continued from Raviv Turns Two in Subic Part 2
If you’re planning to visit Ocean Adventure and get the most out of it, read this. Fully. I regret not researching before going.
Where to go?
The lady who gave us tickets failed to give us the piece of paper containing the itinerary and schedules of the four main shows. So when we entered, we didn’t know where to go. We were told that there were two ongoing shows–Walk on the Wild Side and Sea Lion Marine Patrol–and were berated why we didn’t have the itinerary. Since we were nearer the venue where the Walk on the Wild Side was being shown, we literally ran to the amphitheater. The show was already ongoing, and an Aeta was on stage teaching jungle survival. We figured the kids won’t like it, so we left the place and decided to watch the sea lion show. Again, we ran like crazy because the two venues were far apart.
The secret of the Sea Lion Marine Patrol “volunteer”
When we got to the Sea Lion Theater where the Sea Lion Marine Patrol was being shown, it was super full. We were seated at the topmost, back-most portion. Kung sine ang pinapanood namin, we got the best seats. Kaso hindi eh. 🙁 These were the least coveted seats.
The show was entertaining. They even asked a volunteer. I was egging Randy to volunteer (I would have if not for the fact that I was wearing heels and a dress). Then they chose one male from the audience. Which we later found out was not really a guest but an employee of Ocean Adventure. So don’t get your hopes up that you’ll be chosen. Luto ang laban!
After the show you could have your photo taken with the sea lion for a fee (note; for a fee and NOT for fRee). We wanted to but we would have been 5th in line, eh we wanted to get good seats to the Dolphin Friends Show. We said we’ll just return. And so we ran again to the amphitheater where we could watch the Dolphin Friends Show. Dad even put Raviv on his shoulders so we could hurry, and we sent Yaya Margie to go ahead to reserve us good seats.
I love dolphins!
Despite our maximum speed sprint to the amphitheater, we still ended up at the topmost portion–parang ‘yung sa Sealion Show seats din. 🙁 Nevertheless, I had so much fun watching the ah-mah-zing marine mammals’ show! Sobrang kakatuwa when these marine mammals do backflips, or when they suddenly shoot from out of the water! I tell you, it’s a sight to see!
By the way, the people running the show got a little girl volunteer. This time, I do believe she’s really from the audience. She’s so lucky because she got to interact with the cetaceans for free. Nag-kiss at hug pa sila! But if your child doesn’t get picked, you may have your photo taken with the cetaceans…you may even swim with them or ride them! Randy and I decided to pass because Raviv is still much too young for it. So babalik talaga kami!
New Show: Balancing Act!
This time, we exceeded the speed limit to go to the amphitheater where the new show, the Balancing Act, was to be shown. And this time, we succeeded. We got front row seats! When Randy saw some trash bags on the stage, he guessed that the show will tackle balance of nature. And he was right, for out came a “professor” who knew what was on everyone’s mind–we paid and rushed here to hear a LECTURE?!?!? But the “professor” was a funny guy with excellent speaking skills, and when he cued in the African Acrobats, everyone got excited.
Aside from being able to twist and turn rather well, these acrobats were also able to elicit laughter from the audience. They were really entertaining. At first we thought they were local Aetas, but then we bumped into them outside and they were speaking in heavily accented English to Ocean Adventure staff. I also realized their built was too big to be a local’s. So they’re really from Africa.
Back to the Wild Side
I figured that the Walk on the Wild Side show would also be entertaining. I mean, they wouldn’t have toted it as a “main attraction” if it’s a bore. So I convinced Randy to return to it and watch. We also asked the staff whether there’d be something in it that the kids would enjoy. We got an affirmative reply. And so we returned.
Since it was unplanned, we arrived in the middle of the show when the people on stage were already showing animals. And then may dramang naganap: nawala daw kuno ang snake at nasa black backpack sa may audience seats! Commotion of course, so benta ang drama special! But true, the black backpack was in the middle of the audience seats and the snake was there. Hisssssss!
Since I soooo want to have a picture with the pinnipeds (that’ sea lions for us laymen)–kasi nga hindi muna talaga sa cetaceans–we returned to the amphitheater where the sea lion show was performed. Unfortunately, the sea lions were resting and cannot be disturbed for photo ops. 🙁 Dapat right after the show lang.
Since Randy did not want to wait for the last show of the sea lion performance for us to have photo ops, we just toured around.
And so readers, if you want to do some camwhoring with the animals (despite the fees), I recommend that you follow this itinerary:
- Sea Lion Show
- Walk on the Wild Side
- Balancing Act
- Dolphin Show
Or any combination basta ‘wag pagsunurin ‘yung Sea Lion and Dolphin Show. That way, you get to have photo ops with the animals after the show and get good seats to the best shows (Sea Lion and Dolphin Shows). Keribels lang kahit hindi n’yo masimulan or matapos ‘yung Walk on the Wild Side or Balancing Act. I swear, it’s more important to get good seats to the two animal shows. If you arrive way before the Dolphin or Sea Lion Shows start, it’s worth the wait. Better yet palista na kayo sa photo ops para kayo ang first in line.
And if you can go to Ocean Adventure during lean months (translation: NOT summer and NOT December), better go there during those times so you have better chances of getting good seats sans the running.
I hope I was able to help so you get the most of your ocean adventure at Ocean Adventure 🙂
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