The Bottom Line
More on the Ocean Park vs Hong Kong Disneyland debate.
- Excellent mix of education and fun
- Fantastic Sealife section
- Good rides
- Relatively short queues
- Competitive price
- Construction works taking place
- Address: Ocean Park, Abeerdeen, Hong Kong Island
- Tel: +852 2580 9092
- Hours: 10am- 6pm, or 10am - 11pm in summer
- Transport: Bus 629 from Admiralty MTR travels directly to the park.
- Price: Adult HK$250. Child (3-11) HK$125
Guide Review - Hong Kong Ocean Park
Ocean Park Hong Kong celebrates its 30th birthday in 2007, and with attendances figures at an all time high, and an expansion underway, the future looks bright for Hong Kong's home-grown theme park.
After spending much of the nineties in the doldrums, the last few years have seen both investment and accolades. The park even gained entry into Forbes top ten theme park list. Despite competition from Hong Kong Disneyland, the park remains by far the city's best theme park.
The park aims to combine education with entertainment, and does it very well. The park is packed with creatures from the deep, including; sharks, dolphins, jellyfish and a horde of other fishes. Dolphin shows are put on a number of times each day, while the new Jellyfish exhibition has received rave reviews from local press. The park also boats four pandas, housed in a state-of-the-art panda enclosure. The park can also arrange tours for those who want to get up-close and personal with the dolphins.
For thrill seekers, there is more than enough to keep you happy. Roller coaster fiends should head for The Dragon: Boasting three loops and corkscrew turn this isn't for the faint of heart., and you may want to forgo that extra hot dog before you get on. The Absyss is ideal for those who want to take their adventure to new heights, literally: The Absyss will transport you 62 metres skyward, where you can enjoy some breathtaking vistas of the South China Sea - before leaving them (and your stomach) behind, as you drop the equivalent of twenty stories.
Need to Know
The park is currently undergoing a massive expansion scheduled to finish in 2010. No rides will be closed during this period. Queues at the park are generally quite short, maxing at around 1 hour on weekeends, less during the week.