Ocean Park Hong Kong

Grand Aquariums, Exotic Animals, Roller Coasters...

Ocean Park Hong Kong
Ocean Park Hong Kong has transitioned from "a good place for a day out" of the city to a truly "don't miss" and "must do" attraction in Hong Kong, specially with the kids.

As the name suggests, marine life is a big part of it, but beyond the wonderful sea life exhibits including a World-class Aquarium and one-of-a-kind exhibits like the Chinese Sturgeon tunnel, Ocean Park has also branched out to include other rare and endangered animals like Giant Pandas, Red Pandas and the Golden Snub-Nosed Monkey.

To round up the entertainment, it also offers an array of shows, rides and roller coasters. There is truly something for everyone in the family.

Prior to the opening of Hong Kong Disneyland in 2005, this was pretty much the only game in town when it came to amusement parks geared for family fun. Back then, Ocean Park was a "nice" place to spend a little time, the Cable Car to the Summit, (then the "Headlands") was a prime draw, and the kids really went for the rides.

Now, however, the little bit of competition from the Disney Park has helped raise the bar and the changes we are seeing are just phenomenal. Ocean Park embarked on a HK$5.5 Billion Master Redevelopment Plan in 2006, the results are highly visible.

While the Cable Car and the Rides are still a big attraction, there is so much more to Ocean Park now, you can easily spend the whole day and more to do it justice and the changes, improvements and renovations will keep coming so you can visit again and again and there will always be something different!

Here are some of our tips on visiting the park:

Ocean Park Hong Kong Highlights

On our recent trip with grandma, grandpa and the kids, these were voted the favourite attractions for our group of ten with ages ranging from 8 to 81.

The boys could have spent the whole day at the roller coasters and water rides, the girls at the Grand Aquarium, grandma and grandpa thouroughly enjoyed the Cable Car ride and the great views from it.

We all agreed that the Giant Pandas were just too adorable, they were a real treat for all of us.

Ocean Park Highlights: The Grand Aquarium
The Grand Aquarium

Ocean Park Highlights: Giant Pandas
Giant Pandas

Ocean Park Highlights: The Cable Car
The Cable Car

Ocean Park Highlights: Roller Coaster and Rides
Roller Coasters
and Thrill Rides

Ocean Park Highlights: Polar Adventure
Penguins and Polar Adventure

Ocean Park Highlights: Symbio Night Shows
Symbio! Aquatic Night Show

Ocean Park Highlights: Old Hong Kong
Old Hong Kong

Ocean Park Highlights: Dolphin and Seal Shows
The Shows

Ocean Park Tower and the most fantastic views of the Park and the surroundings
Ocean Park Tower

Some More Great Wildlife Exhibits

Ocean Park Highlights: Koalas at Australian Adventure
The Koalas

Ocean Park Highlights: Shark Mystique
Shark Mystique

Ocean Park Highlights: Golden Snub-Nosed Monkeys
Golden Snub-Nosed Monkey

Ocean Park Highlights: The Jelly Fish Aquarium
Jelly Fish Spectacular

Ocean Park Highlights: Sturgeon Tunnel
Sturgeon Tunnel

Ocean Park Highlights: Red Pandas
Red Pandas

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Exploring Ocean Park Hong Kong: What is Where?

Ocean Park which is located in the Southern part of Hong Kong Island, occupies quite a unique setting comprised of several hills and further separated by a mountain into two areas:

While most of the Roller Coaster and Rides are located in the Summit area, the Marine Life and Animal Exhibits are spread throughout both sections. Here is where to find your favorite animals. Food, snacks and shops are also found in both sections of the park.

If you have little ones, you will likely spend a lot of time in Whisker's Harbour in the Waterfront. If your group includes teenagers, prepare to spend most of the day at the Summit!

Be sure to get a Park Map at the entrance which also contains the show time schedule and start exploring!

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What's at Ocean Park's Waterfront?

Ocean Park: the Waterfront

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What's at Ocean Park's Summit

Ocean Park: the Summit

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Getting Around Ocean Park Hong Kong

Getting around within the park and the two main areas is made easy with the many options available:

Ocean Park Hong Kong: Cable Car
The Ocean Park Cable Car:

An attraction in itself, makes the 1.5km ride that connects the Waterfront with the Summit in about 15 minutes. There are magnificent views of the Aberdeen Harbour and the surrounding islands from this amazing ride.

Ocean Park Hong Kong: Ocean Express
The Ocean Express Tram:

One of the newest additions to the park, this is a "submarine style" train with similar technology as the Victoria Peak Tram, it whisks visitors back and forth from the two sections in 4 minutes.

Ocean Park Escalator
The Ocean Park Escalator:
It is the second longest in the world, (after the Mid-Levels Escalator System, also in Hong Kong) it connects several sections in the hilly side of the Summit in the Adventure Land area.

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Skip the Lines with Ocean FasTrack

Ocean FasTrack is the park's newest pass that let's you skip the lines at some of the most popular attractions:

  • Cost is HK150 per person in addition to park admission

  • This is NOT AN UNLIMITED PASS, you choose 7 attractions for priority access

  • The FasTrack pass can be purchased at the entrance Ticket office and also inside the park, just in case you want to check out how bad the lines are first, and as expected, they are sold at the Gift Shops near the attractions with the longest lines, one in the Waterfront and three in the Summit:
    • Ricky's Shack, a Gift shop in Old Hong Kong near the Vintage Theater, this is close to the Cable Car station in the Waterfront
    • The Lodge, the gift shop at Polar Adventure in the Summit
    • Rainforest Gift Shop in the Summit
    • Ocean Paradise, a Gift shop in Marine World in the Summit

  • Limited quota per day, first come first served

  • For more on Ocean FasTrack and list of attractions included.

