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All You Need Too Know About the Ocean Park Hong Kong

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Ocean Park, Hong Kong is one of the biggest tourist attractions in the country. It a fun family outing not just for children but also for adults. If you are visiting Hong Kong on a family vacation, you must spend at least a day here. Although, you might need a couple of days to explore this vast Ocean Park. But before you plan a visit to the park you must read the following Tips for Visiting Ocean Park Hong Kong.

As the name suggests the park is ocean-themed, no point for guessing. They have in display animal exhibits, thrilling rides, playgrounds and many varieties of shows that anyone can enjoy. The park also fulfils its corporate social responsibility by donating a part of the ticket price for wildlife conservation programmes not only Hong Kong but all of Asia.

The Ocean Park is rivalled by Disneyland, Hong Kong, but bear in mind, you can visit Disney in other parts of the world such as Paris and USA, but Ocean Park is one of a kind adventure theme park. Additionally, it’s cheaper, easier to access and less crowded than Disneyland.

This blog offers you a detailed overview of everything from prices, timing, getting their info, park information.  As well as, few other tips like, how to avoid crowds and summertime experience that will make your life so much easier.

Table of Contents:

  1. How to Reach Ocean Park
  2. Where to Stay
  3. Ocean Park Tickets
  4. Ocean Park Layout:
  5. The Water Front
  6. The Summit
  7. Special Experiences
  8. Summer times at the Ocean Park
  9. Ocean Park App

The Ocean Park Hong Kong

How to Reach Ocean Park Hong Kong?

The Ocean Park is on the Southern side of the island, located just after the Aberdeen tunnel. Depending on the traffic, it takes about 10-15 minutes to reach the park from Central.

You can also take the bus. The bus routes you can take is 629 from Star Ferry Pier; it will drop you off at Admiralty, a popular hotel district, the park located 8.3 KM from there. You can take a cab or hop on to the train.

You can also take the South Island MTR train that has a station right in front of the Ocean Park.

Where to Stay

If you are plan on visiting The Ocean Park, you could book a stay at one of the hotels at Admiralty, located just 8.3Km from the Park. Hotels there include the like of Islands Shangri-La Hotel, The Wharney Guang Dong Hotel, Mini Hotel Central, The Harbour View Hotel, The Pottinger Hong Kong, ZO Wesley Hong Kong, among many others.

Admiralty is a popular area with many hotels; you can choose anyone based on your budget and other preference.

The Ocean Park Hong Kong

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Ocean Park Hong Kong Tickets

You can but the entry tickets to the Park Online, in fact, its best to do that or else you may end up wanting in long queues. You travel agent or hotel can also arrange the same for you.

Admission Tickets are as follows:

  • Adults: Approx. HKD 385 or INR 3200/- Per Person
  • Children: Approx. HKD 193 or INR 1600/- Per child

Just in case you forget to book your tickets online or make a last-minute decision to visit the park, then you must get there early as people start to queue up before opening hours.

The park opens at 10:00 am or 11:00 am, the timings vary from day-to-day. So, you must get there at around 9:15 to ensure quick admission into the park. However, if you don’t get there in time you can expect a long queue for up to an hour, and during summers the wait can be quite unbearable. Especially, if you are travelling with young children.

Concierges at all high-end hotels can pre-order the tickets for you and add them to your final bill. This is the most effective way to book your tickets for the park and other popular tourist spots.

Also Read: 13 Exciting Places To Visit in Hong Kong 

Ocean Park Layout

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Ocean Park Hong Kong has two parts, The Summit (Where you will find all the rides and ocean seal attraction) and The Waterfront (located at the entrance). As the name suggests, the summit is perched atop the mountain, and there is no direct walkway from the Waterfront. However, you have two exciting options to select from, The Ocean Express Train and The Ocean Park Cable Car.

  • The Ocean Park Express Train: This is a recent and welcome addition to the Ocean Park. The ride up to the summit is few short minutes, but very enjoyable. The train has a submarine-like feel to it, complete with air-conditioning and television entertainment.
  • The Ocean Park Cable Car: The cable car transports you to the Summit with breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape of mountains and a gorgeous coastline. However, if you are afraid of heights, you can avoid this as it may get windy at times and the small cable cars may fly around a little.

In the morning its best to take the Express Train up to the Summit as it has smaller queues and they can fit a lot of people in there. However, while coming down, you can take the cable car as it has smaller queues. There is no reason or logic behind this, it’s just the way it is.

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The Water Front

The waterfront at The Ocean Park is located quite near to the main park entrance. It has four main attractions, The Grand Aquarium, Asian Animal, Whisker’s Harbour and Old Hong Kong.

  • The Grand Aquarium: This is one of the most impressive attractions at the Ocean Park. They have on display nearly 5000 fishes from nearly 400 distinct species. Another striking feature is the aquarium dome, largest of it’s kind in the world. Inside you must navigate your way around a wind of tunnels and numerous exhibits. If you visit the park during the evening, you can enjoy the light and sound show called Symbio that takes places at the giant lagoon located outside the aquarium.
  • Asian Animals: At this attraction, you can find various Asian animals such as Pandas, Asian otters (the most popular attraction especially among children), monkeys, and alligators. The attraction is located between the Aquarium and Harbour.

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  • Whiskey’s harbour: This attraction has a large outdoor playground aimed at smaller kids. The attraction includes things like carnival games, bouncy houses, play structures, climbing walls and some larger but age-appropriate slides. Here, you can enjoy the great seas lion show, suitable for a younger audience.
  • Old Hong Kong: This particular attraction is fashioned after the 1950’s Hong Kong. You could spend about 15-20 minutes here and enjoy a bite of the local food and ride around the carousel.

