Manila Ocean Park
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The Manila Ocean Park is an oceanarium
Oceanarium
An oceanarium can be either a marine mammal park, such as Marineland of Florida, or a large-scale aquarium, such as the Lisbon Oceanarium, presenting an ocean habitat with marine animals, especially large ocean dwellers such as sharks.- Marine mammal parks :...

 in Manila
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Manila is the capital of the Philippines. It is one of the sixteen cities forming Metro Manila.Manila is located on the eastern shores of Manila Bay and is bordered by Navotas and Caloocan to the north, Quezon City to the northeast, San Juan and Mandaluyong to the east, Makati on the southeast,...

, Philippines
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. It is owned by China Oceanis Philippines Inc., a subsidiary of China Oceanis Inc., a Singapore
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an-registered firm that has operated four oceanariums in China
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. It is located behind the Quirino Grandstand at Rizal Park
Rizal Park
Rizal Park, also known as Luneta Park or colloquially Luneta, is a historical urban park located in the heart of the city of Manila, Philippines, adjacent to the old walled city of Manila, now Intramuros. Since the Spanish Colonial Era, the park has been a favorite spot for unwinding, socializing,...

. It opened on March 1, 2008. In terms of floor space, the 8000 square metres (86,111.3 sq ft) oceanarium is larger than the Sentosa
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Sentosa, which translates to peace and tranquility in Malay , is a popular island resort in Singapore, visited by some five million people a year...

 Underwater World
Underwater World, Singapore
Underwater World , also known as Underwater World Singapore Pte Ltd, is an oceanarium located on the offshore Singaporean island of Sentosa. Opened in 1991, it has more than 2,500 marine animals of 250 species from different regions of the world. The oceanarium is mostly underground and it is owned...

 oceanarium in Singapore
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, and features a 25 metres (82 ft) underwater acrylic tunnel.
Although the park is open, there was a construction and development.

First Phase – Oceanarium had its soft opening date on March 1, 2008.

Second Phase – includes the marine-themed mall and the hotel, theme park, outdoor pools, restaurants which opened in mid to late 2008.
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The Manila Ocean Park is an oceanarium
Oceanarium
An oceanarium can be either a marine mammal park, such as Marineland of Florida, or a large-scale aquarium, such as the Lisbon Oceanarium, presenting an ocean habitat with marine animals, especially large ocean dwellers such as sharks.- Marine mammal parks :...

 in Manila
Manila
Manila is the capital of the Philippines. It is one of the sixteen cities forming Metro Manila.Manila is located on the eastern shores of Manila Bay and is bordered by Navotas and Caloocan to the north, Quezon City to the northeast, San Juan and Mandaluyong to the east, Makati on the southeast,...

, Philippines
Philippines
The Philippines , officially known as the Republic of the Philippines , is a country in Southeast Asia in the western Pacific Ocean. To its north across the Luzon Strait lies Taiwan. West across the South China Sea sits Vietnam...

. It is owned by China Oceanis Philippines Inc., a subsidiary of China Oceanis Inc., a Singapore
Singapore
Singapore , officially the Republic of Singapore, is a Southeast Asian city-state off the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula, north of the equator. An island country made up of 63 islands, it is separated from Malaysia by the Straits of Johor to its north and from Indonesia's Riau Islands by the...

an-registered firm that has operated four oceanariums in China
China
Chinese civilization may refer to:* China for more general discussion of the country.* Chinese culture* Greater China, the transnational community of ethnic Chinese.* History of China* Sinosphere, the area historically affected by Chinese culture...

. It is located behind the Quirino Grandstand at Rizal Park
Rizal Park
Rizal Park, also known as Luneta Park or colloquially Luneta, is a historical urban park located in the heart of the city of Manila, Philippines, adjacent to the old walled city of Manila, now Intramuros. Since the Spanish Colonial Era, the park has been a favorite spot for unwinding, socializing,...

. It opened on March 1, 2008. In terms of floor space, the 8000 square metres (86,111.3 sq ft) oceanarium is larger than the Sentosa
Sentosa
Sentosa, which translates to peace and tranquility in Malay , is a popular island resort in Singapore, visited by some five million people a year...

 Underwater World
Underwater World, Singapore
Underwater World , also known as Underwater World Singapore Pte Ltd, is an oceanarium located on the offshore Singaporean island of Sentosa. Opened in 1991, it has more than 2,500 marine animals of 250 species from different regions of the world. The oceanarium is mostly underground and it is owned...

 oceanarium in Singapore
Singapore
Singapore , officially the Republic of Singapore, is a Southeast Asian city-state off the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula, north of the equator. An island country made up of 63 islands, it is separated from Malaysia by the Straits of Johor to its north and from Indonesia's Riau Islands by the...

