Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea


The Manila Ocean Park, which is located behind the Quirino Granstand in Luneta, Manila, was officially opened last 01 March 2008. Since then, visiting the underwater creatures at the oceanarium has been visible on my bucket list. However, it was only by 16 December 2010 that these maundering feet landed there. A big thanks to our big boss who sponsored our trip to Manila Ocean Park!

Being with the sea animals was therapeutic and entertaining. The oceanarium gave me a great visual pleasure not only because it’s my first time but because sea animals are just simply natural, amazing entertainers. The opportunity of being with them this close is something really special for me. I felt like I was really transported to the bottom of the sea.

For more information (how to get to the place, reservations, promos, packages, etc.), please click this website: www.manilaoceanpark.com.

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202 Comments Add yours

  1. etomczyk says:

    Sony – your photos and blog did what you partially intended, I think: made me want to visit the Philippines. I’ve been to many places but never to your country. I should be ashamed because I actually have several Filipino friends. I’ll have to tell them about your blog. I love to travel and write about it from a humorous point of view (wild native creatures and me always end up in Bridget Jones-like situations). I can’t imagine the trouble I’d get into in the Philippines, but I’m willing to give it a try. Congrats on being Fresh Pressed!

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    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      You really touched me with your comment, etomczyk. I am fervently hoping that you will visit the Philippines soon and for the blog post that you will make out of it – in a HUMOROUS point of view.

      Send my regards to your Filipino friends, and THANK YOU so much!

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  2. Vinod says:

    It’s very lively!!!

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    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      I am glad you found it that way. Thank you!

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  3. Matt says:

    Wonderful pics! Congrats on getting ‘pressed’!

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    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      The word wonderful there made my ears elated. THANK YOU!

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  4. Lele says:

    Wow Nice 😀 Love it.

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    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      Thank you so much, Lele!

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  5. Beautiful! I find watching fish very soothing and calming… mesmerizing.

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    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      We share the same thoughts, IMYAM! I was somehow comforted by your comment. Thanks a lot!

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  6. natbeau123 says:

    Good job…thanks for sharing! Any time I see unique pictures of creatures…have to stop and look! Never expected such a great site…May God be with you in all that you do, according to HIS will!

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    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      You are welcome, Nat. Thanks for dropping by my site and for showing, through your comment, so much concern for me! I appreciate that.

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  7. leadinglight says:

    Sounds like a wonderful aquarium adventure. Creatures of the sea are just so different from the types of species that live on land.

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    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      I completely agree, leadinglight! And there’s something from those creatures that’s really magnetizing … 🙂 Thank you!

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  8. aarohibirds says:

    Animals are always beautiful …

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    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      I definitely agree with you!

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  9. umesh says:

    Awesome place!!! I just want to explore it …

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    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      It is, UmesH, moreso if you’re gonna go to see it. 🙂

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  10. Lele says:

    How Nice Photos.

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  11. weddinggiftstips says:

    Hi! I should definitely visit the aquarium when I am in Manila next time. I am so happy we have such a great site to visit.

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    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      So do I, pal. Thank you!

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  12. These are really great photos and I’m not sure if I commented on your blog a while ago but just in case I didn’t, I’ll point it out again. 😉

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    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      A huge THANKS for you!

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    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      Thank you for saying that! I appreciate it.

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  13. myfilthyroom says:

    Look who just made it on freshly pressed. 😀

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    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      Yeah, and I’m undoubtedly on cloud nine!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      Thank you, the tale of my heart!

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  14. wow it looks such a nice place to visit, i will definetly make plan to visit there.

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    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      Thank you then! It’s a nice place I assure you, SH.

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  15. sayeed says:

    Awesome post. Nice life of the underwater there.

    Information for successful freelancer.

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  16. Red Toenails says:

    I don’t know what it is about aquariums, they are so tranquil and relaxing. I want to visit the one we have in Atlanta. Thanks.

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    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      Maybe because of the tranquil environs you may find down there. You’re welcome and thank you, RT!

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    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      Thanks a lot! I appreciate that.

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  17. backpackgal says:

    What wonderful shots! Thanks for sharing. Actually, I live about an hour away from Manila Ocean Park but .. I’m ashamed to say, I haven’t been there. I’ll try to visit one of these days. Marine creatures are truly amazing. I came face to face with a “Nemo” once & it took my breath away. If you can, please check it out in one of my posts (Coral Superstar). Write on!

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    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      Sure, gal! Hehe … Thank you very much for the comment!

      p.s.

      I visited your gravatar and your blog’s address is nowhere to be found. I hope you’ll attend to this asap so I can comply.

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  18. Hanna Maze says:

    I love this! I just recently went to our local aquarium for the first time and took some wonderful pictures, but yours are really quite beautiful! Thank you for sharing!!!!

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    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      You are so welcome, Hanna. Thank you more!

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  19. sintarahayu says:

    Awesome pictures!!! So beautiful place …
    Nemo!!! 🙂

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    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      I appreciate that, sintarahayu. Thank you very much!

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  20. Henry says:

    Beautiful, look great!

