It was in December 2015 when Rupert, Zuri and I went to Jakarta, Indonesia for a friend’s wedding (I know, this post is long overdue! I was away from this blog for a year 🙁 ). Although the visit was short, 2 nights 2 days, we still managed to see some of Jakarta’s child-friendly sights, two of which are SeaWorld Ancol and Dunia Fantasi. 🙂
SeaWorld Ancol and Dunia Fantasi are located within the Ancol Dreamland complex, a recreation park in North Jakarta that also houses the following attractions: Ocean Dream Samudra, Ocean Ecopark, Atlantis Water Adventure and Ancol Beach City. As much as we wanted to see all these family attractions, our visit to Ancol Dreamland was on the same day as our flight back to Manila and we only had time for two. Sayang!
We arrived at SeaWorld Ancol on a Sunday morning just in time for its opening so there was no queue yet. This was a very good thing because just a short while later, the queue started building up fast.
After taking our obligatory family picture selfie-style, we went inside the SeaWorld Ancol building, bought regular tickets and started our DIY tour immediately. There was nothing uniquely impressive about SeaWorld Ancol at first glance. I’d say Manila Ocean Park even has more wow factor.
However, as we roamed around the place, we found out that there are some surprises that are just too cute! Like, they have a phone booth that is used as an aquarium. 🙂
They also have a car (Yes, a car!) filled with little aquatic friends. 🙂
As charmed as we were by the car and phone booth aquariums, the real highlight of the trip for us was the Touch Pool. We spent a relatively long time here, about half of the total time we were inside SeaWorld Ancol.
Zuri was able to touch and observe the sea turtles up close. She was hesitant at first, but Daddy Rupert showed her how it’s done. What a lovely experience for our baby. She was so thrilled and proud of herself.
If I was pleased by Zuri’s experience with the sea turtle, I was equally impressed by Rupert’s utter lack of fear while touching the sharks. So brave! We were at the shark station for a long time, long enough for a SeaWorld staff to announce that guests are only allowed 5 minutes there. LOL. Sa totoo lang, si Rupert yata and pinaka nag-enjoy sa SeaWorld Ancol. 🙂
You didn’t think I could get away without touching anything, did you? Well, I’m proud to say that I touched the sting ray and the starfish without making a fuss. (I couldn’t let Zuri see I was afraid, could I?) LOL. Too bad, I don’t have a photo of this. It’s hard to take a selfie while trying to touch the sting ray that swims rather fast. And there were many people around the starfish, it was kind of embarrassing to take a selfie. LOL. 🙂
Anyway, we also saw and touched the preserved remains of some aquatic animals. Dito matapang na talaga ako. LOL.
SeaWorld Ancol also offers scheduled feeding shows (already included in the entrance fee, but we didn’t stay to watch due to time constraints) and a Fish Spa.
The souvenir shop on the way out sells stuffed toys, magnets, t-shirts. I bought a ref magnet and a shirt for Zuri. 🙂
SeaWorld Ancol Ticket Prices:
Monday – Friday: IDR 80,000 (around PHP 287)
Saturday, Sunday, Holiday: IDR 90,000 (around PHP 323)
SeaWorld Ancol – Ocean Dream Samudra Bundle:
Monday- Sunday: IDR 200,000 (around PHP 718)
*Note: We also paid the entrance fee to Ancol Dreamland: IDR 25,000/head plus IDR 20,000/car or taxi, total of IDR 95,000 (around PHP 341). We took a Bluebird taxi from our accommodation at d’Prima hotel WTC Mangga Dua to SeaWorld Ancol.
SeaWorld Ancol Operating Hours:
Weekday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Weekends: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Even though SeaWorld Ancol is small and simple, we enjoyed it. It was an hour and 30 minutes of family memories and fun. Surely, it was worth every Rupiah (So sulit!) and worthy of our limited time. 🙂
Watch out for my next post: Cafe Batavia 🙂
Thanks for reading! 🙂
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