Ocean Park is considered one of the best recreational facilities in Hong Kong for a holiday with your family and here it will be interesting for both children and their parents. Ocean Park is a huge amusement park and at the same time aquarium and zoo. Like Disneyland in Hong Kong it is the largest theme park in the city. When we were deciding what to see in Hong Kong, we had a choice: Disneyland or Ocean Park, and eventually we visited both and do not regret of it. So welcome to the waterworld of the Hong Kong Ocean Park with us, an we'll show you everything you want to know about it.
How to get to Ocean Park
The easiest way to get to Ocean Park is to use the regular bus 629, which runs daily from the MRT (subway) station “Admiralty” or “Central” (Star Ferry). This route is convenient because right on the bus stop you can buy a ticket to the park and do not waste time on queue at the park's ticket counters. If for some reason this method is not comfortable, then you can get there on any bus that goes through Aberdeen Tunnel, and then take a short walk to the park entrance. The sign above entrance to the park is visible from afar, so you'll not get lost. If you got the car, then Ocean Park HongKong address is Wong Chuk Hang Rd. or Ocean Park Rd. depending on which side of park you want to get.
And, of course, you can always use the services of Hong Kong taxi.
Ocean Park tickets, price, opening hours and map
Ocean Park is open daily, Monday-Thursday from 10:30 am to 7 pm, last admission at 6:00 pm, and Friday-Sunday from 10:30 am to 11 pm. Ticket to the Ocean Park for adults costs 320 Hong Kong dollars (around $42), for children over three years Ocean Park entrance fee set at 160 HKD ($21), children up to three years and senior citizens over 65 visiting the park for free. Tickets can be bought on the bus station or at the ticket office of amusement park. In addition, tickets for the next 90 days you can buy at the official website, and there you can also check the schedule of events to not to miss anything interesting. At the entrance to the park don't forget to take the scheme, because on its vast territory is easy to get lost. 🙂 If you don’t like to carry extra paper waste, then on the official site of Ocean Park you can download the park's map and use it on your smartphone or tablet.
Ocean Park Hong Kong review
The park first opened its doors to visitors in 1977, and in 2005 there was a first large-scale reconstruction performed. After reconstruction, number of rides exceeded eighty, and in the first year it received a number of prestigious awards, including “The World's Seventh Most Popular Amusement Park”, and also entered the list of Top-50 most visited sites in the world according to Forbes.
In 2013, this amusement park was visited by more than 7.5 million persons, whereby it took 12th place in the list of most visited theme parks in the world. It is worth noting that all these honors and awards are given for real and well deserved reasons. Ocean Park is truly one of the best amusement parks we visited.
Water Park Hong Kong area covers more than 90 hectares and consists of two parts, separated by a mountain: Summit (Headland) and Waterfront (Lowland). We decided to start with the second part of the park with idea that we'll get to first part in time to see feeding of the giant pandas. There are two ways to move from one part of the park to another: via cable car or via “Ocean Express” railway. We decided to use second option, because of the large queue to cable car.
In the second part of the park are located the most interesting in our point view rides. Please note that the ticket price includes all rides, same as in Hong Kong Disneyland, so you only pay for the entrance. The main disadvantage is that the most popular attractions in long queues - we were on a weekday and off-season, and still sometimes has to wait for 10-15 minutes. But it is not really important because the queues in the Asian countries are organized in a civilized manner. Has not the slightest sense to describe in detail each ride, you better come and take a ride on those that you most like. We note only that you should definitely climb the Ocean Park Tower - a giant rotating observation deck, which offers a stunning view of one of the most prestigious areas of Hong Kong - a satellite city Aberdeen.
In addition to the rides, in this part of the park you can find the “Ocean Theatre”, which regularly hosts performances involving marine animals. Schedule of performances and feeding time can be found on website of the Hong Kong Ocean Park.
But the main place of Ocean Park is a huge 4-storey aquarium, which is inhabited by more than 250 species of marine animals, a total of more than 2000 individuals. If you had never seen anything like this, it's very impressive. 🙂
For the whole day in the park we had perfect rides, visited the theatrical performance with sea lions, saw the stingray's feeding in the aquarium, but there is one more "must see" in Ocean Park - its pandas! 🙂
The Aviary with pandas is located in the first part of the park, and we had chosen the cable car to get there and enjoy the spectacular views of Hong Kong. If you're already had a ride (or planning) on Ngong Ping 360 cable car, which connected to the Giant Buddha, then probably not needed to spend time in the huge queues, and again use the Ocean Express railway. We were lucky during our visit and queue for cable car took just 20 minutes.
We were planning to visit the feeding the pandas, but, unfortunately, it was too late, so we only caught the afternoon nap of these adorable monochrome bears. It's pity, but we was not upset because already seen this process at the Taipei Zoo in Taiwan, and there is no fundamental differences in this process, so sleepy pandas in Hong Kong is also very cute. 🙂
But we found feeding of red pandas, or as they are also called, small pandas - a very unusual little animals. By the way, creators of the popular Mozilla Firefox web browser saying that named their offspring in honor of red panda, but the designer was not able to implement the image in the small formfactor, so the logo depicts an ordinary fox.
If you are planning to visit Ocean Park in Hong Kong, highlight to this a whole day and you can fully enjoy the park. As to where to eat in Ocean Park, then this is no problem - there are a lot of cafes and street food trays.
As we have already mentioned in the beginning, Ocean Park is not just an amusement park, but also a zoological park. Here you can see not only marine mammals, but also birds and even a crocodile ... without a cage!
This park is a great place for family holidays and if you come to Hong Kong, be sure to visit one of the best theme parks in Asia - you will never regret! And if you have free evening, we recommend to spend it on the Hong Kong Avenue of Stars to meet Bruce Lee, Jet Li and other famous people. 🙂