The Bottom Line
- Decent selection of restaurants
- Very few of attractions and rides
- Poor quality of attractions and rides
- Expensive shops
- Address: Avenida da Amizade e Avenida Dr. Sun Yat Sen, Macau
- Opening Hours: Various, depending on ride/attraction, but Fisherman's Wharf area is open 24hrs.
- Price: Free entry to Fisherman's Wharf. Attractions are priced individually
- Transportation: Free shuttle bus from ferry terminal every 30mins.
Guide Review - Fisherman's Wharf Macau Review
Billed as a theme park and one of Macau’s landmark attractions, Fisherman’s Wharf Macau is in fact neither. What it is a “themed attraction”, which in real terms means a collection of shops, restaurants and bars set within themed areas, such as Renaissance era Europe or Arabian Nights, with a few rides thrown in as well.
Set on the waterfront, next to the Hong Kong-Macau ferry, there is no doubting the ambition of the project. Split into a number of themed areas, recreating architecture from Old England, Rome, 18th century Portugal and others, the buildings may be a little unconvincing but along with the cobblestone streets and South China Sea they certainly make for an atmospheric setting.
Unfortunately, there is little to do. Imagine a theme park without the rides. Much of the wharf is dominated by a string of high end shops, with price tags to make the shiniest of Gold Cards wince, and just a handful of actual rides and attractions to distract you from collecting a fatal overdraft. After you’ve taken a few snaps on the 30 metre high volcano and shook hands with the perpetually bored looking Roman soldiers guarding a petite coliseum, it’s either back to shopping or on your bike. There are a handful of uninspiring rides, such as the Magic Carpet and Bumper Cars, that wouldn’t impress at a school funfair, an arcade and, for adults, a pair of mediocre casinos. Disney it’s not.
Fisherman’s Wharf Macau was also originally intended to give Macau a dedicated nightlife and dining district and here the attraction is moderately more successful. If you don’t like Cantonese or Portuguese food, finding grub in Macau can be a challenge, so the selection of American, BBQ and International restaurants on the Wharf is a welcome addition. Most boast terraces and some have sea views, both of which can be hard to find in a city that shuns dining al-fresco. Unfortunately, the restaurants have as much life as a North Atlantic Iceberg; empty seats and empty streets means that dining here is lifeless, which can be shock, especially if you’ve just decamped from the buzz of Hong Kong.