AttractionsHong Kong's iconic destination will soon welcome an on-site water park and a luxury hotel at its doorstep.

Ocean Park ups its cool factor for family fun

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The colourful 17-metre-tall slides at Water World Ocean Park's Rainbow Rush.
The colourful 17-metre-tall slides at Water World Ocean Park's Rainbow Rush. Photo Credit: Ocean Park Hong Kong

Hong Kong's Ocean Park is further lining up a raft of new offerings and attractions, following its dramatic head-to-toe revamp and new operating model unveiled earlier this year.

Next month, the much-anticipated Water World is set to open its doors on 21 September with 27 rides across five thematic zones – Splendid Reef, Torrential River, Thrill Valley, Adventure Coast, and Hidden Village.

The brand-new water park also boasts adrenaline-inducing water slides in the Torrential River and Thrill Valley zones, including Rainbow Rush, a 17-metre slide featuring eight colourful tubes.

Another highlight is the Horizon Cove at the Hidden Village zone, which will tout Hong Kong's first-ever all-weather indoor wave pool. At 1,450sqm, the indoor pool will feature calm and lapping waves and powerful double diamond waves for those seeking surfing thrills.

There’s also the nature playground designed for families. Named Explorer R, the new technology experience hub encourages conservation and education at the Park’s Whiskers Harbour and other designated locations in the Waterfront area.

"Water World is set to bring out the adventurous spirit in all of us. With an architectural design that embraces the natural terrain, it gives adventurers the opportunity to take in the beauty that surrounds our Southern District,” said Ocean Park Deputy Chairman Paulo Pong in a statement.

The 428-key waterfront luxury hotel offers direct access to the city's iconic Ocean Park when it opens in 2022.
The 428-key waterfront luxury hotel offers direct access to the city's iconic Ocean Park when it opens in 2022.

Come 2022, the iconic destination is set to welcome The Fullerton Ocean Park Hotel Hong Kong at its doorstep, marking the hospitality brand's first property in the city and its resort debut worldwide.

The waterfront luxury resort, located on the seaside in Ap Lei Chau, will offer 428 guest rooms with views that overlook the South China Sea. Amenities include four dining outlets, an infinity pool, a kids’ lagoon, an indoor kids’ zone and a wellness centre.

Part of Sino Hotels Group, the opening of Fullerton Ocean Park Hotel Hong Kong could be a nod in the right direction for drawing in more visitors to the theme park.

The Horizon Cove at Ocean Park's soon to open Water World.
The Horizon Cove at Ocean Park's soon to open Water World.

Goldjoy Travel’s COO Carmen Chan thinks that these upcoming attractions will be a strong drawcard for visitors to the Ocean Park, owing to its growing appeal to a regional market.

“The Water World is Asia's first year-round seaside water park — and there are no such water parks in Southern China and Macau yet,” said Chan. “I trust it will attract many tourists once Hong Kong's border opens and it will be helpful and welcoming for inbound travel again."

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