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If you’re not a diver but still curious to see different aquatic animals at their best, then perhaps it’s time to pay a visit to the Manila Ocean Park. The Park is an oceanarium located at the Rizal Park behind the Quirino Grandstand. The oceanarium is divided in sections specifically designed to showcase the marine life seldom seen at close range. Perhaps its biggest attraction yet is the “Buhay na Karagatan” (Living Ocean), a walkway tunnel 25 meters long with fishes of varying shapes and sizes swim around you every step of the path.

Agos (Flow) depicts a rainforest with 8 tanks worth of freshwater fishes. An artificial waterfall completes the scene and replicates the natural system of fresh water eventually leading to the ocean.

Bahura (The Reef) is a showcase of artificial corals in as much as 46 tanks, their varied shapes, size and colors pleasing to the eye. Laot (Fishing Ground) contains big fishes and Kalaliman (The Deep) concentrates on marine life found at the deepest recesses of the Philippines. One of this is the Barracuda or also called the “Tiger of the Sea” because of its rather terrifying smile. Pagi (Sting Ray) features an Overhang Tank wherein you can watch sting rays swimming above you like giant UFO’s hovering in the wind while Pating (Shark) features some species of the ocean’s predator.

The oceanarium also houses at least 25 restaurants where you can eat and enjoy the day while exploring the wonders of water without ever getting wet. Of course, if you do plan to get wet anyway, there is an Open Water Marine Habitat or an outdoor swimming pool. It comes with diving and snorkeling services that allows you to explore the water without the need to travel to different islands.

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