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Monday, September 24, 2012

Macau's Fisherman's Wharf

At the Macau Fisherman's Wharf

For really cute photo ops, head on out to the Macau Fisherman's Wharf. Considered as Macau's first theme park, this multi-billion establishment keeps on growing and growing since it officially opened it's doors in December 2006.

grab a map at the entrance and other points of the park

We went there mid morning and planned to come back at night to see the attractions that are opened then. But after spending half day at the place, the 32 degree Celsius weather zapped all our energy up, leaving us with only the day pictures. No worries, you'll still get a clear picture of the Fisherman's Wharf as you read along ;-D

So anyways, where were we? Oh yeah, the  entrance is free. Just walk right in.

Air conditioned walkways are the best

Getting to that place is quite easy. Our hotel shuttle stopped at the shuttle depot of the Macau Ferry Terminal. From the depot, walk through the underpass into the terminal. From the terminal, look for the outdoor escalator on the left of the place (while facing the street) and enter the air conditioned overpass/walkway connecting you to the Casino Oceanus. Right before you reach the casino, there's another escalator leading down to Fisherman's Wharf.

The Underground Amusement Centre

The first attraction you run into is the The Underground Amusement Centre. This 950 sq. m. houses lots of video arcade games and even an F1 simulator.

The underground arcade may be found under a 140+ ft. volcano replica known as the Vulcania. According to the theme park's website, this "volcano" erupts every evening. Inside the volcano is the "River of Fire" white water and "Dragon Quest" roller coaster ride. There are fortress replicas too that surround this area.

part of Aladdin's Fort and Vulcania

Want to gamble? Aside from nearby Oceanus, Babylon Casino and the Flamingo Slot Club are also in the area.

There are also 2 hotels in the area: Rocks Hotel and The Landmark Macau (linked to their websites).

Outlet is right across the Venice inspires area of
Fisherman's Wharf

For your shopping needs, there are various high end local brand shops dotting the place. Check out Outlet. As the name suggests, it is an outlet store for various European brands.

A shopping complex that looks like Ancient Rome, known as Aqua Romanis is soon to open. Across it is also a mini Roman Colosseum where shows and what have you are held.

looking for their many clean and air conditioned comfort rooms is cinch
with the maps provided around the place

In the other areas of the wharf, you may also find a wedding consultancy shop (apparently, having your wedding here is a fab yet expensive idea), an optical shop, a kids photo studio, a jewelry store and many more. The Macau Tourism Office is somewhere in here too.

Darling on the Wharf - a yummy respite from Macau's afternoon heat

African chicken - available on most Macanese restos
spicy and quite tasty...we enjoyed this

Entering Aqua Romanis, amidst all the closed shops, one may enjoy a meal from a Macanese / American fusion restaurant known as Darling on the Wharf.

something for the kiddies..MAX's chicken wings

 a nod to Macau's  Portuguese heritage...
Bacalao Rice
Flavorful dishes, and great service, though a bit pricey for a bistro and its casual ambience, lunch there was quite good. Inside tip from one of the Filipina waitresses, don't drink the service water. Order bottled water instead. They've also got free WI FI.

For other food choices, water further into the park, right into the various replicas of coastal towns in various countries.

the winter area was closed for the season :(

There truly is a little bit of something for everyone. The place is immaculately clean and came off as a ghost town when we visited during the day, which was fine with us. BTW, Wear comfy shoes. The place is HUGE! You'll be doing a lot of walking for sure.

For more info on the Macau Fisherman's Wharf, visit their website here.

From TMW, may all your wanderings be better than ours!!!

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