A really good day out, especially with kids, can be had at Ocean Park. It is easy and convenient to buy a transport and admission package at the Star Ferry Pier as we did when travelling from Kowloon side.
Once at the park do not throw away the park plan given on admission as it is a really useful tool in planning your day and ensuring you dont miss any of the attractions.
The lower level has a number of attractions and rides for younger children and some animals to see including two pandas who seem to spend a lot of time sleeping. The animal shows are well presented and informative with a knowledgable staff.
The cable car ride to the top section of the park has great views on a clear day. Once at the top it is easy to get around and choose what you want to see and do. The rides at this section of the park are more for older children and adults and there is more of an aquatic theme with daily shows including a killer whale, dolphin and sea lions.
The rear top entrance to the park has a giant escalator which will take you down in sections to yet more attractions including a shirt soaking water flume ride.
There are enough food and beverage outlets on the park to satisfy most tastes and they are reasonably priced too. This is a good day out but I thought it closed a little early at 6 pm and the last bus on the transport/admission ticket departs at 5:30 pm
OP was a relatively new park when I lived there and I'm not exactly sure about all of the changes that have taken place over the years, but based on their website, it still looks like a top notch HK attraction. The park continues to have an educational focus and is divided into two sections, the Headland and the Lowland which are connected by this cable car seen in the picture. The views from here over the southern side of Hong Kong island are excellent.
A great place to spend half a day at. The cable car ride over the sea was fantastic.(people with fear of heights: Beware!!!) This is Hong Kong's sea world. There are scheduled dolphins and sea lion shows, so watch out for it and be there early to get better seats as it can be quite crowded. Its not as big as Disneyland or Seaworld( which i took at least 2 days to cover)
Even with the coming of Disney in HK, I would still come to Ocean Park if I am a newbie in HK.
With a land area of almost 1 million square meters, mountain and mountains packed with excitements - rides, attractions, animals and shows - a day won't be enough to explore the whole park and fully have that Ocean Park Experience.
I always take the Middle Kingdom entrance, checkout the fascinating Bird Paradise then take the world's longest escalator ride to Adventure Land and take some of the breath-taking rides amidst the equally breath-taking views of harbour & mountains, then head for the Marine Land to watch dolphins, sealions in waves, atoll reef, aquarium. Then on to the Headland Rides for the cliffhanger rides, brave the Abyss and the Dragon rides and rest for awhile after that dizzying rides before taking the scenic long cable ride to the Lowland Gardens. Am sure, you'll be hungry by then, there are lots of food stalls & restaurant around here before taking the simulation ride and visit An-An & Jia-Jia (couple giant panda) at their natural habitat, and the dinosours garden.
End the day with souvernirs at the shops before exiting the park. I never had enough of Ocean Park, I keep on coming abck but I usually find stuff that either I missed from my previous visits or new attractions to the park.
Checkout their website for details on getting there, entrance fees, new stuff, park guide & info.
While many might say that Hong Kong Disneyland is the best amusment park in town, I beg to differ. Ocean Park is my favourite, it's an oldie but a goodie. This place has the best cable car ride in town, an amazing view of Repulse Bay and the Southern Islands, Great whites(yes, JAWS!) and other ... more pleasant creatures like Giant Pandas.
As for Disneyland, well, since I've been to the other parks, I can't help but compare the relative size of the park, the castle and the classic rides that were supposed to be there (eg. Big Thunder Mountain, Splash Mountain, Small World) but aren't there.
I might change my mind one day but till then, I'd rather go see bottlenose Dolphins and Hong Kong's new pride and joy, Giant Pandas, LeLe and YingYing.
My favorite activity at Ocean Park aside from the Aquarium.
Riding the Cable Car here is a nice experience for us (our first time) and it led to another cable car ride in Macau.
The views are wonderful...you can see a great part of HK from above.
The theme park has been here in Hong Kong long before the arrival of Disneyland. A very popular place still and is listed as the 7th Most Popular Amusement Park and 33rd Most Visited Tourist Attractions in the World by Forbes beating the newer rival. The park is divided into two parts, the lowland (valley) and the headland separated by a hill and connected by a cable car service.
You must plan your visit well starting at the Middle Kingdom at the lowland. Among the main attractions here are the pandas habitat (both were hiding in their caves when I was there), and the dinosaur models exhibit (because they were just models the exhibit did not interest me much).
