Ocean Park Hong Kong is one of the most visited theme parks in the world. If you are going to Hong Kong for vacation (especially with kids), chances are you already have Ocean Park on your to-do list.
This theme park needs no introduction at all. Besides the Hong Kong Disneyland, it is one of the main reasons why families around the world decide to visit Hong Kong for a holiday. Instead of writing an article about details of Ocean Park Hong Kong like most other websites, I will share with you 5 very useful tips so that you can have the best possible experience while visiting.
First of all, please watch the 4 minute short video I firmed during the last time I visited Ocean Park. It shows the double-decker bus ride, the view in the restaurant, and some interesting activities that you can do.
How To Get To Ocean Park Hong Kong
Before you can have a great time at Ocean Park, you will need to find a way to get there. Since it is a very large theme park, it is located quite a distance away from the urban areas of Hong Kong.
Thanks to Citybus’s Ocean Park Express bus service (Route 629), you can get there fairly easily in under 25 minutes. You can get on the Ocean Park Express from Central just outside the Star Ferry terminal on the Hong Kong Island side or from Admiralty (West) Bus Terminal just outside the Admiralty MTR Station.
The cost of Ocean Park Express bus service is HKD $10.60 per adult. Schedule for the service differs from where you want to get on. Please check the table below for the exact time of operation:
Credit: Citybus (http://www.nwstbus.com.hk/routes/oceanpark/index.aspx)
Tip #1: Buy Your Tickets Before Arriving Ocean Park
Here’s the first tip and the one that can save you a lot of time. Buy your admission tickets before getting to Ocean Park Hong Kong because there’s often a long queue at the entrance ticket booth.
Depending on the time and day you plan to visit, Ocean Park can get very crowded due to the large number of mainland tourists. The best way to skip the admission booth is to get your tickets at a 7-Eleven convenience store nearest your hotel. You can also buy them at the Admiralty (West) Bus Terminal just before you get on the Ocean Park Express.
The admission tickets still cost HKD $320 per adult and HKD $160 per child (age 3-11). You won’t be saving any money, but you will potentially save a lot of time at the gate.
Tip #2: Arrive Early To Skip The Crowd
Ocean Park Hong Kong can get extremely crowded especially during the weekend. To be able to experience every indoor activity in peace, you will have to go early.
Massive amounts of people show up at Ocean Park in the afternoon a little bit after lunch time. The best plan is to arrive at 10 AM, that’s the time when the park usually opens. To check what time the park actually opens on the day you plan to visit, you can check Ocean Park’s official calendar.
There are so many things to do and see at Ocean Park Hong Kong, so even the whole day is not enough to experience all the attractions. Arriving early will allow you more time to do stuff and less time lining up.
Tip #3: Use The Storage Lockers At The Entrance
As a tourist I know you will bring a lot of essentials like camera bags and backpacks with you while you leave your hotel room. But it is no fun carrying all this stuff while you try to have fun in Ocean Park.
Near the entrance right after you passed the ticket gates, there will be a room on the right hand side that provides storage lockers for rent.
You can rent a locker for the whole day for a very low price. Save yourself from lugging around the heavy bags and jackets so you can concentrate on having fun!
Tip #4: Bring A Thin Raincoat To Stay Dry
This tip is very important if you want to stay dry during your visit to Ocean Park Hong Kong. Some rides in Ocean Park involve having water splashing all over yourself, especially the Raging River ride.
Keep a thin plastic raincoat in your bag so you can be prepared to get on these rides. Without it, your clothes will potentially get wet and it can be uncomfortable out and about all day long.
Tip #5: Have Lunch At The Bayview Restaurant
There are a total of 8 dining options in Ocean Park Hong Kong. Some are very expensive while some are fairly decently priced. The decently priced ones often are very popular and you have to line up for a table.
Having a great lunch is important, but the highlight of your Ocean Park adventure should be about the attractions and rides instead. Save some money and time by having lunch at the Bayview Restaurant.
It is a cafeteria style restaurant so you can get a table very quickly. Also, you don’t need to wait for service or the food. You just go out, pick the food items that you like, pay at the counter, an bring the food back to your table.
The best part is the view. Check out the pictures below for the amazing scenery and food.
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