, and features a 25 metres (82 ft) underwater acrylic tunnel.

Construction Phases

Although the park is open, there was a construction and development.

First Phase – Oceanarium had its soft opening date on March 1, 2008.

Second Phase – includes the marine-themed mall and the hotel, theme park, outdoor pools, restaurants which opened in mid to late 2008. The four-star Hotel H20 Manila opened its doors in 2009.

Third Phase – the open marine habitats which were opened in the second quarter of 2009.

General Sections of the Manila Ocean Park

Oceanarium:

Sections of MOP Oceanarium
  1. Agos (Flow) – a rainforest motif complete with 8 tanks of freshwater fishes.
  2. Bahura (The Reef) – exhibition of artificial corals in 48 tanks.
  3. Laot (Fishing Ground) – features big fish and Eagle-spotted rays in a long tank.
  4. Buhay na Karagatan (Living Ocean) – the main attraction of the oceanarium is a 25-metre long walkway tunnel with 220-degree curved acrylic walls similarly seen in Ocean Park Hong Kong
    Ocean Park Hong Kong
    Ocean Park Hong Kong , commonly known as Ocean Park, is a marine mammal park, oceanarium, animal theme park and amusement park, situated in Wong Chuk Hang and Nam Long Shan in the Southern District of Hong Kong. Founded in 1977 by the then Governor of Hong Kong Sir Murray MacLehose, Ocean Park has...

    , Underwater World
    Underwater World, Singapore
    Underwater World , also known as Underwater World Singapore Pte Ltd, is an oceanarium located on the offshore Singaporean island of Sentosa. Opened in 1991, it has more than 2,500 marine animals of 250 species from different regions of the world. The oceanarium is mostly underground and it is owned...

     in Singapore
    Singapore
    Singapore , officially the Republic of Singapore, is a Southeast Asian city-state off the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula, north of the equator. An island country made up of 63 islands, it is separated from Malaysia by the Straits of Johor to its north and from Indonesia's Riau Islands by the...

    , Siam Ocean World
    Siam Ocean World
    Siam Ocean World Bangkok is the largest aquarium in South East Asia. It covers approximately 10,000 square meters of space with hundreds of different species on display, and also contains water volume nearly 5 million litres....

     in Bangkok
    Bangkok
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    , Thailand
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     and Aquaria KLCC
    Aquaria KLCC
    The Aquaria KLCC is an underwater park located beneath Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre within Kuala Lumpur City Centre development precinct.-Features:...

     in Kuala Lumpur
    Kuala Lumpur
    Kuala Lumpur is the capital and the second largest city in Malaysia by population. The city proper, making up an area of , has a population of 1.4 million as of 2010. Greater Kuala Lumpur, also known as the Klang Valley, is an urban agglomeration of 7.2 million...

    , Malaysia. The difference between MOP's is a 220-degree curved tunnel as compared to the standard 180-degree curved tunnels seen in other Asian countries.
  5. Kalaliman ( The Deep ) - showcases marine animals found in the deepest parts of the Philippine's waters
  6. Pagi (Sting Ray)– variety of rays fly over while you're under this unique Overhang Tank.
  7. Pating (Shark) – features several species of shark.


Acquatica Musical Fountain:

Philippines's first and tallest musical fountain as tall as 120 feet high and the largest water and laser show consisting of over 1,600 water nozzles; water, music, lights & special effects; backed by live performance.

Marine Life Habitat:

Sea lions performance opened in September 2010.

Concourse Plaza:

The Concourse Plaza houses events like concerts, performances and product launches for the whole year.

Marine-Themed Mall:

The first marine-themed mall in the Philippines which houses 25 restaurants. The mall also features 30 unique stores.

Open Water Marine Habitat:

The Open Water Marine Habitat is an outdoor swimming pool with diving facilities where visitors go snorkeling or diving.

History

The Manila Ocean Park is owned by China Oceanis Philippines Inc., a subsidiary of China Oceanis Group Ltd (COG). It specializes in the investment, building, and operation of public aquariums and oceanariums. The Group owns and operates two Underwater World facilities in China
People's Republic of China
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, in the cities of Chongqing
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 and Qinghuangdao.

Past projects:
  • Nanjing Underwater World – Nanjing
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    , China
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  • Tai Ping Yang Underwater World – Beijing
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    , China
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  • Xinao Underwater World – Qinghuangdao, China
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  • Chong Qing XinAo Underwater World – Chongqing
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    Chongqing is a major city in Southwest China and one of the five national central cities of China. Administratively, it is one of the PRC's four direct-controlled municipalities , and the only such municipality in inland China.The municipality was created on 14 March 1997, succeeding the...

    , China
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  • Sahara Star Hotel – Mumbai
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    , India
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