manila ocean park entry fee too expensive...

manila ocean park - one of the best in manila
Philippines
April 11, 2009 9:22am CST
last thursday, my hubby and i went to Manila Ocean park, just to unwind and curious if it's really beautiful as what i saw in tv commercials. it's really another exciting experience for us, when you see sharks and stingrays and other different kind of sea creatures up close, WOW!!, my only complain is that the price i think is a little too high for others to afford, the entry fee for adult is Php 400.00 and Php 350 for kids above 2ft. if they could lower it a little then maybe more and more regular-income earner can afford it (not only tourists and the rich or high earners) they can have more customers who will come to visit them, more viewers more income, isn't it? another thing when we go up to the 2nd floor of the building, coz we thought there are other fish exibits there, but none,so we try to return to the first floor to see the big aquaruium again, the guard won't let us, it was like a one way street.. we felt shortchanged for the fee we paid and not really enjoyed what we have paid for. do you think it's fair???
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28 responses
@benhilo (873)
• Tripoli, Libya
12 Apr 09
There are many place like your ocean park that tends to be expensive to go to. What I have done is volunteer at the place I want to go to that way I will be able to go there for free and you get to see thing others do not. As far I have done it at an art museum, a botanical garden and a natural history museum.
• Philippines
12 Apr 09
That's a good idea man!
• Philippines
12 Apr 09
[b][/b]yessss benhilo, three thumbs up for you...:)
@benhilo (873)
• Tripoli, Libya
12 Apr 09
If you insist!
@eichs1 (1934)
• Philippines
11 Apr 09
Thanks for sharing your adventure there and for the tips. I am planning to bring my niece and nephew at Ocean Park this week. With this information, I will make sure that the kids will not run around, or else, we will miss some of the displays. I do agree with you about the entrance. It is a little bit expensive.
• Philippines
12 Apr 09
[b][/b]enjoy it while it lasts...get your money's worth.. happy mylotting!
@eichs1 (1934)
• Philippines
14 Apr 09
Stingray - One of the most spectacular view in the park. They are a site to behold as they hover above the visitors.
WE went there yesterday and my niece and nephew enjoyed it a lot. They were enthralled of the different water creatures they saw. I can also say it's really awesome. I also love that they have allotted booths for learning about the environment and conservation. As for not being allowed to re-enter after exiting to the second floor, they put a sign on the door that no one is allowed to go back upon exiting. I do think though that they need to make the sign bigger and change the glass door or cover it black so the visitors will immediately know that that is the end of the trip. And one thing more, I do think management have to improve the living condition of some of the marine species there specially those in the "Bahura (Reef) Section. Lots are skinny. If they can't feed the fish, as some species can not be kept in an aquarium, then it is best not to have those fish at all.
• Philippines
19 Apr 09
[b][/b]I'm glad you enjoyed the trip. :)
@larish (2196)
• Philippines
13 Apr 09
Honestly, it is much cheaper compare if you go abroad to see big aquarium with live creatures.
• Philippines
13 Apr 09
[b][/b]they want to promote our place, so we don't have to go abroad, and we are participating, we are locals here not tourists, that's what i want to insinuate. anyway thanks for the response, Happy mylotting
@larish (2196)
• Philippines
18 Apr 09
The developer has cost a lot of the money to develop the place. It is just right for them to profit from it :) happy myloting too.
@enciel (371)
• Philippines
18 Apr 09
wow really you went there my family and i are thinking of going there this summer, how is it? is really worth to go there even with that price?? or the views to see there are not that great?
• Philippines
19 Apr 09
[b][/b]the experience is great especially for the children, I'm still planning to go back there and bring my kids to experienced it too...
@jimbelle (485)
• Philippines
15 Apr 09
Yes I agree that the rate is expensive. Perhaps it goes mainly for maintenance. Maintaining the place I believe is quite expensive too. There are still lots of things to improve. Children love to go there. So perhaps as discussed to lower the fee so to entice to see the place.
• Philippines
16 Apr 09
[b][/b]thank you, that is what I want to clarify..
@jlamela (4910)
• Philippines
14 Apr 09
Yes, I agree that it is too expensive and I don't think it is fair considering the financial crisis we are currently facing in. It might be wise if the Ocean park administration will have to make it lower. The entry fee is not a hot shot to everybody considering the budget restrictions of children.
• Philippines
14 Apr 09
[b][/b]If they will lower the price a litle bit, more kids can enjoy this wonderful experience.Even if the child's happiness is priceless, there still money involved.
@amoyube1980 (2233)
• Somalia
12 Apr 09
I think the price is quite fair for maintaining the place. But it would be better and customer won't feel cheated if they would allow visitors to roam all over. It's really unfair not to be allowed back just because you trid to explore the place. Maybe the price would be at par with the experience when they actually accomplish filling the whole place up with the attractions they promised on press release. Plus maybe they should post a wrning sign about that second floor so visitors won't feel cheated. Thanks for posting about this by the way.
• Philippines
12 Apr 09
[b][/b]the experience is really exciting it's just the one-way policy that is not. thanks for responding...happy mylotting
@larish (2196)
• Philippines
12 Apr 09
The entrance fee is quite really high. That's the reason I haven't gone there. The price is too high and some parts of the park isn't open yet. What a scam. They should at least lower the entrance fee for more viewers and come to think of it these kind of parks are for the children. Why go for so much profit in exchange of a child's education? We all know who's to blame for this. Cheers!
