Less than a 4 hour flight from Singapore, Hong Kong is a popular place to go for a short vacation. And besides the famous Disney Land, what’s a visit to Hong Kong without visiting Ocean Park.
Ocean Park is not what we expected. The only thing I knew before going is that the ride on the cable cars is not to be missed. So we were seriously considering whether to visit when a family with kids around our son’s age we met on a half day tour told us that the cable cars were under maintenance. According to them, there is not too much to see for the young kids. We finally decided that perhaps four hours will be enough for the stop.
It was easy enough to get there. We took the MTR to Admiralty and just follow the signs to where we can buy the entrance tickets together with the bus ticket. It took less than half an hour from Admiralty station on the way there.
We were welcome by beautiful whimsical sculptures of sea creatures by the sculptor Adriana Korkos, fountain and a big hot air balloon upon our arrival. It turns out that this is a theme park, aquarium, mini-zoo, amusement park roll into one.
My boy spot the Giant panda enclosure from a mile a way and ran over excitedly. The panda were having their naps but they got my boy all excited any way.
Besides the Panda enclosure is the ocean express which will bring us to the other side to the main theme park. The ride itself is interesting with the LCD on the train roof showing footage of sea creatures that make it seems like we are traveling in the sea.
The Expedition Trail have lots of things found in Rainforest. Tropical birds like toucans, parrots, reptiles and creepie crawlies. From where the exhibits and trail are, we can shoot at the rapids riders with a water cannon. We were all excited about ridding on the Rapids but there is a minimum height requirement of 120cm so our six year old have to wait till he is taller… Be prepare to get very wet for this one…
We thought those were statues at first…. but they are actually mamals from the rodent family.
We love how the snippets of interesting information on the signs, which include which part of the world the exhibit is from and its size compare to a part of human body.
The view of the amusement park portion and the harbor simply breathtaking.
Our boy is all excited when we spot the lighthouse at Pacific Pier. This is one of our favorite stop, We can’t get enough of watching the seals and sea lions swimming around. The information posters also make quite an interesting read.
We skipped the Dolphin Show as it is way too crowded even though we were there 10 mins before it start. Most of the rides have a minimum height requirement of 122cm so we skipped those too. There are a number of amusement park games which require addition charges.
This park is certainly worth a visit and do cater a whole day for it. The distance between the attraction is a little far and the directions is not too clear so allow for some time getting “lost” and to rest. We would probably visit again in a few year’s time when our little one is tall enough to get on most of the rides.
Cost: HK 280 for adults (about SGD$46) HK 140 for children age 3-11(about SGD$23)
For more information, check out the Ocean Park website