Saturday, December 21, 2019

What I did in Cebu: Let me show you a bit of my trip to Cebu!

During our quick stay, we had a wonderful day with the lovely marine and tropical animals at Cebu Ocean Park! This day-tour was enough to feed our hungry selves with such awesomeness all over the place.

What to expect in Cebu Ocean Park? 

This tourist spot in Cebu recently open this September 2019, and is still on soft opening. (Check put their website for their grand opening.) The facilities were almost complete, and according to their staffs, there are already many tourists coming in and out everyday. 

The whole facility is clustered into parts: a jungle trek where you will be able to see beautiful birds flying around and some tropical marine animals inside huge aquariums; jaw-dropping exhibits of most rare species of animals such as amphibians, reptiles, arachnids, etc.; different aquariums sizes filed with beautiful small to medium-sized marine creatures; a tunnel where you can see small to medium-sized sharks, sting rays and a lot more (which mostly I can no longer identify).

Tunnel Aquarium at Cebu Ocean Park
After witnessing the gorgeous day, our indoor tour at Cebu Ocean Park was wrapped-up by an interesting bird show. Beautiful parrots in different species were proudly showcased with their skills in doing smart tricks. One shocking trick done was a “money-smart trick” where Mr. Bird needed a new friend to participate during its trick. Since I am and I was obviously having fun, I participated and met the bird face-to-face. I was asked to bring a five hundred peso bill as props.  And wow! The parrot was smart enough to get the money out from my hand and it drop the yellow bill to a donation box! I was shocked! I thought it was just a game! 😂 

I was already making my self accept that my money is gone and will be donated to Cebu Ocean Park’s unique programs in support of nature and wildlife preservations. (But I was glad, because it was really just a joke! They returned the money. I got it and kept it, coz I have not brought enough cash for the day.) It was crazy! 🙃

It was a cheerful day with the adorable animals. And yes, I would definitely encourage everyone to drop by Cebu Ocean Park, located behind SM Seaside Cebu and have a look! The feeling you’ll get is calming and will surely warm your heart. Cebu Ocean Park is a great place for family bondings, couples dating, school-trips and even just for a quick escape from your city life’s hustle and bustles. 

Entrance Fee as of November 2019 is Php 600/head for locals; and Php 800/head for our foreign friends. (Check Cebu Ocean Park website for updates: https://www.cebuoceanpark.com/ )

Location 

The Cebu Ocean Park is located beside the San Pedro Calungsod Chapel, at the back of SM Seaside City Cebu in South Road Properties (SRP) in Cebu City.








How to get there?

Easiest way to go there is by taking a taxi or a grab car so you will arrive in a good mood and fresh. It will cost you approximately Php 120 - Php 200. Another option is by taking a SM service bus from Cebu City proper to SM Seaside City Cebu. 

Remember that hiring a private car or taxi saves up time and energy, while commuting by bus or jeepney is honestly exhausting and unenjoyable, because you will need to wait and compete with other mall goers and locals on their way home living in the area, plus traffic jams. 

This article is written with gladness and not sponsored by Cebu Ocean Park. This article aims to serve whatever purpose it may serve. Thank you for reading and if you think this is helpful, please help us share.

Thank you and see you on our next getaway! 

G 💕