I am pretty sure every girl wanted to become a mermaid at some point of their lives. This could be easily attributed to Ariel of The Little Mermaid and our local mythical sea creature, Dyesebel. Well, I tried curling my hair and dyeing it red but I think that's the closest I got to becoming a mermaid. Honestly, I still have that silly dream up to now so I am grateful when Manila Ocean Park invited us for a mermaid swim experience.
The Mermaid Swim Experience is Manila Ocean Park's latest attraction. In a nutshell, it is a 45 minute program featuring basic swimming, how to glide with fish tail underwater and proper breathing techniques. Initially, we were made to sign a waiver and were oriented by our instructors from Manila Ocean Park regarding the do's and don'ts in mermaid swimming. Later on, we transferred to the pool area which surprisingly contains salt water filtered from the Manila bay.
|I'm ready to swim like a mermaid! (Swimwear c/o Romwe! Thanks! :D)|
One of the best parts of this activity is choosing the color of your tail. My sister chose the turquoise one which made her look like Ariel of Little Mermaid, while I chose the purple/pink tail. The monotail is elastic and comfortable and easy to wear. The fin, on the other hand, is quite heavy underwater but definitely comfortable. It comes in different sizes so anyone can absolutely try this fun activity.
Swimming like a mermaid is quite a challenge. Although I know the basics of swimming, swimming with a tail is not as easy as it appears. Thankfully, we were carefully guided by our instructors. At first, they'll assist you in swimming with the tail. If you were able to get the hang of it, they'll let you swim on your own. Every part of the activity is supervised and indeed safe. It is recommended though that you know the basics of swimming if you are to try out this activity. However, if you prefer to just gain a tail for a photo op, then you may still avail of this wonderful experience as each guest will receive a souvenir photo and do a mermaid pose.
|Elsa and Anna (Frozen) inspired mermaids for the day!|
The Mermaid Swim Experience aims to provide a fun outdoor activity and to infuse appreciation for marine life. This summer, this activity is offered at an affordable discounted rate of P400 per head. This includes a swim in the outdoor jacuzzi and indoor swimming pool of Liquid Pool and Lounge. Tickets can be purchased online through www.manilaoceanpark.com and at the park's ticket counters. Children 5 years old and above and males are definitely welcome to avail of this activity. This promo can be availed of starting April 11 until May 31st of this year. Anyway, here are some of the videos my sister and I took during our Mermaid Swim Experience:
Practicing with my instructor
Underwater shot! Sorry I look like I'm drowning lol!
If you are looking for a fun activity this summer with your girlfriends or with your kids, you should not miss this one. Of course, there's no more need to go out of town cause the park is located at the metro near Quirino Grandstand in Luneta, Manila. For more details, call 567-777, ext. 118, 199, and 123 or visit their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Manila-Ocean-Park-Official/127750253907838 :)