part III of my Holy Week series
The Ocean Adventure Theme Park, South East Asia’s only open water marine park is probably one of the most sought after destinations for families especially the kids (and the kids at heart) who wanted to make their vacation worth while and ‘sulit’. For someone who is very fascinated with the sea or the marine life, he/she does not need to travel to Hong Kong or Macau to experience these very charismatic creatures because we have it right here in our country and its just a few hours away by land from Manila – its in Subic!
Since my family is already here in Luzon to spend the Holy Week with me, i thought i might as well spend a day to tour them to a couple of tourist sites around the area. Since Subic is just about 1 to 2 hrs away, i thought of bringing them there because for one my uncle is based there and for two, my mom is a first timer in the place. i have thought this will be an adventure for my family.
One thing though, since a lot of environmentalists have second thoughts on theme parks like this because of the danger it pose to the animals and how this intervene to the ecological balance in the area, i must say that Ocean Adventure actually has another much more significant purpose why it exist. Ocean Adventure actually has committed to work hand in Hand with the government and a non-profit organization named Wildlife in Need (WIN) to save and care for those animals who are rescued from the wild. they do rehabilitation and shelter these animals and at the same time their facilities become venues for additonal research for us humans to understand and to develop ways and means to preserve and save our ecosystem especially the wildife in our seas. Because of that Ocean Adventure and WIN have become home to rescued animals such as whales, dolphins, sea turtles, monkeys, and a variety of birds and reptiles.
Ocean Adventure Main Attractions:
i was really amazed by the dolphins and the way they performed in front of us in the lagoon. their agility and prowess in jumping in and out of the water and even ‘standing up’ was really spectacular. it was very humbling to note also that the presentation wasn’t just all about action packed stunts from the dolphins and their trainers but also it had a very strong message to conserve these animals and provide a strong appeal for all to help save the environment and these animals.
i hugged this dolphin because she was just so adorable and for a while i thought she was a dog. lol.
Sea Lion Marine Patrol Show
finally saw 3 kinds of sea lions up close and a little personal. they also look and feel like dogs LOL. and also, i saw a stupid volunteer who fell in the water because he was asked to mimic the sea lion.
Walk on the Wild Show
Ocean Park also had animals from the wild like birds, snakes, bats and even dogs. after a loong time i was able to touch a snake skin again.
The Adventures of Olongapo Jones
this was for the kids, all the while i thought were going to get bored but the dolphin mascots and the acrobatic caucasians who tried to speak tagalog were so funny that this show was a total laugh trip. again, we laughed hard but we also learned so much about saving our envirnoment.
It was all worth it! i didnt mind i had to shed a few bucks because i know part of the proceeds will definitely go to the animals and their welfare. i think its my own little way of giving my share in saving our planet.
Theme Park Infos:
PArk Hours : 9am to 6 pm everyday
Admission Prices :
Adult – Php 550
Children 12 years old and below – Php 440
Senior Citizen – Php 440
Sea Lion Photo Encounter
Price: One to Three persons Php 350.00
Dolphin Photo Encounter
Price: Solo Php 500.00
Two persons Php 650.00
Three persons Php 800.00
*Photos will be burned on a CD.
Manila Marketing Office
Phone: (02)706-3344 to 46