Hong Kong Trip: Ocean Park

September 06, 2010
Hong Kong Trip Day 5: Ocean Park

This was our second to the last day in Hong Kong and we planned on going to Ocean Park for it. We already bought tickets ahead through Ate Yolly the other day. It was convenient for us because we didn’t have to wait in line or scout through other booths in order to get an entrance pass. What’s also nice is that we got a discount since we purchased it from her.

ocean park nemoclownfishes

Woke up and then headed to the Marketplace by Jasons in iSQUARE (a mall near our hostel) in order to buy some snacks which already served as our breakfast for the day. I bought a sandwich and some cranberry juice and ate along the way.

breakfast hongkong
juice and sandwich (13 HKD)

We took the MTR from Tsim Sha Tsui to Admiralty and rode a bus (629 route) that went directly to Ocean Park. It took us some time to locate the bus since we didn’t know which side we had to take. After a couple of questions from the people nearby, we were able to settle in. I think the ride took about 45 minutes so I still had some time to rest and take a nap. I was tired from the activities we did the previous day in Hong Kong Disneyland.

bus ocean park
bus terminal and 629 bus

We arrived at Ocean Park and one of their staff took my camera and told us to pose. I was surprised by how intrusive the staff was of our space but he said that he only wanted to take our picture using my camera. He also took a picture using his camera and gave us tickets to claim it at the booth near the entrance.

When we got to the booth, another staff offered us key chains with our pictures on it. We were amazed at how fast the processing of the key chain and pictures were. But we didn’t bother asking for the price because we knew how theme parks are when it comes to prices of their souvenir items.

ocean park picture
Ocean Park!

We were already inside and we tried to find something fun to do so we rode some theme park rides. This really made my day cause I’m a big fan of carnival rides. Flying coaster, dragon, mine train (which I rode twice!) and the Eagle. These are only a few that Ocean Park offers.

ocean park rides
like EK’s Flying Fiesta, riding the rollercoaster

mine train
Mine Train at Ocean Park – I went in twice!

eagle ride
I was the only one inside this Eagle ride.

It was a weekday (Monday) that’s why I was glad that there weren’t a lot of people around. Although there were still plenty, the queue for the rides was not long which was convenient.

oceanpark
aquarium fishes

nemo
corals and fishes

We checked out indoor aquariums which gave us a boost because of the air-conditioning inside. Cindy, Logan and I were all glad to get some cool air to retreat from the heat outside. We saw fishes of all types that I got lost and didn’t bother figuring out which fish has which name.

The sea jellies were really wonderful and I liked the play of lights which changed their color in different sequences.

jelly fish ocean park
beautiful, not sure if they’re deadly

jelliesjellies in colors

We got out of the indoor aquarium and hopped on a couple of rides again. Afterwards, we headed to the Ocean Theater in order to catch their dolphin show.

It was really hot and I was sweating all over. Along with over a hundred more people, we still watched the seals and dolphins entertaining us.

ocean park show
seals and dolphins at the crowded Ocean Theater

We dropped by a Mcdonalds shop and bought something to eat. Cindy and Logan bought some chicken meals while I got a double sundae with strawberry and mango syrup.

mcdo hong kong Mcdonalds in Ocean Park, Hong Kong

After a few talks we rode the escalator – I forgot where it took us. The Ocean Park Escalator, I later found out, is the second longest outdoor escalator in the world which stretches over 225 m.

One note to remind yourself when you go to Ocean Park in Hong Kong is to bring WATER! It was so tiring because we didn’t expect Ocean Park to be huge – way bigger than Disneyland. We walked and got lost despite using their maps and had to walk again.

mind the gap
look at the sweat, bring a shirt!

Another thing to bring in Ocean Park is an extra shirt! Stupid me forgot to bring one even when I brought my backpack with me. Bummer. A nice, comfortable, cotton, white shirt would do.

ocean park construction
view from the top

We rode the Oceanpark Tower wherein we saw views on the different sides of the island. At 72 meters above the ground, the viewing room rotated and we realized that the construction going on is still something to look forward to. They still have a lot in store for their guests which makes me wonder how the park will look like when everything is finished.

We hopped on their cable car on our descent back to the main entrance as we were about to head home. I didn’t know the cable car ride was really scary and exciting at the same time.

cable car
cable car in Ocean Park – Logan, holding on to dear life.

Logan was holding on tight to the pole inside the cable car because of fear of heights. It was a long 10-15 minute ride too. We planned on riding the cable car in Ngong Ping where we could also walk with the giant buddha – this is one destination that we missed. We didn’t bother because this ride already satisfied our curiosity.

ocean park in hongkong
games and balloon ride

We were almost done when we dropped by the Giant Panda Adventure to see the panda bear named ‘An-An’ – We were born on the same year, hehe. An-an looked tired and it seemed that he already wanted to get to his cage as it was already late.

panda ocean park
panda

We headed back to the bus that would take us to Admiralty as we were going to Victoria Peak next.
Check out the website of Ocean Park Hong Kong for more information: http://www.oceanpark.com.hk/html/en/home/

Expenses:
230 HKD – Ocean Park Ticket (each person)

Food: 13 HKD – Sandwich and Juice for Breakfast
20 HKD – Mcdonalds Double Sundae

Transportation: 50 HKD – Octopus Card Reload for MTR

* 1 Hong Kong Dollar at 6 Philippine Pesos

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  • thepinaysolobackpacker October 29, 2010, 5:17 am

    ayus, me nakalista na expenses. pinag-iispan ko kse kung SG-KL or HK-Macao sa Dec. na-post mu na ba yung Macau? parang yung pagtalon mu lng nakita ko. salamat!

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  • thepinaysolobackpacker October 29, 2010, 5:18 am

    *haha I meant Macau not Macao. haha

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    • Edcel October 29, 2010, 6:12 am

      haha, hi gael. kagagaling ko lang ng KL so watch out ka rin sa posts. yeah, ill also create a blog entry about my total expense sa HK-Macau. haha, i posted the entries na sa Macau in previous posts. I have to sort everything properly para malinis tignan. hehe. magoverhaul pa dapat ako sa site na’to to remove unrelated posts.

      also, ok lang ang Macao din, yun ang spelling nung under Portugese territory daw. hehe

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  • The Photoblogger November 6, 2010, 2:40 am

    Gamay ra lageh tao. how were the lines?

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    • Edcel November 6, 2010, 6:06 am

      gamay ra tao because it was a weekday ata. the places was also big so nagscatter-scatter lang. hehe

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  • honeypie November 9, 2010, 2:21 pm

    hi!
    how much are the tickets for disneyland and oceanpark? (ate yolly's rate)
    planning to stay at taisan also..
    thanks

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    • Edcel November 9, 2010, 3:22 pm

      @honeypie: 335 HKD – Disneyland and 330 HKD – Ocean Park Ticket

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  • gregg September 8, 2012, 10:48 am

    hi ed, which taisah guest house did you stay? Burlington, Granville or Herilela  Branch? tnx

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    • soloflightEd September 8, 2012, 4:10 pm

      @gregg: i think it was in Burlington. :)

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  • Hannah January 15, 2013, 1:31 pm

    PANDAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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