The real thrill is at the headland. The cable car ride to the headland allows a breathtaking view of Repulse Bay and the surrounding areas. There are many more activities here at the headland including a range of hair raising rides such as the Dragon Roller Coaster and the Mine Train. I can assure you that the mine train ride in Ocean Park is far more thrilling than the runaway mine train in Disneyland California. Maybe because it is perched on a precipice with a full view of the sea below. A total no-no for a faint hearted. The star attraction here however is the dolphin show at the open-air theater. Most audiences are mesmerized by the antics of these intelligent creatures especially their ability to interact with the human actors.
Ocean Park is a Aquarium type theme park, the park has many exhibits and live shows that you can get tickets for. The park is very nice to walk through and contains very well constructed Gardens and areas to explore.
You can also catch the Gondolas to the far side of Ocean Park or walk. I would suggest the Gondolas its a fair hike. Once over the other side you will find more exhibits and the live show arena, also a sky deck which takes you high over Ocean Park giving you a panoramic view. At the very far end of Ocean Park you will find a Middle Kingdom exhibit.
Then catch a live show with Dolphins and a Killer Whale. This is definately a must see if you venture all the way to Ocean Park.
Visiting the Panda enclosure was the highlight of our visit to Ocean Park. Probably the only time I'll ever get up close to one of these beautiful creatures. I even bought a panda sweatshirt from the souvenir shop!
The largest recreation and entertainment resort in Southeast Asia, Ocean Park has 87 hectares of exciting thrill-rides for the whole family. The latest attractions at Ocean Park are Pacific Pier and Mine Train. Pacific Pier is modelled after the natural habitat and waters of seals and sea lions from the coasts of California, USA. You can greet the seals and sea lions face to face on the upper level and even feed them during specified time. Mine Train is well decorated with all the Wild West peripherals to give it an authentic outlook.
Ocean Park's other attractions include the world's largest Atoll Reef Aquarium, which holds 2.2 millino litres of water and more than 4,000 fish from 400 different species, dolphin and sea lion shows, a walk through Shark Aquarium, a walk-in aviary, children's play areas, and sky-high panoramic views of Hong Kong and South China Sea from the cable cars. Also, there are An An and Jia Jia, giant pandas from the province of Szechuan
This is where the people of Hong Kong come to have fun. It has dolphins and sharks, as well as rollercoasters and swimming pools.
Opened in 1977, Ocean Park is one of Hong Kong's perennially popular attractions, providing an exciting mix of entertainment, education and conservation facilities. The 80-hectare park is situated on the southern side of Hong Kong Island, with rides, exhibits and facilities on both sides of the mountain. A cable car system links the lowland and headland sections, offering spectacular views en route.
Ocean Park works to promote and support animal conservation in Hong Kong and throughout the Asia region. It has, in co-operation with other conservation organisations, launched various conservation programs for a number of endangered species, including whales and dolphins. In addition, it has successfully bred rare species of birds, sharks and butterflies.
Open daily from 10am to 6pm.
This is theme-park supremo in HK....till Disney opens its door in Sep 2005. I suspect the clock is ticking away for Ocean Park. Hordes of people come to Ocean Park to take its many rides and enjoy fun and activities for the entire family. (Hmmm...why does that sound so familiar?) Not much of a theme park person I am, there are 2 things in Ocean Park I enjoyed: (1) The ride on the cable car up and down the hills. Wonderful view of the bay surroundings on a clear day! (2) The panda exhibits. It's not everyday you get to see China's national treasures!
Ocean Park took my second trip to Hong Kong to see, I guess a lot of people only use H/K as a stopover for a couple of days and would not go to theme parks.
I am not into thrill rides but still enjoyed it.
As H/K is a small island to get around the parks they use long escalators, and some amazing views.
We went along to Ocean Park not expecting too much as we hadn't heard a lot about it. We had a great day, the park is beautifully landscaped and the Atoll Reef is about the best aquarium I have ever seen.
The Panda's were awake and having a feed so we got to spend some time watching them. The kids loved the rides, it was enjoyable for the whole family, truly a must do.
Ocean park here is a huge place to visit while you are in Hong Kong. What I enjoyed the most while I was there is the water shows they have there. Seals, dolphins... are awesome. give it a try, you will love it.