• Philippines
13 Apr 09
i agree with you![b][/b]thanx
@versio9 (329)
• Philippines
12 Apr 09
That's what I thought too. The pricing reallly iiis expensive! But the price would've been ok if it weren't for the 'one-way' thing where you can't go back to the first floor. It feels like you've been ripped off. xD
• Philippines
12 Apr 09
[b][/b]yes that's it, the one-way policy i think is unfair, happy mylotting
• Philippines
12 Apr 09
my friend who went there a month ago told me the same thing. the entrance fee is a little pricey but somehow, i understood why it is like that. just like the other post here - it has to do with the maintenance and prolly the food for the fish. "diyan nalang sila bumabawi" - lol. but now that it is summer vacation, i think they will have more visitors. i am glad there's a manila ocean park because it's a good way to boost for another born scenic spots. i hope i can go there someday. i live here in cebu and going to manila is a little pricey. but i hope when i get enough money, i can visit manila ocean park first then go to enchanted kingdom. lol happy summer everyone and happy easter!
• Philippines
12 Apr 09
[b][/b]the fee i can understand, but the one-way policy is i think unfair, we were not able to enjoy it to the maxx....LOL....thanx for the response, Happy mylotting!!
• Philippines
12 Apr 09
Yes, I think its a little bit unfair. It was to late that I knew that its just a one way setting, you cannot go back. But it was very enjoyable and fun. I even have a foot spa with the fishes.
• Philippines
12 Apr 09
[b][/b]yes it's really fun to be there, not everyday you can watched real sharks and stingrays that close... it's the just the one-way policy that sucks!! :(
• Philippines
12 Apr 09
so i guess you all are filipinos.. how di we get the money we earn? because while i was reading the payment schemes offered by myLot, it seems it isnt applicable to Filipinos here in the Philippines..is it right?
• Philippines
12 Apr 09
[b][/b]yes we are..but sometimes even if we don't earn that much, we tried to spend once in a while a litle bit, to relax and unwind..
@pals101 (2018)
• Philippines
12 Apr 09
yeah, 400 for an entrance fee is really expensive considering the crisis we are facing in our country today, with 400 we can already buy a lot from it. For me, visiting Manila Ocean Park would just be a waste of money, i rather save it or buy something that is needed for me and my family to survive.
• Philippines
12 Apr 09
[b][/b]yes, if you have more urgent expenses to attend to, give it a priority...
• Philippines
12 Apr 09
I went there last year with my husband and my kid. Yes, the pay is too high. That is why I have not brought my son there again although he wants to. As for the "one way street", I think it was better that way so there won't be much problem with traffic. Without that policy it would be very difficult to control people. What we did last time was we stayed long enough at the big tanks so we will get our money's worth.
• Philippines
12 Apr 09
[b][/b]good for you, we didn't know that policy before,but if we did, we could have hang-out there more longer, i love to go back there, but not in the near future, i want to bring the kids so they can experienced it too, but i will save first for the entry fee..(wink)..:( thanks!!
• Philippines
12 Apr 09
REally? It was not fair!!! They should have informed the customer regarding that policy. I've noticed that as the park is getting it's plan, the entry is getting higher and higher. You are right. If they could only lower the entry fee more people can afford the fee and more income.
• Philippines
12 Apr 09
[b][/b]except for the big dome aquarium which is very exciting to watched with all those sharks, different fishes and stingrays swimming above and around you, others can be seen also in the zoo...i hope they can get these messages.. Happy mylotting!
@se7enthbird (8330)
• Philippines
12 Apr 09
manila ocean park - ocean park
we went there last january, and i think it was expensive as well. but after seeing the joy on the face of our son i know it was worth it. the fee i am sure are for the maintenance. it is not easy to feed a lot of fishes for sure. i think it is fair enough but i just wish there were more different fishes to see. we are planning to go back next year to see if there was changes after the last time we went there.
• Philippines
12 Apr 09
[b][/b]yes i know what you mean, but if they can lower their prices, more kids can have the joy that your son experienced.. i know that all parents want to bring their kids there, but with that price, i think only few can afford it, and will have second thoughts of bringing their kids there which is saddening..
• Philippines
12 Apr 09
Hey there! Yeah, I agree with lowering the entrance fee. Many people will visit Manila Ocean Park if they do lower the entrance fee. Maybe they should cut a hundred pesos. That would be an enticing price for the public to avail. Have a nice day. Happy posting!!
• Philippines
14 Apr 09
[b][/b]I hope so!! same to you!!!
@agv0419 (3030)
• Philippines
11 Apr 09
I want to go there to see the fishes but the entrance is too expensive. I hope they will cut down the entrance fee because of the crisis so that many people can afford to go there. I agree to you that if they want more visitiors to come they need to lower the entrance fee. If I have enough money I would love to go there but for now I going to envy myself watching it in the TV.
• Philippines
12 Apr 09
[b][/b]i hope too!! thanks for the response.
@paoxav (1383)
• Philippines
11 Apr 09
I think so too, and yet they have plenty of visitors everyday.. The place is very nice and good. But I believe it's not worth 400.00 php just for a visit.. Let them feel the financial crisis once they ran out of visitors. They will for surely cut the prices down..
• Philippines
12 Apr 09
[b][/b]...LOL...hope they won't wait for that to happen before they act.. happy mylotting!
@kingparker (9700)
• United States
5 Jul 10
You got ripped - off of course. It is the same thing here in Atlanta Aquarium. Everything is expensive. One lucky thing is, the kids are free of charge. So, you won't need to worry about the kid.