adventure seekers, you can explore a man-made jungle of freshwater species and river giants at the “Jungle Trek”, an interactive encounter where you could also feed birds and learn more about freshwater marine biology. Another exhibit called “Creepy Critters” showcases various exotic insects and reptiles.
This new tourist attraction in the Philippines is located beside the San Pedro Calungsod Chapel and is open from 10 in the morning to 8 at night every day. Tickets cost P600 on weekdays and P800 on weekends for both adults and children. Kids below 2 ft. can enter free of charge.
Cebu Ocean Park is part of Metro Cebu’s efforts to mark its name as one of the top destinations for travelers across the globe, together with other modern innovations such as the newly-constructed Mactan Cebu International Airport, Malacañang sa Sugbo Museum, and Cebu Safari and Adventure Park.