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    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      It’s really beautiful down there. Thank you, Henry!

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  21. Mai Mergili from PENCIL PILLOW says:

    I’ve also been at something like this before, but in Germany and in Bangkok.

    Nice entry 🙂

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    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      Thank you very much for the comment, Mai Mergilli!

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  22. puddinggirl says:

    I actually love this post. I just recently been to Ocean Park(my third time actually) last Aug29 with my family.Me and my husband always love being in the tunnel. Lucky for us that time that the divers were feeding the big fishes. When we get to the Dancing Jellies I just sit there in the dark room and realizing that the dancing jellies are very soothing to watch. The way they change colors with the colored lights at the bottom of the cylinder aquarium and the reflections they made on those mirrors were so pretty and amazing. If my kids weren’t getting hungry during that time and were bugging me already for lunch, I could just sit there for hours and unwind. Im from Davao, so going to visit the jellies won;t be that easy.

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    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      Wow! Reading your comment or, should I say story, made me feel equally relaxed as you whenever you are there watching the jellies. It’s so detailed and I was like seeing jellies on our office’s ceiling now. Thank you for sharing it with me, for the like, and for taking time to comment on this post!

      p.s.

      Send my regards to your family.

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  23. gaycarboys says:

    You have a good eye because the great shots make me feel like I am right there with you. The fish are amazing

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    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      Thank you for coming back, GCB. Your comment just lifted my spirit again. Hehe … Keep safe.

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  24. puddinggirl says:

    You’re welcome. Reading is my passion and writing is an outlet. Being a blogger yourself,I know you feel the same way aside from those wandering feet of yours.Your posts are very nice to read.Keep it coming!

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    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      Thank you for making my day brighter, PG! I owe all the things I am now receiving for this blog because of your support. That also goes out to the multitude of bloggers who took time to put or click something on this very post.

      Best esteem.

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  25. Congratulations my friend. Thanks for bringing a fresh and exciting ocean adventure to life. Those photos shows why a lot of us thinks the ocean is a magical place to be. The tropical, coral fishes are colorful and vivid. The son would have love to see those sharks which he finds fascinating. When I go back to Manila, I will definitely check this one out. Really cool!

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    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      You will sure enjoy the colorful oceanarium, my friend. More so, when you actually see those creatures showing off their “magic”. It will definitely captivate you and your camera. I can’t wait to see the story posted on your site.

      Until then …

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  26. trialsinfood says:

    Great photos! Looks like a fun outing!

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    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      It really was, trialsinfood. Thanks for dropping by!

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  27. rakhikankane says:

    Fantastic pictures …

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    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      Thanks for that, Rakhi!

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  28. Primetime Editorials says:

    Continue releasing more beautiful posts.

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  29. emilie lazo says:

    Mahusay!!!! Keep it up!

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    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      Thanks for the kind words, Emie!

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  30. nelson RN says:

    I visited the Manila Ocean Park last year when it newly opened, and I would say… the place is fantastic! A must-see especially for the kids. I love your photos!

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    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      Salamat, Nelson! I am proud that our country has this oceanarium. It can really attract tourists that easy because it’s truly world class. Kudos to the people behind maintaining its operation.

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  31. pinoyleonardo says:

    This is cool! On freshly pressed — this is hot! Congratulations!

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    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      The fact that I am a silent fan of yours triples the elation I feel. Thanks, Leonardo!

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  32. This blog is worthy to be Freshly Pressed. Congrats and keep on blogging! 😉

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    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      Maraming maraming salamat, Adrian! What you wrote there brought me great joy.

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  33. rommel says:

    Congratulations in representing the PHilippines. Your blog is a pleasure for us filipino bloggers.

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    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      And comments like yours are also bringing pleasure to me.

      Thank you very much, Rommel!

      IT’S MORE FUN IN THE PHILIPPINES!!!

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  34. Kelvin Fugaban says:

    So eto yun, bro. Ang ganda nga pala talaga ng mga shots mo. I’m proud of you! Congratulations!!!

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    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      Seeing you here is a miracle; nonetheless, I am thankful. Mabbalo!

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  35. Filipino Festival says:

    Reblogged this on FilipinoFestival.com.

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  36. andy1076 says:

    wow! what’s another word for awe inspiring? 🙂

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  37. Sony Fugaban says:

    I mean to be literal so I am giving an answer to that question. 😉 It’s magnificent. Of course, you know that. I like how how you gave a twist to that comment. It’s far better than simply saying magnificent. Thank you very much, Andy!

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    1. andy1076 says:

      You’re most welcome! keep up the great posts! 🙂

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  38. thanks for the pingback! Loved the post 🙂

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    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      Thank you very much for the comment!

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  39. Nil says:

    Fish are really cute.

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  40. Shofar says:

    If I ever visit the Philippines again, I sure would like to see this ocean park and other beautiful places and many islands with white sand beaches!

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    1. Sony Fugaban says:

      Liz, you should. At present the place is already a far cry from what I saw before. I mean, it is a lot better and beautiful now. The activities and shows have increased and, of course, improved.

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