Unforgettable Mermaid Swimming Experience at Manila Ocean Park

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Unforgettable Mermaid Swimming Experience at Manila Ocean Park

I am speaking for many girls when I say this: a lot of us want to experience becoming a mermaid. With the childhood influences of Disney’s The Little Mermaid, and the more recent mermaid-inspired TV series airing on TV prime time, just dressing up as a mermaid is already half the dream. Learning to glide on water with a tail in place of legs is the other half.

When I was given the opportunity to try out the Mermaid Swimming Classes at Manila Ocean Park, I was extremely happy. I bought a new pair of swimsuits and even had my mom make me a headdress to go with it. I put in so much effort conceptualizing the whole mermaid experience, and I was just super excited!

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Trainer Shane helping me wear my mermaid tail.

The class costs Php 400 for a 45-minute session. They have two sessions daily, one in the morning, and another in the afternoon. Because I arrived at the venue late, I had to take the afternoon class at 3 PM. The sun was high up so I was expecting the heat. Thankfully, the “pond” had covered areas.

The trainers were extremely helpful, so even if you’re not naturally gifted in gliding with a mermaid tail, they’ll be patient with you until you get it. I never did get it til the end of my session, but they assisted me all throughout and never left me alone. The program featured training on basic swimming, how to glide with a fish tail underwater and proper breathing techniques.

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Drunk on saltwater and having way too much fun ♥

The down side is that only participants are allowed inside the mermaid swimming area, so you don’t have anyone else to take photos and document the whole experience other than Manila Ocean Park’s photographers. The good news is that their photographers are really helpful, and they’ll capture every bit of your mermaid swimming experience. They even take underwater shots with their cool camera! And you can buy copies of your photos after the session. I didn’t even post process most of the photos of me in the mermaid swimming area, because they were already very bright and pretty. Every shot was a burst of color, which I love and particularly look for in my photos. Guests will receive a souvenir photo and do a mermaid pose.

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Compared to other mermaid swimming classes in the metro, this is as authentic as it can get. The mermaid tail imported all the way from Germany is like a colorful spandex suit you wear over your legs. There are numerous sizes and colors to choose from, so you can coordinate your mermaid tail with the color of your swimsuit. You also get to swim with sea creatures like small fishes and starfishes. Since mermaids don’t swim in fresh water, the pond was full of sea water. I loved that the pond did not look like a pool, although in essence it is basically like a pool. There are areas with rocks which lends authenticity to the whole experience. There are also areas deeper than others, but the deepest is about 5 – 5 1/2 feet deep.

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♫ I wanna be where the people are~ I wanna see, wanna see them dancing~ ♬ Channeling Ariel

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After the experience, I can say that being a mermaid is hard work! They glide so effortlessly in films and series, but the power that propels the glide comes from the back, so you can just imagine the back pain and delayed onset muscle soreness I’m experiencing as I type this post. It’s good exercise, nevertheless, and I’m pretty sure trying to glide and stay afloat with the heavy mermaid tail burned me a lot of calories!

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Kianna and I made new friends!

If you only have one chance to swim this summer, make sure to choose Manila Ocean Park’s Mermaid Swimming Experience. Kids are also welcome to take part in the classes. Afterwards, you can check out Manila Ocean Park’s various shows like the Bird Show and Sea Lion show, or enter the Oceanarium to complete the marine life encounter. Come to Manila Ocean Park for an experience you won’t forget.

The Mermaid Swim Experience is available for online purchase through Manila Ocean Park’s website and at the park’s ticket counters. Individuals ages 5 years old and above may avail of this activity. Promo period runs from April 11 to May 31, 2014.

Manila Ocean Park
Behind Quirino Grandstand, Luneta Park, 1000 Manila, Philippines
Contact (02) 567-7777 ext 118, 119, and 123
Email: inquiry@manilaoceanpark.com
Like Manila Ocean Park on Facebook and Visit Manila Ocean Park’s website

24 comments to Unforgettable Mermaid Swimming Experience at Manila Ocean Park

  • Paula Alagao  says:

    Lovely experience! I love your tail color! :)

    • dollhana  says:

      Thanks! They have lots of tail colors. If only my hair was red, I would have worn the green tail para Little Mermaid talaga :D

  • Brando  says:

    Gondoh naman.

    • dollhana  says:

      Thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment, Brando! :)

  • Steph  says:

    Awww! Pretty ng shots and of course, you’re pretty! :D

    That’s a nice opportunity, and I would love to try that next time!


    • dollhana  says:

      Thanks for the comment, Steph! You should try it :D It’s too fun to miss out on :)

  • Aegeane Brioso  says:

    A very pretty and charming mermaid. If you would be mermaid in true life, I think you are their princess. :) A very nice and fun experience, if I will have the opportunity, I will definitely try that! Love it!

    • dollhana  says:

      Hey Aegeane! Thank you <3 Yupm I highly recommend you experience it for yourself :)

  • Roch  says:

    Wow haha what a unique experience indeed! Is this okay for children as well?

    • dollhana  says:

      Hi Roch! Yup! They have tails for little kids aged 5 and up :P

  • Nico  says:

    Hi there Hana. After seeing your blog and photos, you deserve to have a slot in Dyesabel with Anne Curtis! Such words as lovely and charming could be an understatement. ^_^

    • dollhana  says:

      Thanks for dropping by my blog, Nico! You’re too kind :) If you have friends who might be interested in the experience, don’t forget to recommend the experience to them :)

  • Unsugarcoated Reviews  says:

    This looks really fun and very sulit for P400. It’s nice that they have different tail colors to match the swimmer’s swimsuit.

  • Liezel Salem  says:

    Aww Mermaid.. Perfect sa Summer and it suits you :) Ang gandang Mermaid :) Sana ma try ko din kaso di ako ganun ka slim XD nag iimprove na Manila Ocean Park ..

  • Leira Pagaspas  says:

    I really feel bad that I missed that event..Ganda mong sirena girl mas maganda ka pa kay Dyesebel. Really did show that you are having a great time.

    • dollhana  says:

      We missed you :< Were you in SG during the event? I read your post and it looks like you had fun. :D Thanks, Leirs!

  • Rebel Sweetheart  says:

    I have to agree, you are way prettier than the mermaids on local TV! :)

    • dollhana  says:

      Thank you! Hope you can give the experience a try as well :) I’m sure you’ll look prettier!

  • Sumi Go | The Purple Doll  says:

    You look so fab as a mermaid, Hana! <3 Anyway, as much as I want to have a photo op as a mermaid, I don't think keri ko 'to. I'm not a good swimmer kasi even with my two feet splashing in the water. What more if I'll be wearing a mermaid tail? Haha! Maybe when I become a better swimmer, I'll finally give this a try. :D

    Or baka meron silang option na pay to pose lang? XD

    • dollhana  says:

      It’s okay! I don’t know how to swim either! Pero sobrang babaw lang and you can stand even while wearing the mermaid suit. Wala atang option na ganun, so you really have to dive in :P

  • Elisa Maniago  says:

    Hi! How much did you have to pay for a copy of each picture they took? :)

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  • kim  says:

    may i ask the additional payment for the pictures? thanks!
    i want to experience being a mermaid this june!!! yey

  • Rica de los Santos  says:

    Can we can bring our own cameras inside the attraction? Thank you!

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