- Hong Kong Ocean Park
- Dolphin Show in the Ocean Park
- Fish Exhibition
- Full View of the Ocean Park
Hong Kong Ocean Park is a theme park in the Southern District of Hong Kong. The marine-themed amusement park covers the area of Wong Chuk Hang and Nam Long Shan on Hong Kong Island. Especially, it is considered as a nice resort for your family tour. It is small enough to enjoy in a day without feeling rushed, but big enough that you feel ripped off or get stuck repeating rides to try and prolong that theme park feeling.
It covers an area of 870,000 square meters (215 acres). The different parts of the park are connected by a gondola lift system (or cable car system), as well as the world's second longest outdoor escalator. The theme park currently has over 14 rides and other attractions such as aquariums. Besides housing two roller coasters, Ocean Park also features a Giant panda exhibit, a jelly fish and Chinese sturgeon aquarium, as well as a four-story aquarium displaying more than 2,000 fish. The official mascot of Ocean Park is 'Whiskers' - a waving sealion.
One of the best parts of Ocean Park is the cable cars, both as an attraction in its own right and the only practical way to get from the entrance area to the rest of the park. Before you go, there are some things to see and do in the entrance area.
The cable cars take you on a very pleasant ten minute ride over two mountains. Each car seats about five people. You need to enter a moving car, but it is creeping by and a small step up. Aboard the car it is weirdly quiet (few places in Hong Kong are as quiet; worth the price of admission). Two sides of the car are glass, and two are barred openings. The ride is high but not scary, and the views out over the South China Sea are absolutely breathtaking and unavailable anywhere else in Hong Kong. Once off the cable car, if you want fish turn right with the crowd for a long walk toward the big stadium with dolphin shows and toward the space needle grandpa-paced tower ride.
For the fish course, you have a side show level shark tank, a decent but tries too hard to seem educational when it is just fun reef tank and a big-scale dolphin and sea lion show, pictured here. Of course you have seen this show done better at Seaworld somewhere, but it is entertaining, occasionally funny in that lame theme park way, and does feature a warm up mariachi band.
As in theme parks everywhere, you will never lack for things to eat, though a few choices such as Mr. Squid may be less familiar than the golden arches. Prices are typical for Hong Kong, and along with the squid and burgers you can find ice cream, sweets of all kinds and Coca Cola by the river. Ocean Park has its signature characters strolling about for photos, and of course you can buy plush versions of the same all over the park.
HKD 280 for adults; HKD 140 for children (3 - 11 years old);
Free for senior citizen over 65 and children under 3.
Opening Hours: 10:00 - 19:30
A. from Hong Kong Island: take Bus No. 6A, 6X, 70, 75, 90, 97, 260, M590, 72, 72A, 92, 96, 592, 41A, 38, 42, 77 or 99 and get off at the Ocean Park;
B. from Kowloon: take Bus No. 107, 171, 671 or 973 and get off at the Ocean Park;
C. from the Shatin: tak Bus No. 170 and get off at the Ocean Park;
D. take Citybus Route 629 from Admiralty MTR Station or Central Pier No. 7 and get off at the Ocean Park.