SeaWorld Ancol Jakarta Indonesia – 90 Minutes Well Spent!

               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.

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Zuri, Rupert and me in front of SeaWorld Ancol, Jakarta Indonesia. Yey! No queue yet at 9:00 in the morning, opening time. 🙂

 

            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.

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Aquatic display inside SeaWorld Ancol, Jakarta Indonesia

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Zuri inside SeaWorld Ancol, Jakarta Indonesia

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Aquatic display inside SeaWorld Ancol, Jakarta Indonesia

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Aquatic display inside SeaWorld Ancol, Jakarta Indonesia

          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. 🙂

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The phone booth aquarium inside SeaWorld Ancol. What a charming concept! 🙂

 

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Zuri and the fishies in the phone booth aquarium. 🙂

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Can’t get enough of this phone booth. So cute! 🙂

They also have a car (Yes, a car!) filled with little aquatic friends. 🙂

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Car aquarium inside SeaWorld Ancol, Jakarta Indonesia. What a novelty! Notice the cool colors/lights, too. 🙂

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This concept of a car turned into an aquarium was quite new to me. My daughter Zuri was equally pleased. 🙂

 

             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.

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This is the Touch Pool area inside SeaWorld Ancol. Here, guests are given the chance to experience touching aquatic animals like sharks, sting rays, starfish and sea turtles. There are instructions and reminders posted around that teach guests how to properly handle the animals. 🙂

          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.

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Following Daddy Rupert’s example, Zuri eventually mustered enough courage to touch the sea turtle and learned that it wasn’t scary at all. 🙂

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My baby Zuri and the sea turtle at SeaWorld Ancol. This was after she touched the sea turtle. See her proud smile? 🙂

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Here is Zuri observing the sea turtle some more. 🙂

            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. 🙂

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See? And I was thinking , “Are you sure about this? I would very much like for you to keep your fingers.”

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I know it’s small. But it’s still a shark!

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I have no idea how dangerous this shark is, or if it’s dangerous at all. I didn’t think to ask the staff. Hehe. Anyway, Rupert is a grown man, he knows what he’s doing. Haha! 🙂

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Here’s Zuri watching the sharks. Bilib na naman si Zuri sa tapang ni Daddy!

          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.

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That’s me! Not scared at all! LOL. 🙂

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Rupert and Zuri inside SeaWorld Ancol. Yup, that’s a dead shark.

 

          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.

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Here’s the feeding time/show schedule at SeaWorld Ancol, at least way back in December 2015.

 

          The souvenir shop on the way out sells stuffed toys, magnets, t-shirts. I bought a ref magnet and a shirt for Zuri.  🙂

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I bought this acrylic ref magnet at the souvenir shop on the way out of SeaWorld Ancol for IDR 22,500, roughly PHP 80.

 

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Here’s the receipt for the ref magnet. Time stated here is 10:39 am – 90 minutes after we entered SeaWorld Ancol. I can’t find the receipt for Zuri’s t-shirt and I can’t recall the exact price now but I know it wasn’t expensive. 🙂

SeaWorld Ancol Ticket Prices:

Regular Ticket:

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)

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We bought 3 regular tickets at IDR 90,000 each weekend rate. We paid a total of IDR 270,000 (around PHP 969). Time stated here is 9:09 am. It was around this time that the queue started building up.

*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.

 

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Since SeaWorld Ancol is inside Ancol Dreamland, guests are required to pay the entrance fee/tickets to Ancol Dreamland to enter the complex.

SeaWorld Ancol Operating Hours:

Weekday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Weekends: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Website:

https://www.ancol.com/en/node/95

               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 🙂

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