From MTR Tsim Sha Tsui station, we got to and off the Admiralty station to get in the double decker bus dedicated to the Ocean Park visitors. You may purchase your tickets from there. Ocean Park tickets are significantly cheaper by almost 50% of Disneyland’s rate.
We had the chance to be seated on the upper deck. It felt like a quasi city tour on our way there because we passed by the Immigration, Revenue and other government towers, Chinese schools, and other interesting establishments.
It took us 35 minutes to reach this marine themed Park. Towards the entrance, I got a glimpse of a seemingly scary ride, it looks like a never ending roller disoriented intestine shaped ride. I already knew I’m not brave enough for this.
I got a first glimpse of this in Pido Dida, movie of the late Rene Requiestas and then a new comer Kris Aquino. I remember it was only Rene who rode in there. In addition, I recall Daphne’s account, a fellow blogger, of her traumatic ride/experience. I still hope I will be brave enough to try this someday. Just the thought of oddly falling to the beautiful Repulse Bay scared me to death.
For now I’ll just imagine the adrenaline rush emanating from these rides.
Personally I enjoyed Ocean Park more than Disneyland, which is not the case for most of the visitors. While Disneyland is indeed a happy place that you’ll be instantly transformed to like it as you set foot in the gate, that it automatically brings the kid in each visitors’ heart, I find Ocean Park more popular for the thrill seekers because of a number of ‘gonna make you dizzy rides’ and for those who are appreciative of nature and marine life. Gawd, that’s a long sentence!
These are the ones that hugely appealed to me, aside from the view of Repulse Bay:
Would you believe it’s the first time I saw a flock of these?
(b) Japanese Garden
It’s interesting that they have this type of garden here. The same way that we have our Japanese and Chinese gardens in the Philippines.
Of course, I had a relapse. I was reminded of a movie of who must not be named (no, not Lord Voldermort).
My appreciation was at peak because a week before this visit I’ve seen the movie sequel. The sounds would add to the feel that you’re in a jungle.
There are also Madagascar characters near the hub. Here’s a foggy view of them with the cable cars. Indeed a foggy day.
(d) Acrobat Show
We watched this in the morning. Hence, the breeze complemented the show. I’m wondering how grander it could get at night (I forgot to check if they have one) once funky lights and other effects are done.
(e) Atoll Reef
It has a great collection of school of fish, seahorses, etc. A gentle reminder though, don’t spend much time in the primary areas. The best stuff are located towards the end, especially the giant aquarium.
A gentle reminder not to use flashlight and not to scare the fish.
Of course, no one wants to scare Nemo. 😉
Incidentally, the keeper was doing the maintenance the moment we were there. So a lot of people stayed in front of it to take a look how he feeds the fish and what else he would be doing.
(f) Sea Jelly
I spent much time here. My companions actually thought I got lost because I was not picking up the phone when they tried to locate me. I was busy taking photos and videos that no one else and nothing else mattered. Hahaha. Of course, that’s just a joke. I mean, I never thought sea jellies are very fascinating. Or maybe the song being played inside the museum was hypnotic enough.
The jellies’ movements are very pretty as they swim, open and close their muscles. Here are two of the many videos that I took. I’ve watched these numerous times already and still like them.
We were almost late for the dolphins and sea lions show. Because of me. Heehee. Blame the sea jellies. 😉 Anyway, we were able to ‘insert’ ourselves to whatever (good) seats were still available. Lucky us, we secured very good spots, i.e. near the front row. Lesson: Don’t loose hope when they announced that the Ocean Theatre is already closed because it has reached it’s seating capacity. No harm in trying.
A visitor was being taught how to tame the sea lion(s). I think this one was sort of scripted. In the end the lady in pink pretended to have fell to the waters and she was rescued by the sea lion. The latter strangely gave her an MMR (mouth to mouth resuscitation). That was well-applauded.
(h) Cable Car Ride
This is the highlight of my visit. If this is your first time to visit this blog, I’m admitting (again) that I have fear of heights. But there’s indeed a necessity to use the cable car or else we would be going to lowlands/highlands through the steep and long escalators which scared me a bit, too (but that’s a long process, so why prolong the agony) or walk, and walk.
Caught this during the cable car ride. There’s an ongoing construction. I wonder what will be the added attraction. Perhaps another scary ride.
(i) Giant Panda Habitat
I was wishing to see real pandas after I watched Kung Fu Panda. There are four breathing pandas inside the habitat.
They are Ying Yang and Lele who are in deep sleep.
This is Jia Jia, who is a year older than me.
The fourth one is An An. She tested my patience. Unlike the three other pandas, she moves fast and hides inside the stoned corner most of the time.
There, she wants to hide again.
This is how the enclosures look like. From there, we waited for An An to show up her face. Whenever she goes out, she faced backward. This is the only shot I got wherein I had a glimpse of that much-coveted panda face. Truth is they look like the same. But her playing hard to get made the difference.
If you’re not patient enough, settle for these fake pandas.
Or with this one who is busy with a bamboo stick, situated near the entrance of the habitat.
Just as before we need to leave Ocean Park, we were able to catch the sunset as it kick off. This was a worthwhile day.