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:
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 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!
Getting around within the park and the two main areas is made easy with the many options available:
Ocean FasTrack is the park's newest pass that let's you skip the lines at some of the most popular attractions:
Getting to Ocean Park is easy, there is a special non-stop public bus that goes direct to the park.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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