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Food and Drink at Ocean Park Hong Kong

Ocean Park Food and Drink
When it comes to food and drink at the park, the options are many and varied, from casual fast-food choices, to fancy sit-down restaurants in classy surroundings, and offering a range of food from Western to Asian dishes. You should be able to find something to fit your taste and wallet.

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Getting to Ocean Park Hong Kong

Easy: With Public Transportation

Getting to Ocean Park is easy, there is a special non-stop public bus that goes direct to the park.

Signs for Bus 629 to Ocean Park at Admiralty MTR Station

You take Bus 629 from the Admiralty MTR station, follow the signs for the "Bus to Ocean Park" exit B. Depending on traffic, it will be approximately a 30 minute ride, and don't forget you can use your Octopus Card for the bus fare.

Easier: Private Transfer (One-Way or Round Trip)

Private one-way transfers from your hotel to the main entrance of Ocean Park costs US$ 54 from Kowloon and US$ 49 from Hong Kong Island.

This is a great option if you have a small group as the transfer price is per vehicle which accomodates up to 6 people. For round-trip transfers you need to book two packages.

Easiest: Hotel Pick Up and Drop Off and Skip-The-Line Admission to Park

Leave the arrangements to the guides and enjoy a fantastic day at the park with this tour which offers round-trip transportation by air-conditioned coach, admission ticket, and pickup and drop-off from centrally located hotels.

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Ocean Park Tickets - Can you get Discounts?

Entrance to Ocean Park Hong Kong is HK 385 for Adults, and HK 193 for children 3-11 and includes all the facilities and attractions except for skill games and coin operated games.

Discounts for Ocean Park tickets can be obtained in different ways:

  • There are unadvertised discounts at the gate when you present tickets to other Hong Kong attractions like the Peak Tram or Peak Tower. Doesn't hurt to ask. My friend got a HK 25 discount with a Peak Tram ticket.

  • Buying your tickets from any CTS (China Travel Service) office will score you some discounts. We got our tickets at the CTS at the Airport (there is a counter at the Arrivals Hall) We got a discount of HK40 per adult and HK20 per children but discounts vary depending on the season. Tickets must be paid for in cash. Another advantage of getting your tickets in advance is that you avoid the lines at the ticket counters at the entrance.

  • You can also buy tickets at some of the major MTR stations for a 10% discount.

  • Buy tickets online through Klook.com a consolidator of transportation and attraction tickets. You can present either a printed or an electronic voucher for this activity, convenient if you are on the go.

    Prices for adults HK 385 HK 293 US$39, children HK 193 HK 156 US$21. With savings of HK92 per adult ticket is one of the best deals available.

    »» More Info and Booking Ocean Park Discount Tickets.

It is also possible to buy Ocean Park Tickets at all 7-Eleven stores in Hong Kong, although not discounted, it will certainly save you the line at the entrance counter.

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Coming Up Soon at Ocean Park Hong Kong

  • 4 Koalas are settling in at Ocean Park's new South Australia exhibit. With four more to come in the next couple of years.

  • The new MTR South Island Line expected to be completed in late 2016 or early 2017, will whisk you to Ocean Park from Admiralty in 4 minutes. Construction of the MTR line started in 2011 and we are keeping our fingers crossed they will be on target to open this year (this was taken October 2015):
    Ocean Park MTR station under construction

    Fare from Ocean Park Station to Admiralty is expected to cost about HK$5.20

  • The six-storey 495-room Ocean Park Marriott Hotel expected for 2017 will be located at the resort's main entrance. A central courtyard will include a themed lagoon, children's play area and outdoor dining.

  • Another hotel to be built in the Summit side of Tai Shue Wan, The Fullerton Hotel @ Ocean Park, is expected to break ground in 2017 and be completed and opened to public in 2020.

  • And a humongous Water Park Complex is planned for 2017. It will feature indoor and outdoor facilities, man-made beaches, multiple water slides and wave pools, entertainment stages, and the world's longest leisure river.

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Once in a Lifetime Experiences at Ocean Park...

Fantastic Chance:
Honorary Panda Keeper
+ Souvenir Photo

Ocean Park Panda Keeper Program

HKD 1380 (US$183)
A 2-hour one-of-a-kind experience as you go behind the scenes of the panda enclosure, put on a special keeper's uniform and assist with the daily care of the pandas.
More info and details

Animal Encounters:
Dolphins, Seals or Penguins!

Ocean Park Unique Activities - Dolphin Encounter

From HKD 1180 (US$152)
Get up close to Ocean Park's stars: dolphins, seals or penguin encounters where you can meet, play, feed and learn more about these incredible creatures from qualified trainers and keepers.
More info and details

Ocean Park Quick Links

| Ocean Park Waterfront | Ocean Park Summit |

|Cable Car | Ocean Express Tram | Roller Coasters and Rides | Shows |

| Grand Aquarium | Pandas | Polar Adventure | Koalas |

| Old Hong Kong |

| Getting to Ocean Park | Skipping the Lines: FasTrack |

| Ocean Park Tickets and Discounts |

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