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The Summit

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The Summit is located atop a mountain and can be accessed via the Ocean Park Cable Car and Ocean Park Express Train. The Summit has three main attraction, Thrilling Rides, Pacific Pier and Ocean Theatre. When you finished exploring all the attraction, you can pick a spot and enjoy the breath-taking landscape complete with magnificent mountains and a sprawling coastline.

  • Thrilling Rides: The rides here are quite intense and a hit among teenage children. In fact, some may say they are even better than the ones at Disneyland. If you are travelling with younger children, its best to avoid this particular attraction and spend majority o your time at the Whiskey’s Harbour.
  • Pacific Pier: This attraction is a shaded enclosure that houses around 20 sea lions and seals. This is a hit among children as the animals are quite active and incredibly cute and adorable. The show here has a different theme each time but, includes performances by dolphins, seal, sea lions and other sea creatures.
  • Ocean Theatre: This attraction is where you can enjoy all the major shows showcasing the different marine life. Make sure you head there in time because you may miss out on great seats. The show here has a different theme each time but, includes performances by dolphins, seal, sea lions and other sea creatures.

This blog covers the most popular attraction at the Ocean Park. But, just because the others aren’t mentioned, doesn’t mean they aren’t great. The park is very big, and as a tourist, you need to be smart about what all you see and do. These attractions along will take a day to visit, especially if you stay for the evening light and sound show.

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Special Experiences

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Special experiences are uniquely designed activities that allow you to have some amazing and behind the scene experiences at The Ocean Park. If you have time limitation or want to avoid long cues on hot summer days, you can opt for these experiences. These experiences, include the like of, Ocean Park’s Honorary Panda Keeper Program, Behind the scenes tours of some of the exhibits, snorkelling at the Grand Aquarium.

  • Ocean Park’s Honorary Panda Keeper Program: The experiences cost approx. INR 11,300/- or HKD 1380 per person. Although expensive, the experience is one of a kind uniquely designed activity such as biscuits for the panda’s, bamboo laying in the panda closures and an up close and personal experience with this gentle and adorable creature.
  • Behind the tours of various exhibitions.
  • Snorkelling in the Grand Aquarium.
  • Close encounters with seals and their trainers.

Please Note: Most of these experiences are suitable for children above the age of 8, but please confirm these on the park’s website before booking the experiences.

Summer Times at Ocean Park Hong Kong

If you are planning to visit Hong Kong during summers especially at the end of August during school holiday in Hong Kong, then be prepared to expect huge hoards of crowds everywhere. In addition to local tourists, many tourists from Mainland China visit Hong Kong during this time.

Make sure you carry lots of sunscreens, an umbrella for each member of the family, shades, water bottles, battery operated fans, so you are prepared to brave the hot and long summer days. There is little to no shade inside the Ocean Park, except for some vegetation on the Summit and an indoor exhibit.

If you are travelling with young children, them beware of the rides and structures at Whiskey’s Harbour aren’t covered. The equipment can get very hot, so make sure your little munchkins wear full sleeve clothes and pants.

Don’t let them play for too long at a time; you can always come back for more. Keep themselves and yourself hydrated, don’t eat heavy or fried food inside. Instead of spending a whole day at the park, spend half a day and plan visits during the evenings.

The Ocean Park Hong Kong App

Download the Ocean Park available form play store or the app store. The app contains information on show timing, maps, coupon and much more.

Some FAQ’s about Ocean Park Hong Kong

1. What’s the best way to reach the Ocean Park Hong Kong?

Depending on the traffic, it takes about 10-5 minutes to reach the park from Central.

The bus routes you can take is 629 from Star Ferry Pier; it will drop you off at Admiralty, a popular hotel district, the park located 8.3 KM from there. You can take a cab or hop on to the train.

The South Island MTR train that has a station right in front of the Ocean Park.

2. What is the best place to stay near the Ocean Park Hong Kong?

If you are plan on visiting The Ocean Park, you could book a stay at one of the hotels at Admiralty, located just 8.3Km from the Park.

3. What are the ticket prices at the Ocean Park Hong Kong?

Admission Tickets are as follows:

  • Adults: Approx. HKD 385 or INR 3200/- Per Person
  • Children: Approx. HKD 193 or INR 1600/- Per child

4. What are the different parts of the Ocean Park?

Ocean Park Hong Kong has two parts, The Summit (Where you will find all the rides and ocean seal attraction) and The Waterfront (located at the entrance).

5. What is the Water Front?

The waterfront at The Ocean Park is located quite near to the main park entrance. It has four main attractions, The Grand Aquarium, Asian Animal, Whisker’s Harbour and Old Hong Kong.

6. What is the Summit?

The Summit is located atop a mountain and can be accessed via the Ocean Park Cable Car and Ocean Park Express Train. The Summit has three main attraction, Thrilling Rides, Pacific Pier and Ocean Theatre. When you finished exploring all the attraction, you can pick a spot and enjoy the breath-taking landscape complete with magnificent mountains and a sprawling coastline.

7. What is the best way to reach the Summit?

You can either take The Ocean Express Train and The Ocean Park Cable Car.

8. What is the different special experience you can have at Ocean Park Hong Kong?

The special experience you can have at the Park include the like of, Ocean Park’s Honorary Panda Keeper Program, Behind the scenes tours f some of the exhibits, snorkelling at the Grand Aquarium.

9. Tip to keep in minds when visiting the park during Summers?

If you are planning to visit Hong Kong during summers especially at the end of August during school holiday in Hong Kong, then be prepared to expect huge hordes of crowds everywhere. In addition to local tourists, many tourists from Mainland China visit Hong Kong during this time.

10.Is there an official app for Ocean Park Hong Kong?

You can download the Ocean Park available form play store or the app store. The app contains information on show timing, maps, coupon and much more.


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